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A Day in the Office

Returning to the office in South Africa

7 °C

Hi there!

Today was a full day spent at the Perryhill Offices in Marlborough, South Africa - not to be confused with Marlborough, MA! The focus for today was on preparing for training this weekend, preparing for interviews tomorrow, and finishing up one of the national health contracts.

I was able to find the microscope slides from the training set but they were in different boxes so missed. Belinda and I sorted through the training materials and built binders for the participants this weekend and I cleaned microscopes - ah, the fresh smell of ethyl alcohol and the stain of of blue marker on your fingers - how I've missed it!

Herman, Belinda and I had lunch at a nice little sandwich place next to the office and then it was back to preparations. I reviewed the resumes and interview questions used by PHI with the hiring manager and discussed some of the characteristics of successful CAS vs. ones who have really had a hard time. We have 5 or 6 candidates coming in for interviews tomorrow... another busy day!

We got the contract proposal submitted and feedback regarding the timeline. It's expected that a decision won't be made until the end of the summer. That's actually not a bad thing as there is plenty to keep busy right now with the private labs.

We left the office around 5:00pm and it took over an hour to get back to the hotel. The traffic was awful. And the jet lag is starting to catch up with me... I was starting to doze off in the car! I was supposed to have dinner with Herman and his wife tonight at their favorite restaurant, the Hillside, but decided I wasn't going to make it. It's not even nine o'clock yet and I'm starting to fall asleep already! It will definitely be an early night.

The hotel I'm staying in was not available for tomorrow night so I'm packing up my things in the morning to move to a different hotel for one night and then I'll be back to the first hotel for the rest of my stay.

That's all for now... I apologize for STILL not having any photos. Hopefully tomorrow... Drop a line when you get a chance. Thanks for reading!

Posted by mquick70 11:47 Archived in South Africa Tagged business_travel

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