On the less positive side, I think being sat in a traffic jam in Dubai, with the thermometer registering an outside temperature of 54 degrees and not looking forward to getting out of the taxi, which was nicely air conditioned, was one of the least enjoyable!
This reminds me of another experience at the other end of the temperature scale: on one of my first trips to Switzerland my destination airport was closed because of snow and we were diverted to Strasbourg. In France I had a three hour bus trip to where we should have been. But I did quite well because, as this was before everything was paid for on credit cards, I’d put a few euros in my wallet just in case, and in the hour waiting for the bus to come, I got chatting to somebody else from the flight and he didn’t have any euros, so I bought him a coffee. It turned out we were going to the same hotel in Switzerland and he actually paid for the taxi from the airport which was considerably more expensive than a coffee.
It was about 3 o’clock in the morning by the time we finally got there, and I was due at the school at 8 o’clock the same morning to start training on their first session on the software.
Probably I kept going on adrenaline, because it was quite exciting!
I can speak French reasonably well. I wouldn’t possibly go as far as saying fluent, but certainly I was using it in an office capacity with French Railways and the language used there was quite different sometimes from the French learned at school, especially when things were going wrong. I learned more German when we started working with schools in Germany mainly to understand restaurant menus a bit better after a less than wonderful experience with steak tartare!