Monday, 26 March 2007

advantages of my job #2 : international travel

When the cat's away, the mice play. Don't get me wrong. I am not lazy and I get my work done. But sometimes it's nice to know that your boss will be away the entire week because of various meetings in London, Brussels or the far reaching corners of Germany. You can get in a little later, take a longer lunch break and do a little more messing around than usual.

I also like the fact that I can travel. Before Suzanne was born, I had a monthly trip to the Netherlands or Great Britian or Austria. It's nice to have a Monday morning meeting in Cornwall and spend the weekend in London visiting friends. It's nice to stay in a nice hotel with a pool and eat good food and not have to pay for it. It's nice to actually meet the people who I have on email or the phone a couple times a week. It's nice to see what the projects are doing. Let's face it : it's just plain nice not to have to sit behind a computer all day.

I visited one project last year where we spent the day trapsing around the Cornish countryside visiting farms where our funding had helped subsidize better environmentally sound farming measures. We went to a local pub for lunch where I had the most divine farm cheddar cheese and ale. I visited another project in Wales. After a day of visiting a regenerated "new town", we went out for a lovely meal in a fancy hotel right on the Cardiff harbor. Not bad.

I'd say that the travelling is one of the selling points of my job. Just wish I could do it more and sit behind the computer less.

1 comment:

Papadesdeux said...

Two years ago I was complaining because I had work projects in New York that meant I had to be there one week every 5 or 6 weeks. Almost 2 years of that and I was whining up a storm. Now after a year of no traveling... I'm whining up a storm.

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