On The Road Again (I)
First overseas trip since March 15, 2020.
Fully geared up with endless form-filling and Covid testing for a London transit with a flight to Milan – none of which were needed/checked. Welcomed back to my favourite Milan haunt – The Bulgari – Attilio still ruling the roost, many of the same staff back in place. Felt so familiar.
A new hat from Borsalino – a Lovemark. An unforgettable dinner with Trudy’s cousins Ben, Ziggy and Donna and the perfect guest – former Saatchi & Saatchi Milan CEO Fabrizio Caprara. Everyone in Milan getting on with getting on.
The Band back together again. Glen stage-managing flew in from Barcelona, and Mark and Sue flew in from London. 15 years on the road together – our first gig in two years; their first live gig since Covid hit. You can’t make Old Friends!
WOBI’s World Business Forum. On stage for 1½ hours – adrenalin pumping, 1,000 people fully present and connected, a sell-out. Creativity, Leadership in a post pandemic, crazy world. Selfies, four press interviews, two TV interviews, an evening gig for Novatex and 60 of their stakeholders, a lunch gig for 50 Porsche Consulting guests. Feels so good feelin’ good again.
Train to Florence for a private session with old friends – the Salvatore Ferragamo Family, followed by a very pleasant hour in their flagship store. Three nights in one of our favourite hotels – The Villa San Michele – a 600 year old converted convent, with old friends Paolo, Adriano and Sylvestre – all still making VSM a one-off, special experience.
This old world still looks the same.