I am trying to give the impression that I was truly immersed in the Dutch lifestyle and culture. Truth is I arrived at Schipol airport, went to the hotel on the shuttle bus, stayed in the ( lovely) hotel from Tuesday evening til Thursday evening, and came back home. Such is the glamour ( not) of international business travel.
It's a long time since I travelled abroad on business. I forgot how stressful it is. I don't miss it. I don't plan to do a lot more of it. Don't mind going with other half abroad for business as long as it means I can swan around site- seeing and hanging out at the hotel pool/ spa. At the moment, we don't have a lot of business travel overseas on the horizon though. Suits me.
Travelling is for holidays in my book, and I can happily stick with that. The furthest I will get on business before the year is out is Newcastle. Suits me!
The conference ( Insights ) was really enjoyable. I spoke for an hour on both days and had a good time at both sessions. The delegates were enthusiastic and supportive, and I had to remember that I was talking to people from many different countries ( no Geordie colloquialisms at this event). It was good to meet new like minded people, and to have a laugh with old friends.