Now that I am settling into my routine here in Switzerland, I’m becoming very productive! When not meeting with previous connections or networking with new connections, I’ve been spending most of my time powering through major objectives at the Smart Office Energy Solutions EMEA HQ. Sometimes this is by myself but I have also had the fortune to work with some local experts on designing some revolutionary new product features. As I am very extroverted, working with others like this makes me even more energized and productive.
I have also been pursuing a new type of workout regimen: one with no gym whatsoever! This is a first for me so I enlisted the help of noted expert Drew Skaggs in putting together a program that would continue to meet my fitness goals without requiring specialized equipment. You can see the initial results at Drew’s THE SHOP blog. This first week won’t be quite complete due to scheduling constraints but, as of next week, I should be into the routine.
My time here hasn’t been all diligent work and working out, though; there has been plenty of time to play as well! On Tuesday I attended a concert at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival for the first time. Buddy Guy was in town and I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to see him. The event was fantastic: a bunch of people packed into a small venue and Buddy playing to the crowd. The concert was basically a nonstop medley of his original songs mixed in with blues standards (“Hoochie Coochie Man,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “Five Long Years,” “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return),” “Strange Brew,” and “Sunshine of Your Love,” to name a few). He adopted a “point-counter point” style, singing softly and slowly then answering with blistering electric guitar riffs. As is his trademark, he used a wireless pickup and came out into the audience to play a couple of songs. I was 20-40 feet away from him all night; it was a grand experience!
The following night a French classmate and his family hosted a party for Bastille Day! There were 15 of us in all (including a family from a different IMD class year) so this was my best chance to date to catch up with those whom I haven’t seen in awhile. Even though I had to get up very early this morning to check everything off before departing for Turkey, I stayed at the party very late because it was so, so nice.
And on that note, I had better get moving in order to make it to the airport on time!