|At this year's Mobile World Congress|
|I collected my MWC badge at the Sants train station in Barcelona|
|With Grainne on Sunday|
|Suzy and her friends in Canterbury last Sunday|
|Sunny Pawar, the 8 year old Indian boy from the film Lion who stole the show at this year's Oscars.|
|Outside the "Fira" on Monday morning.|
|Cristina and Paloma manning the Nokia stand at the MWC|
|With Paco Bergia on the Telefónica stand.|
|With dear Jesús on Monday afternoon|
|The mini skirt I got from Stradivarius on Monday afternoon.|
|With José Antonio the CEO of Ericsson Spain at the "Yoigo" party|
|With my ex Motorola colleagues at the MásMóvil party|
On Tuesday once again I was up early. I had to leave at 9 a.m. and just as I leftm Oli sent a photo of her and Pippa from our kitchen. Since I had left for Barcelona I had had little contact with my family, except for whatsapp updates, as I was so busy. Her message made me feel a little guilty.
|Oli and Pippa sent me greetings on Tuesday morning|
|With Grainne on the Rambla at Badalona on Tuesday morning.|
|MWC17 so crowded with delegates and brands. It's crazy|
|Me holding the come back Nokia 3310 phone at the MWC.|
From Nokia I made my way to Huawei to meet someone called Daniel González who wanted to meet me. He had found me on the marvelous MWC app but I had no idea who he was. I was amazed to find out that he was only 15 and the youngest blogger at the congress. He is a You Tuber obsessed with technology and the founder of a blog/PR portal called Appleros. His father was accompanying him as his cameraman! Seeing him in action I could imagine him one day as the future Spanish version of Bill Gates. He was busy doing a review of the latest Huawei phone and their PR representative was treating him as if he were the most seasoned journalist which made me very pleased. This boy, who I told should finish school first, will definitely go far.
|Daniel González, the youngest blogger at the congress|
From there I went to visit a Finnish IT systems company who I know are in need of help in projecting an image and building their brand. So I made my sales pitch to 3 Finns, one Indian and a Swede, the CEO. I'm not sure what they thought of me but introducing my services to them was one of my objectives at the fair this year.
On my way out I bumped into journalists and the CEO of the company that bought us. It felt funny being with the journalists yet outside the company. Anyway, it was now nearly 3pm and I was starving thus I walked in search of food. There were huge queues everywhere so, my objectives of the day fulfilled, I decided to leave and go back to Badalona for a bit of a rest until the evening. In the end I had a measly menu of the day at the Hospitalet train station which actually was quite tasty and very cheap hahaha.
Once back in Badalona, I went in search of flowers to give to Grainne but couldn't find a flower shop that was open. Instead I went into a nice looking home and kitchen type store and bought her 2 cushions and candle lantern for her new flat. She was home when I got in and we had some fruit and a cup of tea together. Then a neighbour of hers, Rosa, came and I found myself telling her the story of how I met Eladio. Suddenly it was late and I had to get ready to go out again.
At 7.30pm I met Marc, another ex Nokia colleague, at the Zurich cafeteria in Plaza Cataluña where we chatted and caught up on each other's lives over a glass of beer and tonic water (me). We had so much to say and time flew past and very soon it was time for my next appointment, dinner with my former boss from Nokia, Félix, who today is the Country Manager of Qualcomm Spain. Dear Marc who lives in Barcelona, drove me there. Félix or rather his secretary, had booked a table at a new restaurant called A Tempo housed in a very modern hotel called Mirror. The restaurant chef is Jordi Cruz of Spanish Masterchef fame. And wow was it good.
As usual Félix was late. He always is but it was great to see him. It was to be a lovely relaxing dinner where he ordered far too much food. It was a gangster 20's themed restaurant which I found delightful. This time I had a wonderful glass of wine which did not give me a headache.
|Slow cooked egg dish at A Tempo on Tuesday night in Barcelona|
The next morning, I was up at 6.30 after just a bit more than 5 hours sleep. I had breakfast with Grainne then had to pack, leave and say goodbye to her and to Barcelona and this year's Mobile World Congress.
