Only four hours of sleep last night and now it's 11 pm. Dinners with customers last from 7 - 10 pm. That's a long time to sit on a hard wooden chair and listen to people speak to each other in a different language - all the while smiling and trying to listen with your eyes even though you can't understand a word. Then after 5 - 10 minutes my interpreter will tell me what they are talking about, or interpret something a person is trying to tell me directly, and half the time I can't hear him (he talks too soft) and the other half of the time I cannot understand the words he is saying - or he communicates it wrong. For instance, when he tells me "water door" I am supposed to understand that they are talking about former President Nixon and the trouble he created for himself with Watergate. Water door....water gate. Get it? Wow. Now ask a question like "are your residential homes 220 single phase? How about your industrial buildings? Are they like 380 or 385 volts? Are they 3-phase? The interpreter knows what a cat and a dog are, but has no clue about electricity or accounting or other matters related to business.
The factory is located just a few blocks from my hotel. There are about a dozen buildings in this industrial park that look just like ours. Kind of a drab green. We need to spruce the place up a bit so that we can bring buyers in and be more impressive.
The day I arrived I set up at a spare desk in the office of the Deputy (Assistant) Plant Manager, who also overseas Sales & Marketing.