Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Practice Enterprise Trade Fair Report

Culture shock in an hour

The arrival to Salzburg was a bit of a shock for most of us. From what we saw from the bus, the city didn’t look quite as magnificent and glorious as everyone had expected. And as for our hotel – well, I think those stories of horror might turn into urban legends within a year or two.

The first challenge (after surviving from the shock at the hotel) for our first group was to find the exhibition centre and put up our stand. With a little help from our teachers the centre was easily found and our team was ready for action. A couple of hours, many rolls of tape, some ironing, a few pieces of iron wire and a lot of patience was needed to make it look like this:

Lights, camera, action!

The first morning wasn't quite what we had hoped for (cold shower, poor breakfast, heavy boxes to carry around, traffic jam, and fallen paper signs at our stand...) but as the trade fair started at nine o'clock we were there - enthusiastic and eager to make the best of it. And I think we really succeeded in doing that. Everyone had a good time selling our products, getting to know new people, having conversations in foreign languages and experiencing what it's like to work in an international environment.

At the end of the day we headed to the old town and its numerous alleys. After a nice dinner that we had together some of us stayed behind exploring the local night life as the rest of us went back to the hotel having their minds set up for the next (and last) trade fair day.

Mozart and some other new friends

A perfect blend of sightseeing, trade fair work, shopping and socializing with old and new schoolmates - that's how I would describe our last day in Salzburg. The trade fair ended before it really even began but no one seemed to mind that as it gave us more time to explore the city and its wonders. (Everyone should know by now where Mozart lived his life.)

In the evening it was raining cats and dogs so we stayed in the hotel, having a nice little party on our own - singing, dancing, chatting and enjoying each other's company. Not even a little catastrophe called water damage could ruin our night.

All well that ends well

So we're back in Finland, back at school. And luckily also our dear coach managed to escape from the unforgettable Herr Böse.

Before we left for Salzburg we were told that after the trade fair we might feel so tired that no work would be done for a while. But something weird happened and we've been more active and efficient than ever before.

All in all, it was a great experience and should anyone ask me - I would definitely recommend participating in such an event if given the possibility!

Text by Minnaliisa Laaksonen, HY d'Sign Oy

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