Thursday, September 17, 2009

Coffee, cultures, conversations, cheese

a chat with an Uruguayan settled in Argentina about Calcutta football... watching a presentation comparing market search with a restaurant...the Stravinsky hall, base of the Montreux Jazz festival, filled with market researchers... tender slices of roast beef... fresh poached fish ... a chat with a wise and warm African American couple about the new socialism in the US and watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S in Mumbai... Swiss blue cheese, American bourbon ... a Nigerian presenting on the recession with a big self deprecating smile ... Starbucks coffee with the wife in the neighbouring town of Vevey in between conference and banquet ... work emails on phone ... picture postcard buildings... chatting with a German from Cologne on Indian culture and A R Rahman... Waga borderish exchanges of visiting cards all around... the frantic ones ticking off their networking lists... bright flowers ... a computer with rigour mortis and stalled apell, sorry 'spell', check.. weary bones, wondering if one can stay up in the banquet coming up... an understated anxiety about the next day... and a bit of hope and crossed fingers

Need Tony Bourdain to sum it up in his soulful, singsong manner


Rushina said...

Sounds illuminating! Wish I could be a fly on the wall!


The knife said...

Rushina...I am sure you will be luckier. The day long chocolate and cheese train tour from Montreux leaves on alternate days. There is one today. The last day of the conference. So will have to wait for your Swiss tales :)

k said...

...walking miles to find a restaurant we visit daily...;)

Scarlett said...

@The Knife - Chocolate & cheese trains??? My head is swimming with images. I am going to pass out!! :)

The knife said...

And Ash, barring the trains...they are all at a MR conference

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