Needed in Europe next Wednesday?

Next week, I'm in Zürich on Thursday fora customer briefing.  It's a quick trip, and my plan all along hasbeen to leave Chicago on Tuesday night and return on Friday.  Originally,though, I had another customer meeting scheduled on Wednesday....whichhas just fallen through. So I am now left with a couple of options:   1) Fly to Zürich Wednesday night, do the Thursday meeting, and return homeFriday, or 2) Fly somewhere else in Europe on Tuesday night, do a Wednesday meeting,fly to Zürich on Thursday morning, and return home Friday.Now, the customer meeting on Thursday is really important, otherwise I'dhave asked a regional counterpart to cover it.  So given that I amdefinitely going to Europe, the question is, how can I maximize the timeinvestment?  I've asked my regional leaders if they have a customersituation that would be useful for me to get involved in on short notice....nothinghas turned up so far.   So now I'm asking you -- on a lark, admittedly -- is there a Europeanblog reader with a good story on why I could stop by and visit their organisationon Wednesday, 29 March?   Parameters -- I'm not just looking for something to fill time with...I'vegot a couple of purely social opportunities like that already.  Agood, productive meeting about a current or potential use of Notes/Domino,directions, a competitive situation...something like that would be worthwhile. Also, it needs to be somewhere easy for me to get to on Wednesdaymorning... Chicago has a ton of non-stop flights to Europe, plus most majorcities are a connection away.  However, if I get in someplace at 2PM, that doesn't make for a particularly productive day.  Oh, therealso has to be an onward flight to Zürich on Thursday morning.Comments and/or e-mails to ed_brill at us.ibm.com ... no commitments orpromises, as my IBM colleagues are also still working this...but maybewe'll come up with something fun and fascinating all at once.

Next week, I'm in Zürich on Thursday for a customer briefing.  It's a quick trip, and my plan all along has been to leave Chicago on Tuesday night and return on Friday.  Originally, though, I had another customer meeting scheduled on Wednesday....which has just fallen through.

So I am now left with a couple of options:  
1) Fly to Zürich Wednesday night, do the Thursday meeting, and return home Friday, or
2) Fly somewhere else in Europe on Tuesday night, do a Wednesday meeting, fly to Zürich on Thursday morning, and return home Friday.

Now, the customer meeting on Thursday is really important, otherwise I'd have asked a regional counterpart to cover it.  So given that I am definitely going to Europe, the question is, how can I maximize the time investment?  I've asked my regional leaders if they have a customer situation that would be useful for me to get involved in on short notice....nothing has turned up so far.  

So now I'm asking you -- on a lark, admittedly -- is there a European blog reader with a good story on why I could stop by and visit their organisation on Wednesday, 29 March?  

Parameters -- I'm not just looking for something to fill time with...I've got a couple of purely social opportunities like that already.  A good, productive meeting about a current or potential use of Notes/Domino, directions, a competitive situation...something like that would be worthwhile.  Also, it needs to be somewhere easy for me to get to on Wednesday morning... Chicago has a ton of non-stop flights to Europe, plus most major cities are a connection away.  However, if I get in someplace at 2 PM, that doesn't make for a particularly productive day.  Oh, there also has to be an onward flight to Zürich on Thursday morning.

Comments and/or e-mails to ed_brill at us.ibm.com ... no commitments or promises, as my IBM colleagues are also still working this...but maybe we'll come up with something fun and fascinating all at once.

Originally by Ed Brill from Ed Brill on March 22, 2006, 8:41am

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