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Written by Aaron Brigatti  
Thursday, 02 August 2007

Well another weekend, another visit to Greece!!

I had two project meetings which "unfortunately" spanned across the last week of July. I had a meeting on Thurs, 26th July and one on the Tues, 31st July. With the flights out, it would take me Wednesday "flying out", and Friday "flying back", and then having to spend the following Monday "flying out" again, followed by a the return on Tuesday evening "flying back" to end the two trips.

Not very good from a carbon footprint methinks!

So I decided to get approval and provide business justification (focused on "cost benefits" mainly) to stay over the weekend in Greece.

OPTION A:
Project Meeting 1:
Wed 25th July to Thurs 26th July
Olympic (12:20 / 19:15) - £287.80
IC - €200.00 (Total: €200.00) £136.00
Taxi - £200.00
TOTAL: £623.80

Project Meeting 2:
Mon 30th July to Tues 31st July
Olympic (12:20 / 19:15) - £287.80
IC - €200.00 (Total: €200.00) £136.00
Taxi - £200.00
TOTAL: £623.80
GRAND TOTAL: £1,247.60

OPTION B:
Extended Trip:
Wed 25th July through to Tues 31st July
Extra Days:
Thurs 26th July to Mon 30th July

Olympic (12:20 / 19:15) - £258.80
IC - €200.00 (Total: €1,200.00) £816.00
Taxi - £200.00
TOTAL: £1,274.80
GRAND TOTAL: £1,274.80

Initially, the additional stay was only ~£30 more expensive, and because I had not classed "food" costs, my Corporate Global Expense group did not permit me to stay over - believing the costs including food would not be justifiable for the additional days in the market!  Grrr!!

I then went back explaining that I was able to have further meetings for some of the other Greece projects I was involved in on the Friday and Monday, and that I would personally fund the meal costs during the weekend. This then got approved! Wahoo!

So I stayed in the InterContinental Athens, slightly cheaper than the Hilton Athens, for the 6 nights.

I was looking forward to spend some time with my delightful lady friend that I had recently acquainted during my recent 12-week work assignment in Greece.

Anyway, she invited me to come along with her to visit a village in the Messinia County in the, Peloponnese region of mainland Greece. A delightful area and I was able to finally see true "village-life". Amazing!

We arrived on Friday evening, and had a "family meal" with her grandma, cousins and friends on the Friday. We spent Saturday at a nice secluded beach area, and a Taverna meal on the evening. On Sunday, we spent a further session on another nearby beach. We then refreshed ourselves, and made our way back to Athens (approx 4 hour journey) returning late on Sunday evening.

Very enjoyable and I certainly had a lot of fun spending time away from Athens for a change! Here's the gallery link --> Photo Gallery!

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