The Devil is in the Details - The Legend of the Two Bedroom Suite
I had been in my current job, involving international travel for a while when my coworker who covered the African markets moved on to a new position. It was a short window from the time I was told I'd be taking over the African markets to the day I stepped on the plane.
But, I was not to fear! My coworker had e-introduced me to a travel buddy from another institution who would take me under her wing for my first trip to Africa. She graciously planned our itinerary. In the planning stages, I got a call from her one day. She wanted to ask if I'd like to book a two bedroom suite for our hotel in rural Tanzania, as two single hotel rooms were to cost considerably more. Although we hadn't met yet, in a budget conscious haste, I agreed.
Fast forward about a week. We had known each other for a couple of days and were doing meetings in the large city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Before we hopped on a small plane to our rural destination, we decided it would be necessary to leave our big suitcases at the hotel and pack a small bag with the things we would need for the couple of days in a more rural part of Tanzania.
After a long day, we head to the two bedroom suite at our new hotel, ready to get some alone time and R&R. Grammar and syntax, my friends, is key when interpreting the meaning of written phrases in the English language. You see, by accident I had left my pyjamas in my suitcase back in Dar es Salaam. And the two bedroom suit turned out to be a two-bed room suite.
I slept in a bed 6 inches away from someone I barely knew in my swimsuit that night.