When Work and Pleasure Coincide, and Brussels Happens to You

When work and pleasure (a.k.a. a fabulous learning and networking opportunity) coincide, and Brussels happens to you, it can, truly, feel like a dream come true, on so many levels. And it makes it all the harder to leave once it is all over, the dream comes to its end, and it is time to… Continue reading When Work and Pleasure Coincide, and Brussels Happens to You

When Your Morning Commute Looks as Sleepy as You Feel

The image above is the perfect of illustration of what has become a regular commute, and one that never fails to disappoint, even though more often than not it looks just as sleepy as you feel. These days meeting colleagues in person - and getting to spend almost an entire day with them without the… Continue reading When Your Morning Commute Looks as Sleepy as You Feel

The True Meaning of the French Rentrée

What the French call la Rentrée is a curious little thing. The start of the new year for some, a token of new beginnings for others, and an excuse to complain about it all for most. This year perhaps even more so, and for good reason too, for a change. The holidays - if you… Continue reading The True Meaning of the French Rentrée

It’s not all about Chocolate

This was my first AIIC General Assembly, and I know some were worried I would come back disappointed, given the somewhat reduced format, and the complicated nature of some of the topics up for discussion. And yet... I don't think I could ever go with that. I was indeed disappointed to go back, but only… Continue reading It’s not all about Chocolate

2020: A Speech Odyssey. A Brief Recap of a Fascinating Friday Evening

I definitely like taking my time, which is why it has taken me this long – almost a week actually, as I’ve just realized – to sum up my impressions from last Friday’s #AIIC talk on Automated Speech Translation, aptly title “2020: A Speech Odyssey”. But give me tea, time, and a good soundtrack, and I will… Continue reading 2020: A Speech Odyssey. A Brief Recap of a Fascinating Friday Evening

Time, CPD, and the Power of the Great Online

It is strange in a way how this whole situation – all the many restrictions and different national and regional lockdowns included – has taken so many opportunities away, and, at the same time, created new ones. The perception of time has changed too, and the understanding of what you can fit into your day.… Continue reading Time, CPD, and the Power of the Great Online

Picking up where we left off… Almost… ITA 2017

About a year ago I decided to take a six-month long, shall we say, sabbatical of sorts, from blogging, to try and rethink my vision of this blog and its future, and what I would like to see here in terms of content and focus, and although I do realize that it’s been more than… Continue reading Picking up where we left off… Almost… ITA 2017

ITA 2016, or a few glorious days in Yerushalayim

Of about ten words I know of Hebrew, Yerushalayim shel zahav (Jerusalem of Gold) are most probably the three I've known the longest, all thanks to an old song of the same name. Given that, it's surprising it has taken me so long to finally make it to the city itself. And I'm extremely happy I went,… Continue reading ITA 2016, or a few glorious days in Yerushalayim