Hariharo again! ^_^
Phew! What a day!
It's about 1815 now and I'm back on Thalys again! As I expected the remainder of my train ride into Brussels went delightfully and I did get the rest of my work done. Whoops! Hold on a minute...
Right! That was my semi-dinner! :) I was actually planning on getting some sushi when I got back to Schiphol Airport, but I doubt that I can have another bite to eat today! I gotta admit: travelling with Thalys in first class (not in the so-called Salon mind you!) is a real treat. The food is quite good and the rolls are actually fresh! The only problem I could find are with the tables which can be found in the spots where you sit in opposing seats: those tables are both too high and too far away from your seat for comfortable use of a laptop. The pull-down tables in the single seats however are absolutely perfect!
Aniway... Where was I again? Oh yea! I was telling about the rest of my day :)
The taxi ride into the office was a joy! (Can we see a pattern forming here? It sounds like my day was a happy-happy-sunshiny-rainbow day!) The cabbie was quite helpful and I found out that my french wasn't altogether that bad, since we were able to have a decent discussion.
All in all my presentation at ING went pretty well and the people attending seemed to take it all in pretty well. There were loads of well informed questions and I sincerely hope that I left them with all the information they wanted. They were quite friendly people, one and all, and I was happily surprised to find that one of them was actually a Mac person! He was quite proud of his five years old Pismo (which had been sent to Apple for service at least five times, during which just about all of the parts had been replaced).
Anyway... The day went pretty well, apart from lunch where I made a complete ass out of myself by spilling a quart of my bowl of creamed vegetable soup all of my sweater and pants -_-; Imagine me, sitting in first class, wearing ugly stained pants and looking quite haggard... *ugh*
Huff! What a day indeed. I can't help but feel happy about how everything worked out. The two weeks leading up to this day may have been deadline and politicall hell, but in the end it was worth it :) I'm happy that I went!
Now I reckon I'll give both my legs and this laptop a bit of rest, while I read MacWorld or go for a piss, 'cause I've been hoholding it for an hour now :3
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Ah! This feels so incredibly good! ^_^
Today I'm travelling to Brussels, instead of heading off to the office like any other day, to give a short course to our IT colleagues over there. We're busy on a very exciting (and tiring) project which involves migrating hundreds of servers from London, over to the EU mainland. These servers will be placed within domains which involve a certain piece of security software that we use at $CLIENT, and the course I'm about to give covers just that!
Anyway. Not to delve too much into our company politics :) The reason I'm feeling so well this morning (it's about 8:30 now) is because I get to take the Thalys train into Brussels! This involves getting up at five in the morning, riding a luxury cab to Schiphol airport and then getting on the train around 7:15. $CLIENT even sprang for a first class ticket for me! So that means that I get to sit in a _very_ comfy seat, while working on the company's laptop and getting pampered by two lovely ladies. Don't you just _love_ a good, free breakfast?!
Speaking of pampering: I just booked a cab ride in Brussels _from_ the train! ^_^ This is so weird! I just can't help feeling giddy with excitement. (Gee Cailin! I guess you don't get around much, do you?!)
And speaking of laptops: right now I'm working on this HP Omnibook I borrowed from the company. It's running NT4, so it's both slow and instable : ( But my experiences during the last two weeks have lead me to decide that I seriously want a laptop of my own. Preferably an iBook of course! It's unbelievable how bloody useful these contraptions are and the amount of work I can get done with them while on the road!
Aniway, I'd better get back to work now! I'll be arriving at Brussels around 9:30, so I'd better review my course material one more time *shudder*
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