I do a fair bit of tripping around the place, both domestically and internationally – and for the most part I really enjoy it.
One of the big things I don’t enjoy is keeping track of everything, and reminding myself when I need to be certain places to get planes, pick up hire cars, get on a bus etc.
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From a production / tour managers point of view – it is invaluable. I can put all the cast and crew travel details in, flights, private vehicles, hire vehicles etc – and they can get meeting requests etc to have the events added to their own calendars.
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I have saved a heap of time and heartache over the last six months using this service, go give it a look see even if you only travel a few times a year.
Well, it has been an interesting few days. We arrived in to town on Friday right on 14:30. On arrival we asked reception if we could still get lunch, which we were assured would not be a problem.
We quickly dropped our bags in the rooms and returned to the ground floor restaurant.
After standing around for a few minutes waiting to be seated, we decided to sets ourselves.
Once we were settled, a polite gent came to the table to bring us menus and inform us that the kitchen had closed – thus rendering only the tapas menu valid for our selection.
We protested a little and explained that it was only just after 14:30 and that we had confirmed when checking in that it wouldn’t be a problem.
After a little coercing, we were told it was not an problem to select from the lunch menu, and so we did.
My first mistake was not leaving when we were told the kitchen was closed. My second, ordering calamaris.
Seafood has a tendency to spoil quite easily if not cared for, and I can only assume that given we were on the very tail of the days lunch run, the pieces of former ocean inhabitant that I selected were bound for landfill – had I not foolishly ordered them.
Needless to say, after a few hours opportunity for the bacteria to multiply I was hit with what was to be two days of extreme reliance on the bathroom and general ongoing discomfort.
Today is the third day, and I have so far retained some toast with vegemite and juice for several hours, so things are looking good.
Should you ever want to enjoy the same experience, make sure to visit Rocks@lt Bar & Restaurant, Shop 1 / 22 Roseberry St, Gladstone 07 4972 9884