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Iceland

November 5th, 2013

It’s only 2 1/2 hours by Norwegian Air Shuttle from Oslo to Reykjavik, in Iceland. This economy flight enables me to visit my distant customer, Vidar Helgason, from Kj. Kjartansson, one of the leading dealers in the country.

Ideal timing, as they have their national exhibition this coming weekend. I am not able to attend, as it clashes with the expo in Finland. But Vidar will be well-prepared.

Nice little town, Reykjavik. Have a look…

Pretty-coloured roofs, dwarfed by snow-capped mountains and surrounded by the blue Atlantic. Cute, narrow streets, forcing the traffic to be slow-moving….leading down to ┬áthe shore.

Near the sea, the incredible convention centre, completed when I was last here – and when the country was still in the financial doldrums..

This is Hallgrimskirkja, Iceland’s largest church. Surprisingly, it did not grab the title of ‘cathedral’ from another structure. There’s a religious reason for that…

There is NO connection between the previous image and this, a sign outside the Phallological Museum. It is the only one of its kind in the World, they say. (Even Amsterdam has not yet protested to that claim).

And when was the last time you had whipped butter served on a stone. This the case in the Hilton’s rather nice hotel in town…

Norway also had their national exhibition this weekend…..

As usual, Thursday and Saturday were slow, and Friday, the attendance was terrific. This included the participants at the conference, held together with the trade show, with the flow of people in the aisles, the interest shown – and, for us the most important, the number and size of orders given.

Karina and Kim Steen, both with Technomedics, were very pleased with the results (especially the sales of my American Eagle Instruments)…

Norway remains a prosperous country, thanks to the efficient way the wealth from the oil- and gas-fields was controlled and distributed by the government rather than the private sector. No oligarchs and multi-billion dollar sheikhs in this part of the World. Just dentists and hygienists who can afford the time and effort to invest into quality treatment.

This is the new opera in town – a fantastic building…and this is the old cathedral…

Now to Legoland….

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