For the last six days I have been in transit in some form or another whilst traveling to our regional senior manager meeting from South Africa to Berlin via London.
As a born and bred South African public transport has never really had a role to play in my daily travels. How completely opposite this is to the lives of those in London and wider Europe.
Leaving on Sunday night from Johannesburg I boarded a plane for an 11 hour flight to London. Upon arrival on Monday morning I took the Heathrow Express to Paddington and then jumped into a taxi to our offices in Covent Gardens.
Tuesday afternoon saw me back on a taxi to Paddington then on the Heathrow Express back to the airport for a flight out to Berlin. Upon arrival late on Tuesday night I got a taxi from Tegal Airport to my hotel at Potsdamer Platz.
Wednesday afternoon following work in the morning I managed to sneak in some sightseeing time and made use of the hop on hop off bus to get around. After some fantastic shopping for Oliver at Ka de Vie – an unbelievable shopping mall – a taxi trip back to the hotel.That evening having walked to dinner with colleagues we used a taxi to get back as it was just too darn cold to walk!
Thursday night saw me back on a bus this time to the venue for our official dinner in a stunning Swiss inspired restaurant on the eastern side of Berlin.
Friday morning was spent in meetings then in the late afternoon a taxi to Tegal, flight to London, underground ride to departures at Heathrow and overnight flight back to Johannesburg.
All in all four flights, four underground trips, six taxi rides and four bus rides -18 trips in total in just six days.This is the glamorous and often yearned after life of the modern day corporate traveller!
I am so incredibly blessed to have been able to get to see so many different places and meet fabulous friends and colleagues from all over the world but I have to say public transport is not for me. I love my car and the freedom it offers me far too much!