The TechConnect team gathered at the office early, last Saturday. We should have had an adventurous day together, but we got one surprise after another, and things worked out pretty differently!
After taking our caffeine shot, several times, we took our bags and found ourselves a seat in the bus. For a moment there was some doubt about whether or not everybody made it, but it didn’t take long to discover that everybody was present. So, we took off…
The first surprise came soon. At the office, we couldn’t find the address of the indoor location on the Internet, so we called and found out that there isn’t an indoor location at all! Dressed in long sleeves and sports pants this surely wasn’t the ideal outfit to wear when it’s freezing. However, we already drove for some time and figured that we might as well go on with it. As long as it would rain, everything would be fine!
Once we arrived at Almere, the weather had become worse, and instead of facing the cold, we went into the restaurant and decided to deal with it later. We had something to drink, and once we made 2 groups, divided sweaters, and figured we wouldn’t find more courage, we walked outside and dealt with the next surprise.
Outside, we received a protective harness, and we were told that our shoes wouldn’t suit the obstacle course. Rubber shoes, still wet from former contestants, were handed out, and that it was freezing didn’t help a thing. The cold already started to take its toll, and we hadn’t even begun yet.
We gathered at the first obstacle, and before our guide finished his explanation, it started to snow. Welcome surprise number 3! The cushions filled with air became slippery, and instead of laughing at the first team, the second team stood around the cushions to catch them when they fell. Rivalry disappeared when the snow appeared…
The following obstacles became slippery and somewhat dangerous too, so instead of fighting against each other, we were fighting with each other. After 2.5 hours, our time was up, and despite the fact that everybody was cold and longing to put on some dry clothes, we did have fun.
It didn’t take very long before we were all eating delicious soup, and some other snacks. After warming up, we decided to go back home, so we could take a shower!
The team building served its goal greatly. TechConnect exists out of a close group of people who know the value of helping each other when times get tough!