Re: Wrong City
"On another occasion, I was booked to do some performance tuning work for a large drugs company in St. Petersburg. Anyway, the flights were booked for me and I was told that a limo/taxi would meet at the airport. Needless to say, no-one was waiting for me at the airport. Who knew there was a St Petersburg in Florida!!! That one took a bit more sorting out."
When travel departments foul up they do it spectacularly.
I was booked to do a training session in Hong Kong with a telecoms company. Travel dept sorted it all out. I was leaving in the morning, arriving about 12 hours later and the training was the next morning.
Except that they forgot that Hong Kong is 8 hours ahead so instead of landing at 8pm, we arrived at about 5am. With the training session starting at 8am we barely made it out of the airport and into the office in time. We barely shambled through the training looking like unmade beds on zero sleep and far too much free in-flight alcohol.
Jet lag is one issue but jet lag, sleep deprivation and sobering up while awake, talking and being watched by a room full of polite but slightly bewildered people is not a great experience.
The post script is that we just barely managed to get through the day and then they insisted in taking us out for dinner and drinks afterwards.
Oh and they also managed to get a hire car delivered to my colleague's door in Blackburn. He lives in the one in west Lothian. The car ended up outside a house with the same street name in Lancashire.