I hope you had a fabulous long weekend. I know I did, but more about that later. Today, I am so excited to bring you an amazing opportunity from one of my favorite brands, Google, yes that Google.
We all live Google these days; even my kids believe it is the source of all knowledge in the world. So Google is offering you a chance to share your Google story on social media, and you stand a chance of winning a Google Hamper worth R5000, plus your story could be featured in ELLE magazine. Today I am telling my story.
What’s in the hamper you may ask:
- R250-00 Google Play Vouchers
- Google Cardboard (https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/)
- Selfie Stick
- Power banks
- Google Headphones
- iKnow Board Game
- Sony Xperia device
THIS IS #MyGoogleZa story
I have many Google stories, but today I will tell you about how Google contributed to one of my biggest career and lifestyle decisions.
THE BIG CAREER DECISION
4 years ago, I was about to land a really great job with a really great company. Before I signed on the dotted line though I wanted to meet the team I was going to work with and get a feel for the organisations culture etc. So off I went to Cape Town to do just that. This was an in and our trip, flying in the morning and fly out that evening, so time was of the essence. I was super prepared it was important to me that this be the right decision as it was going to mean big changes for me and my family.
Anyway, I land in Cape Town; it’s a rainy and rather miserable day, I rush to the car rental get into the car, turn my phone and no signal… as in all 3g seemed to have left planet earth. You see I was confident of getting anywhere because of Google maps.
Now I don’t know what to do by I am figuring I can follow some street directional signs I should make it. I get on the road see signs that say Bellville which is where I am going and drive slowly in the pouring windy rain trying to read the signage. Now I am a nervous wreck, I miss my first turn off which I found out later was the easiest quickest way of getting to Bellville and continue on the N2 towards town. I realize I am getting lost, but I am not confident enough to take the next off-ramp and just turn around, I keep checking my phone but nothing.
Finally, I stop on the side of the freeway, and call the company and ask for directions. The poor lady on the other side start the conversation by saying I must go east (East of what I wonder, who exactly knows where east is) after a long string of instructions I don’t understand I put the phone down start the car again and carry on in the hope of seeing an off-ramp with a petrol station. All I can see now is that I am going still going towards Cape Town city center, I stop once again on the side of the road. I try and calm down and decide to turn my phone on to flight mode and then to call mode again. I go back into Google Maps, the little cursor flicks, and then a moment of clarity as it shows me exactly where I am on the N2. I am sure someone winning a million bucks hasn’t been as happy as I was, I hate getting lost.
I keyed in the address and that twangy American voice came on and said “Go east” I rolled my eyes and she said then corrected herself and said: “In 800 meters take the exit on the left” …and we were back in business. I arrived at the meeting place one hour late but very relieved.
It wasn’t the best start to the day but thanks to Google’s Maps, that day I got to meet an amazing bunch of people, and through that my hubby and I made a decision that resulted in our family moving to one of our favorite places in the world where we spent two amazing years.
Ever since then Google Maps is my go-to point for any travel, and has never let me down, if only the 3g network could be as reliable my life would be amazing.
ENTER NOW TO WIN
SO WHAT’S YOUR GOOGLE STORY?
I would love to hear it please share your story about how using either the Google Maps, Google App, Google Search has helped you. Share your story on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, don’t forget to tag me on your story (@Lindiwemm on Twitter, @A_well_heeled_woman on Instagram, A Well Heeled Woman on Facebook) and add the hashtag #MyGoogleZA.
Completion closes on the 16th May 2016, entrants must be 18 years or older, only one entry allowed per person, entries may not be longer than 300 words and winners must be prepared to have their stories published. You PLEASE NOTE THAT BY ENTERING YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS CONTAINED HERE .
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I am so looking forward to reading your stories