Tuesday the 25th
Continental flight from Austin at 11:10am, through Houston and Newark, arriving Frankfurt 9:15am next day
Wednesday the 26th
Took the Lufthansa shuttle bus into my hotel, the Crowne Plaza An art area at the Frankfurt Airport
View from the
Heidelberg Castle Now that's a big ass keg
Looking back up at the castle
I thought this was a cat, but it's actually a brass monkey. Touching it is supposed to
bring wealth or ensure your return to Heidelberg, but I didn't know that until just now reading it in my
Lonely Planet. Dammit!
Alte Brucke and statue of Prince Karl Theodor
Walking the Hauptstrasse past the Heiligkeitskirche
Looking east on the Neckar River
After our prep session, the out of town members of the team have a nice dinner at a cute
Italian place. I had the Italian version of won ton soup and the veal.
Thursday the 27th
Drove out to one of the bases for the customer presentation-
I believe we went from barely in the game to the front runner. My favorite part was when the key decision maker said
while talking to the sales team- "David really nailed it." My specialty, baby...
The price of doing business- not only were four people flown in from other countries and three
folks on expat packages, but the big boxy vehicle below is apparently about 600 euro per day,
wow! I remember my first real business lunch in Manhatten, first day of my internship, when my
new team took me out to some seafood place for lunch and it was about $90. Not only
did I not eat fish at the time, but I thought I was going to have to pay for it too- ah to be
introduced to the corporate expense account. Can you imagine, say being an I-banker in 1999?
The victorious team in front of our Euro mobile
From left to right- Diane, Stephanie, Scott, Jeff, Tom, myself, and Bea
Funny enough the women on both bookends I knew from Austin, and both have since moved to
England to work. Now that's an explorer- nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Remember- Bea doesn't look cute, she is cute!
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