Still reeling with jet-lag after China, I popped back home for a couple of days to empty my suitcase, wash the contents and head off again.
And as I arrive in Munich, who’s the first person I bump into?
Actually, Bill was the first person I bumped into when I got downtown. But Danny Sullivan and I had agreed to hook up in Munich airport and share a ride to the hotel. So it was really Danny that I bumped into first. It was a great opportunity for the two of us to have a proper catch-up.
Although we see each other at every SES, sometimes we don’t even get a chance to have a beer together, let alone have dinner. So we yakked for a while in the cab and then had a chance to get together again for dinner with a small group, later on.
Bill Hunt is being hidden (almost) by his colleague Sara, who runs his Swedish operation. Opposite her, on the right is Jonathan from Commission Junction, also based in Stockholm, but he’s a home grown Geordie, just like me. Behind him is Danny’s brother-in-law, Gernot. And the great man himself, Danny sits next to my empty chair. Well somebody has to take the pics!
Anybody notice, there’s a distinct lack of pictures of international man of mystery, Thomas Bindl.
One thing that really stuck out this year, was how much more advanced the audience was to last year’s show. I did my usual link basics presentation which was attached to my German team mate, Alan Webb’s more advanced tactical presentation.
We had some very good questions I thought. And yes, here’s a pic of the audience to give them something to link to!
Munich is Thomas’ home city. And Thomas is one of the nicest guys in the business. He’s very proud of his city and makes a most excellent host. Everyone agreed (the English speaking contingent, that is) that his selection of bars and restaurants was absolutely wonderful, yet again.
However, for me this time, the highlight was lunch in a real Bavarian beer garden. The English Beer Garden, no less! Thomas had arranged a kind of, German SEO roadshow for the Saturday afternoon after SES. And before he and I went along, he treated me to lunch in true Munich style.
This was a really great crowd and I only wish I’d had more time to spend with them. However, it was my daughter’s 18th birthday at the weekend. And if I hadn’t made it back home for that… You have no idea how miserable my life could have been made!
One thing I couldn’t figure out as I headed back to the airport. Why is Munich littered with multi-colored Lions?