I’m now a couple of days in to my Paul Reynolds Scholarship / Powerhouse Museum trip.
Getting here was a smooth experience via a full Air New Zealand flight.
If you want to travel easily between countries my top tip is that you do it on a weekend (especially a Sunday) as it minimises the volumes of people you must compete with at the airport. The effort required to get my bag, make my way through customs and then secure a taxi to the hotel was minimal.
I’m based in a hotel that’s located nearby the Powerhouse so my walking time is only five minutes – smart move eh
Day one was spent meeting staff and putting faces to email names followed by some time in the museum walking around the exhibitions. I have also played with the Love Lace app whilst visiting the exhibition on site.
The Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies team I’m based with have been very welcoming and open to sharing their thoughts about their work. The balancing act becomes finding time to ask a few questions etc. and letting the team get on with business as usual.
Because I have a couple of weeks here I’m letting a lot of the experiential aspects of my visit just wash over me and then later in the day (or the following) I try to reflect on what I picked up / learnt …and from there what questions I then want to ask next.
The museum is currently undergoing a major renovation with areas of it closed off to the public and a large amount of visible construction going on around all areas of the site – both public and also in the private staff areas.
It can be hard to talk with folks when there’s someone overhead working on affixing new roofing material. I feel for the team – but at least it’s not going to be forever.
Some of the team are away on holiday or others travelling so the whole environment is very dynamic in terms of who is around etc.
The first night there was a major thunderstorm in Sydney and the following morning the local news was full of 300+ emergency call outs across the city due to downed trees and basement flooding. Luckily the area I am in seemed to have missed most of that action however for a first night in town it was an eye opener.
I’ll try and post some pictures next time I blog.