Well its been a week since I left the Middle East and I thought it was high time I wrote something. It’s been an adventure of the rather large persuasion. I don’t live an ordinary life but I guess I never have.
I got out of Qatar in one piece. In an odd turn of events it rained solidly the whole day that I left. There was some nice poetry in that. I landed in Roma in the evening. It took me days to get across the airport. My NZ cap is as good as diplomatic immunity in Italy at least. I’m not even sure passport control stamped me in.
I had a short flight to Pisa and then I waited for a while for Dan, one of my new colleagues to pick me. We had a drive to La Spezia where I finally got on board my new home. Now I have signed a confidentiality agreement, but I have a pretty good understanding of how these things work. I don’t think will be treading on anyones toes by sharing a little bit here on this very blog.
First impressions, an overpowering desire to append wow to every sentence. She is a stunning boat and everything is so shiny and new. I have spent the last week getting lost on an hourly basis but I am slowly starting to get a feel for things. We had a fire drill yesterday and I found my way to my muster station without too much hassle, so that is good to know.
The crew accommodation is top notch and I have a positively cavernous cabin to myself. This is a big plus as given our size we do not tie up that often.
My department is a subset of Engineering. There are four of us in our office which is broadly speaking Electrical and AVIT. Having spent many years in offices, it is both satisfying and comforting to return to one even if it is a bit chaotic. Rest assured I have my label maker out and am making gentle improvements.