Monday, February 12, 2007

Greetings From The Road

I'm on the road for the next 10 days visiting our Chichester office and then I'm off to London for a few days before turning around again to come back to Chichester for a day of meetings and then back to Glasgow. The trip is 7 parts work and 3 parts play.

I didn't sleep much last night as I was quite stressed about this trip and when it came down to it I really didn't want to go. I'm not sure why, but I could feel myself slipping into a blue funk. Sunday was a bit of a blue day overall. Maybe it was the gray skies and rain. I think I only got about 3 hours sleep last night.

Note to self - chill.

My flight was supposed to leave at 9AM but just like last trip it was delayed. However, the delay was much more bearable this time. I think we took off by about 10:45. It was a pretty smooth flight until our descent when again the cross winds threw the plane around quite a bit. But I arrived in one piece.

Had a full day at the office and I can already tell it's going to be a busy week. I'm hoping to get the chance to do a little exploring during my lunch breaks and at the end of each day. There is a lot of history in this town and the streets look like something out of a movie set. There is a huge Cathedral in the centre of town that I'm dying to check out.

Business trips are always a bit strange especially when you are traveling with work colleagues. When you travel together you sort of cross a line from the reserved and formal over into the informal/personal. It can work or it can be incredibly awkward.

I'm happy to say the 2 colleagues that are joining me for this trip are great. We met in the hotel pub for a pint before dinner and then shared a bottle of wine with the meal. It was only my incredible feeling of fatigue that forced me to have to call it a night.

Sorry I don't have a picture for you today but I didn't really get an opportunity to pull out the camera. Well to be honest, I was a bit lazy. While getting set up with a temporary work space at the end of the day I looked out the window and there was a beautiful sky full of pinks, blues and clouds as the sun set. But my camera was up on another floor through a maze of cubicles.

I'll try harder tomorrow.


John Taylor said...

Being that this post was sans photo since you were too lazy to get your camera, I felt it the perfect opportunity to say how much I usually enjoy your pics. I don't even own a camera but you've practically convinced me that I should. Now get some sleep.

Chris said...

Thanks John. Work trips are never good for allowing free time so I'm a bit frustrated that I can't get out to explore in the daylight.

Please do get a camera. With Digital you never have to 'edit' yourself in that you can post rather than print your photos.

It's always interesting to see the world through someone else's eyes.

FYI - I just have a Nikon point and shoot digital camera. Nothing too fancy.