The first problem arose when it was unusually hard to get a taxi into Rome. The reason? Snow! The first snow in over 40 years. But I found a man with a minibus taking people into the city for an exorbitant fee. He was over 40, a Roman all his life, and had never seen snow in the city before. It seemed too good an opportunity to miss. My mistake was to accept his offer of a ride. In I went. I should have been suspicious when I asked him if I could book him back, and he said “no, I won’t drive on these roads again”.
Rome looked fabulous in the snow. Adults and children, unfamiliar with snow, were going pleasantly wild in the street. But if it was hard to get a taxi from the airport, it was even harder to get one back. It was a few inches of snow, but Roman drivers, unfamiliar with driving in it on their summer tyres were struggling. Most taxi drivers simply weren’t bothering to work. The train to the airport was cancelled as well.
An 8 hour stopover turned from a boring wait into a stressful almost missed connection as I struggled to get back to the airport. I got back - only just. The lesson for projects and change seems obvious to me. Think about the risks and expect the unexpected. Sometimes it really does happen.