I caught the 10 am Ave train which was a bit slower going back as it stopped at Tarragona, Zaragoza and also Guadalajara. En route, despite the limited mobile signal, I did another job application via LinkedIn which seems to be the main place these days to find a job. At 13.10 we arrived in Madrid to lovely sunshine. My taxi driver (Eladio) was faithfully waiting for me outside the Atocha train station and soon I was home for lunch with my Father and him.
|Husum in Germany today. It doesn't look very grey to me.|
My Father knew very well that Husum was Theodor Storm's home town and told me that in 1946 it was derelict but that on a trip to Hamburg in the 50's with my Mother they visited Husum and the house had been restored. Isn't that an interesting story if there ever was one?
|Theodor Storm's house in Husum in Germany where my Father was stationed after WW2|
|With Didier on Wednesday night in Madrid|
Oli had waited up for me at home. I hadn't seen her since the Saturday before I left for Barcelona. She again accused me of abandoning her and Eladio this week and she is right. But I was so busy as you have gathered by now. In compensation I showed her my Stradivarius leather and embroidered skirt which she loved and offered to let her wear it the next day to work. It's so nice being able to wear each other's clothes.
It was great to see Pippa too who got very excited when she saw me but once in bed she soon settled down as you can see in the picture I took. She looks so sweet in between the bed sheets doesn't she?
|Pippa in our bed on Wednesday night|
On Thursday I was awake at 6.10. I felt bushed after such a hectic week. That day I managed to get 2 walks in and organise my work and personal agenda after the MWC. That afternoon I had an important speech to write for the goodbye Yoigo dinner I had organised for some of my closest colleagues at Bistro Naia in Plaza de la Paja which is partly owned by one of my colleagues, Pedro.
What a wonderful emotional night it turned out to be. So many colleagues came and we literally took over the restaurant. Nearly all of us had been part of the founding team and the people who came that night really mattered to me. We were one big team. But they were all in for a surprise when our ex Swedish CEO, Johan, walked in together with Peter, another Swede who was very much part of Yoigo. They were the surprise I had prepared and they made the difference that night. People couldn't believe it and we were all hugging and laughing. When it was time to make my speech Johan introduced me. You see I used to write his speeches and introduce him. So this time the tables were turned.
|Making my emotional speech at the Yoigo goodbye dinner|
|My goodbye Yoigo speech|
The next day I wrote on Facebook; "what an amazing and emotional night it was, my Yoigo goodbye dinner with the people who really mattered: you have been my fellow travellers on our greatest professional journey and project. We made Yoigo together and I will never forget you or what we did. We are the #Yoigo family. Thanks for the trip my friends and thanks for coming last night. It meant so much to me. My last words: it's the people that count, not the companies and I will carry you in my heart always".
Of course we had to take photos of the group to immortalise the moment and here we are, all together as if it were another Yoigo party, this time my goodbye party.
|The goodbye Yoigo dinner party was a blast. Just so emotional|
|A group selfie at the farewell dinner|
|The beautiful bracelet my colleagues bought me|
|At the Yoigo farewell dinner receiving the beautiful bracelet.|
I was home really late and didn't fall asleep until nearly 2 am but even so woke up on Friday morning at 6.30 am. I was still feeling emotional the next day after the lovely goodbye dinner but in a way it was good. It was closure after leaving the company; like the wound healing.
Finally I had a quiet day. It was awful weather and I spent most of the morning at the dentist and having x-rays done because of an abscess on my gums next to a very old bridge. Thankfully it had burst and I was prescribed antibiotics. That day I didn't get to go on either of my 2 walks because of the visit to the dentist but also because of the foul weather. It was so cold and wet on Friday and I was so tired, I skipped the walks. I couldn't skip the food shopping though and was lucky that I had Oli to help me. It's such a big chore although I've got it down to a fine art and do it in under 45 minutes hahaha.
We came home to unpack the food helped by Salu and made dinner. Normally we go out to dinner on Friday nights but this week all I wanted was to have dinner at home after so many engagements and nights out. We were to have fresh artichokes, a plate of fine ham, a plate of superb smoked salmon and a prawn salad. Eladio was delighted to see the kitchen table with so much lovely, healthy and delicious food when he came back from his private lessons.
|Our lovely diner on Friday night|
|Pippa on top of Elsa|
|The dogs in the kitchen yesterday morning|
|Happily making lasagna on Saturday morning|
And today is Sunday and promises to be a quiet day with the family which is just what I need after such a hectic week.
Therefore, my friends, I shall leave you now to publish this for my Father and the wider world on internet. I hope you have enjoyed the tales of this week.
All the best until next Sunday,