My last trip to Germany was one of my better trips out there. I had a couple of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that this job sometimes affords me; I saw Amsterdam, an amazing city, and Carnival in Koln which was a truly unique experience, and an experience I almost certainly never would have had if it wasn’t for working on lasery-measurey thingies.
But, those experiences added up to exactly 3 of the 22 days I spent working and travelling. And whenever I post about the lighter side of my job, I get messages from all sorts of people telling me how jealous they are, and how awesome my job must be. I’ll be the first to admit that yes, those aspects of my job are wonderful, but it comes with a price. That price being the 19 days of getting my ass kicked in a power plant that dominated the trip as a whole.
As always, the work is hot (it was around 120 degrees in our area), dirty and just generally uncomfortable. The ceilings above where we installed our sensors at one plant were 6′ on the dot. I’m right about 6’5″ with my boots on, so that was fun. The other plant at which we worked was an outdoor facility. The good news is that it wasn’t hot; the bad news is that we had to work outside in February. The car said it was 6 degrees F on one of the two days we worked there. It was a tough few weeks to say the least.
Anyway, here’s a look at the real Germany I saw, and what I spent the vast majority of my time doing while I was out there. I apologize in advance about the quality of the pictures, these are blackberry photos, not actual photos.
So that’s it. That’s the real Germany I see for the vast majority of my time over there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fully aware of how lucky I am to have the opportunity to visit Europe on someone else’s dime, but I spend a helluva lot more time in hotel rooms, airplanes and power plants than I do wandering the streets of Amsterdam.
Until next time,