Helloooo! I wrote this post last week, but just got around to posting it today, so times might be a bit off. I do warn you it’s ridiculously long, and the title is 100% irrelevant.
I’ve been on a pleasurable business trip for the past 3 weeks. This post is just a little journal, as well as a chance to thank a few people.
Man it was eventful.
Day 1. Arrived in Prague. Met with Besmir my Italian/Albanian business partner for the first time. He doesn’t really read this blog so I can freely talk smack about him. Haha no but seriously it was a relief to find he was a super cool chill guy. Rumours hinted of sketchy cartel activities plus more.
Day 2. Met up Jordan our other Canadian business partner a.k.a Bad Juju a.k.a World’s worst immune system. We strolled around Prague city center, talked shop and hunted for the best goulash in town.
Day 3. We played in a mini football tournament set up for the conference. Let’s just say the silverware has been taken down to the South Pacific. Thank you Vlad for organizing it!
That night there was an party organized. At this point we discovered that there was a prohibition set on alcohol 20% +. It was illegal to sell anything other than beer, wine, martini and baileys. The black market spirit producers got greedy and added all the extra nasty stuff that shouldn’t be in vodka, rum etc. This ended up killing around 30 people and permanently blinding many others. Shizen.
Day 4. Conference day. I was a little underwhelmed. it was very small, and seemed very unorganized. It was hard to tell what was a booth, and what was just a group of people chilling around a couch. I did however pick up a few interesting tips and industry trends (sorry confidential info :D). One thing I noticed was that the conference brought a noticeably older audience, then the typical US conferences. At night there was another organized party, twas very strange being at a nightclub only serving beer and wine. Also, I noticed that people danced like they had all been taking dance lessons, was an interesting combination for sure.
Day 5. Conference was on again. We did a few tourist things, saw some really cool art, including some creepy big bronze baby statues.
That afternoon we flew out to Amsterdam. Then checked into the apartment we booked from airbnb.com. It was perfect, right in the middle of town, quiet, good work space. The only odd things were that the bedrooms didn’t have doors, and the lounge was street level so everyone walking past were checking out what we were working on. Supposedly in Amsterdam if you close your curtains in before it gets dark it means you have something to hide.
At this point my recollection of what happened on certains days mash into one big mess.
After a day or two of settling in, we managed to start a routine:
- Wake up do a few hours work.
- Head out to brunch (I don’t think we ever got out for breakfast time)
- Back to work.
- Get a sneaky sandwich from the most awesome deli ever. (so fracking delicious it was ridiculous)
- Hit the gym. ( I strongly believe this is one thing that kept me from driving my partners crazy)
- Work a few hours.
- Dinner. (this trip made me hate tripadvisor, every top rated place was always booked out).
It was so productive being in the same timezone and same office space. Damn son.
STM & F5 Boat Meet Up! So…we hired a boat that was ridiculously large. I think there were 3 floors, huge dinning areas and outdoor areas. The meet up was awesome, around 50 people turned up from all corners of the world, Was great to put names to faces, and meet a tonne of new people. We cruised around for 3 hours, then headed out to Amsterdam town. We will definitely be hosting another one of these!
We didn’t end up doing many touristy things, but managed to walk the streets everyday…most times longer than expected, due to our navigating incompetence.
Amsterdam was beautiful, the houses, the canals, the atmosphere, I even met a real life rice dog. I definitely want to visit again.
Next stop NYC!
The reason I was there was because mainly thanks to you guys, you readers! Thank you! I won a contest hosted by Revenuewire. The prize was return flights to NYC, hotel, racing Ferraris for an entire day, and a whole lot more.
Day 1: I got in, jet lagged as hell, confused and disorientated. Went out for a scrummy dinner with the guys.
Day 2: Race day! Woke up 5.30am. Went to the “heliport” (never knew airports for helicopters existed, we even got to chill in the VIP lounge!). Flew over NYC to the race track, it was stunning.
Side note: Found out the day before that the reason we were moved from an LA race track to an NYC race track was because a guy died whilst racing, so they closed the track. Nerves we a little shaken.
I dawned my pedobear outfit, took some photos. Then hooned round in the Ferraris for hours. Definitely got my heart pumping as the co-drivers kept trying to push me to go faster and faster.
That night we went to a Yankees game. Bryce (another winner) hussled for scalped Yankees tickets in the Bronx…that was an experience.
Day 3: Went for lunch with local hipster entrepreneur Mr Wasserman. Then went to out to dinner with Revenuewire and crew to a swanky steakhouse. After dinner we hit broadway to see “The Book of Moron” (a show created by the guys from South Park), it was hilarious.
Thank you once again to Breanne from Revenuewire! She with went with every suggestion we had for the few days. The perfect host!
Day 4: Back to kiwiland!
It was awesome to meet everyone on the trip! Sorry if I didn’t mention you all. Hope to see you again!
I’m done writing…1000 words is ridiculous.