With my first CCIE Lab attempt in 59 days, it was about time to arrange my travel and accommodation. I live in Southampton in the UK so my best plan to get to Brussels is to get a train to London and then use the Eurostar from St Pancras to Midi in Brussels. With the Eurostar ticket you are then allowed to travel on the metropolitan line to Diegem. I will be staying in the NH Airport hotel in Brussels which is opposite Diegm train station and only a few minutes walk to Cisco Systems Belgium.
- The train from my house to London is £44 return
- Eurostar from St Pancras to Midi Belgium £34.50 each way so £79
- 1 night in the NH Airport Hotel Brussels – 156 Euros £135
- Total cost – £258
There is a special Cisco rate for the NH Brussels hotel but it only saved me 5 Euros. The price on the website was 161 Euros and I called to ask about the Cisco rate and they gave me the room for 156 Euros – not much of a saving but better than nothing!
So everything is now booked and I plan to arrive at the hotel at about 2pm – I will then take things easy have a walk to Cisco in the afternoon and do some brief reading before a good nights sleep!
It’s getting close now and I am still not feeling like I can ace it on the first go, but I still have 58 days more studying to go which I am going make full use of.
The video below shows the path to take from the NH Airport Hotel to the front door of Cisco Brussels where the CCIE Lab is.
Skip to 00:56 for the start of the Travel arrangements