It was a wonderful vacation/work trip for us this year. Every year Stephanie’s company sends everyone on a training weekend event to team build, network, and learn about what is going on in the company. It is a blast every year and we are thankful that Andy is able to join. This year we also got the opportunity to extend the trip by a couple extra days to make a vacation out of it for us.
We spent the first couple days relaxing around the resort, laying in the pool, eating lots of food, and going kayaking. It was a great way to start off since we have both been so busy working the last couple months. We also met a couple of other guests from Brazil and had fun getting to know them. The kayaking was a bit of a struggle as I ended up in the water since the double kayak had very low back support and was a flat top.
We then decided that it was time to see a little culture while in Mexico. We took a guided tour of Chichen Itza and a Cenote. It was amazing! Although it was hot outside and by the end of the day we were exhausted it was great to learn so much about the area and the Mayans. We were also lucky to have a couple helpful coworkers and other tourists that were willing to help us down and out of the Cenote. The water in the Cenote was so cold and refreshing to get into and we all were wishing we were able to go for another dip after walking around in the hot sun at Chichen Itza.
There were a couple of days of work meetings and events that came at the end of our trip. I won’t bore you with most of the details as it can be tiring to sit through if it isn’t your company. Andy was asked though to take photos for the company at all the events since we didn’t have a photographer. Everyone was so happy to see all the photos that he took and couldn’t wait for him to finish editing them!
Some of the best parts of the work days though are the team building (pictured above) and the dinners with coworkers. This year our team building activity included multiple events on the beach trying to complete challenges to ‘earn’ pieces of a bike. Afterwards, we all had to take our bike pieces and put them together. What made it even more fun was that the children we were donating the bikes to were there helping each team. It was so awesome to see them excited about the bikes and the supplies we gave them in new book bags. They were all showing off their gifts to their friends and seeing what they got!
The final part of our trip was Saturday evening when we had the company banquet. After handing out a few rewards and eating some good food it was time for the entertainment. There were many hilarious things happening on the dance floor but it was a lot of fun and everyone in attendance had a blast. I wasn’t able to include it in the blog but there was even a great video of Andy dancing because he happened to be standing in the wrong place trying to take pictures!