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Our kids dream of becoming like us, which can be both good and bad. They don't know that during our corporate parties we don't act so serious and adult-like. We don't get too crazy, at least not to the point where you can't look your colleagues in the eye the next day. But still, we enjoy our time off just as much as our work, and why not? At TravelLine, we love the fun times, loud, crazy and diverse.
The summer APD has always been held on the Volga river bank. The list of entertainments include dancing in the water and boat rides around the islands. Beach volleyball and meditations around the barbecue complement the festive atmosphere. In the meantime, our CEO finds a moment to escape into a neighbor town to get watermelons. He's done that trick for years.
As it gets dark, we light up tea candles and watch them slowly float away into the darkness. We keep having fun like this for the entire weekend, but we never forget about our work. So by Monday moring we are back to the office, refreshed and rested.
The cold Russian winter affects the protocol of the winter APD. Food gets cold, yet we still enjoy the frosted snacks. Guitars play off key in the cold, yet we keep playing and singing the best we can. Can you imagine having watermelon in the snow? Well, it is quite common here. There are also people who even spend the night in a tent in the snowy woods.
APD gives us unforgettable hours of freedom and a large dose of adrenaline to the team. It tests our fortitude in summer and winter conditions, while we learn things about each other we would have never found out at work. As a result, we become a better team. Other companies use the term «teambuilding» for it, we don't like it. Our APD is more fair, sincere, cordial and effective. That's why we are better.
Bowling is one of our favorite activities at TravelLine. Almost every Friday is reserved for bowling for at least 15-30 members of the team, who love to get a strike, share a drink and hang out. We already have our own bowling superstars (or at least people who think they are).
Entertainment for those who love excitement. Every game is energizing and fun. What else can we say? We dress in camouflage and run around making plans to defeat our rivals and «shoot» our colleagues. Lasertag is great fitness that lifts your spirits. That's why we love it!
Twice a week we have an art teacher come to our office. He is a working artist with a vast range of experience. It should come as no surprise that this was our designers' initiative. But a couple of weeks later the desire to develop creativity took over all our departments. Now a quarter of the team has their own still-lifes, portraits, landscapes and other beautiful creations.
We found out in 2011 that we have a lot of amateur skaters and it all went from there! Now almost every week a dozen or so skating fans get together at the ice rink to demostate their elegant moves and race in an ice marathon. Later they share tea and pastries with friends at a cosy coffeeshop and chat.