Day away

The last 36 hours or so have been a little different for me – I’ve had to stop my diet temporarily while I attended a conference and exhibition in London.

It’s not been a bad thing – I’ve actually eaten rather sensibly all told, having meals at the right times, not snacking with the exception of a slice of cake with a coffee at Starbucks while I waited for my train.

I’m currently on my way back to Bath, and I don’t actually feel that hungry at all – I will still likely eat when I get into the City, but there’s nothing like the rabid hunger that I would have experienced in the past.

I’m more thirsty at the moment than hungry, so the first thing I’m going to do is buy a large bottle of water and make my way through it. I’m not too sure what I’m going to do for food, as I don’t want anything too much ahead of band practice tonight. However, I don’t want to starve myself either – the only thing I can think of is that I perhaps grab some protein from Sainsburys – cooked chicken or the like.

Although I’ve eaten more than I usually would, I’m pretty confident that all the walking and talking I’ve done today will have been worth it. I covered the majority of the exhibition and had some really interesting conversations across a wide range of topics including hosted communications, big data, collaboration, communication links, storage and security. I’ve come away with plenty of information and quite a few contacts, and will be feeding a lot of it back to the team for further conversations and discussions to be had.

I like going to shows and conferences – there is actually quite a lot to pick up, and there’s always the chance that you’ll find one or two gems – that definitely happened today for a few different things, not least because I got a free years subscription to Crashplan for all our home computers (in reality, just our iMac for now).

I’m going to keep an eye out for other opportunities to go out and get information. It’s a relatively low cost thing to do and can have some major benefits. The next time I do something like this, I’ll spend more time preparing for it. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but now I know, I can crack on and get even more from it.

Day away