Amsterdam with the Russians

December 2, 2011

28th November 2011

Wake up at 3am (yes 3am!!!) ready for my taxi to the airport. At Liverpool I have a full breakfast before leaving at 6.10, I sleep most of the way to Amsterdam.

At Schipol I catch the train to the centre and then walk to my hotel the Renaissance Amsterdam. When I get there I meet up with some colleagues and we start to put gifts in all our guests rooms.

It’s thirsty work so I head to the bar to get some coke’s. We then set up the check in desk before they arrive. Once they arrive we get some lunch and then kill some time before we leave for the Heineken Experience which we have booked out for the evening.

At the Heineken Experience we have the place to ourselves as we have booked it out for our private party. We have a walking tour of the factory and get to enjoy complementary drinks and snacks as well as play on the interactive exhibits. It is finished off with a Buffett dinner at the end. We leave about 11.30 back to the hotel.

29th November 2011

Early morning and then down for breakfast, the faire is what you would expect but there was a custom omelette station which is always a bonus and I made use of it.

Today we head off by bus to our production facilities just outside the city. We spend all morning here having a plant tour and lunch before heading for a coach tour around the area to see some buildings.

When we get back to the hotel I have a short break before catching the train over to Amsterdam ArenA to set up the room ready for the evenings event there.

The evenness goes well and everyone seems happy. As well as cocktails and dinner everyone presents about their sales in Russia. We even have one of the architects who designed the arena as our guests.

30th November 2011

Another early morning. Today I had organised a Russian walking tour around the city for our guests which I tagged along wih although I could not understand what was being said by the guide.

After lunch we head over to The Grand to set up for the evening awards. ceremony, after which I go back to the hotel.

We go to the ceremony in style on a classic canal boat, I even get a go at steering.

We then spend all night at the Grand enjoying dinner, presenting awards and dancing. I head back to he hotel at around 1am.

1st December 2011

Another early morning but this time to ensure out guests leave on time. After which I have a couple of hours to kill so head over to the Anne Frank House for a tour. I also grab some chips to eat.

We get the train back to the airport and then catch the flight home.

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