Just back from Arbor Berlin, looking back to the past couple of days, as one does.
In some ways, Arbor Berlin was a bit like a trip down memory lane. It felt like events used to be a couple of years ago, informal, friendly, welcoming and slightly fuzzy (in a good way, mind). On the other hand Gregor also assembled a very interesting program with a number of high-profile speakers and presenters. I certainly enjoyed this mixture and also the fact of having some time in hand to have a chat with quite a few people, something I usually simply do not get round to doing as I am normally rushed off my feet doing… stuff.
The venue in Berlin Treptow, Baumschule Späth, Berlin’s oldest tree nursery, dates back to 1720 and extends over a sprawling area that includes an arboretum that was founded in 1879. A really interesting and rather beautiful place, just a stone throw away from the centre of Berlin!
I love initiatives like this and would like to thank Gregor for all the time and effort he has invested in making it happen. The event visibly brought people together, served to spread ideas and to inspire people. It is also an opportunity to break down barriers and get stuck into some face to face communication, which is always a good thing.
Oh, and by the way, should I for any reason have been in two minds about the matter beforehand (I wasn’t): I now officially detest budget airlines – especially on a 7am flight with Bayern München football fans tossed into the mix, on their way home from the DFB cup final after an all-nighter.
Oh and also: SXF, Berlin Schönefeld, has to be the most dysfunctional airport since the Wright brothers first flew the Kitty Hawk.