I was really excited to fly to Turin. I've only been to Italy twice and both times were to Lago di Garda, the Italian Mallorca of the Germans...so that doesn't really count IMHO.
So what is there to say about my Turin stay:
- 1 The Hotel Terrace
I arrived at the airport, took a cab into town and went straight to the hotel to work until my colleague from Milano arrived in the afternoon. We sat on the beautiful hotel terrace and prepared our book fair meetings for the next day. Not only was it exciting to be in Turin for the first time, I was about to meet a bunch of agencies for the first time and negotiate with them. And that in an industry which was new to me.
- 2 Arrival of the One & Only Travel Buddy
And I'm lucky enough to work with friends, so who else was about to arrive the same afternoon? My travel buddy and best friend Maura! Still can't believe how often we've been able to pull this off this year:D
- 3 The Fair:
Wow, so after the fair I felt so grown-up and like a real business woman!:D We were in the rights section of the fair, basically just a bunch of tables for people to have meetings. No music, no books, no distractions, just meetings. So wonderful. Fairs usually are so tiring because of all the background noises and distractions and the heat. My Italian business partner Ale had organized a bunch of 30 min meetings with various agencies for me. I hadn't met with any of them previously and it really felt like speed negotiation-dating! I learnt a lot about negotiating that day, how you deliver the message and get what you want really depends on whom you're dealing with. And you definitely need to have your own style and stay true to yourself. I love it.
- 4 Turin:
Gelato gelato gelato!!! Yes, it is true, the best icecream is in Italy. And gelato and icecream are two different things:
Ice Cream vs Gelato: What's The Difference?
Also, if Turin is supposed to be one of the uglier industrial cities of Italy, then I definitely need to go see more of this country ASAP:
Travel Recommendation? YES