2018 It was a wild year – Filled up my #passport

It’s been a wild and crazy year. I could write this about all the data breaches we had in 2018, that would be too depressing. Instead I’m going to focus my favorite cities

I filled up my passport and now need a new one, so I ordered the larger size one. The down side is, I need to apply for another Russian visa, when I still have time left on my current visa.  I hit all my major goals this year, made some new friends, had the privilege to speak at three universities, and added a couple more favorite cities to my list of, I’ll stop here for a couple days and rest.

Those cities are:

Moscow – UPDATE Sadly Russia is now too dangerous to visit and I don’t see the situation changing in the near future.

Lawmaker Leonid Kalashnikov July 2018: re: Maria #Butina‘s arrest: “Let’s arrest an American here and that’s it… They arrested Butina, let’s immediately arrest some Amerikashka here.” Now we have the arrest of Paul Whalan in December 2018. 

 There is the Bolshoi, the Metropol, food, wine, spirited people, rich history, decorated walking streets, and great friends. One thing I learned is Russians are a warm and friendly people. If your lost, need help, or just curious, I’ve found Russians are always willing to step up and help a stranger.

Belgrade – This city has a deep history. The food, people, architecture, art, great friends, and streets you can walk on.

Helsinki – when it’s warm. The people, friends, and food, just don’t ask the lady in the elevator where the polar bears are. Trust me, I asked; she looked at me like I was a very strange person.

Sofia – I always put on weight whenever I visit Bulgaria. The food is to die for, the people are friendly, and the streets that were made for walking.

Of course, there is also, London, Paris, and Kraków.

See y’all in 2019. Lets make it better than 2018, that’s saying a lot. 🙂

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Robert Lockard is a professional Oracle Designer, Developer and DBA working in the world of financial intelligence. In 1987 his boss called him into his office and told him that he is now their Oracle Wizard then handed him a stack of Oracle tapes and told him to load it on the VAX. Sense then, Robert has worked exclusively as an Oracle database designer, developer and Database Administrator. Robert enjoys flying vintage aircraft, racing sailboats, photography, and technical diving. Robert owns and fly’s the “Spirit of Baltimore Hon” a restored 1948 Ryan Navion and lives in Glen Burnie Maryland on Marley Creek

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