So saying my journey to Microsoft’s E2 Conference didn’t go to plan would be an understatement. Here is a quick rundown:
- Flight out of Brisbane delayed by over an hour;
- Missed connecting flight to Toronto;
- Got to do three laps of LAX due to a certain airline messing up my new connecting flight ticket;
- Lost my coat somewhere in LAX;
- Had the pleasure of a full pat down from a US customs officer due to forgetting to take gum out of my pocket when getting body scanned;
- Arrived 8 hours after originally planned only to find that my new airline lost my luggage;
- Oh and the next morning the hotel locked me out of my room
My luck turned around when I just so happened to meet fellow Australian MIE, Jess, in the elevator. Like a guardian angel, Jess pointed me in the direction of a shopping mall where I could begin the mission to feel human again.
After already spending a day in Toronto, Jess played tour guide and we went exploring. We just so happened to bump into a very “unique” St Patrick’s Day parade. Let’s just say it’s not every day you see an Irish hill billy float that included a man with his pants down sitting on an open toilet and a Chinese drumming group.
Later that evening, got to finally tick off something that has been on my bucket list for 25 years – attend a NBA game. It was everything I expected and more! Air Canada Centre is an amazing venue and to top it off the Raptors got the win and scored over 100 points – free pizza for everyone!
After the rocky start, the first day in Toronto has been pretty awesome. The locals have been really friendly including this lady we met walking her cat in the CBD as we were off to get dinner.
In less than 7 days I will be in Toronto ready to dive in the deep end at Microsoft’s E2 Conference. Before I share what I am looking forward to let’s rewind to 2016.
An opportunity arose to apply to be one of four Australian MIE Experts that would represent Australia at E2 2017. Having spoken to a number of MIE’s who have attended the conference in the past it was definitely a conference that was on my professional learning bucket list.
I submitted my application and had to put my feet up and wait. Something I did literally after undergoing a knee reconstruction.
Travis Smith, Microsoft Teacher Engagement Manager, decided he would test my knee out by calling and informing me that I had been selected to represent Australia at the E2 Conference and he topped it off by telling me it was now in Toronto! If I could have jumped up and down in excitement I would have.
Let’s fast forward to now and I am super excited to be soon departing for E2.
I am excited about the whole conference and visiting a city I have never been to before.
I am excited to get the opportunity to learn from some of the leading educators in the World.
I am excited to network with developers of some of my favourite Microsoft tools.
I am excited about the team challenge – the opportunity to overcome potential cultural and language barriers in the quest to collaborate and work together to win the challenge!
I am excited to get the opportunity to showcase the wonderful teaching and learning that occurs at my school on the global stage.
In a nutshell – I’m excited!
I look forward to sharing that E2 experience through the blog and Twitter handle @TravGoulter
PS: Did I mention I am also excited about going to my first NBA game!