27th June Tatras Mountains
Team building activities: Great fun these but I am always nervous that things won’t work..
The challenge is building towers from scrap materials – straws, paper, sellotape etc etc. The highest wins. The materials are ‘won’ by answering questions.
Myself and Paul Bogen have set the tasks:
Take a photograph with 20 people in it … some teams gather 20 people in the town square – others take a photo of a photo of 20 people….Everyone is looking to bend the rules.
Mayhem as we ask for a traditional Slovakian dish to be served to us – cheese and raw onion on bread seems popular.. but we also get sausages…as well as lots of culinary advice.
Mathematical sums are worked out and delivered in Roman Numerals, flowers picked, more photos taken and gathered (stolen!) bounty displayed.
The winners manage a feat of engineering and win the prize – pride of being the best! It does the job.
The entertainment is still being organised by a different group each night. Each night is now clearly divided into competition or performance.
Having lost in the final of the Beer-Pong UNBELIEVABLY …I lose in the final of the general knowledge and challenge competition – to Michal AGAIN.
My competitive streak is showing way too much. I am taunted. I MUST WIN!! But come on guys…I worked out you could fit all the major planets in our universe between the earth and the moon – which got us the same number of points as someone flipping a coin into a plastic beaker – come on!!!
I have to win….
I get revenge on night three with The Communist Quiz – where my team are winners in a final play-off question about Trotsky and Lenin visiting London… which I get right! My time in Russia has clearly paid off – I knew it would come in handy.
The only shame is that Michal wasn’t there he had gone home for the night – running scared?
The other entertainment (apart from the debaucherous Disco on final night) is a drama performance by NaPerone. A fun piece placing the ludicracy of modern living into their dystopian vision. Funny and engaging – amazing even given the fact it was performed in a glorified dungeon. I like these guys and will work with them in the future…
To break out of the teaching and competitive cycle I take a walk into town, which is quaint. I have a coffee and walk to the train station. I meet MIchal… and declare my communist quiz victory..!
Walking away from the station I see one of the all time great signs (NO CAMERA!!!??)
It is for the town’s best Western Hotel.
There are three billboard signs next to each other.
Sign one: BEST WESTERN HOTEL …150 meters
Sign two (to the immediate right of sign one): BEST WESTERN HOTEL RESTAURANT… 151 meters
Sign three (to the immediate right again): BEST WESTERN HOTEL SPA… 152 meters
We indulge in the local scene. We get a horse and cart back to the hotel.
I show the guys from Na Perone the photo– they joke – now you will say you have had life in the fast lane in Slovakia!
And the horses’ names?… Ben and Gerry. hhhmmmm…