Posts Tagged ‘Travel’
In another transit in Dubai. I been here for about two and a half hours now and I am feeling pretty tired. Specially since I had no proper sleep last night as my first flight was at an un-godly hour of 2.30 in the morning.
Air travel can be pretty tiring if you are flying economy class and have long transits of a few hours. You have to spend your transit time on air port corridors. Dubai air port is packed with people. Busiest I have seen (ok, I haven’t seen many) and you hardly get a seat to rest your weiry legs. My legs are paining now as I have been on my feet most of this time
I am on my way to Tanzania to conduct a training to one of our clientd there. It’s been almost an year since we has deployed the system there and the client has had staff turnover and the new staff needs a fresh training to use the system effectively. As I have not done many trainings before this is a bit of a learning experience for me as well. Specially since I am doing the training away from home and help, if I need any, is far away. But with the help of the Internet, help is just a IM away! The world is truly a global village! If there was no IM or Skype I wound’nt have dared taking this trip on my own!
I am happy for Affno. With projects like these we are transforming ourselves to a global software company. I am hoping to make a few new business contacts for Affno as well as to renew an existing relashionship as well. If this trip can also create a few new business opportunities I think my trip would be a resounding success.
Personally for me it would be a big personal development as I would be playing a marketing role in this trip. Marketing is an area that I percieve weak in me. I have always shied away from any marketing activity. But as you progress up in your career, it is one of the key skills that you need, specially if you want to head a company someday!
Well, I have been ranting away so much it will be difficult to give this posta topic! I should stop now and go check to which gate I need to go to for my next flight.
PS: I am typing this on my PDA phone.
PPS: I am posting this from the hotel in Tanzania as I heard the final call for boarding before I could post it from Dubai and had to make a dash!
I am leaving for Tanzania for a company assignment tonight. I didn’t plan on going away so soon, just 3 weeks after my return from Mauritius, but I was compelled to go. Had no choice. Guess it is one of the downsides of working for a corporate entity. You are not entirely free to choose your schedules.
Anyway, my mission is to conduct a training for a government agency in Tanzania that is running some of our software. We commissioned the system a little over an year ago and they have not used the system properly since. Also the key people whom we trained at the time of the training have left that organization and now they require a fresh training from the scratch for them to effectively start using the system.
My company also wants me to engage in some business development tasks to make our existing contacts in Tanzania stronger. So I am going for dual purposes. I am comfortable in doing the training, I am conducting a training after a long long time. And it is the first time I am going on a business development mission and all by myself at that! I have tagged along the Business Development managers when they were going to meet clients as a techie to answer any technical questions. But I have never done a business development meeting on my own. Having said that, deep inside I am kind of looking forward to that experience as it will be a totally new experience for me!
Well, I guess this trip also will also be confined to work. Since I have been to Tanzania once before and since I am on my own this time I am not planning on doing any wild life safaris. I’ve seen it once and that is enough. I am not so keen to do that trip another time. Maybe the only thing that I might do is, if possible I will make a visit to Zanzibar, as it was a place we missed on our last trip. Other than that, I am looking forward to coming home at the end of the week!
My only sight seeing in Mauritius happened on the 9th September Sunday, when I traveled up to Ile Aux Cerfs to visit an island and to do para-sailing. I was staying in Port Louise and Ile Aux Cerfs is on the east of the island. But the journey didn’t take more than an hour and a half! Not all of it on highways either. Most of it was on normal single lane roads, but I guess it is the beauty of a small island with less traffic on the roads.
Ile Aux Cerfs is an island off the coast, which is about a 10 minute ride on a slow boat. On a speed boat it will be less than 5 minutes. We were supposed to go on a speed boat, but by the time we got to the jetty, all speed boats were gone and had to settle for a slow boat.
Ile Aux Cerfs is a beautiful small island which is nested between a few more islands. The other islands are either private islands belonging to hotels or inhabitant, Ile Aux Cerfs is maintained as a public location with excellent infrastructure for tourists both local and foreign on-site. It is also a hub of activity to go para-sailing as well as other water sports. Well I didn’t see anyone doing jet skiing or water skiing, para-sailing seems to be the popular activity. Then there are activities like banana boat rides and the like and excursions to the nearby islands. Then there’s a mini golf course on the island.
What thrilled me most was the para-sailing part. Basically, they take you to a platform on the sea, and there they hook a parachute on to you. The parachute is tied to a boat and the boat takes off and you take off to the sky. Just like a fighter jet takes off from a carrier craft! then they take you on a round, then the boat slows down, gently landing you to the water. As you touch the water and dip your feet into the water, the boat takes off taking you up with the parachute. Then the boat takes you around the platform and gently lands you on the platform itself! No need to swim, unless something goes wrong!
It was first experience I had with parachuting. And it was a thrilling experience. Well, at least with that, my Mauritius trip was not all work! Thank god!
PS: Thanks Nirmal for finding out about Ile Aux Cerfs and organizing the trip. And thank you Shailendra and his friend, for taking us there and also for carrying out all the negotiations on behalf of us!