For 12 hours in the plane finally I reached Amsterdam, Schipol Airport at 6.30 am. After we get our luggage, me and my GM took the train from Schipol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station then transfer to another Inter City Express (ICE) train to Dusseldorf, Germany main train station. The whole journey from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf takes about 3 hrs and 15 mins.
Before we board the train at 9.15 am, we had our breakfast at the Central Station. Bought some pastries puffs to eat in the train. This I must say its very good. It is the pastry puff with minced pork filling. Outside is crispy and inside is pipping hot. Also I had a cup of hot chocolate. Somehow, I found that the hot chocolate in western country is damn nice.
Reach Dusseldorf at about 12.30 pm and we headed on to the hotel. Had some rest about 2 hours and by 3 pm, we meet up with GS and my BIG BOSS at about 3.15 pm. Both of them took the ICE train from Frankfurt. Well this is my company policy, all big shot, cannot travel together and got to split the group into 2. We took a cab to Dusseldorf town and plan for a drink first before we had our dinner earlier.
Alamak, on our way to the town I saw the LV boutique and I feel like telling BIG BOSS can we stop at the boutique for a while and just give me 20 mins to buy the bags for sis. Aiyar... better not to say out cos only first day and I am worried that BIG BOSS, GM and GS may think, haven't start working already think of shopping !. So BYE BYE LV, and will get for sis when I am in Amsterdam on 17/10/07 again.
We start of with drinking session. Really siao, went to 3 pubs for the German Beer. Wah quite nice leh and it is so smooth. I drink quite a lot leh. After drinking we went for a walk along the riverside in Dusseldorf before we head on for dinner. Weather is just nice not too cold and I think is about 15 -18 DC.
Clockwise from top left : Roast Pork Knuckle with Risotto, Grilled Minced Pork, Pork Sausages, and Boiled Pork Knuckle. Each portion is so huge and 4 of us can't even finish it and it is not too expensive. Total bill is about EURO 58.00 and since it is under company budget, me and GS just order whatever we want to eat and not forgetting the German Beer again.
After dinner, took a cab back to hotel at about 8 pm and by 9 pm I already knock off to bed. I am just too tired and the next day is the first day at the trade fair and another long day ahead with a formal fine dining dinner hosted by Tabasco at night.
***** Germany - Day 2 coming up next *****