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Guten tag from Germany (my first German word),

After 8 episodes of Season 4 Game of Thrones, 4x soppy movies, 1x trashy celebrity mag, 1x fashion mag-Harper’s Bazaar, and a few chapters of the book; ‘The Real Life MBA’, I’m finally here! WHHOOO HHHOOO!

A little tired, I’m here in Dusseldorf, Germany.  I’m very glad to be off the plane, and I’m so excited to have arrived… FINALLY!! [If you could see me right now, I have the biggest smile]

After an hour long trip, I’ve arrived at the hotel,’ L’Arrivee’, Dortmund. I’m certainly glad to be out of the car, after my first experience on the auto barn! Scared out of my wits, it certainly was an experience for this Sydneysider! Travelling at speeds of 170kms, with the young man, at times driving one handed, and texting, I think I saw my life flash before my eyes at least twice!

With my feet firmly on the ground, over the next few days, I’ll be visiting one of the world’s oldest and specialised padlock factories ABUS. I’m here with Peter and Paul from Locksmith Supply Company (LSC are one of Mister Minit’s valued supply partners) who are also on a similar scholarship.

Over the next few days we will see the manufacturing of a range of quality ABUS products, along with a retail study tour, of similar shop styles to Mister Minit here in Australia and New Zealand. I’m looking forward to seeing what other likeminded businesses are doing here in Europe, as well as just looking, and seeing how the other side of the world goes about doing business.

Until then Auf Wiedersehen.

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it! Europe, here I come!