One of the most annoying things when travelling is not being able to visit the most famous landmarks of your destination. In the case of my trip to Mozambique, I did not manage to see anything expect the hotel. We were told not to adventure ourselves outside the hotel as it was not safe for young girls to go alone. So my colleague Eva and I stayed our whole stay in Mozambique trapped in the hotel covering a conference.
The worst thing of working in a male-dominated environment is that sometimes you think that what awaits you outside cannot be worse that the creeps that surround you inside the hotel. As it always happens, there is an old guy who treats like if you were his secretary and does not get it when you politely tell him that you are not there to assist him.
The creep that I am talking about kept coming to my colleague and I with lots of requests. Could you untangle my UBS cord? Could you dial this number for me? and other things…We obviously told the creep that we were not PAs but journalist. The creep wasnt impressed but he promised to give us some juicy information. And as he said, he came back while my colleague and I were typing our stories. The creep inhaled deeply and got ready to blurt out his scoop…. There´s going to be huge inflation in Angola.
My colleague and I looked at each other thinking it was a joke. But the Creep was also looking at us expecting some kind of excitement. Instead, we kept typing our stories. The Creep, who was shocked, asked us why we were not writing what he just told us. Well, we could have told the Creep that he had missed the latest statistics that situated Angola as one of the places with highest inflation in the world but it was not really worth it.
The Creep was not happy about our decision and decided to stay looking at our screens. “So, you are not going to write about it?” Given that I am getting used to dealing with Asperger people, I told him that of course we would write about it, but later in the day. The manipulation of the truth worked and The Creep left. However, after a few minutes The Creep came back. “It looks like I am trapped in the hotel, I have to meet some more people now. Have you started to work on the Angola thing?” . At that point, our patience was disappearing and my knowledge on the treatment of Asperger started to show its limitations. Luckily, the people he was meeting showed up and the creep was taken away.
But the Creep was not the most disgusting person we met at the hotel. There was also a British Diplomat who scored 10 in being the most undiplomatic person I have ever met. While I was waiting for my colleague to arrive at my table, he asked if I minded him sitting with us. Of course I told him to please sit down but I regretted it five minutes later, The service at the hotel was excellent so while we were waiting for the food to come, they kept asking me if I wanted a drink as I only had water. I said that I was fine but they came three times to make sure I was being served, The Undiplomat laughed at the waiters and called them stupid.
I obviously apologised to the waiters as I found his behaviour shameful. The Undiplomat was annoyed at what I did and started asking me questions in a condescendent way. I could not be less bothered to keep talking to him and took my phone out pretending that I was working when I was actually checking Facebook. He continued to be unpleasant to the other people in the table but at least I did not have to talk to him.
Back at the conference, I saw the perfect opportunity to get back at him. I was waiting for my colleague to come so I kept looking at the door. Let me tell you that the Conference was about mining and I caught the Undiplomat showing how to dig for materials. He was picking his nose and actually really going for it. Good that I didnt shake his hand back in the table. I could embarrass him now so I kept looking at him. But I had to turn back because one the Portuguese guys thought I was looking at him and sexily winked at me. In order to avoid more unrest, I sat down quietly looking at my computer for the remaining of the conference.
The flight back home was not great either. I was really looking forward to finishing the Star Treck movie but my screen was not working. The BA assistant who was a mix between SpongeBob and Alan Carr promised to fix it but he didnt manage to. SpongeBob said he could not upgrade me as the plane was full and that I will have to make a formal complaint when we landed. As a compensation he decided to get my colleague and I as drunk as he could. SpongeBob kept bringing cocktails to us and after two hours we were completely drunk which had a incredibly good sedative effect. I felt asleep and knocked my drink over me. Luckily, my drink was a gin tonic but my colleague had done exactly the same thing with her red wine. Still drunk I laughed at the fact that things evaporate so fast on planes, although the whole thing wasnt that funny. I tried to look for the glass, where could I have sent it to? It was a proper glass and not a plastic one so it couldnt have travelled that far. I stood up and started looking for it in the corridor but then I was tired and thought that I would find it in the morning, After a few hours and with my senses back, I realised that the glass had landed in the old woman´s seat next to me. She was asleep so she didnt notice. I was too embarrass to tell her anything so I kept quiet and told SpongeBob that it was enough with the drinks.
We landed safe and sound at 7 am in the morning and it was out of the question that the Grinch would give me the day off. So I had a quick shower and went back to deal with the Asperger that I know.