This trip included detailed discussion about a very particular rosewood finish, stimulating technical discussion at the factory (!) all set in gloomy early European winter weather, gray skies and rain, sometimes a lot.

The problem with traveling to interesting places on business is that you rarely get the time to really experience a city. I’ve been to Vienna at least 20 times and love it but still don’t really feel like I know my way around. It probably is partly the American idea that since I have never driven a car around, how can I be expected to know anything?

On the Saturday I left, I had lunch with Rupert L and his 2 sons at the Cafe Central, one of the real Viennese coffee houses. What really great experience! Rupert intentionally brings his sons regularly so they can learn true Viennese culture.