About to travel
My Nuffield plans are starting to come together and I’m off travelling next week, its a busy time at the moment. Finding out where to go and who to meet over the course of at least eight weeks is a surprisingly big job! You only get one chance and I am keen to make sure I meet the most interesting and thought provoking people I can. One thing I will say, I can’t imagine how difficult a task it was before e-mail and the internet. Also I now realise that I’m quite lucky in regards to timing.
I’m keen to see contractors in action putting pipe in the ground, so I have arranged to visit during the summer/autumn, which is also our busiest time. Being away at that time is almost certain to cause a few headaches, but nothing which is worthwhile is easy to do. Planning to travel then has given me a couple of months to plan and work out exactly what I want to see, which was been very helpful. It has also allowed me to visit quite a few people in the UK. Not only have these meetings helped to formulate my ideas but also many of the people I have spoken to have been able to recommend people to visit, doubly useful! As things stand I will be in The Netherlands in July, Canada in August and The United States in late September, early October. I’m very pleased with what I have lined up so far and I still have a couple more weeks to fine tune.
The Netherlands trip starts on the 9th July and I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully I will get the chance to blog whilst I’m away but if not I will of course write a review and post it. I’m all set to criss-cross very flat Dutch countryside visiting fellow contractors, machinery manufacturers and academics.