Posted by: orcaweb | June 9, 2009

The best office in the world

Looking out

Looking out over IJmuiden

That’s what I have and it’s not just me that thinks so, passengers agree!  So does the Chief Officer, who caught me working outside on the top deck of the ms. King of Scandinavia whilst we were docked in Newcastle on the hottest day of the year so far.

The crew barbecue had just finished and I was working away, sunglasses on, an ice cold drink on the go watching a big group of gulls.  The lead gull had been lucky enough to catch a crab dinner but boy was it having to work hard to keep it, reeling and swooping trying to evade the chasing birds who quite clearly thought they were entitled to the catch.

Anyway enough of that, when you do have the best office in the world it is very easy to get distracted.  We don’t just work when passengers are onboard we pretty much work all the time when we are on our two week shift, there is always something to be done.

Can you spot the heron, mallards and Ms King of Scandinavia peeking through the trees?  The tufted duck appears to have evaded being caught on camera however.

Can you spot the heron, mallards and Ms King of Scandinavia peeking through the trees? The tufted duck appears to have evaded being caught on camera however.

Sometimes, when in Newcastle, I take my office off ship and go to a wonderfully pleasant park area very close to the docks.  I can work away quite merrily writing blogs and things listening to the birds, watching the ducks, and the odd slightly waylaid tern hovering over the little lake in the centre of the park.  Sorry, like I said it’s easy to get distracted.  Still I get things done…eventually.

So like me take your office outside.  There is nothing you can’t do if you have your mobile phone, laptop and a dongle.  Mind you if you are someone that talks loudly on the phone or yells at the computer when it doesn’t do as requested remember 1) keep the noise below a sparrows twitter and 2) don’t sit next to me.  Thank you.

Beth

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