We recently acquired Applicad Roof Wizard (software to work out sheeting, fasteners, flashings, Insulation and other related accessories), and I had a bash at teaching myself how to use this software for about a month. But there were certain tools that I just couldn’t master, so management decided to send me on the training course to further my knowledge.
But there was a catch: I had to fly almost halfway across the world to do so. Melbourne, Australia to be exact.
After missing my flight on Monday night due to lack of experience in international travel, I attempted boarding my plane for the second time, on Tuesday afternoon… Success!
Although it was a long flight, the excitement of adding another country’s stamp in my passport overshadowed that thought, and it wasn’t long after supper that I fell asleep, with a Beatles song playing softly through my Headphones.
Just before we landed in Sydney, the one flight attendant gave me the option to move to a window seat for a nice view of the beautiful coastline, which I obviously accepted.
After my connection flight to Melbourne, and a very expensive taxi ride to my lodge, I settled in and went to bed for the first time in the land down under.
The next day I arrived at Applicad’s offices at 6:45am eager to start with my first day of training, only to realize that they only start working at 8:30. So I headed across the street to a little coffee shop called Vanilli’s and had one of the best Cafe Latte’s I had ever tasted. Still having loads of time to burn, I went for a nice walk to familiarize myself with the area.
The time finally arrived and I met everyone at Applicad as well as the other trainees, which were all Australian locals. What a nice bunch of people! Our host –Leigh- was also a really spirited guy, which presented the course in a very enlightening and entertaining way. That evening myself and Applicad’s director Ray went out to a very popular Vietnamese restaurant and had a delicious meal, and a good chat about what is going on in our respective local markets concerning roofing. The next day at training went really good and I had all of my questions answered, and also learnt a heap of new functions the software boasts.
That night, my last in Australia, I just couldn’t sleep. I think it was the excitement of coming home to my lovely fiancée. So I phoned up a cab to collect me at around 2am and headed back to the airport.
I was soon regretting this, as I realized that I’ve got a little more than 5 hours to burn before my 8:00 flight back to Sydney. But I was in luck, they had free wi-fi. So I used this opportunity to catch up with everyone back home via Facebook and Whatsapp.
I then boarded my plane, and connected to my Jo’burg flight in Sydney, on which I experienced one of the longest days in my life. A total of 22 hours sunshine, that day…
Looking back I am a bit sad that I traveled so far for such a short stay, but I would love to go back, for a little longer this time. And see some more of what Australia has to offer. But what I can say is that I really learned a lot, and I am excited about using my knowledge to help LCP Roofing grow even bigger, and providing a better product and service, faster than our competitors.
Thank you LCP Roofing for this wonderful opportunity! Be assured, you won’t regret it!
LCP in Australia