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Europe 2011

Greece, England, Scotland & Wales

While visiting Europe to speak at an event in Greece, I diverted to Britain for a week.

It was a great honor to be invited to speak at TEDx Athens. This was one of the largest TEDx events in the world and it seemed appropriate for me to be there, especially considering that the theme was "The Art of Disruption" After about 3 days in Athens, I flew to London and met up with a whole bunch of my storm chasing friends who regularly come to the U.S. to chase tornadoes. Over the next week, I rented a car and drove all over. I wish I had more time to stay and see more, but I tried to pack in as much as I could in the short time I had. Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way. It was a great trip.

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On stage at the TEDx Athens conference. One of the world's largest TEDx events. There were about a dozen of us speaking on the theme of "The Art of Disruption"

Being interviewed for the evening news in Greece.

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The view from my hotel room in Athens. The setting moon beside the Parthenon.

The Parthenon and Acropolis at sunset - Athens, Greece.

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Straddling the Prime Meridian - Greenwich, London England.

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The laser beam marks the Prime Meridian.

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The Prime Meridian laser beam shoots out from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, over the River Thames and London Olympic Stadium.

Chillin' out at the Ice Bar in downtown London, near Piccadilly Circus.

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The temperature inside the Ice Bar is kept at a cool -5C.

The bar, the walls and even the glasses are all made of ice.

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Ice sculpture embedded in the wall of the Ice Bar.

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Ice Bar, London

Ice Bar, London

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Trafalgar Square, London.

London.

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Christmas tree and lights in Trafalgar Square.

Liverpool.

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Aughton, near Liverpool.

Aughton, near Liverpool.

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Urquhart Castle on the shore of Loch Ness, Scotland.

Inside the grounds of Urquhart Castle - Loch Ness, Scotland

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Urquhart Castle - Loch Ness, Scotland

Fresh snow at Urquhart Castle - Loch Ness, Scotland

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Nessie. This was the only sighting of the Loch Ness Monster that I saw.

An old, wrecked boat on Loch Ness.

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Highland cattle, Scotland.

Scottish Highlands

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Sheep grazing in the Scottish Highlands

Fresh snow in the Scottish Highlands

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While in Scotland, a powerful, historic storm slammed the coast bringing rain, snow and extremely high winds. One weather station on a mountaintop measured a gust of 165 mph!

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The countryside of Wales.