Getting stuff done when you’re busy pressing refresh every other minute is pretty tough. I learned that the hard way, while I was anxiously waiting for my brand-new computer. My biggest concern was getting it before Tata, as the supplier only guaranteed delivery by January 25th. When I got a mail saying that UPS had received the package in Shanghai on January 3rd, I was thrilled – I would get the computer before I left for Wjik aan Zee!
Have anyone ever really thought about how logistics work? I became very fascinated by UPS’ online tracking website. There I could follow the journey of my computer. It might be naiveté, but I really thought the computer would go directly to some hub in Europe, and then catch a plane to Oslo. I couldn’t have been more wrong! It started its adventure by going east to South-Korea and the “town” of Incheon. There’s nothing like a trip in a wrong direction to make you nervous! Luckily, it went ‘back on track’ via Almaty, Kazhakstan. Its further route was Warsaw-Cologne-Malmö-Oslo! Now that’s one long trip! It really made me want to try it out for myself, but somehow I think the computer is more comfortable wrapped up in styrofoam than I would have been! In the end, all that matters is the big smile on your face as you see the UPS-truck parked outside the kitchen window.