Tag: madrid

Sunday Column (344)

This week was crazy. When you do what you have to do and you just don’t feel the way you are supposed to be feeling, then weeks are no fun πŸ™ Essentially what I am trying to say is that this week I was just shattered. There are loads of bugs going around but I don’t feel ill. I just feel tired. You know that feeling when you hardly sleep and eat? I did that too, on top of this bug. Anyway, it also was a fund week. We went to a business trip to Madrid. One gets up at 4:30, does the kettle bell training, feeling a bit under the weather, and before you know it you are in Madrid, have meetings and end up in a Tapas bar until 1 am understanding the Spanish market potential. I enjoy going to Spain as I believe that this market, similar to Italy, has a huge potential for adtech technology. Often, companies focus on France and Germany after the UK, yet there is a huge amount of wins to gain in Italy and Spain. Anyway, a successful trip! Of course, as it has been lately with hotels, I didn’t sleep great.

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Sunday Column (165)

What a fantastic week. I think so anyway. I went to Madrid on Monday to support our local office, interview for new people and had a very good and long meeting with one of our clients. I like to be useful and travel to support folk. It makes you tired and I didn’t see the kids, but overall I actually enjoy it. So I was back Wednesday night to find my MIL (mother in law) staying with us. In order for me to keep up my running training I slept on the couch to run at 6 am on Thursday. Friday I worked at home sitting in a conference call until late. I always seem to be busier working from home than being in the office; no idea why to be honest. What else happened? As my MIL was baby sitting my wife and I went to our most favourite Thai restaurant in Beckenham. The result was we were home within an hour. Conveyor belt service plus us feeling “too old” to mingle with the locals in the pub, meant we preferred to be home early. Saturday we used the whole day (!) to go shopping. I bought myself a

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Sunday Column (144)

As a child I never travelled much. Austria or Denmark with my parents, usually by car and we never flew. That was fine then and I have no regrets. I wasn’t jealous of other kids that did fly. Even when I grew up, I never went anywhere. A short trip to Spain and a motor bike trip to Italy and Denmark. But that was about it. Another bike trip around the UK of course. Only when I got married, our honeymoon took us to Thailand, and boy did I love it. This week I went to Madrid for business. Business travel is always a bit different, unless you get to know the locals. My luck was that our Country Manager in Spain is local but since he wasn’t free the night of my stay, I met with another friend who has lived in Spain for over 10 years. Now, I was shown Madrid. I am not talking night clubs but tapas. The little dishes you have whilst having a good chat in one of the local bars. Having a beer, or a glass of wine, a snack. It is fantastic. You find different and very fresh flavours. If you follow

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Time – Bank Holiday Weekend :-)

I have been quiet the last couple of days. Mainly because I have started to think about a lot of things. Some are directly related to my work and life that for obvious reasons I would not like to share here πŸ˜‰ Nothing to worry about of course. However, there are some other thoughts on life that I am more than happy to share, it is my conversation with Marcelo, my Buddhist friend and ex monk on our Buddhist and Management Blog. Maybe you have some input on our thoughts. Also, as a frequent flyer I am concerned with the safety of flights after the Madrid accident. Unfortunately those things happen and one should probably not think about it. But, it also naggs on me for some reason. So, I am taking this bank holiday weekend off from all obligations and will be back as normal next week. Have a good one, Volker

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