North Sealand Tour at VMworld Spousetivities October 19, 2011

Today’s North Sealand Tour is leaving the Copenhagen Marriott promptly at 9 AM. Please be sure to arrive at the Copenhagen Marriott by 8:45 AM so that we can leave on time. We have a lot of great stuff to see, so we don’t want to get started late!

Note that lunch is not included in the tour price, but we are stopping for lunch as part of the tour schedule. Lunch options were e-mailed to everyone who registered. The restaurant where we are stopping accepts both credit cards and currency (Danish kroner only, please), so please be prepared to pay for your lunch. Again, the lunch is not included as part of your tour price; it’s separate.

I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Spousetivities Returns to VMworld EMEA

I am delighted to announce that Spousetivities will once again be offered in Copenhagen during the VMworld EMEA events. Those of you familiar with Spousetivities know that there will certainly be plenty to keep you busy. I learned a lot last year so this year is sure to be fantastic!

As we learned last year, it’s cold in Denmark in October! So, all the tours this year are via private bus (with heat) and include an English speaking guide. We will see castles this year, but we will also tour City Hall Square, take a canal tour, and visit Sweden. The best part is that you can participate in all of the activities for around $250 US. Which leads me conveniently into the next thought.

Please take time to thank EMC and The Virtualization Practice for making these events possible! Without great sponsors, we, the spouses and companions, would not be able to enjoy these events and time together.

All of this sounds great, but how in the world do I register, you ask? Well, just visit the registration site and sign up for any or all of the activities listed. Then all you have to do is show up and enjoy your time in Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmo, Sweden.

See you there!

Let the Fun Begin!

I have been working feverishly to finalize arrangements for VMworld Copenhagen Spousetivities. I finally have everything in place! There are a few critical things that everyone needs to know. First, if you have not already registered, you need to do so right away. I only have a certain number of spaces reserved and when they are gone, there will be a fee to participate. Below, you will find a detailed list of what we are doing each day and how many spots remain. I will also list how much the event will be if you register after the free spots are taken.

  • Tuesday – Breakfast at the Planetarium – This will include a wonderful breakfast including croissants, pastries, eggs, bacon, salmon, fruit, juice, coffee, and more! I currently have 5 tickets left for the breakfast. Register soon so that you can take advantage of the wonderful generosity of our sponsors. The cost will be $35 per person after the free tickets are gone so you don’t want to miss out!
  • Tuesday – iMax Movie – This is also at the Planetarium and will be immediately following the breakfast. There will be headphones available for translation. There is also a guided tour of the planetarium and a viewing of a model of the International Space Station! I currently have 8 tickets remaining for this activity so make sure you get registered if you plan to attend! After the free tickets are gone, the cost will be $25 per person for the movie and entrance fee. Of course we all know the movie will be better when the cost is free so don’t hesitate–get registered today!
  • Wednesday – Castle Tour of North Sealand – I have arranged a private tour coach for this event. There is a cost for this but it has been partially offset by our wonderful sponsors! Unlike the general purchase of this tour, we get our own private coach and tour guide. Don’t worry, we will still get back in plenty of time for the party Wednesday night! The tour is about 7 hours and will depart from the Marriott Copenhagen at 10:00 AM. The cost is $50 per person for this tour. You can register and pay here using PayPal. I currently have 17 tickets left for this event!
  • Thursday – Walking Tour – As a final rounding out of our activities, we will enjoy a wonderful walking tour of the city of Copenahgen! I only have 7 tickets left for this activity so register soon if you want to participate. After these 7 tickets are gone, I cannot book anymore unless I get a group of 13-20 more. If another group is added the cost will be $21 per person.

That about covers it! For activities on Wednesday and Thursday, we will meet at the Marriott Copenhagen. For Tuesday’s activities, we will meet at the Planetarium. I will be posting transportation links and weather information soon. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me using the contact information on the About page of this website. I look forward to seeing everyone soon in Denmark!

Copenhagen Update

This is a quick update to let you know where things currently stand for the Copenhagen events. Tuesday is pretty much a set schedule. We will spend about 3 hours at the Planetarium. You can register here for the Planetarium activities and welcome breakfast. I am also organizing a group for Tuesday afternoon that will spend some time walking around the city to see what there is to see. We will return to our hotels in time for the welcome reception for VMworld. If you are interested in participating in this adventure, please e-mail me so I will know about how many to expect. My contact information can be found on the About page of this site.

For Wednesday, I am still trying to get reduced pricing for the tour I am planning. You may look at the details here for this castle tour. If I cannot get discounted pricing by Wednesday of this week, I will send out another message so that you can each sign up for this tour independently. We will all meet that morning so we will be on the same tour. This tour will return in plenty of time for the VMworld Party. We should return by 5:30 PM and the party doesn’t begin until 8:00. You cannot buy companion tickets through me for the party. They must be purchased through the VMworld registration site.

