When I received the ClimbStation inquiry from Bangalore, I had not thought that my trip was going to be this successful – or that I would actually visit there twice. Why did I go there twice? Well, the reason is quite simple: For the first time I participated in the Muscle and Music Club’s opening ceremony as their honor guest.
I was also supposed to assemble the product during that visit too, but since the parts arrived quite late to Bangalore – so late that I only had one day there left - I decided to go back again to assemble it and to give a proper introduction and training on its usage.
I had a quite busy schedule most days, especially in meetings with a gym that was also interested in distributing Climbstation in Asia. In between talking about the opportunities and logistics, we managed to chill a little bit too and try some new experiences. I myself am not a vegetarian, but I decided to ’try being one’ for the time of my visit as well as trying to eat basically everything with my hands – including rice and sauce! Well, the food was great – even from my hands – and I have to admit that I got used to these things quite quickly.
Unfortunately I did not have time for exploring and sightseeing, but I managed to get an ’internal perspective’ on the lives of my hosts and their families. I noticed that teamwork and family ties play a significant role in their life and business. Way more than it plays here, in Finland. Some of the everyday life aspects were slightly scary to me at first. The amount of people everywhere and the traffic jam were unbelievable. Crossing the street or sitting behind of a scooter were especially challenging, but fortunately my host’s attitude and hospitality compensated for these fears of mine.
I feel like the Indian stories of mine have not come to an end yet. My dialogue with the guys still continues – as well as the story of Climbsation in India!
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Kaarle Vanamo, the creator of ClimbStation