21.02. - 15.03.2009
: China Grand Tour Feb./March 2009
After arrival in Shanghai, I continued immediately with Jenny to Wuhan
. We visited customers in the area, than by train to Xianfang
where we met Collins
We went with Mr. Zhang Zhigang
in his car to customers in the wider area like Xinye and Zhoukou
and on Saturday back to Shanghai by train
was another station I remember, mostly, because of the bus ride back to Shanghai. On Sunday
with Shanghai Airlines to Urumqi
We visited customers in the vast Xinjiang Province
, partly with our trusted Miss Li. Bad weather hindered our movements at first but we made it to Korla
. It was a turbulent flight in the small turboprop.
Next day via Urumqi to
Akesu in the far North-West. From there back to Urumqi, Shanghai, Dubai and back home. It was a very busy trip and the temperatures and weather was not always pleasant but in all,
a satisfactory visit. Jenny, as always, did a perfect job to get the "Old Donkey
21.03. - 09.04.2009
: India "Gopi Land" (Vijayawada / Guntur)
The 09th April and still on the road. Quite a change in temperatures from China and Switzerland but 24-40°C is not so bad. Delhi, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Vijayawada, Guntur and Madurai lay behind.
I'm presently in Mumbai and will soon be back. Than I looking forward to Easter Holidays in Corsica! Not that I need more traveling, but holidays are different!
22. - 26.06.2009
A short trip to test waters in Turkey. With Sun Express to Antalya and than by car via Konya to Adana. Customer visits on the way. Nice warm weather.
From Adana to Karamanarash where we visited the most important customers than back to Adana and via Istanbul to Zürich. From the Airport straight to
Winterthur to attend the Albany Festival to celebrate, with my colleagues, my 67th birthday. Yes, time is flying by!
INDIA with Gopi & Co.
05. - 26.09.2009
This time I began the 3 week beat in Mumbai, drove with Rahul Joshi up to Kohlapur
. Back to Pune with Mr. Halagery
. Flight to Hydrabad
, where I met Gopi
Stayed 2 days than proceeded to Vijayavada. The Guntur area was quite hot and humid! Than to Madurai via Chennai. With Venkant
by car to Coimbatore
. After 2 days via Mumbai to Delhi
. The flight from Delhi to Chandigarh
took 5 hours due to bad weather we had
to circle for one hour and than back to Delhi and again up to Chandigarh
. An interesting Sunday activity!
I met Suresh, did our work in Ludhiana, .., and flew via Delhi to Bhopal
where we also met Yuecel Yildirim
. Drove to
, a very curvy and bumpy road with lots of traffic! From there back to Delhi and home. A good trip!
BANGALADESH, THAILAND & PAKISTAN
A Classic and Popular Sales Trip! 31.10. - 20.11.2009
: Bangaladesh & Pakistan
With Emirates via Dubai to Dacca, was lucky again and got upgraded to business. Never happened with Swiss! Dacca is getting very crowded and
the traffic is horrific. Visited customers around Dacca for a week and than on to Bangkok. Thailand, as always was a place to relax. All customers around
Bangkok, traffic OK ,good food and places to go! The week passed by very quickly and at the weekend off to Karachi.
Also Pakistan was enjoyable. The weather and temperatures
during the whole trip where pleasant. Off course, there where terrorist bombings on a daily basis. but this is not much of a threat in such a big country. Only the roadblocks
of security forces where sometimes a bit of a nuisance.