A trip that took place from 5 to 9 September to the Basque Country on the north coast of Spain that was fantastic in every respect was experienced by the 18 participants, who were also joined by Alexander Link from ENERGETIX’s management and – as a warmly welcomed guest – Dorothé Förster, the founder’s wife.
Bilbao kicked off a whole sequence of travel highlights. The city is considered an insider tip and has developed into a true cultural hotspot with countless sights. Among other things, the group experienced the Azkuna Zentroa Cultural Centre, a former granary with unique Art Nouveau elements and the – probably unique – swimming pool with glass bottom.
Any fan of wine will be familiar with the name of Rioja. ENERGETIX’s travel group got to learn about ‘vertical’ wine-making – a particularly gentle and globally unique production method that preserves the grapes’ original flavour – at the Baigorri vineyard that is located in this region that is famed throughout the world for the wines that are grown there. There was, of course, also some tasting of the wines – accompanied by a really fine sequence of dishes!
San Sebastian will also remain a very fond memory. That’s where many Art-Deco details transport visitors to a different and unique age – something to which the many top restaurants also make a not inconsiderable contribution – world city level. But perhaps it’s preferable to take a stroll through the picturesque cobbled old town to enjoy some pintxos, i.e. Basque tapas, or to take a dip in the very nearby sea with its dream beaches? ENERGETIX’s business partners were spoilt for choice.
And then the Guggenheim Museum! A marvel of limestone and titanium. Star architect Frank O. Gehry has designed and realized a true temple of culture here. And, as an attraction, it has made Bilbao famous. People talk about the ‘Guggenheim effect’, which our group was privileged to experience: Frank O. Gehry’s work has given Bilbao a new face.
And the atmosphere during the trip? Well, this is what one of the participants had to say: “I laughed more on this trip than during the whole of the last few months!” There were also some very intensive exchanges between the participants, particularly about their experiences with online communications. Everyone learned from everyone, with IT Manager Alexander Link being particularly sought-after as the person to talk to.
What remains is the memory of a fantastic trip, an intensive group experience, effective exchange of experiences, personality building through immersion in a neighbouring and rich culture and thus the incentive for everyone of ENERGETIX’s business partners to give their all and qualify at the next competition. After all, the trip is just the ‘icing on the cake’, the ‘cherry’, so to speak; the short-term gain is in higher sales, the long-term gain is in sustainable income from a larger team.
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