Day three

Or how I found that google maps, spreadsheets, and a web browser are a great way to ease into the scary depths of a long leave from work… 🙂

Yesterday I spent the day defining most details of a family trip for August, following the constraints I allowed my daughter Eva to set:

  • In the UK
  • Including some time in London
  • No cars involved

I came up with an interesting intinerary, that will see us land in London and ride trains (and a boat and two buses) around Great Britain, including a few special Harry Potter landmarks, from Oxford, to the Hogwarts Express (props to my colleague Clicky Steve) to an arrival in London’s Kings Cross station at the end of the journey.


(Unfortunately, Google Maps doesn’t allow for multi-step train journeys, so I used the car directions to approximate it).

Of course, such a trip requires to gather info from many timetables, book hotels, and have all that information readily available, so here goes the spreadsheet:


Sorry for all the blurring, but I didn’t feel like broadcasting publicly the whole itinerary down to the dates and hotels, not that I fear that a large crowd would wait for me, mostly only on principle.

Let’s see how many other ways I can find to use a computer that can’t be assimilated to work, but still use the same tools… 🙂

By Paolo Belcastro

Paolo is a modern nomad: after Italy, France, and Switzerland, he now lives in Vienna, Austria from where he works on Automattic's Jetpack and .blog products. Passionate photographer, he also dedicates his free time to his family, cats, and hobbies. Working remotely since 1994, managing distributed teams since 1998, he firmly believes that remote work is the key to peaceful coexistence for 10 billion humans.

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