Business trip

I’m back from my business trip! I had several good days filled with learning new things and meeting my German co-workers. It’s nice to meet people that you talk to on the phone on occasion and get a real face for the voice.

At first I was supposed to come home on Wednesday but the trip got extended in order to allow more time to transfer knowledge. I’m taking over the duties from a co-worker in Germany who will quit the company this week. It was good that I stayed two extra days as we had more time to spend on certain items.

I’m happy to say that the somewhat warmer weather and more sunshine made most of my tiredness to disappear. Yeah! 🙂 I’m hoping it won’t return now when I’m back though… (3 weeks until I go on vacation to the Canary Islands and then there will be lots of sunshine and warm weather!)

The not so fun part was when I heard that the security personnel where on strike. At first I was told that one security checkpoint was open so I took the 30 minute fast train north to Frankfurt but when I arrived at the airport I was told that all security points were shut down and I needed to stand in line to rebook my flight. 2,5 hours later and with plenty of hurting joints due to the long period standing I had my flight for the next day. They did not get me a hotel though so I had to stand in another line in order to do that… at that time my joint was hurting so bad I could barely feel them. 😦 Standing in long lines for many hours is not to recommend with RA!

I got a package including hotel, breakfast and shuttle service (to and from) the airport. Great I thought! Well… when I was ready to depart the hotel Saturday morning I was informed that I should have reserved my seat and that nothing was available. I got very annoyed as no one said I had to reserve whatsoever, but the hotel people had no intention to help me out. Only option was to take a taxi… cost me 30 euros! And I had paid 66 euros for the package the day before! I’m very unhappy about it still!

Finally on Saturday afternoon I landed in Stockholm and my wonderful hubby picked me up at the airport.

The main building of the hotel in Mannheim.
The main building of the hotel in Mannheim.
The hotel offered very taste food! Here it's salmon on a bed of spinach.
The hotel offered very tasty food! Here it’s salmon on a bed of spinach.
You can't be in Germany and not eat Schnitzel and bratkartoffeln (fried potato with bacon and onion)
You can’t be in Germany and not eat Schnitzel and bratkartoffeln (fried potato with bacon and onion).
There most be something special in Germany with standing pillows. This was my hotel in Mannheim...
There most be something special in Germany with standing pillows. This was my hotel in Mannheim…
... and here is the second hotel close to the airport in Frankfurt.
… and here is the second hotel close to the airport in Frankfurt.
Security personnel on strike.
Security personnel on strike.
Of course the news were there too!
Of course the news were there too!
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