If I was training at my own office, it would be in Schiedam. Schiedam is quite a boring city, and know for it’s brandy ‘Jenever’. There really isn’t much to do there.
My region as far as traveling are the Nordic countries, which consists of: Gothenburg, Stockholm, Malmö (all 3 in Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo (Norway) and Helsinki (Finland). I sometimes also have to go to Belgium, which I really hate cause people can’t drive there andespecially the French speaking Belgians are not known to be very nice.
So what are my popular cities then: Well I really love Oslo, Stockholm & Gothenburg (and Copenhagen isn’t bad either). They are all 3 beautiful cities, with all nice people. At the office they know that all Stockholm & Oslo trips must be done by me (or else I get very angry ).
A week in the life of…
So what is it I have to do as a trainer. Let me just give you an example of a few days in my life as a trainer.
I’ll arrive at the office late as always (because I’m always late, it actually isn’t considered late), and drink my coffee which is sitting on my desk waiting for me to drink it all up. My colleagues (Marjo or Franziska) are always so friendly to make me a nice coffee with frothed milk, 1 sugar and 1 sweetener. The combination of 1 sugar and 1 sweetener is really important because 2 sugar or 2 sweeteners tastes terrible… But not my lovely combo… It’s perfect!
This day at the office is a course prep day, so I’m making course material or prepare myself for the training next day. At 11 o’clock we have a coffee break and at 12:30 we have a lunch break. At 15:30 we all have another break (I call it the cola break, because we normally drink soft drinks in that break). And after 17:00 it’s time to go home again.
I’ll arrive late at the office, drink my coffee while going to my classroom. I’ll setup the computers that I need and wait for my students to arrive. Normally I’ll start the training at 9:30 and have a break at 11:00. At 12:30 I go out to a restaurant for lunch with my students and continue again at 13:30. At around 15:00 we take another break (the cola break) and I normally kick my students out around 16:00-16:30. At 17:00 I go home again.
I wake up, and start packing my suitcase. Today I fly to Stockholm to deliver some courses there. My dad picks me up from home and drives me to the airport (which is a 10 minute ride from my place). After check-in and security, I hang out with my ex colleagues at the airport. Once I’m done with that I take some snack and / or drink (read a lot of red wine) from the airline lounge and walk slowly to the gate. Because I’m a frequent flyer, I’m allowed to board the plane before the other non frequent flyers get in. I normally sit between row 3 and 7. The thing is, those rows are sometimes reserved for business class and have more legroom than the rest of the seats. So I’ll enjoy business class seat config, with economy class service. (added note: KLM recently changed their seat policy, those seats are now called Economy comfort and require an additional fee… Damn you KLM)
After arriving at the airport in Stockholm, I’ll take the train and metro to go to my hotel. In Stockholm I normally stay at Skyhotel Apartments. They have nice big rooms,with apartment services (which means they only clean once a week, but the price is rather affordable for all the benefits you get). The receptionists in the hotel normally welcome me with a big smile and hug, because I’m their favorite guest (so they say :p ). My nickname at the hotel is the candy man, because I always bring candy and cookies from Holland. I actually have a lot of contact with the staff in my private time, because they are all fun people and make me feel at home there..
In the evening I meet up with one of my friends and then it’s of to bed.
Every night before going to bed, I tell myself: “Owen, you are going to wake up early and have breakfast at the hotel”. But every morning when my alarm rings, I just snooze the bitch until it’s too late for breakfast and go to the office straight away by taking the metro.
At the office Joe normally awaits me, and makes me a coffee with a plastic spoon, some brown sugar and milk. It’s how I like my coffee at the office in Stockholm
At 9 o’clock I start my course while still eating a sandwich (what they always have laying around at the office). The rest of the training day is sort of the same as in Holland, we have some breaks and lunch, and around 4 o’clock I kick my students away.
Sometimes after class I hang out with my students at O’learys, which often results in us being drunk as fuck. If not hanging out with students, I hang out with my other friends, and we have dinner somewhere.
I wake up to late for breakfast again, go the office to do my course. After I’m finished with the course, I take the metro and train to the airport again to fly back to Amsterdam.
For some reason I always end up drinking a lot a red win in the airline lounge, it’s free (hey I’m Dutch) and always taste good. It wouldn’t be the first time boarding the plane while being highly intoxicated. All time record was a flight from Oslo to Amsterdam. The airplane had some technical challenges in Oslo, so the time I had to spend in the lounge was way longer. So what would I do? Exactly, drink more wine. That evening I boarded the plane after drinking more than 2 bottles of red wine all by myself, when seeing the flight attendants the first thing I said to them is if they had another bottle of red wine. The flight attendants were so nice and friendly that I ended up drinking 2 small bottles of red wine and a gin tonic.