We visit Hansen Group to look at the manufactory
Last week saw us in Germany visiting our German manufacturer. They are based in Sulzbach Laufen which is in a beautiful wooded valley with the Kocher river running through it. Originally, and still, a logging area it is surrounded by some wonderful trees. Now Hansen Group is the biggest employer in the area overtaking the logging industry.
The Holopack factory is a wonderful testament to high tech set in wonderful countryside, the best of both worlds. Sulzbach Laufen is a two hour drive ESE from Frankfort, an experience in itself on the derestricted autobahns although Howard enjoyed the experience of driving at high speeds!
The food is always different in Germany, which is a joy as modern international travel can be very samey. The wine and the food is local to the area and is difficult to replicate elsewhere. As ever a pleasure to visit our German friends and we look forward to our next visit.
We may live in a strange science fiction sort of world but it is a world which embraces two countries
Howard and I have some wonderful friends on both sides of the Atlantic and so we feel at home in both the UK and the USA. However it is strange that when we are in one country it feels as though our life in the other country is somehow on hold and that all our friends in the country we are not in will somehow be frozen in time. Those friends won't get ill or break, they will still love us even though they haven't heard from us in months and they will be ready to play whenever we are around.
The reality is that time does not stand still for any of us, our friends in America and Britain do get older, get ill and break themselves and we too are getting older and less like the superheroes I always thought we were! I am happy to report that on the whole our friends still seem to love us even though our appearances in their lives are less frequent than we would like, (although they might think we appear often enough!) and we love them for still wanting to play, still caring about where we are and what we are up to. So we may live in a strange science fiction sort of world but it is a world which embraces two countries and gives us some lovely and interesting friends.
At the weekend we were off to Howard's sister's 40th wedding anniversary surprise party organized by her children.
What a pain jet lag is! As Howard and I grow more mature we find jet lag really hard to cope with, one minute we can hardly keep our eyes open so off to bed, sleep for a couple of hours then wide awake in the middle of the night and hungry!
At the weekend we were off to Howard's sister's 40th wedding anniversary surprise party organized by her children. It was a lovely surprise for Melanie and her husband Leopold and their children had managed to find lots of old friends to help them celebrate. They were married in Vienna, Leopold's home town, and not many of their friends were there on the day so it was extra special for them to celebrate their 40th with so many friends around. A special surprise for Leopold was his brother and sister in law who had flown in from Austria. What an international family we are! Howard's Mum was there and at 94 she is still a party girl!
We will stay in the UK in order to see my Mum and the grandkids before jetting back to the U.S. for our next sales meeting.
Back in Orlando for the next Medline sales meeting
Here we are back in Orlando preparing for the next Medline sales meeting. The evening before the sales meeting we had the pleasure of dining at Cafe Tu Tu Tango on International Drive. A really fun restaurant with delicious small plates for sharing and with resident artists who add greatly to the atmosphere.
Our second Medline meeting was even busier than the last one and Howard and I did not stop talking for the first 90 minutes, not to each other of course! It is a great way of spreading the Saljet word meeting the lovely representatives. So to all you potential users out there, Medline do stock Saljet! Once again the event was held outdoors and the event organizer must have a special relationship with the rain gods as there was no rain! Unheard of in Orlando in our experience!
We are off to London as soon as the meeting is over as we have to be at a surprise party, I cannot disclose details until after the event as it may not stay a surprise on social media!
A busy time in Atlanta
The first evening of SAWC was very busy with lots of visitors to our booth, and the trend continued on days 2 and 3. We met lots of our old friends, many people introduced themselves as users of Saljet, and we made new friends. It is always heart warming to meet Saljet users as Howard and I have introduced Saljet to the USA one trade show at time over the last sixteen years.
Atlanta has been a joy to visit, the people are all so friendly and fun that it makes our hectic schedule easier to cope with. We were last in Atlanta 4 years ago and it is a city on the move with lots of construction bringing people back to the city center to live.
The hottest day coincided with Royal Ascot, a horse racing event attended by the Queen who is a keen horse woman.