I’m in Colombia at the moment, with work. It’s a proper business trip. I can pretty much expense most stuff I do - all lunch, all dinners, taxi fares, etc. Not breakfast, but only because it’s free in the hotel.
It’s tough being so introverted though. I’m here to help out the new team we have here get good at what they do, which means they’re asking me a ton of questions. Thursday and Friday a few other people from my original team were here and had been here for two weeks, so they got asked most of the questions. But on Saturday I was there on my own, so all questions came my way. It’s exhausting.
And last night someone else from the original team (from the UK) arrived, so it’s me and her for the next two weeks, both being asked questions and dealing with people we don’t know very well. And I’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner with her every day, and as neither of us were working today, we did some touristy stuff. I’m not going to get much time to myself, like, hardly any.
But so far it’s gone great. The people from my original team are all great - I haven’t seen them since I moved to New York - and the person here with me now is probably the best “travel buddy” I’d pick on the team, and she speaks pretty great Spanish. She’s the kind of person who wants to go out and see stuff, even in the mornings before we go to work (we start at 1pm every day).
Strangely, I haven’t been that anxious here. When I went to the office on my own on Saturday I was pretty anxious, but now that the team here know me, I’m reasonably comfortable. And I’m not expected to be their friend, just the person helping them out for two weeks, so there’s no pressure to be liked, particularly.
And back in the UK, when I was working with the original team all day every day, I was actually anxious quite a lot of the time. Being so close to lots of people all the time I guess. But I’ve been having some really great conversation with the person here from the UK at the moment, because it’s just us one-on-one over dinner/lunch/exploring the city. I can handle people fairly well like that, especially as she’s extroverted and talkative.