After checking my production schedule for this issue, as well as Coverings Insider, I decided this opportunity should not and could not be passed up. As a lover of tile, architecture, history and certified foodie, suffice it to say it took me all but one minute to convince myself that I could work on the road while pulling all-nighters in my hotel room to make sure deadlines were met.
Well, my plan worked, for the most part. I did get a lot of work done but darn it if I didn’t fall in love with the country, its people and most importantly, the friendships and bonds that were struck with my fellow travelers. Never have I been involved with such a great group of professionals who knew how to be serious when called for, and let loose when it was our “downtime” from the day’s activities. We were inseparable from day one and I can only thank the powers that be at White Good & Co. (Tile of Spain’s PR reps), Tile of Spain, the exhibitors of Cevisama who welcomed our group with tile eye-candy and information, the hard-working and dedicated people at Keraban who opened the doors to their manufacturing facility so we could see first-hand what it took to make tile (start-to-finish), and our informative, yet patient guides in Zaragoza and Teruel.
To witness the unveiling of cutting-edge technology, the attention to textural detail, the focus on the inherit sustainable traits found only in tile - was truly an eye-opening experience.
In case you missed my live tweets from our various Spanish destinations, including my live coverage from Cevisama’s show floor, I invite you to join TILE and me on Twitter (@TileEditor, @TileMagazine) so you won’t miss the next live-from-the-show-floor coverage from Coverings in Las Vegas (March 14-17). Feel free to browse through the albums of Reign In Spain/Cevisama images we posted on our Facebook page to appreciate everything we experienced and felt during that one week (or scroll down for a sampling of the highlights from our week-long expedition).