I am both exhausted and energized. I spoke to 200 or so people today, presenting my forecasts for 2007 and 2008 (depending on the audience) to three groups at Showcase, Ireland. I am taking a short break at the hotel to regroup before I head out again.
Tonight I will attend an event sponsored by Enterprise Ireland at the National Museum of Ireland. This will be the only piece of Ireland, apart from the trade fair, that I will get to see on this trip–my first ever to Ireland. Tomorrow morning I am off to Frankfurt for yet another fair. Still, I am glad I came. This has been a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of Irish craft (it is beautiful!) and Irish craftspeople (they are quite talented!), if not a taste of the sites.