Caipirinha, Samba and carnival – these were the first things that shot through my mind when I found out that Interroll was sending me to Brazil. Yet my emotions also included pride, excitement and respect, because I was the first from the Marketing department to visit my colleagues in Jaguariúna. And I knew that this meant a tough week with a lot of work: planning of the Grand Opening in Jaguariúna, set up of both the new showroom and the trade fair stand at the Fispal in São Paulo. In comparison with São Paulo, Jaguariúna is an absolute walk in the park! It’s a relaxed kind of place that feels quite modern, with friendly people.
São Paulo, in comparison, is a daunting giant. Huge, untameable and a little scruffy. Yet our hotel was situated in São Paulo’s banking quarter, and Thiago wasn’t just a good “Interroller” he was also the perfect tourist guide. Before we went to the trade fair together I decided to get breakfast from one of the nearby cafés. Making absolutely sure I didn’t spill any of my hot coffee over my blouse, I walked back to the hotel. Suddenly, I was distracted and I stopped, feeling a little confused, because I was certain I had just heard someone call my name – and it couldn’t have been Thiago, because it was a woman’s voice. My curiosity got the better of me and I turned around to see three young women – one after the other. Are there mirages in São Paulo? Never in my dreams did I think I would bump into Cony here, who was standing there smiling and waving.
It goes without saying that we celebrated our unbelievable reunion the same evening with Cachaça, Churrasco and friends! Those with a philosophical take on this kind of get-together might remember the old saying “all roads lead to Rome.” On that day however, it would appear that all roads led to São Paulo!