One of the ways to view your team differently, to discover something new, unexpected and pleasant in your long-time coworkers is to take a trip somewhere where there is no place for work discussions, but only overwhelming vistas, sun-drenched streets, the noise of waterfalls, or the sound of the waves. In the early fall, we selected a place which offered all of these.
On the chosen day, we gathered, split into several cars, and made way for Gelendzhik. Gelendzhik is a resort town in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Gelendzhik Bay of the Black Sea, between Novorossiysk and Tuapse. Traveling together in multiple cars has long been our preferred way of getting around for corporate trips. Each group in each car has time to share stories and bond on the way. Due to our geographical location in the south, we can reach the Black Sea coast easily and fairly painlessly. So all that’s left is just to enjoy the beauty of the Kuban outside, photograph the sunsets, count the number of shades cast by the setting sun in the clouds.
Our home away from home was an excellent hotel not far from the beach. Evening conversations by the pool were remembered by all, just as much as the daytime excursions and adventures.
We spent our time walking along the boardwalk in the evenings, sightseeing during the days, as well as working on our tans in the afternoons on the beach, surrounded by friends and crabs.
Of course we played football – there are not a single team building event without this game.
We also went to Novorosiisk to look at the remodeled beachside, walking and riding numerous electrical bicycles that are provided by local businesses.
When back home, we felt rested – like we had at least a week’s worth of vacation – but we were gone only three days.