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Leadership for the 21st Century
|Posted on 2 February, 2013 at 15:31|
Travel and transportation: just one way we are all different from each other.
I was scheduled to return home on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Taxi to the airport in Lyon, early morning flight to Amsterdam, non-stop flight to Portland. Pretty simple, right?
However, Sunday 9:00 PM E-mail from KLM: "your flight, Lyon to Amsterdam, has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience."
Inconvenience!!?! I'm not getting home Monday! Oh well, the sun will shine in Lyon, the extra day will be wonderful. So with Jeanna's help from the US, me skyping her while she speaks directly to KLM, we reschedule for Tuesday.
The problem is the weather. London, Paris, and A'dam airports are smothered in snow. It's on TV and everyone's minds. I soon find on Monday that Tuesday's plane is canceled also. What gives?
KLM tells me they are compelled to cancel 40% of their flights due to the weather, so they choose to cancel the local flights and retain the international flights. Well, that does me no good. I'm stuck.
But I just finished teaching my leadership class, with the final session focusing on being stuck. So I check and I check, looking for options, searching for clues, again going to the KLM ap. What do I find? The train! Yes, the train from Lyon to Paris, non-stop flight to Seattle, then Horizon (always with free micro brews!) to Portland. I'm in luck.
So why is this blog about transportation differences? This solution is not available in most places in the US, certainly not in Portland.
Over the years we have observed so many travel differences throughout the world. Here are some more:
Bicycles, motorized bikes, and mopeds
The rest of the world is a walking and train driven world.
We thoroughly enjoy European travel, even with its ups and downs. Asia has always been more challenging (we'll probably never drive there), although we find it easy to get around. And there is no travel that I enjoy as much as the Autobahn. However, at 100 MPH the world goes by quite fast.
Categories: Teaching around the world