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My family, this includes my wife, four children & immediate relatives.

Autodesk University London 2018 & World Cup 2018

Wow last week was a busy week with a 4 day trip to London for AutoDESK University 2018.

It started off with a 07:09 train from Wigan North Western to London Euston that was delayed by 20 minutes due to trespassers on the line between Lancaster & Preston. Not the start i wanted!

Instead of arriving in Euston at 09.10 & having 50 minutes to travel across London to the Arcadis BIM forum I was left with just 25 minutes to do the same journey.

I arrived at the forum at 10:10 (only 10 minutes late) not too bad as it was at the Tower Hotel near Tower Bridge & St Katherine’s Dock

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The day was spent with approx 120 Arcadians from all over Europe listening to how Arcadis is transforming itself into a Digital & BIM leader within our industry. AutoDESK were also out our internal meeting which shows the partnership & closeness of our two great companies.

In the evening Arcadis had put on a BBQ & beers for our staff to mingle & get to know each other. This was done in a private area outside of the hotel on the banks of the River Thames. We also had a large screen showing England’s opening game in the 2018 World Cup against Tunisia.

Arcadis Staff at the BIM forum

The rooms we were given in the hotel were a little more expensive than our usual budget as we usually have a budget of £125/night however the rooms we’d been allocated were £190/night. This caused some concerns of being able to get them approved & pushed through our expenses system.

Some of the staff had great views of Tower Bridge, like the one below

Tower Bridge

While others like myself had view up the river :(, like the one below

The following day we were all up early for the short walk to Tobacco Dock for AutoDESK University London 2018

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We then had two days of classes & forums from AutoDESK staff & other companies who all use the AutoDESK software from around Europe.

One of my colleagues from Engineering Applications gave a 1 hour presentation alongside a colleague from AutoDESK on BIM360. BIM360 is being adopted by Arcadis as our Common Data Environment. This was particularly interesting.

As with most events the days were long but we did have the evenings to socialise & have a couple of beers to get to know people. Our Tuesday night was spent in a pub on St Katherine’s Docks called The Dickens Inn.

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Day two & we all had to wear our Arcadis (Orange) Tee shirts which allowed the 120 strong Arcadis Group standout from the 1400 visitors to AutoDESK University.

Arcadis Team

Our final night together in London allowed Yannick (France), Roland (Holland) & myself to get out for something to eat

Roland, Gary & Yannick at Tower Bridge

The final day was spent working in Arcadis House before my 2 hour train journey home to catch-up with Mrs C.

Friday I worked from home & was surprised by a dragon-fly flying into the house & settling down on the window frame next to me for a brief rest.

Dragon-Fly

Saturday I spent time with mum & dad. I even brought dad in to the Manchester office so he could see Manchester from 10 floors up.

Then i went over to spend the later part of the afternoon with Sam my daughter & the grandchildren.

Sunday was going to be all about sport on TV, with the England game against Panama which they comfortably ran out winners with a 6-1 victory. then it was the French Gran-prix before another 2 games of football.

Mexico day fourteen – last full day :( Ceviche Day

Awake just after 07:00 and breakfast at 08:00 then because there was no rain we were on the beach for 09:15.

No Karen today presume she was on a day off, but Edinson was there with his cheeky smile and customary “hello mate”

Lunch was provided by Leo who showed us how to prepare ceviche, which was salsa with raw fish but he couldn’t give us raw fish due to health and safety so it was cooked prawns – delicious and ceviche will be something I try to make at home one day.

Later in the afternoon the skies opened and it poured down with rain so we sheltered at the beach bar!

We ate Japanese tonight and sat with a lovely couple from Newcastle who were celebrating his 21st but no ceviche on the menu!

Back outside the restaurant it was raining hard and we managed to get a members shuttle back to our block

Now all packed ready for the lunchtime pickup back to the airport

Love Mexico very relaxing, Love ceviche very tasty

Mexico – day thirteen – broken toe day

Up early and it had stopped raining but no sunshine as it was hiding in the clouds somewhere!

Breakfast in the buffet, then a coffee in the coffee shop and still no sun so we headed off towards the beach where the turtles nest. Michele hadn’t seen the nests before so off we went.

The surf was up and the waves on the beach had washed away the hatched and discarded turtle shells from the other day, but there was one left that Michele could see. The nests were still intact though.

We spent a while walking the beach and watching the waves crash into the rocks before heading off to our beach.

It was cloudy all day so Michele dozed while I swam in the sea. Later in the afternoon I stubbed my little toe on my left foot. Looking at the colour (purple) I think I’ve broken it 🙁

Tonight we’ve eaten at the Mediterranean restaurant, slow between courses but maybe the best meal we’ve had in two weeks. Michele had lamb and I had tuna.

Sat in the quiet bar talking to Gail from Toronto the heavens opened and the skies flashed with lightening

Now back in our room watching the New England Patriots destroy the Denver Broncos