In the series of Slice of Life interviews, we are trying to get a look behind the business side of our business partners and well-known industry names. We explore what makes them tick and what occupies their day and thoughts when they are not at work. Keep on reading for a glimpse of Adriano Collenz in his spare time.

Q: What gets you going in the morning?

A sunny day gives me a lot of energy and gives me even more creativity, ideas and strength in facing small or large challenges… and if it’s Monday, it’s even better. I love the beginning of the week as it all starts again.

Q: What is a personal project you are currently working on or wish you were?

I’m thinking about what could be the ideal place to live in Italy (always staying in the area where I was born). I love the places where the gaze can get lost towards the horizon …

Q: How do you spend a normal weekend?

Normally on weekends, I work, especially when I’m here in Hungary. On Sunday afternoon I take some time for myself and on nice days I go for a walk but above all, I try to find “a little bit of silence”. When I return to Italy, however, I enjoy the days with the family and the places where I was born and raised.

Q: What are your hobbies/what do you do for fun?

I like to travel and I do it as soon as I can. The destinations are different but I always look for places without too much noise or too many people. Silence helps me find myself.

In addition, I love recent history a lot, especially from the post-war period to the present day and therefore I often “get lost” in following documentaries or researching specific topics.

Q: What do you count as your biggest non-work related achievement?

The thanks I get when I can do something for someone else.

Q: How are you known among your friends?

I think this should be asked directly to them :) but if I have to say some elements, surely they could tell you that I am a person with humour and also very direct.

Adriano Collenz

Q: What is your absolutely favorite place in Hungary that you love to visit and why?

It would be easy to say Budapest which is really a beautiful city but there are so many places worth visiting. Yet my place is perhaps a non-place. The road that leads from Körmend to Zalaegerszeg crosses beautiful countryside, with wide expanses of land and hills. I love to slow down when I am here and enjoy this landscape, especially at sunset.

Q: What kind of conference would you like to attend if you could choose?

Beyond professional training events, at this moment I would like to participate in some personal development seminars such as “Life mapping”. I participated in the past in the first step called “Goal mapping” and I highly recommend it. You will be surprised.

Q: What is your best source of information?

Traditional channels are too influenced by politics. In this period, I read many articles and opinions on LinkedIn. I find it an excellent channel and sometimes I can find the common sense that is missing elsewhere.

Q: What is the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

I saw an interview with Arrigo Cipriani, a well-known restaurateur and hotelier (born in 1932), owner of the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice (founded by his father in 1931). In one passage of the interview, he explained a concept that perhaps we never pay attention to but that personally impressed me for its wonderful truth and it is the difference between “hospitality” and “welcome”. In fact, hospitality is given by a place but it is the welcome that is made by people.

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