Only a few days left before I join back work after a year of taking maternity leave. It reminds me of my first day at work in the Sydney office which was not without any misadventure.
It was my first day at work (after the initial onboarding the day before). I had somehow managed to find the entrance to the building of my office. High spirited and butterflies in the belly, I strode towards the entrance, oozing confidence of a 21st-century woman. But what I didn’t anticipate was a rotating door swirling round and round, a door that brought my jubilance to a screeching halt.
The thing is I had never gotten into a rotating door before. It may sound like nothing, but combine that with my nervousness of joining a new office, I feared I might actually get squished in there. Well, if you didn’t know before, now you know that I am a total village belle. Can’t take the small-town-girl out of me. 😛
While I was contemplating the right time to get into the door, a queue had already started forming behind me. It was then someone said from behind, “ok let’s go in at 1…2… 3“. And I was in. And so embarrassed that I wanted to dig a hole and jump into it. I walked up to the elevator, pressed the button and waited; all the while staring at the floor, fervently hoping that no one from my floor saw my antics.
As soon as I entered our office floor, I was flummoxed. I did not remember where my seat was. After making at least 4 rounds of the floor, I had to stop lest someone started suspecting me to be an intruder. I decided to wait for my colleague – who too had joined a day before. Meanwhile, I thought to be a little adventurous and make some coffee. I don’t even drink coffee, but I guess one indulges in strange activities when the brain stops working.
The only coffee I had ever prepared was with instant powder and milk. So when I saw a bunch of coffee pods and a huge contraption that looked like a coffee machine, I was again lost. After doing some serious reading of the instructions on the coffee pod, I realized it needs to be pushed into the machine.
A dark hot liquid came out of the dispenser – about 3 spoonfuls. “Is that it?”, I thought. And then occurred the big question – am I supposed to drink it as it is. I stared at this liquid some more time before deciding to drink it and not play with the machine anymore. After making myself comfortable in the breakout room, I took one sip of the hot liquid.
Wuaakkkk, I almost spat out the thing that could give a strong competition to Bitter Gourd juice. My food pipe burned. My stomach somersaulted at this weird thing I was subjecting it to early in the morning.
I decided not to brave and chucked the whole thing in the bin. Not knowing what else to do, I decided to make one more round around the office to find my seat. Just then I spotted the tall handsome guy whose seat was right opposite to mine. So, I followed him, at a non-stalker distance. Thankfully he didn’t go to the loo but went straight to his desk. And that’s how I found my desk on the second day of the office – by following a handsome hunk.
It’s been over 6 years and to this day I don’t know how to make coffee at the office. Also, don’t feel bad if you can’t figure out GPS directions. I got lost in my own office.
Related – Girls’ Day Out in Sydney
It was only weeks later I was fully able to appreciate the location of my workplace. The Pyrmont Bridge provides a fabulous view of the harbor. I walked here every day during my pregnancy – till I went on maternity leave – covering a total of 2000 steps on each trip. All these pictures were taken on my walk.
And you also get to witness some beautiful sunset views.
Pin For Later
You can also read more about Sydney on my Travel Blog – 10 Travel Photographs from Sydney
Linking to All Seasons