The participants qualifying for the first category in ENERGETIX’s Time for Success competition set off for a four-day training trip to St. Petersburg in October. The city with its historic old town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Frankfurt on 23 October 2018 was the starting point for the trip to St. Petersburg – the second largest city in Russia – which is also known as the city of the ‘White Nights’. That’s because the sun never sets entirely during the period between the end of May and the middle of July so that it stays bright or dusky even at night. A nice evening meal accompanied by great expectations for the next few days brought the participants’ first evening to a pleasant conclusion.
Kaleidoscope of St. Petersburg
ENERGETIX’s business partners started the next day with a guided tour of the city, which actually began with a trip to a vodka museum. That’s where – besides viewing the museum’s exhibits – the participants were also given the opportunity to enjoy a vodka tasting. The tour then continued with a trip to one of the oldest cafés in the city where the travellers were able to try pyshki – which are a type of Russian doughnut that are usually enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea.
The afternoon saw the qualifiers visiting the famous Mariinsky Theatre’s ballet school where they were first able to watch the children warming up and then enjoy a 45-minute presentation. The theatre is one of the most famous venues for opera and ballet in the world and is also home to the oldest ballet academy in Russia.
The evening meal at the Repa restaurant opposite the theatre was followed by a performance of the ballet of ‘The Fountain of Bakhchisarai’ at the Mariinsky Theatre.
The next day kicked off with a tour of discovery that was entirely dedicated to Art Nouveau. Among other sights, this trip took in the so-called ‘Singer House’, which was formerly the permanent representation of The Singer Company, the sewing machine manufacturer from the USA. But everyone had to earn their own lunch: typical Russian food was prepared in a cooking studio with lots of fun and in a great atmosphere.
The participants were taken to the most impressive buildings in St. Petersburg on the last day of the trip: the Catherine Palace with the Amber Room and the Hermitage, one of the largest and most important art museums in the world.
This wonderful and impressive trip was concluded at the Luce restaurant in the evening, where the individual travellers were recognized for their great achievements and for qualifying for the first category in ENERGETIX’s Time for Success competition.
Besides the many cultural and culinary highlights, the strengthening of team spirit and the exchange of ideas also played important roles on this trip thus enabling the participants to return to their businesses full of energy and highly motivated!
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