Hey How’s it going?
post is being written was being written whilst awaiting take off. Where was I going? I was actually on the way to Italy more specifically Bologna. I’m fortunate enough to have been given the chance to provide tech support for my colleagues in Penguin, Random House and DK at the annual Children’s book fair. Have to admit though it’s the first time I’ve ever flown for business so naturally I was pretty excited but I knew it’s going to be a highly charged few days, but I hoped to compensate for our hard work and enjoy what Italy had to offer.
So the plane was currently taxing down the run away and we were told that the flight would take roughly about two hours, potentially it take me longer than that to get from work from one side of London to another on the odd occasion, definitely food for thought there.. Have you been abroad for business before, is it something you’ve grown to enjoy or even look forward to? I can definitely answer those questions now that I am back in Blighty but more on that later.. We finally had lift off ✈✈ and I managed to get a cheeky nap in on the plane 😴. I didn’t think I would have much time to explore on my own though, though I did manage to get a snap a few pics of the town.
BookFair finished and on the flight back home
Week is over and I am happy to say that my job was successfully completed with loads of positive feedback from my customers. At times I was at a bit of a loss as to how to occupy my time as the IT systems which I set up pretty much worked without a hitch. Bad for me but great for my customers.. Probably the highlight of the whole book fair was being being invited into the DC comics stand by one of the directors (All thanks to my colleague in DK Books) on the last day and be given the chance to take some free comics. It was a strange moment being ushered in past the crowd of people waiting to get their chance to get some freebies, I could sense some of the negative vibes being sent our way as we casually browsed through the shelves of comics… I got some interesting comics which have a bit more of an asian theme.
Things to take away from Bologna
- Good place for foodies
- Brilliant Wine
- University Town so you’ll find very familiar brands and shops
- Teeming with life even late at night, families especially
- Dogs are very much loved
- Probably not a first choice for Tourists but nice to stop by
All in all it was a great experience as I was made more aware of the importance of the various book fairs and how integral they can be to helping our respective brands grow in different markets around the globe. On a personal level I was curious as to how I would respond to the responsibility such as settings up, maintaining and helping with general IT issues and queries as the only representative from my team at the Stand. I soon realised though thanks to my prep before hand the systems just ticked along nicely and me just being there on made people a little bit more at ease. In turn though I have to say that my colleagues looked after me very well especially when it came to dinner in the evenings 😉
Here are a few snaps from the Fair itself (Should have taken more..) otherwise till the next time!