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Summer Vacation 2013

on 2013-07-21

For our vacation this year, my wife and I booked off some time in late July and early August to line up with a family party that’s always held on the Canadian civic holiday long weekend in August.

A few weeks later, my boss sent me a message asking if I would be available to deliver training in Cork, Ireland in July, right in the middle of my scheduled vacation. Being one of only a few people qualified to deliver this training, there was a possibility that it would have to be cancelled if I was unavailable, so after looking into the timing and discussing with management, my wife and I decided that there was no reason we couldn’t go to Ireland for our vacation since we hadn’t made other plans.

We decided to fly into Dublin and spend a week there prior to the training, then travel down to Cork by train, I could run the class (along with one of my teammates — this training is always run as a tag team) and we could fly home from there.

I have to say, I truly appreciate EMC’s flexibility when it comes to allowing employees travelling for business to extend their stay to accommodate a vacation.

As it turns out, my boss (now my boss’s boss, if we’re going to nitpick) will be my “partner in crime” for this training. He is also planning to bring his wife for some vacation time before the training so I find myself in the curious position of looking forward to spending some vacation time with my boss.

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