Thursday will begin with a walking tour of Copenhagen. This is a guided tour and will depart at 10:00 AM from the Marriott. We will be divided into two groups as each group cannot exceed 20 people. When registering for this activity, you do not need to register for group one and two, only one or the other, please. The tours are departing at the same time so you can’t do both. You may register here for this event. Once group one is full, registration will close and only group two will be available. Again, you do not need to register for both groups.

Well, that will wrap up our activities for VMworld 2010 Copenhagen. I look forward to meeting all of you! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. See you in a couple weeks in Copenhagen!

Registration Now Open For Copenhagen Spousetivites

I am very excited to let everyone know that registration is now open for Copenhagen Spousetivities. If you are traveling with a VMworld attendee and are interested in joining other spouses, friends, and family of attendees, you need to check out these fun events!

Other activities will be added later this week and throughout the weekend. The first events are all free because of the support of our sponsors, EMC, Train Signal, and HyTrust. Make sure you register for the vWife t-shirt! These are always a huge hit for both the Spousetivities participant and the VMworld attendee. Don’t worry if you aren’t a wife, I have t-shirts for you, too! On Tuesday, October 12th, we will be having a “Get-to-know-you” breakfast at the Tycho Brahe Planetarium. Right after breakfast, we will enjoy spending some time watching the movie “Vores kosmiske rejse”. Don’t worry about understanding the film as I have already arranged for the translation headphones for everyone! There will be lots to see and do on Tuesday!

Events for Wednesday and Thursday are in the final planning stages. Please stay tuned for these to be posted. Don’t forget that all participants also get a welcome bag with other free goodies inside! I look forward to seeing everyone in Copenhagen in a few short weeks! Don’t forget to register now!

VMworld 2010 Copenhagen

With the US events wrapped up and considered an amazing success, it is time to finish the planning and promotion of Spousetivities for the VMworld 2010 EMEA event. Our sponsors for the US events are also our sponsors for the EMEA events so I’d like to say thank you to HyTrust, Train Signal, and EMC for making these activities possible.

For those of you unfamiliar with Spousetivities, let me give you a brief idea of what this program is and how it came to be. I began Spousetivities three years ago so that my husband would not feel obligated to rush through labs, meetings, and sessions at conferences to come back and entertain me for the afternoon. As most husbands do, he worried about my safety out alone in a big city and felt the need to check on me often. I was also tired of being in big cities alone since I too, didn’t always feel safe. Over the last three years I have met so many people that said they felt the same way and they were so thankful that I organized these activities so they wouldn’t spend the whole week in their hotel room. They all knew exactly how I felt! Rest assured, I know how you felt as well and the wonderful thing is, we now have wonderful opportunities to enjoy the city in each location and meet new friends while we do it!

So far I have planned walking tours, boat rides, a planetarium visit, and perhaps even a tea party! If you are the spouse of a VMworld EMEA attendee, contact me right away so I will know to include you in the fun! All participants get a gift bag and a t-shirt! The t-shirts are always a huge hit! My contact information is on the about page of this site. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

See everyone in Copenhagen!

VMworld 2010 Spousetivities Wrap-Up

Thanks to our fantastic sponsors–EMC, Train Signal, and HyTrust–Spousetivities 2010 at VMworld US was an amazing success! I gave away every business card I had and people just started writing down the website. So many people asked about the vWife t-shirts and even offered to buy them from me. I told them to bring their spouse to the next event and they were sure to get one. It was wonderful to meet so many great people, both attendees of the conference and Spousetivities attendees. Thank you to everyone for the support. The next event is VMworld EMEA in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In case you are just now hearing about these fantastic events, let me provide a summary of our activities this past week in San Francisco. There were organized tours to Napa, Sausalito, and Golden Gate Park. We had exclusive lunches with amazing views at Horizons Restaurant in Sausalito. We enjoyed an exquisite lunch in the gardens at V. Sattui Winery in Napa. There were also organized photographic tours of San Francisco. We enjoyed breath taking views from Twin Peaks, went down to the water at the Golden Gate Bridge, and saw sites like Lombard Street, the Painted Ladies, and Treasure Island. There were also groups that got together and did walking tours through China Town, Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, and of course, Alcatraz!

Next year, VMworld will be held in Las Vegas. While some love the lights and action, others dread the thought of going there. Rest assured, there will be something for everyone! We will do tours of the city, visit chocolate factories, spend time at Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, and even Lake Mead. Preparations are already underway! I am excited about some new ideas I have for next year, too.

For some of us, it will be four years of enjoying Spousetivities, for others, it will be your first time joining in the fun. Either way, you are sure to meet some great people and have a wonderful time. Stay tuned for Spousetivities information for VMworld 2011 as well as other upcoming conferences.

Making it Happen!

Now is a great time to recognize some very important people. Who are these very important people? Why, they are the sponsors for Spousetivities 2010!

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, the activities this year will be outstanding! So who are the companies that are reaching out beyond just the attendees but also to their families? So far I have three fabulous companies that have jumped on board to support Spousetivities.

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