To Munich We Go!
My boss Tim mentioned last year that he wanted Stefany Dotson (BX Business Development Manager) and myself (BX Social Media Maven) to come visit the BookRix team face to face in Munich. Needless to say, Stefany and I were thrilled by the idea of a European business trip and were eager to meet the folks we interact with daily. Shortly thereafter, we were sent a travel itinerary and the countdown to Germany officially began.
We arrived on a Sunday afternoon (6am LA time) and Tim picked us up at the airport. I immediately took on the role of stereotypical tourist and began snapping photos of everything that moved (and a few things that didn’t). If you haven’t been to Germany, I highly recommend it. Cobblestone streets and gorgeous architecture are in abundance. People on the street are polite but keep to themselves, and unlike where I’m from, they walk everywhere. It was so refreshing, seeing people walk that is, that Stefany and I adopted the same mentality and walked ourselves into leg cramps so we could see the most of the city.
As for the BookRix team, they were just as down to earth and friendly as I had anticipated. Conference calls and video chats are a great way to connect when your company is halfway across the globe. But nothing beats human interaction, face to face conversations, and good old fashioned office banter. We talked with Gunnar Siewert (Co-Founder), Davor Dregza (Co-Founder) and Johannes Conrady (COO) about the future of BookRix and their exciting plans for the company. We worked with Lineh (BX Community Manager) and Tim (Head of Business Development & Coordination) on the launch of our eBook distribution services and had some fun with marketing campaigns and social media strategies.
One Friday a month, BookRix gathers all their employees together at a local restaurant for dinner and drinks to show appreciation for the hard work everyone has put in. Luckily we were able to attend and spent some quality time with the team. We even got to taste authentic bratwurst, sauerkraut and German beer. It was fantastic! And what trip isn’t complete without a tour of the city? Both Lineh and Tim took us out on the town for some amazing site seeing spots throughout Munich. In the end, we were there for 9 days, but it still felt short. We came for work, but we left with so much more. The BookRix team really is a family. We all work hard because we love the company, and it shows. I can’t wait to meet up with my team later this year.