11th Anniversary in Geneva


39 of us flew out to Geneva on Friday for a team building, training weekend that coincided with celebrating AWP’s 11th birthday.

We all spent Friday evening together with a dinner and cruise on Lac Léman.  The “Savoie” ship originally built in 1914, was restored in 2006, and made the perfect setting to dine on traditional Swiss cuisine - delicious cheese fondue!

On Saturday morning we explored the international quarters and old town. Our tour guide, Gabriel, gave us an incredibly passionate and enthusiastic insight into Geneva with lots of interesting facts for us to take away.  Some of the top attractions included St. Pierre’s Cathedral, the Flower Clock, the United Nations Office and the ‘Broken Chair’ sculpture.  Unfortunately, the famous Jet d’Eau fountain had been switched off for the weekend, but we still had a lovely view of the lake.

Everyone then split up into smaller groups for afternoon activities – which included museum visits, mountain hiking and shopping, followed by ice hockey or bowling in the evening.  It’s safe to say, we now have a lot of ice hockey fans within AWP – Geneve-Servette were playing at the Patinoire des Vernets stadium, it was great fun and a brilliant atmosphere!

On Sunday some brave colleagues took a dip in the lake for a wild swim, before we all reunited for a group lunch and flight back home during the afternoon.

The weekend was a great occasion for us all to spend time together outside of the normal day-to-day activities, and to build relationships and get to know others across the wider team that we wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to work alongside. A great time was had by all and many of us are already thinking about retuning one day to explore a great city.