My latest business adventures took me to Hamburg this past week. 5 days in the port city that is connected to the North Sea and as such, it is an incredible hub for shipping. We were attending SMM, known to be the biggest shipping exhibition in the world.
And big it was! Staggering really.
With buses to deliver you from one end of the exhibition to the other. Everything from the shipping giants like Maersk & CMA CGM to companies selling life jackets, and everything in between. It is a place for money to be spent and money to be made. If all goes well, you do much more of the latter.
The spending done by the really big players is astounding. Boggles the mind.
Between press conferences, interviews and meetings with important delegates, there was not much time for sight seeing.
Exhibition halls don’t tend to be in the nicest parts of town. In this case, it wasn’t in the nicest smelling part of town either. I suppose port towns can be predicted as such. Rats and all. Reminded me a bit of NYC where the fumes coming from beneath the city made you hold your breath every time you passed a sidewalk grate.
When I did capture a glimpse of a nice scene, I did my best to snap a pic.
The exhibition was a short walk from our hotel each morning. Short but not without its challenges.
Unlike the exhibition we attended in Athens, where we ate and ate and ate, this time around was a bit easier of the waist-line. Sort of. The Germans have a love affair with sausages. Bratwurst and all of its cousins are offered in place of any other option of food.
Would you care for a bratwurst? No? How about a sausage? No? What about this dish with wurst chopped into bite sized pieces in a sauce? We call it curry. Still no?
Long ones, short ones, fat ones, skinny ones.
After 5 days in Hamburg, we were very happy to wrap it all up and head home. 8:00 pm flight out of Hamburg marked the end of a long, but very productive and enjoyable week.
Stay tuned for scenes from Barcelona as we do this all over again in one week’s time…