EuroFM Board Meeting in Madrid
"Wednesday, 25 November 2009: London To Madrid"
I had a fairly full day at work, then travelled to Heathrow's terminal 3 to catch my 19.40 flight to Madrid Barajas. I do have to say that the flight was delayed and we finally took off - we did make up some time, but did not touch down until 23.30 or so.
The journey was uneventful and the flight was very full.
We finally arrived at terminal 4s; then walked our way to passport control, then on to eh train platform to take us to another terminal for our baggage collection and then exiting the airport.
A car had been booked for me with a lady driver called Segun. Sadly the delays and long wait meant that I did not get my lugagge until well after midnight. She look very tired when I came through the doors.
The journey to the hotel, Eurostars Madrid Tower, was fairly short and check in was fine. However I had to wait for a member of staff as they were having issues with the room keys working. As I was waiting, I came across one of my collegues, Jurjen, from the Netherlands. He was struggling to get them to confrim that they had in fact reserved the meeting room space for our meeting.
I was given room 2305, and it had a reasonable view. I was hungry and had a wonderful room service pizza, a pot of coffee and some water. Then bed.
"Thursday, 26 November 2009: Breakfast"
The breakfast room was located on the 30th floor of the hotel. It was quite pleasant and the views were very promising. The menu was mixed, the traditional continental breakfast and then a wide selection of warm items.
Their coffee was good and the fruit juice was enjoyable with a slightly different sharp taste not normally experienced when I drink orange juice. I sat with a few EuroFM board members, who were also attending the same meeting.
"Thursday, 26 November 2009: Meeting and Lunch"
The meeting started on time and was quite energetic and lots of robust discussion took place. There were outgoing and incoming members of the group - so it was quite a good dialogue. Things are changing!
We broke for lunch at around 13.30 - took the elevator from the 6th to the 30th floor. The veiews were mixed from this side of the hotel, there were clouds and mist. The food was excellent - and we somehow managed to carry on from 13.30 to around 15.45.
During the period of lunch we made some prentations to departing colleagues then had dessert, then finally back to the 6th floor meeting room to finish the meeting at around 16.00.
"Thursday, 26 November 2009: Around the hotel"
There is much construction work taking place around the hotel. In addition there as some wonderful water features which use excellent lighting effects to depcit them in the hours of darkness. During the day, they are more apparent in the sunlight.
The streets around the Madrid Tower Hotel are busy, and there ias a nearby bust and metro station not so far from the hotel. An easy walk and then quick transport to the central area of Madrid.
That evening I made a visit to the hotel spa, located on the 29th floor. It was enjoyable and not so busy. A treatment was reasonably priced, and I indulged in a 50 minute mixed session.
"Friday, 27 November 2009: Going home"
On Friday, I slept late as I was tired, then had breakfast. I had a walk around the hotel on a cool and crisp morning. Then checked out - I had a car to take me to our Tres Cantos offices, the driver Paco was waiting for me.
Once there I had a quick conversation with my colleague, then we went to lunch. It was enjoyable and a good mix of items. I then went back to the room I was working in; at 16.00 I went in the main office area and found that it was only me and an engineer. Everyone else had gone home; it was Friday afterall. At 17.00, Segun picked me up to take me back to the airport (terminal 4 this time).
The flight was full - and we arrived on time at Heathrow and I was though passport control very quickly by using the IRIS system. the wait for luggage was again lengthy.
I got a taxi back home, and once again the driver in the black cab did not know anything about that part of Greater London. I was home at about midnight.
"Additional Note: ARS"
I had a very pleasant burger meal at the terminal; the meal has the burger, fries or salad, desssert and a soft drink. It was fine and filled a hole I suddenly found I had in my stomach.