We only just landed back in South Florida from Paris. And I'm already preparing to move out again on Sunday, bound for Frankfurt (through Vienna).
You'll be hearing all about the energy meetings I'll be attending, right here.
Now, I hope our trip back from Paris is not a harbinger of the trip back to Europe this weekend. We have enough concerns already.
Especially given who I'll be meeting in Frankfurt…
"Bad Omens" for Next Week's Summit
Our flight back home may have been direct from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) outside Paris to Miami, but that didn't mean it was without problems.
First, our terminal at CDG went into lockdown just as we were at the ticket counter. It seems that somebody decided to leave a bag in the security area. After what has happened recently in this city, Parisian gendarmes take a dim regard of such actions.
That delayed everything by about 90 minutes.
No word on when – or if – the tourist gets his bag back. The last we saw it, two heavily armored bomb specialists where putting the black piece of luggage into a specially reinforced van and speeding it off the airport grounds.
But that was just the beginning…
Then we arrived at Miami International, one of the worst airports in the world when it comes to long passport lines. We used to spend literally hours waiting. That's why we committed to what turns out to be one of the best investments we have ever made.
If you travel frequently abroad, I suggest you do the same: make the $100 investment, go through the interview, have your fingerprints taken, and get Global Entry. This time around, despite the normal long lines, Marina and I went through passport control in less than 10 minutes because of that program.
Unfortunately, that turned out not to be the problem this time. Our driver was over an hour late with no idea when he would make it down south to the airport. He was blocked in traffic because of an accident in the "express" lane on I-95.
We ended up having to take a taxi with traffic now inching north on the interstate with the meter running. It took us almost two hours to travel the less than 35 miles back home to Fort Lauderdale. In all, the little adventure cost us the evening.
Now, I don't believe in omens.
But with the people awaiting me next week in Frankfurt, I need flights to be uneventful…
Iran Is Looking for Natural Gas Investment
The people in question are Iranian. The occasion is the Iran LNG & Gas Summit, meeting at the Kempinski Hotel in Frankfurt. On Wednesday, I'll be addressing the plenary session. But the real action will be elsewhere… and so will I.
At many high-profile international meetings, next week's included, the formal program provides cover for more important and specific "sidebar" meetings. These are where deals are struck, investments sec…
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