Cucina Mantovana! You have luck, said the taxi driver.

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Don’t you love when a business trip begins on Sunday afternoon?  No? Me neither.  In this occasion a combination of events forced me to take a plane on Sunday at seven in the evening from Frankfurt to Milan.  That means …

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A ballad for Toulouse

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This time the plane for Toulouse was taking off at 7:30, that meant I had to leave Mannheim at 5:30 to be one hour before departure at the airport in Frankfurt.   That could only be possible by waking up at …

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A table for one?

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Aren’t you sometimes amazed how literal some expressions can be?  When you enter a restaurant normally it might happen that the waiter or the maître will ask you if you are alone or with other people.  This time the waiter …

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First contact with “Le Guide Michelin”

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During a business trip to France , if you are welcomed at the entrance of the hotel or restaurant by this smiling face it can only mean that meal will be great. This time I had a  trip to the …

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Catalunya Candles

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It’s always hard to tell to a customer “no, we will not do it”.  When you are asked to modify your products or the way you deliver them you know very difficult negotiations inside your organization will occur.  Nevertheless before …

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No deal… but what a meal!

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Yes, it’s a fact, not every business trip meal precedes a deal.  Be particularly careful when you invite a potential customer and his first words at the table are “I don’t know about you but I would like to start …

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Technical support, “with Tzaziki or without Tzaziki?”

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Last week a customer asked for a meeting to discuss some technical issues.  The customer has its facility in Wuppertal some 285km Nord from Mannheim where I live.  I decided to take the road around nine in the morning to …

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Nice spontaneous french “today’s special”

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My Colleague Pierre and I had to visit a customer to test one material for the fourth time in two years.  That customer was taking long before he decided to buy.  The first tryals were quite intriguing because every time …

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