I am sure that many of our friends know that right now Marion is in the USA for her work. She has to stay there for about 3.5 week. She and her colleagues will discuss all that happened the last year, the good and the bad. See if it is possible to improve things, even that what is already going very well. There will be talk about the plans for the coming years. And there will be all kind of (product) trainings.
This all has slowly turned into a yearly happening as it shows that the company benefits a lot of these yearly meetings.
So yes, I do understand that this all is important for the company Marion is working for. But do I like it? No, 3.5 weeks is just too long. Sure, I am used to it that Marion is often away from home. But as said, 3.5 weeks is just too long for me. But don’t worry, I will survive.
This late afternoon Sanne, who is visiting me, and me were chatting with Marion. For her it is end of the morning (7 hours time difference). It was so good to see her face (I am so happy with fast internet connections and modern communication protocols which make real time face-to-face communication possible).
The hotel where Marion is staying in Tennessee is a good and luxury one. No simple hotel room, but a nice suite with a good big bed, a comfortable place to sit to read or watch television and a good desk to work on when needed. The bathroom is big and with a tub and a shower.
There are more nice things to this hotel as a indoor swimming pool, a gym and a sauna (a real one that is heated with coal). The bar of the hotel is very comfortable and a nice place to spend some time with other hotel guests.
So the hotel that was selected for Marion to stay is really okay.
While we were chatted with Marion we managed to locate the hotel on Bing…
I even know now the windows belonging to the room where stays, which is kinda nice to know.
On Google Maps, in street view, you can see the hotel, but sadly you cannot get anywhere near it. Funny are the differences in colour of the walls between the photo’s of Bing and Google. I assume the weather is the reason for this. The weather seems much better on the first picture.
Near by the hotel there is a McDonalds. Marion is no big fan of McDonalds, but she tried to be open minded and had there a snack. It seems not to be possible, but according Marion it is even worse as over here in The Netherlands.
But the kitchen of the hotel is good and there are some nice restaurants around. Marion said she will not die of hunger :-)
It is good to see that they did everything to make her stay of in Tennessee some comfortable as possible. I am happy about that, but to be honest, I cannot wait on the day to pick her up at Schiphol Airport again!
(Credit pictures: Microsoft Bing & Google Maps)