- one turbo-prop flight!
- two turbo-prop flights!
- three turbo-prop flights!
- four turbo-prop flights!
Four turboprop flights to, from and within Transylvania…ah ah ah!
It was a very interesting trip — my first to Eastern Europe (outside of Prague, Czech Republic) and my first business trip to one of my company’s “low-cost countries.” My goal was to select some candidates that HR in the region had identified to help me (and other members of my department) with administrative daily work that has been bogging down our creative processes. I hope that it was not in vain, but I won’t know for a couple days probably whether the interviewees will accept our job offers.
Unfortunately, our schedule and the weather together really didn’t give me much chance to snap any pictures. So the best I could do were these shots from my seat on the plane on the flight back to Munich from Timişoara. Iaşi struck me as slightly more charming than Timişoara, probably owing to its hilly landscape and less-industrial / more-artsy architecture. It was, however, still very easy to point out which buildings were constructed during Romania’s communist era and which had predated it. Gray concrete columns juxtaposed with ornate pointy steeples does give the place a surreal touch.
I am sure that I will have to visit Iaşi again sometime in the foreseeable future; I am glad that I got the chance to check it out this time. Next time, I am sure I will be doing more work and having seen the airports (tiny!) and lived through taxi trips (harrowing!) already will certainly be a benefit.
This is a great hotel. I’ve stayed here twice now. It’s beautiful inside, and as beautiful outside as can be expected, I guess. My only suggestion for improvement would be to make the non-smoking section of the mezzanine (breakfast room) larger. Romanians love them some tobacco — almost as much as the Viennese, it would seem!
- On Thursday night last week, I departed for Paris.
- On Friday evening, I headed home to Regensburg.
- On the following Sunday evening, I departed again for Timisoara, Romania.
- On Monday evening, I departed Timisoara for Iasi, Romania.
- Early Wednesday morning, I’ll depart Iasi for Timisoara.
- A little later Wednesday morning, I’ll depart Timisoara for Munich.
And then I get to back to work for a day and a half before heading into vacation. I am already pretty tired of traveling though, and I’m only two-thirds through it!
…and when it’s not raining, it’s *really* thick fog, as if the rain is being proactive by getting closer to the ground in vapor form before condensing into drops heavy enough to fall.
But of course I meant it *figuratively** because I’d been having a dry spell at work with regard to business-related travel. And now, this month, right before I go on vacation again and get everyone all mad at me for having the audacity to use the vacation allotted to me, I have two business trips planned to three locations in two different countries inside of a week. The countries don’t even share a border!
One of the trips is to the Paris area, but alas I won’t be spending any there outside of the factory, except the night I arrive. I’ll be performing a training with the users of the database/software I’m responsible for there. The other trip is much more interesting, because it’s Romania, and outside of 2 small excursions to Prague in 13 years, I’ve never been to Eastern Europe. Lots of stuff is going on there for my company, so I’m curious to learn more about it.
Oh, and thank you America, for sending a message with your votes. Dems, however, I wouldn’t break out the champagne* just yet. Apparently, Keith Olbermann asserts
So let’s see how the rest of this presidency plays out.
We had such a good time in May 2006 carousing through France that we’ve kind of decided we want to head back there in 2007 (maybe also May).
Who’d like to join us at this B&B? I’ve traded a few books with the proprietress via BookCrossing.com and we’re very excited about the possibility of returning to that region of France and staying in a B&B (and why not in hers? Looks great from the pictures!).
We are now accepting travel buddy applicants, especially because for four people, the price drops to €25 per person per night! We are thinking of a flight from Munich to Nice and a rental car drive from there up to Rémuzat.