Work has picked up this month, and I’m traveling during 3 weeks this month – including to Brazil at the end of the month. The traveling is fun to a certain extent, but in addition to the actual travel to the sites I’m visiting, I have to spend approximately 40 hours writing a report once I’ve finished my site visit. If you do the math, you’ll notice that there are not more than 40 hours in a work week – leaving me finishing my reports after hours. I’m particularly keen on finishing the reports before I do the next site visit, just so I don’t get multiple sites mixed up in my head!
The travel normally isn’t too bad, but this past week, I got caught up in the delays caused by a fire at air traffic control in Chicago. My flight (no where near Chicago) was delayed over 4 hours! At least we managed to get to our destination, which is more than I can say for some other travelers that day. I actually was so exhausted when I finally made it to my hotel that I ordered room service. I think I can count on one hand how many times I’ve ordered room service. I can expense it, but I still have a deep-seated desire to not waste money, even if it’s not mine. (I’ve actually got a bit of a reputation at my client for being the “cheap one”).
I hope to catch up on everyone’s posts as I procrastinate report writing, but I do want to spend some time with my family while I’m not traveling!
Sometimes room service is unavoidable… and so expensive you’re glad to be able to expense it!
Where in Brazil are you headed? Will you have any time to do any sightseeing while there?
I’ll be in a town called Curitiba – about an hour’s flight outside Sao Paulo. I should have one afternoon when I land, and one morning before I fly out, and maybe the afternoon/evening that I’m working, but our client’s security protocols are pretty strict for Brazil. I’ll be picked up at the airport, and escorted pretty much at all times until they drop me back off at the airport to go home. I’m hoping I can talk my escort into showing me some of the local sites and local food at least, but unless I get darn lucky and able to sneak out, I won’t be exploring much on my own 🙁 I’ve talked with my escort on the phone before, and he’s local to Brazil, but not that city, so I might be able to talk him into going exploring 🙂