Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cruise + Booze = Good News

Fun-time cruisers include Sam, Professor Dawson, Mark, Aminah, Kim, Yujie and Colin. We visited three more companies yesterday: Anacacia Capital, a private equity firm founded by an SOM alumnus; Telstra, Australia's enormous telecom leader and perhaps the most prized brand in the country; and Qantas, the world's longest continuously running airline. Great visits, followed by a dinner and boozing cruise (pictured) and a couple hours at a bar meeting with a few Yale alumns who live in Sydney. All in all, a great day.

The hotel has been great -- very comfortable beds and a staggering free breakfast buffet. Name a breakfast food, and it's there ... as are foods you would not name, like mushrooms, baked beans and pork dumplings. People from foreign countries have, like, some awesome culinary ideas. One observation I have about Australia, and New Zealand, is that we're constantly offered refreshments. At St. Vincent's Hospital the other day, for example, we had tea time from 8:30 to 9, then back-to-back half-hour presentations, and then another tea time from 10 to 10:30, followed by a tour, then lunch, with more tea, at noon. I can't imagine that happening in the States ... we'd maybe start with coffee, then push through to lunch.

They love to feed guests tea, coffee, sweet pastries, juice and fruit. Interestingly, we're never served soda.

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