A week in Berlin – Part Four

6:00

  • Alarm on the phone goes off – somehow it sounds 100x louder than it did yesterday

7:15

  • Knock on the door. This is getting to be a bad habit.
  • Robinson: “Meet me downstairs” Me: “uh, no. I’ll see you at the conference hall”
  • Seems I borrowed some of today’s fun for last night. This isn’t going to be a fun day.

7:45

  • Groggy and showered I step out into Alexanderplatz looking for the one breakfast I know my body will appreciate when feeling like this.

7:50

  • Huh? The McDonald’s in the train station doesn’t serve breakfast.
  • Lady behind the counter gives me directions to the other McD’s. In German.

8:00

  • Visualizing her hand signals I’m now heading away from the conference – hoping the McD’s is close (and I understood her gestures).

8:05

  • Success! Thank god for big signs. I can see the restaurant way down the block.

8:10

  • Walk-in, don’t even look at the menu – “Sausage & Egg McMuffin”
  • “Sorry, we don’t have it”
  • ????? this is getting worse…
  • “We have bacon”
  • Sure. (I think)

8:15

  • Kitchen is slow but I’ve got my food and decide to eat on the run.

8:20

  • Oops. Got myself turned around and went the wrong way. Again.
  • Decide to crack open breakfast. Bacon on top of scrambled eggs with bun on the side.

8:22

  • This is really bad.

8:23

  • Found a garbage can. Hope the conference has good food this AM.

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  • Made it just in time for Jaap’s interview of SDL’s CEO, Mark Lancaster.
  • (Common Sense Advisory did a great write up here)

9:30

  • Lancaster interview over. Some interesting topics covered (and not covered)
  • Time for booth duty :/

9:30 – 12:30

  • Neither Robinson or I have even had time to catch our breath. One person after another is in the booth. A couple of BIG conversations have us stoked – crossed off a couple of big goals for the show.

12:30

  • Lunch. I’m starving
  • Find a seat with Richard Sikes and later joined by Bob from McElroy.
  • Bob’s a great guy and enjoying his insights on the industry as he also comes from a software background

13:00

  • Relieving Robinson – my turn in the booth.
  • These lights (booth lights) are killing me.
  • One of them has the most subtle of flickers but today it’s having the same effect on me as a strobe light on a ship in rough waters.

14:00

  • Show is starting to slow a bit. Lots of people with luggage milling about and the exodus is clearly starting.
  • Stephen & Amy from GALA just came around – trying to get the prize drawing sorted out. Stephen is concerned about it dragging as there are 20+ companies giving something away this time.

15:30

  • Robinson’s other half, Sheena, should have arrived by now – he’s ducked back to the hotel to check and I’m packing up the booth.
  • Rented booths are great. “Packing” consists of throwing all our brochures back in the suitcase which we’ve perfected packing to within a few grams of the airline’s weight limit.
  • Technically the floor is still open so I leave a few brochures out but this puppy is unofficially over.

16:00

  • DSC08536Up in the hall for the closing session.
  • Missed the topic description but it seems to be about highs and lows of owning an LSP.

16:15

  • Arturo (Moravia) and Hans (Architext/Translations.com) are cracking me up – both seem like fun guys.

16:45

  • Session over – let the drawings begin!

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  • Some interesting prizes coming through:
  • A Marionette
  • An Authentic Italian Leather Bag (Made in Poland)
  • Wooden carving of a bird – should be fun to try and pack that. (Our partner Joe from Translated.net won that)
  • Another leather bag
  • Only two iPods – clearly the fad is dying…

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  • Drawings done, conference done.
  • Saddest part of coming out of the last session is walking back into the show floor – by the time we get out the exhibition floor is mostly torn down, in a matter of hours you’ll never even know any of us were there.

18:00

  • Back at hotel – agree to meet up at 18:30 for dinner w/Robinson & Sheena – the third wheel portion of my trip is about to begin.

18:20

  • Sitting in the middle of Alexanderplatz with my laptop, hoping to scam some free wifi.
  • No dice – but I do find a cheaper hotspot.
  • Call home via Skype & my trusty USB phone (getting some funny looks form people as I talk into my mouse)

18:45

  • Meet up with Robinson and a very tired Sheena
  • We head off in the same direction as the Thai place the other night – there was an Indian place that looked good and I want to try it out.

19:30

  • Finally get to the Indian place. Sticking to water tonight.

19:45

  • Finally get our food – appetizers are great. Main courses have no spice to them at all.
  • Food is good but we could have done with some kick, dishes are bordering on sweet!
  • All of us are fighting to stay awake – might be an early night.

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  • Starting the walk back – trying to figure out what the mom & child signs mean…

21:00

  • Hackesher Markt is a great district to walk through. Lots of life & restaurants. There’s a beautiful train station here as well but if it weren’t for the trains you’d never know it was there.
  • Each of the restaurants are built underneath the station itself so it just looks like a façade for the line of restaurants.

21:30

  • After dawdling back we’re at the hotel and calling it a night.
  • Cleaning up my photos for the day and trying to upload them to Flickr. This net connection sucks.

22:00

  • Watch some TV on my laptop (Always travel with a few shows downloaded to it) – don’t even get through one.
  • Zzzz….

All of my photos from Day Four

  • Anonymous

    Yeah – what he said. Not only was this a great show for us from a business perspecitve – it was a total blast to meet/meet again and hang with the L10N folks. I’ve been involved in a lot of industries – and this is the best one so far. Fun, smart people who are passionate about what they do. And the recurring theme I was so excited to hear at the show was “this market should be TWICE its current size”. We’re working on it!

    RK

  • G@ttoGiallo

    Hallo Ryan,
    … “trying to figure out what the mom & child signs mean…”
    No doubt this is for children no cross the street without an adult…
    Imagination, Ryan.
    Nice town Berlin, went there just before the wall crashes down.

    Just passing by…