A trip to a war zone or?

Our holiday is over since a while back now and we both are back to reality again.

As normal it is hard to come back specially as nowadays your mailbox are filled with a few hundreds of email which will be needed to plough through. The good is that 50% of all emails is direct for the waste bin.

Anyway I had time to stay approximate two weeks in the office and to get everything back in order then I had to head out for Turkey.

It was planed as a simple four days trip together with a service technician from our German office whom I would help. I needed at the same time to meet the customers project team. 

The service technician was planned or booked to stay for two weeks. This to be able to finish up everything and hand over the system to the customer.

The first four days became five days for me which was OK, I came back home Saturday instead as the planned Friday. So no big deal really.

The problem started first Monday morning when I was back at office. And approximately 07:30 when a call from the customer came telling me. Your service technician is leaving with the first available flight!. This as the customer understood due to the war between Turkey and Syria. We were after all in Istanbul and more than 800 km north from any war zone so no danger.

I realised a really busy/chaos Monday would start! The start was calling the technician.  He explained that his department boss in Germany had ordered him home with first available flight. When I asked why? He explained there was a German warning for travel to Turkey! I told him that the warning is only at the boarder zone. Between Turkey and Syria and this warning counts for most countries! No problem really. In the end we decided it would be best if I called his boss.

I called his boss which was the biggest waste of time in my life as he thought the bombs was flying over his service technicians head. No point wasting time with him, better prepare plan B.

In the end as no available technicians was around plan B went in the wast bin too. The solution was, I had to go back once more which was plan C.

So when arriving on the shipyard again. The customer was really happy and welcomed me back as the big saviour of the day. A few jokes was told as well about my travel back and forward.  As well about our german branch office and the policy they have.

In the end I stayed the whole week. Travel back on the Friday and was back home approx. five o’clock. Everything went as planned and we managed to finalise what I should.

When I arrived home Diana together with friends from Luxembourg was waiting. Restaurant was booked already I came home perfect in time to say hello and have a quick shower and off we went to dinner. 

 

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