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EAST TURKEY
January 2008
The first trip is over. It was a bit chilly but overall the weather was beautiful. Business as usual, the mood maybe a bit depressed. Visited mainly customers in Kahramanmaras or short,Marash, Nidge and Kayseri. Onur was my companion and we met Fatih Kharadag in Kayseri on the last day. Now I'm getting ready for 3 weeks of India. At least I can warm up my freezing frame!
NORTH INDIA (Punjab)
SOUTH INDIA (Tamil Nadu)
Jan/Feb 2008
SlideShow: India Winter 2008
It was cold in the North, 3 - 5°C in the morning (Ludhiana Punjab, Chandigarh), cool in Mumbai 10°C and warm in the South: Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu ), and Madurai. Rajesh, Rahul and Venkant kept me busy and another tour came to a good end. The next stop will be China. I'm also looking forward to the Easter Holiday which we, Nancy, Oliver and myself, will spend in Istanbul. A "common" destination for me, a first for the rest. I must admit, haven't seen the down-town since 1960, always passed by!

CHINA
February / March 2008
SlideShow: China with Jenny March 2008
Shanghai, Changzhou, Zhengzhou, Handan, Shijiazhuang, Cangzhou, Wuhan, Changsha,... where some stations on this journey. Jenny did her best to get me around with not too much hassle! The weather in the North was fine, temperatures around 14°C, later in the Southern region a bit wet. Two weeks are too short for this huge country but another assignment forced me to return. There was not much time for sight-seeing. The only place we managed to visit was the Shaolin Temple near Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province. There we waited for our Sunday train connection to Handan (Hebei province) the same evening.

BANGLADES
March 2008
SlideShow:&enbsp;Bangaladesh 2008

Back on the road. Firstly I had to attend a Symposium in Dhaka and we where, as always on such occasions, a bunch of guys. This welcome company made long and lonely evenings more bearable and the ten days passed quite smooth. The days went by with customer visits, some harrowing "Bangala" driving and nerve wrecking traffic jams.

THAILAND
March / April 2008
SlideShow: Bangkok, Thailand 2008
Only 2 hours away from Dhaka the world looks quite different! Never mind the high temperatures and humidity. A slight shock was the new smoking policy under which smoking in Restaurants, Bars, etc., is no longer allowed. For a change, I had a Sunday free and booked the Ayutthaya tour by River Sun Cruise
It was a good experience, except the early morning start and the weather which was, hot and humid.

TURKEY
April / May 2008
SlideShow: Turkey 2008
We had a 3 hours delay in Istanbul, I arrived finally in Adana around 21:30 on Sunday evening. Next morning up and on to Kayseri. On the way we visited customers in Nidge. Onur got his new Ford C-Maxx. Good! Than we delighted our customers in Karamarash, Gaziantep and Adana. The Saturday morning flight departed 04:50 from Adana. This was a bit nasty since I had to get up before 03:00. After transit in Istanbul I arrived, a bit groggy, in Zürich. The good news was that Fritz and Cayden picked me up. Nancy was also at the airport, on the way to London, but she was already boarding her plane so we couldn't meet.
INDIA
May / June 2008
SlideShow: India
After a missed approach due to a thunderstorm over Delhi, I finally arrived. On Sunday I intended to proceed to Chandigarh, joint capital of the two neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. After hovering a while over the town, the captain announced that we have to return to Delhi due to bad visibility caused by a dust storm. We landed and, as expected, the flight was finally canceled! Super! This forced us to change plan. Next day a 5 hours drive to Chandigarh where we finally met with Rajesh. I was to travel by car to the holy town of Haridwar situated at the River Ganges.  Suresh Kuttinath will meet me there. All went well, after 7 hours drive, I reached the place. The Northern part of this trip ended on Thursday in Delhi and I traveled to Mumbai where I met some old friends from Lagos times. Than with Rahul Joshi to Srivassa (ALOK) and Nagpur. Via Mumbai to Chennai to Madurai where Manick took over. We traveled to Rajapalayam, Dindigul and Coimbatore. On Sunday we made a nice excursion up the mountains to Kodaikanal, at 2130 m asl. it was cool, later it started even raining. A welcome change of climate! Than via Bangalore to Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), back to Hydarabad to Mumbai and finally home to Zurich where the temperature was 11°C.

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