INDIA January 2007
India North January 2007 with Rajesh Kapoor & Venkant
I started in the North and Saturday evening I decided to stay for the Sunday (21.01.07) at the
Taj in Chandigarh
I wanted a relaxed day and was a bit disturbed when at around 15:15pm some people knocked very strongly and impatient on my door. I opened and they
told me to leave the room immediately because of a fire in the hotel
Now a realised that the corridor was full of smoke and I got into my shoes but had to leave without any belongings, even my coat I could not grab. We found our way down the, smoke filled, emergency stair and reaching outside
I noticed a lot of activities.
The fire brigade was in full action and attacked the fire, which broke out in the banquet hall. There where many bewildered hotel guests wondering what is going on. After a while I realised that it was quite cold but I was not allowed to go
upstairs to get my stuff. After a while with little information about our feat I decided to get to my room anyway. With the help of a
hotel boy (which I bribed) I got up the smoky staircase, reached my room, grabbed my belongings (did not forget the safe where my passport
and cash was laying!)and went out again. Later we where brought to the Mountview Hotel
my standard place at that time. I was very happy to have all my belongings with me. The others struggled to get it eventually!
I continued my trip to the South and than to Mumbai. A positive highlight was the capture of the Alok deal (with Rahul Joshi) and an emotional fare well
to Mr. Ravichandran.
TAIWAN "The Far Eastern Deal" March 2007
Just returned from Taiwan and India and I'm still a bit groggy. The trip to Taipei with a night stop in Hongkong due to a hurricane was not very pleasant. But when Kenny picked me up
at Taipei Airport things started to improve. The main reason for the visit was Far Eastern Textile where we wanted to replace the existing installation and we succeeded! Kenny brought me than
to a local bar in the nearby mountains and we celebrated in style. We got quite pissed, so what? - We took a plane to the South where we met Mr. Chain of Tainan Spinning.
On the way back, we took the brand new Taiwan High Speed Rail (abbreviated THSR or HSR
from Tainan, a very relaxing experience and very fast as well!.
CHINA March 2007
EAST TURKEY April 2007
On tour in Estern Turkey with Onur April 2007
A typical tour with Onur: Adana, Kharamarash, Gaziantep,..., Kaysery. One week. Every day another hotel. 6 - 8 customers a day. With Onur no problem, even fun!
In Kaysery we where lucky to have fair weather and could see the Mount Erciyes
with its summit reaching 3,916 m (12,848 ft). Kaysery has also the best
Kebab restaurant, so at least I was told!.
PAKISTAN May 07
The Nahar event in Ludhiana
(Punjab, India) went smooth and the following 10 days in India where very hot (45Â°C). Specially in Rajasthan.
I had to spend a Sunday in Udaypur but could not see too much because of the heat. The transit into Pakistan was
frustrating because of disturbances in Karachi. I reached there with a 24 hours delay. Due to an impending strike I travelled straight
to Lahore where we visited customers "near by" and in Faisalabad.
On Saturday (26.05) I will travel to Shanghai and than to
Bangladesh, where I will meet Silvano Rufo.Via Thailand we will return, just in time for my 65th birthday on 27.06. Of course, I can not think to retire
and got luckily an extension of my contract.