Shortly after midday we congregated from all parts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, so that straight away we could all raise a glass of the local fiery spirits and toast the gathering, our health and the success and good fortune of the entire event.
The official launch of the event was marked by a superb meal, during which most of us sampled the pork tenderloin in peppercorn sauce, served with potatoes gratiné. Egg barley with goat cheese, which was also on the menu, utterly fell short in the popularity stakes, despite being absolutely delicious. During lunch we quickly discovered the previously hidden profession of our sales director Amur Břetislav Svoboda – a paparazzo. The first unprepared victim of his lens was none other than Aspena owner Petra Cupáková. With flawless skill he successfully put the seasoned speaker off her stride during her short opening speech. Amur’s viewfinder was henceforward to accompany and assail us for the remainder of the day, save for the afternoon programme, when he joined another “twelve of the brave” who set off to hone their sporting skills and measure up their prowess in floorball, badminton and table tennis.
The rest of us chose a more restful, though no less interesting programme close by the hotel grounds – a tour of the Water of Life exhibition and the terrarium. We were all surprised not only by the quantity of fish and turtles in the aquarium, but especially by the size of the carp, sturgeon, and wels catfish.
The afternoon programme culminated in a spine-tingling organ concert at the monumental Velehrad Basilica of Assumption of Mary and Sts. Cyrill and Methodius.
We broke tradition by swapping our usual buffet dinner for a banquet, served at each table separately. The roast pigeons served to us from a platter in the centre of the table flew directly to... our plates. The medieval feasting was enjoyed immensely from the comfort of our chairs.
The main surprise was held back until after our meal. Petra Cupáková had us on tenterhooks all day – dropping supposed hints that got us more perplexed than ever, so that by the evening our fantasies had run completely wild. Petra’s main insinuation that “it would be a trip”, got some of us wondering – based on the title of one of his songs – whether a performance by the legendary Karel Gott might be on the cards. That visit did not happen. But we did drink to his health during a wine and spirit tasting, on a trail that led through the cellar of the hotel. Petra’s words did not, in fact, misguide – it was indeed “a trip”, and one which initiated the most important part of the entire stay: getting to know each other, chatting, drinking and shaking our stuff on the dance floor.
The excitement and interest did not flag at any point – none of us could possibly have found time for boredom during the event. The pleasantly packed programme, plentiful amount of scrumptious food and drink was complemented with super weather. And that was one of the surprises: instead of the forecasted rain, we enjoyed a chilly but beautiful autumn day.
I don’t like to repeat myself, but like I said at the beginning: whoever wasn’t there seriously missed out!
Our cooperation with Aspena was simply perfect. Besides the high-quality services they offer, their professional technical facilities and qualified localization staff, we also value the constructive approach of their project managers, who help steer an entire project to success. We’re confident that our cooperation will continue just as fruitfully in the future.
Our cooperation with Aspena was initiated in 2010, and in the following years they have completed several extensive translation projects for us. We are very satisfied with the services provided by Aspena, and we feel similarly about way their employees manage our projects. In February 2011, our cooperation gave rise to the signing of a long-term cooperation agreement with Aspena for the provision of translation services.
We place special emphasis on the quality of translated texts, including the use of terminology—and Aspena is a supplier who can meet our strict criteria. Our successful collaboration with Aspena started in 2005, and since then Aspena has completed more than 170 orders for us. This experience qualifies us to recommend their services to other customers searching for quality and speed, who need a reliable provider of translation services.
Our business activities drove us to look for a high-quality supplier of translation services—and we found our solution in Aspena. Even though our cooperation with Aspena only began recently, we’ve been hugely impressed so far. We appreciate not only the quality of the translations, but also the flexibility and helpful attitude of their staff.
We are satisfied with Aspena’s services. They meet the required quality and are completed within the set deadlines, even though turn-around times can be extremely tight. We consider this company a reliable partner, and thus can recommend their services to other clients looking for a provider of top-quality translation services.
CzechTrade has been cooperating with Aspena since 2004, when the agency emerged successfully from a rigorous tendering process. This cooperation continues to the mutual satisfaction of both parties. The translations we assign are invariably returned within the agreed deadlines and meet the level of quality required, even though our demands for specialization and speed of completion can be very onerous.
Aspena regularly translates texts dealing with our product range for us. We have no doubt that going forward, our cooperation with Aspena will continue in the same successful spirit as before, and that we’ll carry on recommending their services to all potential customers looking for a supplier of top-class translation services. A supplier whose employees always listen carefully to their customer’s requirements.
We enjoy a great understanding with Aspena employees. They are always willing to go the extra mile and do everything in their power to satisfy our requirements. This positive experience also relates to the high quality of their translation work, express delivery deadlines, use of required formats and DTP skills. Back when we first launched our cooperation, they thoroughly acquainted us with a range of client and quantity discounts that we happily took full advantage of.
We much appreciate not only the professional approach of Aspena’s staff, but also the quality of their translations and compliance with deadlines. Based on our experience, we can also recommend Aspena as a reliable partner to other clients.
We’ve been working with Aspena since 2002. Since that time, Aspena has completed hundreds of orders for us. Our cooperation agreement with this company is proof of our commitment to get the most from our systematic cooperation in future. We’ve been satisfied with the quality of Aspena’s services for many years, and we can certainly recommend the work they do.
Aspena has completed over 100 orders for us. In our cooperation with Aspena we especially appreciate their ability to provide translations in so many language combinations. We can recommend cooperation with Aspena to all potential customers looking for a high-quality and flexible vendor offering a wide range of translation, interpreting and localization services.
We especially appreciate the readiness with which Aspena provides its services, the first-class quality of their translations, as well as the enthusiasm, flexibility and expertise of their employees and project managers, who oversee the execution of each translation project.
As a French vehicle manufacturer, we daily encounter documents in that language. Our search for a top-quality supplier who could translate them ended in 2005, when Aspena answered our call. We’re satisfied with the services Aspena provides—not just in terms of the speed and quality of translations, but also in regard to the accommodating and professional approach of their staff.
We’ve been working with Aspena since 2002. They deliver first-class standard and certified translations in a variety of languages covering e.g., taxation, economics, finance and trade. Based on our experience, we can also recommend the translation and interpreting services of Aspena to other discerning clients.
We’ve been using Aspena’s services for a long time—not only for their consummate professionalism and the quality of translations, but also because Aspena’s employees take such a flexible and accommodating approach to clients. Translations are always delivered on time and in the required quality. Based on experience, we know for a fact that Aspena is a high-quality and reputable partner whose services we can wholeheartedly recommend.
After trying numerous translation agencies, we settled on Aspena. This company always delivered translations within the agreed terms and in the required graphic format. We also use their comprehensive one-off and long-term interpretation services, both at home and abroad. Of the various translation agencies we tried, we currently regard Aspena’s services as being among the best and most comprehensive. We can certainly recommend them.