I've just been down to the airport to see my daughter off. Not travel for fun this time, although she hopes she enjoys it, but a secondment from work to their Guernsey office for three months.
She was really pleased to be asked, as usually it is more senior staff who get to travel - but someone in Guernsey, who has worked with her here, asked particularly as they said what they really needed was someone junior but capable. The company have arranged all her travel and provided her with accommodation, and the people who work there have already sent her a lot of friendly, welcoming, e-mails, inviting her to social events- so she expects to really enjoy it.
In her usual, organised, fashion she has got a work friend who still lives with his parents to flat-sit; she will continue to pay the rent, as her accommodation in Guernsey is provided, but he will pay all the other bills, forward all her mail, and keep the place aired. He is looking forward to it as it will be peaceful for him to revise for his bar exams and he is also looking after her car as he doesn't have his own - he has paid to go onto the insurance for the 3 months.
So nothing for me to do except take her to the airport today, and pick her up on her return.
Trying to get enough work-wear and casual wear for 3 months into a suitcase was something of a task though, and her
big suitcase is quite heavy... so one of mine is off on its travels without me, again! I can see her either having to buy another case and pay for extra baggage on her return (as I can't imagine her not buying anything, especially as Guernsey is VAT-free), or there being a lot of stuff posted home.
For friends who have no idea where Guernsey is - here is a link
- as you can see it is a rather beautiful small island near the French coast. She will be staying in one of these apartments
which are right in the middle of St Peter Port and about 5 minutes walk from the office.
I'm hoping it will be a really good learning experience and fun, too. And she'll be home for Christmas.
But, as usual, I'll only feel totally at ease once I know she has landed there!