Z: I have some good news for you. We've decided we'd like to send you to Shanghai on a business trip this weekend.
Z: Don't you think that it'd be a good thing for you to get out of the office for a couple of days?
Z: I thought you'd be a bit more excited about this. Everything will be paid for and I'll send my assistant with you to take care of everything for you. All you have to do is get on the train tonight at 7pm.
L: The train? Will I be flying back then?
Z: Oh, no. We've bought your return ticket for you. I think you'll find it comfortable.
L: Will the train be very crowded?
Z: Oh no. The train hasn't been crowded at all recently. Besides, you're in first-class, so you'll be fine.
L: When is the first meeting then?
Z: They've scheduled the negotiation meeting for 9:00 tomorrow morning. That should give you enough time to have a quick shower.
L: Where will I be staying?
Z: We've booked you a room in the same hotel as your meetings, so you won't need to deal much with the transportation system.
L: That's very sensible. Would it be alright if I left early today to prepare for the trip?
Z: That's not a problem. Have a nap if you can. You don't know how tight the schedule is for this business trip.
L: Did you get my email?
Z: I certainly did. Do you want to come in and give me some feedback about your weekend?
Z: How did the business trip go?
L: Well, to be honest, nothing is more stressful than going on a business trip with our boss.
Z: I understand. The last time I went on a business trip with the boss, I didn't even have enough to eat?
L: I also think that the company is pretty cheap with travel expenses. I spent half of the weekend on a train! Surely they could have afforded to buy a few plane tickets!
Z: Our company is quite conscious of the environmental problems that frequent flying causes.
L: I see. Well, then perhaps they could give me a few days off after a business trip. It was really tiring for me.
Z: I can ask the boss about giving you the day off today.
L: Thank you. I can't imagine getting much done today. I'm just too exhausted!
Z: No problem. Did you bring any gifts back for your departmen?
L: No, should I have?
S: So what do you think we should do for our anniversary? Should we stay in a hotel or go backpacking in a park?
J: I'm too old to go backpacking. Let's saty in a B & B in a scenic spot.
S: Since the weather is supposed to be nice, why don't we stay at a hotel with an outdoor swimming pool?
J: That's a good idea. I know of a reasonably priced hotel with a swimming pool that's just a stone's throw away from Hyde Park.
S: That's an execllent location! It must be one of the only hotels with an outdoor swimming pool in the heart of London!
J: They're also known for their huge breakfasts that keep you going all day.
S: We can eat to our heart's content in the morning and then spend the rest of the day in the pool.
J: Should I call them to make a reservation then?
S: You might as well see if they have any vacancies. Do they take credit cards?
J: Let me just check their website to find out.
J: Let's see. It says that breakfast is included, car parking is available, taxes are included in the price, there's free internet access, and yes, credit cards are accepted.
S: Fantastic. Let's book it for Saturday night then. And find out what time we can check in so we can make as much use of the pool as possible!