CeBIT2000, the world's largest computer show started on Thursday, February 24, 2000 in Hannover, Germany. CeBIT means a threat to your feet, walking the huge exhibition grounds, it means ice cold weather, wind, rain and snow, it also stands for 'private accommodations', since only a very small minority manages to get into the few hotels in and around Hannover (around 9000 hotel beds in Hannover for about 700,000 CeBIT-visitors), in those accommodations you are sharing the bathroom and kitchen with the actual owners of the flat and you rarely have chances for an online-connection. CeBIT also stands for breakdowns. We experienced the breakdown of the mobile telephone net on Wednesday evening, when we arrived and a breakdown of the central taxi office, so that we couldn't get a cab that evening as well. Thursday started with another breakdown, a computer-problem kept most trams from running, so that thousands of people were cramming the tram-stations and then overloading the few trams that went to the exhibition grounds. Your own car or a taxi was no real alternative, since traffic jams of 20-50 miles length built up all around CeBIT in no time. All in all it was business as usual and another time the rest of the world was cursing Hannover and the fact that one hadn't found an excuse to stay away.
I will supply you with little reports of what I found was most interesting so far.