Are you puzzled about this post’s title? You should be because usually we talk about the opposite, not this time though. What happened this morning was that at about 11 am I got an emergency phone call from one of the organisers of Interra innovative forum that opened today in Novosibirsk with an appeal for help. Somebody who had to translate one of the opening sessions of the forum fell sick and they needed another person to fill in.
I had 10 minutes to dry my hair, get dressed and get going. I felt as if I had been a soldier raised in the middle of the night on alert. I did not have a moment to get scared or anything and just jumped into the taxi which came very quickly this time and off I went to the city center. There was a traffic jam in the whereabout of the River Station Metro but not that bad so I entered Pobeda’s hall 3 minutes past 12 and 2 minutes later I was able to start working.
I had to sit at the top of the hall of the conference and interpret right from there. I suspect I caused some inconvenience to people who were sitting several raws down from me, but I could not help it and apologise for any inconvenience I might have caused them. I had no choice really. What I was surprised at was that actually I managed to do what I had to if only not as well as I could have had I had a little bit of time to prepare. Still under the circumstances I was satisfied with my job.
And later today I was rewarded for what I did … I got a message from the editorial board of a publication I submitted my case study about a blended learning course I am teaching inviting me to write up my case for possible inclusion in the publication. Of course, these two things happening the same day is a mere coincidence but still there is some connection between them if only in my imagination. It helps to make things come true sometimes and this is what made my day:)