I ran into another participant on the bus one day who told me he used
the bus to go and get lunch every day rather than hanging around the
MECC. He had plenty of time, he said, in the 1.5 hours. This was,
alas, on Thursday or Friday, so I didn't try it myself. Given the
time it took me to get to my hotel, and the five or six restaurants I
spied immediately around it, I suspect it would have worked.
I'm finding the complaints about the remoteness of the venue in
Maastricht to be contrary to my own experience, but I didn't arrive
late due to a delayed flight and I didn't have to get back to the MECC
area in the evening.
It is beginning to sound like the real fault with the Maastricht venue was
that people were not fully briefed on how to handle it. As Dave Crocker
said, when meetings are held repeatedly in one location, people learn
what works, where to find things, etc. It becomes a familiar place.
Perhaps some additional effort needs to be made to provide guidance
to attendees so that, for instance, everyone attending a Maastricht
event knows that there is a free bus pass, it is 5 minutes to a choice
of restaurants, someone has tested it during the lunch break hours
and it is an easy round trip without being late, and so on.
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