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Sweet Cologne

CologneAfter arriving on Friday morning and checking into our hotel, Isaac and I took the subway over to the Koelnmesse, (aka convention center). Not surprisingly, the Koelnmesse is an impressive place. It is enormous and the entry areas have stark white interiors and soaring ceilings. Unlike the shows I’ve seen in the US, we do not receive badges to wear, so we prowl the show anonymously, which has its ups and downs. There is a potpourri of languages spoken here, but English isn’t at the top of anybody’s list. Most major booths do have representatives who are fluent, but some do not. Very few retailers from the US venture over to this show, so when we ask if a product is available in the US, most manufacturers assume that we’re a distributor.

In fact, we were nearly chased out of the Quinny booth because the receptionist made an incorrect assumption based on our American business cards. Yikes. Anyway, I’m going to go booth by booth and recount the highlights here. I have posted pictures on Flickr, so feel free. I asked permission before taking these, so hopefully I haven’t shot anything I wasn’t supposed to. If anything should be taken down, please let me know.

One comment

  1. I didn’t know there was a show going on in Cologne. I am a Beans fan and I live in Bonn, 30 mins from the Koelnmesse! Looks like it was FUN.

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