Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Five: travel for work/not just for fun

I haven't played the RGBP Friday Five in a long time, but this seemed like a great week to get back in!  MotherLaura, who's coming to Chicago in a few weeks, says...
... for today's Friday Five, you're invited to share your experiences with the exciting, challenging world of business travel....

1. Does your job ever call for travel? Is this a joy or a burden?
I mainly travel to conferences and retreats, but also take youth groups to retreats and mission trips.  I like to travel, so most of the time this is excellent.  Though when it's leading a group of 20 teenagers, it can be less than excellent sometimes!

2. How about that of your spouse or partner?
Since I lack one of

3. What was the best business trip you ever took?
Hmm.....tough call!  this summer I went to a program week on Iona, which was technically continuing ed and therefore travel for work.  I had this plan to not do anything, just to sit and soak it all up, which lasted about an hour into the week because I agreed to lead music for each session.  It turned out wonderfully!  But anyway...I loved that trip.  when I lived in Egypt my whole group went to Bethlehem and Jerusalem for Christmas--to experience the church in a different place, etc--and that was also a pretty good trip in spite of the border crossing problems (I was held up for a long time due to Syrian and Lebanese stamps in my passport) and the theft of my camera by our taxi driver (my own fault since my purse fell under the seat and I didn't notice until after he was gone).  And last summer I led our church's high school youth on a mission trip to New Orleans and all went surprisingly smoothly (including flying down there, renting vans, and not getting lost!).  Last winter I went to Montreat for the first time to the BLAZE conference and was pleasantly surprised there too--meeting great people, having a blast laughing and playing games, going to fun workshops about social activism and theology in the movies, etc.  (that was more than one, or even more than a couple, "best" trips...sorry!)

4. ...and the worst, of course?
hmm...probably every trip to a Presbytery meeting.  Ever.  The drives are so boring and are often several hours, and the meetings are mostly awful.

5. What would make your next business trip perfect?
Aside from the high school youth fall retreat (which will be great), my next planned trip is back to the BLAZE at Montreat, this time with two of our volunteer youth leaders too, so I guess what would make it perfect is no delays, no snow or rain in Montreat, and plenty of time to recharge and learn new things!  


  1. "...probably every trip to a Presbytery meeting. Ever."

    Funny, but true, I'm sure!

  2. Iona and Bethlehem, you are well travelled!

  3. Iona, oh, how awesome...and may that next trip to Montreat be truly blessed.

  4. I always find church court meetings to be a mixed blessing. The visiting with colleagues is great. But the business could easily drive me mad sometimes

  5. Boy, you've had some wonderful trips!

    But just reading the words "Presbytery meeting" puts me in mind of a map. Maybe that's because I spent years of my childhood in a Presbyterian church :).

  6. Good play..thanks for the link to may be an option for me next year..I spent my allowance for this year with one week ong trip!
    so sorry your presby meetings are a drag!

  7. oh our last meeting where our vote was to amend a motion and to make a new motion with the changes while we ahd to vote on not to vote on the first said motion...and several guys are discussing Roberts Rules and nobody really agreed anyhow....
    so glad I did not have cyanide tablets....