I’m in Barcelona with Microsoft and Weber Shandwick for the 2008 Mobile World Congress. As busy as I’ve been, I miss Kristine and Henry like crazy. They’re back in London hosting Amanda Frank and Erin Roche, who flew over from Seattle and New York, respectively, to keep the London Frys company until I return on Thursday. Mobile World Congress is the Super Bowl of mobile industry trade shows, and Microsoft is making some big news, including its announcement today that Sony Ericsson will launch a series of Windows Mobile phones. It’s amazing how much work goes into putting on one of these shows, and I’m always impressed by the grace with which people do their jobs here.
Barcelona is beautiful. It has been sunny since I arrived on Saturday, making it easy to forget that it’s only mid-February. My room at the Hotel Catalonia overlooks a plaza, beyond which is the Fira, where the big MWC trade show is being held. Barcelona is very bicycle friendly. In addition to dedicated bike lanes that run parallel to all the roads, the city has a series of do-it-yourself bike rental stations situated all over town. Picture the luggage carts stacked up at airports that require a credit card to check out – but with bikes instead. Seems like a good option if you find yourself too drunk to drive when coming out of a bar (but not too drunk to ride?).
The next four days are going to be pretty intense. Maybe Kristine and Henry will blog about their London visitors. Adios for now.