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Wednesday, July 11 2012 | Husky and Safe Cap

When I wake up, we are already at Husky’s front door. The appointment is at 10 o'clock, so we have time for a quick coffee and breakfast. We are also awaiting the arrival of area representative, Roland Koch, along with Igor Kim from Luxembourg, who is in Moscow on business today. Igor had already given me a lot of help in preparations for the trip, which was worth its weight in gold. ... [ Read more ]

Tuesday, July 10 2012 | Plarus, Europlast and Protey

Once again we are up and about very early, for the first appointment is at 8.30 at Plarus in Solnechnogorsk, some 15 kilometres from Europlast. Plarus, a PET recycling company, is part of the big Europlast group, so it makes sense to interview both Plarus and Europlast itself. A mere 15 minutes later we are there. ... [ Read more ]

Monday, July 9 2012 | Creon and Alfatechform

After a rapid breakfast, I find myself once more in the Creon conference room. The Creon team of Anna and Sandjar is joined today by Mr Nika Asatiani, the Deputy General Director. As we discussed yesterday basically all the important issues, this morning is devoted to an exchange of ideas and information about the Russian PET in general and some of the more interesting companies in the sector in particular. ... [ Read more ]

Sunday, July 8 2012 | Creon and viewpoints

This Sunday is mainly for Felix and Rolf to sort out their schedule. A nearby garage has agreed to weld a few special parts for their project, whilst I try to glean some vital information. I get a tip from the chief mechanic which will solve our washing problem. As we now know, there are virtually no launderettes or if they do exist, no-one has ever actually seen one. ... [ Read more ]

Saturday, July 7 2012 | Laundry and the Kremlin

We wake up to the sound of birdsong and the ringing of church bells. It is already almost unbearably hot in the vehicle. If only there was a cool river flowing by the Editourmobil where we could go for a dip, I think to myself. But I quickly banish such thoughts and take a shower instead. ... [ Read more ]

Friday, July 6 2012 | Cucumbers in Domodedovo

It seems like we’re jinxed. I get up early to sort out my meeting with Pepsi. No joy. I simply can’t get in touch with my contact. What do I do now? ... [ Read more ]

Thursday, July 5 2012 | Parking and families

Full of anticipation for my meeting with Coca-Cola Moscow, I pour us all a welcome dose of caffeine. We had actually already confirmed the appointment previously, but it turns out that when I phone my contact Svetlana, it is not convenient to meet today so can we do tomorrow? So we juggle the schedule, move a few dates here and there and hope it will all work out. Pepsi and Coca Cola are re-arranged for tomorrow and IDS on Saturday. ... [ Read more ]

Wednesday, July 4 2012 | First day in Moscow

The whole day is spent driving to Moscow. Outside it is stiflingly hot, and I have the feeling that the circulation of the air in the Editourmobil, despite the open side window, has come to a grinding halt. To be able to work comfortably, I settle myself in the "living room" at the dining table and try as best as I can to get everything organised for writing up my interviews. With the state of the roads in these parts, this proves to be no easy task and my laptop is constantly shifting around with every bump in the road. ... [ Read more ]

Tuesday, July 3 2012 | Gatchina and Novgorod

We have to get up early. Why is not exactly clear, for on board ship we are on Finnish time, which is one hour ahead of German time and one hour behind of the Russian. Confusing. Especially since our ever so clever smartphones and laptops are constantly adjusting their built-in clocks – for the most part incorrectly. ... [ Read more ]

Monday, July 2 2012 | From Sankt Petersburg to Gatchina

After an early morning coffee I call my contact at Baltika, to discuss the next steps. It turns out, unfortunately, that today they have no English-speaking personnel and the interview will be have to be postponed for the time being. Not a good start to the day. ... [ Read more ]

Sunday, July 1, 2012 | Sankt Petersburg's city life

Our overnight pitch was exceptionally quiet. As we have a little time to spare before my first appointment at Baltika tomorrow, we decide to do a little sightseeing. We set off for the city centre. Here, right by the Admiralty, is something I never thought I would see these days, free parking. It couldn’t be more central. ... [ Read more ]

Saturday, June 30, 2012 | First day in Sankt Petersburg

We have to get up early. Why is not exactly clear, for on board ship we are on Finnish time, which is one hour ahead of German time and one hour behind of the Russian. Confusing. Especially since our ever so clever smartphones and laptops are constantly adjusting their built-in clocks – for the most part incorrectly. ... [ Read more ]

Friday, June 29, 2012 | Ferry tales Pt. 2

We slept through breakfast and therefore go directly to get a spot of lunch. I had set the alarm for the crack of dawn and I had a bit of luck. Whilst the ferry was at the terminal, I managed to get internet access and was able to dash off a few emails. ... [ Read more ]

Thursday, June 28, 2012 | Ferry tales Pt. 1

In the normal course of events there would be a lot to do. No chance of that on the ferry. On board there is no internet connection and telephone communication is in the hands of a single provider and the charges are horrendous. It is a times like this that you realise just how digitally dependent we are. ... [ Read more ]

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | Leipzig, Lübeck and the ferry

We are up and about early this morning. We decide to have breakfast at a cafe which is located conveniently in a huge supermarket complex. We can also stock up on food for the Editourmobil, thus killing two birds with one stone. ... [ Read more ]

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | The tour begins

The moment has come, and we are finally about to start our epic Go to Brau Beviale Tour 2012, taking us from Nuremberg to Ekaterinburg! Naturally, things don’t go exactly to plan. There’s a slight hitch which makes us a day late. What has happened? ... [ Read more ]