Out of the blue, someone messaged me to ask I was planning to attend next week's workshop in Berlin.
I had no such plans. I never had any such plans.
On the occasions when I had asked, management did not think there was enough value in sending me to Berlin to meet with my team's counterparts there. However, shortly after receiving that innocent message, I also recieved a new manager.
I sat in a "hand-off" meeting between my new manager and my previous manager. My old manager probably said something like, "we should make sure we give Steve any resources and opportunities that would be useful to his career growth."
I saw my opening and said, "I heard there's this workshop in Berlin next week, to go over [redacted]..."
Believe me, when I got approval, I did not hesitate to book my flight and accomodation.