Life has been hectic this past week. I started lecturing an online strategy course using Google+ as the platform. I decided to make my distance learning class a bit more engaging from what I remembered when I was in undergrad. So instead of creating the class, handing over the course pack and assignments and say “see you 15 weeks,” I am hosting weekly one hour Google+ Hangout sessions with my students (actually 3x/week) so we mutually get some face time together, and I get some lecture time/discussion time/Q+A time to interact and explain why on earth strategy is an interesting subject to study. So far so good. We are on to week two and I think this platform will work. It’s kind of fun having 10 people on a Google+ Hangout. You still have to prepare a lecture but the delivery is different. The other fun thing are the effects you can use in a Hangout. Has anyone tried Hangouts before?
Back to more interesting blog topics: TRAVEL + DESIGN!!
When I visited Stockholm to attend the Meet The Blogger conference earlier this month, I stayed in a really cool hotel in the centre of the city called the Scandic Hotel Grand Central. There was a very interesting Cordon Bleu shop directly across the street from this hotel. I stopped in on Sunday and nearly died looking at all the beautiful kitchenware- none of which I bought- I restrained!! I don’t need another whisk or spatula or baking pan, or gadget. I also saw a stove for 15,000 euro- a stunning piece of work, but slightly (extremely) out of my price range.
The hotel building itself is older but Scandic went through a reno in 2011 and did a wonderful job. I think my favourite part of the property was the kitchen/dining room/restaurant which is all open concept with interesting industrial design pieces and a bold floral floor tile that pops out at you. The room I stayed in was a comfortable size. I did not feel like I was in a shoe-box what so ever and I liked the balcony looking into the interior courtyard and all the funky wall “sayings” on each floor.
Photo Source: Scandic Grand Central Hotel
I’ve been meaning to share these hotel photos with you in case you were planning on a trip….
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