Well, everybody, I’m back at Prehistoric Pets and all settled in, so I figured it was high time to write up a little blog about my trip to Holland for the exotic animal show, and stay over in Cleveleys, England for a while afterwards. I had a great time, and met a lot of really great people (and a few… interesting ones as well)!
I flew in to Amsterdam, where I was met by Dean Turner from The Reptile Room- a great exotic animal shop with high quality stock that acts as our official UK and European brokers. These guys are pros, and make it easy for me- they picked me up at the airport with all of our display materials and animals (in custom made climate controlled traveling cages) and took us out to the hotel we stayed at outside of the Houten convention center.
We got the animals settled into the room, and headed out for a night on the town in Amsterdam. Being careful not to turn the wrong corner (haha), we had pizza and watched the Blackpool football (soccer to us Yanks) game at an Irish pub, of all places. One of the guys from the Reptile Room, Louis Charlesworth, got pretty rowdy with his team winning the match- so we had to watch his back a little, but all had a good time.
The next day- we got the traveling displays all set up, and spent the day either delivering preordered animals, or helping people select exactly the right snake for their situation- no matter what the budget, breeding plans, or personal preferences are, we had the snakes on hand with a great selection. We go to many of the shows in Houten, and also in Hamm Germany- and this is a great way for overseas customers to meet up with the breeder directly, ask their questions, and make sure to get the right snake- often at great deals too!
The day was long, and by the end of it, my voice was gone (I have been known to talk!). It was time to head back to England for the boys, and normally, this would be the point where they drop me back off at the airport in Amsterdam and I fly home as well, but not this time! I rode the ferry with them back to England, where I spent the week working with our animals over there (and helping them out with a few of theirs as well).
They put me to work during the slow times, but thanks to a great job of advertising my presence there, there wasn’t much down time anyway- we had people traveling across the country, and even visiting from Ireland and Scotland- to come see the awesome display snakes we had brought and finally talk face to face about some of the exciting things going on in the blossoming UK Reticulated Python market.
Lots of longtime customers stopped by, and even more new customers who had been thinking about their first retic came down and finally made the plunge! I met a lot of leaders in the reptile industry while I was there as well, from a variety of different fields, and met my first European Adder too!
I want to say thank you to everyone who traveled so far to come out and say hi to me while I was there, and of course, a big thanks to all of our customers- past and present! I hope it’s not too long before I get to visit again- the taste of the Blood Pudding and Haggis (not as bad as it sounds, by the way- I quite enjoyed it) is calling me!
Sales Manager, Prehistoric Inc.