In all my 11 years of working at the Roque as a software engineer, I never visited the Nordic Optical Telescope. We used to joke that it was NOT one of ours. And in two years of tour guiding up there, I never went in either. It was NOT on my programme.
But now I’m writing an e-book about the observatory, and it’s NOT a good idea to write about things without seeing them for myself. So I asked nicely, and they said yes, Friday afternoon. They even provided me with two very good looking guides.
It was a rush fitting it on between collecting my son from school and taking him to the hairdresser’s, but it was an experience NOT to be missed.