Shakira - El Dorado World Tour

Wow! What a year it has been! I got the opportunity to see more of the world this year. Some places I had been before, but there were many new locations as well. For those that don’t know, I was the Programming Engineer for Shakira’s world tour, hence my absence in Nashville. Throughout the course of things, many new friends were made and adventures had. From touchy airport security, to questionable runners, there are more stories than can fit in one post.

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Spacebar

That name cracks me up. ‘Spacebar’ is the tour industry term for the position of ‘Programming Engineer’. It is a massive oversimplification, while at the same time, if you do your job correctly, that is exactly all you do during the show. The dark side of the spacebar are the moments, always unexpected, where you keep the space ship from spinning out of control.  

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Stepping Into A Prism

Walking into the Sagrada Família is like being transported to another world. The exterior is an amazing mix of Gothic, Catalan, and modern lines, all woven in a way that can only be described by the name of the man that created it, Gaudi. Symbolism covers every surface of the Basilica. The vision that is slowly appearing, though incomplete, has been revealing itself for over 100 years. Visiting the Sagrada Família has been on my bucket list for years, and this past Sunday, that dream was realized.

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Bavaria

München (Munich) is a city filled with Biergartens, Dragons, and some beautiful sightseeing adventures. While I didn't have time to visit the legendary parks, majestic castles in the nearby Alps, or the palace, a self-guided walking tour let me see the city, and know that I would like to return. It's name means 'by the monks', and this refers to the monks of the benedictine order. Munich has remained a cultural hub since 1158, and remains so today.

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The Gherkin

Of all the cities in the world, that I have seen, I think some of the most beautiful variance in architecture exists in London. It has been a melting pot for centuries. Ideas, shapes, cultures, and tones from history shade its buildings. Throughout the city, there is such a variety of structure, that it really is a feast for the eyes. My friend, Jamie gave me an 8+ mile walking tour of the city. I finallly saw the city from the perspective that I have only read about, and never have time to take!

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Cologne

This is my first Lifestyle editorial ... kidding. No talk of scents or why not to every wear Axe. My travels recently took me to Cologne, Germany. I am currently at the start of a year-long world tour, with Shakira, as her Programming Engineer. Our days are busy, long, and we don't have tons of time off, but when we do, I like to go explore. I woke up a couple days ago, looked across the river from our hotel, and was floored by what I saw. The Cologne Cathedral is a sight that I will never forget.

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Fatherhood

Life has changed. It has changed for the better. With all changes come challenges, and with all challenges come more chances for failure. It is how you deal with these changes that define you. My world completely changed in January of this year. I now have a son. Yes, I have two other children, and claim them as my own, but all you stepparents out there have to admit, having one of your own flesh and blood is different in some ways. 

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