Inside Seattle’s Historic Underground Walking Tour

Inside Seattle’s Historic Underground Walking Tour

20 feet beneath the Seattle we know lie the remnants of the city as it used to be. Back in the days of horse-drawn carriages, Seattle was more rough-and-tumble than rock-and-roll. The old city flooded, burned down, and washed away and, as tides rode, the citizens of old Seattle took on a daunting task: raising [...]

Late Spring in Seattle: A Rainy Day at Pike Place

Late Spring in Seattle: A Rainy Day at Pike Place

Seattle is my favourite city. It's the perfect blend of west coast chill and big-city bustle, and, while I love working on Microsoft's Redmond campus, I relish the free time I have to explore on my own. On my most recent trip I spent a rainy day sightseeing Seattle's Pike Place Market and got a [...]

Cherry Blossoms and Solo Travel

Cherry Blossoms and Solo Travel

Nestled on the University of Washington campus, surrounded by Victorian buildings you'd sooner expect to find in England than in the Pacific Northwest, are dozens of Sakura trees which, for a few special weeks each spring, burst into bloom with magnificent pink blossoms. The scent of the blossoms dances on the light breeze coming off Lake Washington, making the spring [...]

Ada’s Technical Books & Café

Ada’s Technical Books & Café

Named after Ada Lovelace, one of the mothers of Computer Science, Ada's Technical Books and Café is a haven for the technically minded.

Microsoft Student Partner Summit 2015

Microsoft Student Partner Summit 2015

Energy was high and innovation was in the air at the second annual Microsoft Student Partner Summit in Redmond, Washington. This year, the 55 best and brightest MSPs from around the globe were invited to Microsoft headquarters for a week-long retreat during the Imagine Cup finals. Their schedule was packed with mentoring, networking, hackathons, and teaching, [...]

Inside Microsoft’s TechReady Party at Century Link Field

Inside Microsoft’s TechReady Party at Century Link Field

Only a company like Microsoft would rent out a world-class football stadium for its employee party. On July 30th, 2015, attendees of Microsoft's biannual TechReady conference were invited to Century Link Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, for a party of epic proportions - live bands, open bars, sporting stations, and thousands of techies from around the world! [...]

Boating on Lake Washington

Boating on Lake Washington

Hello world! I'm back after two weeks of busy business travel through Toronto, Seattle and Boston. My team flew me out for a series of training days in the three cities, and now my mental toolbox is equipped with all the tools I need to create courses at Microsoft. In between meetings and cross-campus shuttles, [...]