As mentioned in this post, I spent last week in Munich, working at the "Electronica", a trade fair that is all about - you guessed it - electronics and electronic parts.
I do like working such fairs, especially when there are so many visitors from all over the world and not just German ones. It gives me a chance to practice my languages, and I had plenty of occasion to do that - in fact, we had only very few German visitors to our booth. There is a surprisingly large amount of people from Italy and from the UK in this industry; Russia and Turkey are catching up, too, and we had at least one or two visitors from Israel every day.
Our booth was similar to the one we had in 2010, but not exactly the same. Here are some pictures:
Ready for the first visitors.
Behind the scenes - never underestimate the importance of a well-equipped back room to run a booth smoothly! Thankfully, the friend whose company I was working for here understands very well what is needed and what is not, and she always makes sure there is enough room there for me to move, and enough of everything we and our visitors may need. I've worked other fairs where the bit behind the scenes was so cramped you could hardly get in, especially when everyone else thought they have to double-use it as a wardrobe, personal conference room and storage for all the giveaways they have collected from other booths.
The majority of you have probably not heard about the power outage we had on the Thursday morning during that week; it was on all the German TV news that night and you can read about it in English here.
We were affected in that the two underground lines that serve the fair were not running for some hours, and it was impossible to get a taxi - we couldn't even get through to the taxi companies by phone, since all the lines were either down or busy. In the end, we split up so that some of us went by car (it took them an hour to get there), one of us who had the keys to the booth was able to go with some other hotel guests in their car, and I chose to wait until the trains would be running again, and arrived at the fair at 20 past 10 instead of 20 to 8.
Since hardly anybody got to the fair in time that morning, it wasn't a problem that I was later than usual - so were the visitors! And the power outage provided the perfect icebreaker in conversation; you instantly had something to talk about, comparing stories about where you were, how you eventually made it to the fair, how long it took you and so on.
Altogether, it was an interesting week, and my last fair for this year.