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A day in the life of a Mobile World Congress tech journalist (pictures)

We take a look at what life is like behind the scenes at the world's biggest dedicated mobile tech show.

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BARCELONA, Spain--Mobile World Congress, held here every year, draws over 70,000 people to learn about the latest phone tech. Elbows at the ready!
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There are eight main halls, each full of exhibitors. Walking the full length can take 15 minutes.
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Everyone has a message they want to get out. Not all of them are interesting.
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There's a load of food options in the center, but it's best if you can grab some lunch under the Barcelona sun.
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Moving walkways are scattered everywhere. It's important not to walk on the wrong one, unless you fancy a challenge.
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We're not sure what this man is selling. All we know is, we're definitely buying it.
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As press, CNET had access to all areas of the conference. Thankfully, that included all the areas that served food.
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The press room was constantly full of busy journalists. The coffee machine rarely stopped churning out the juice.
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We spent the majority of our time working in one of these little booths. We often worried about the lack of oxygen.
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These two look like the beginning of a soppy eHarmony advert. CNET has no time for trivial things like love during MWC.
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There are some seriously important conversations going on here. No doubt deciding whether Asus' PadFone or FonePad sounds the sillier.
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We heard if you skip the moving walkways you can lose up to 100 pounds with the exercise you get at MWC. Any weight we lost was immediately put back on in the evenings.

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