Warning!: This show was in Germany, which means that there are some pictures I took that are probably Not Safe For Work (NSFW). Those pictures are at the very end, though.
Hi guys! I had a crazy two weeks. I had my large presentation that I had to complete (more posts on that later) and then I went and spent 5 days in Munich at the Munich Gem and Mineral Show. It was a blast!
I went for a variety of reasons, including networking and helping out at the small gift shop stand we ran. Just for posterity, we broke the record for selling at the show!
The first thing we did was set up. It took about 9 hours with all 6 of us working. A lot of that was setting up our banner, covering our table, and jury-rigging thing when they went wrong. Putting up the banner took an hour!
Here is our final set up. I am pretty happy the way it turned out. It took using a lot of skills I’d learned working for the Opera.
We also had a table set up next to us to do the GeoRalley, where kids (and adults!) could come and learn about quartz and all it’s cool properties.
I was also fortunate enough to be able to go around the show. I managed to stay under budget, but just barely. There were 4 huge halls, each filled with different stuff. We were naturally in the mineral section, but there was a fossil section, a jewelry and gem section, and an esoteric section.
There were some other displays outside which were pretty cool too.
A lot of what I do collect is fossils (which I then have to schlepp across the world). The fossil hall was pretty much my favorite place. I got to feel like Dr. Grant in Jurassic Park.
The best part of the decorations for me was this guy.
Remember that NSFW tag earlier? The Germans definitely have a more relaxed attitude to sex. We showed up in Munich and I saw that there was a box of erotic calendars there. I thought it was a joke, but no. We sold 50! All the pictures were of pretty young women in various sections of one of our local mines sitting on equipment in the buff.
There were also several quartz phalluses on display for sale. Many of them were used for spiritual healing ceremonies, but not all of them.
Each day was a lot of work, but I made some good connections. I hope I get to go next year!
Be kind to each other and until next time!