It’s that time of the year again, when our team celebrates another successful year together. As some of you who have been following us for a couple of years know, that we are very fortunate to have bosses that go all the way out for this celebration, which somehow always happens to be better than the last.
We all met up at the office and took a 2-hour road-trip to our first secret destination. None of us knew where we were going or what activities were lined up for us (besides the organizers of course), which made the guessing games in the car so much fun! We had an amazing scenic route through Hartbeespoort, with one of our colleagues being our tour guide ‘cause she was fortunate enough to have grown up there. After a lot of selfies, some Katy Perry karaoke, and a whole lot of Instagram stories, we finally got to our first destination, which was at Canopy Tours in Magaliesburg.
We found out that our first activity was some ziplining fun. While some of us were nervous, we had some really brave souls in the crowd who were really excited to give ziplining a go. Only one person in the team had gone ziplining before, so the rest of us didn’t know what to expect. Every one of us managed to boss up and try it out, and we all had fun. It was great teamwork from everyone. We managed to cheer on everyone to enjoy the ride, and even helped some colleagues face their fears of heights and have a great time.
Is it a party if there’s no braai?
After ziplining, we all took a dip in the pool and enjoyed some drinks. We also had an amazing braai (the food was definitely delicious), and then it was time to open gifts! Secret Santa is an Initiate tradition where each of us pick a name out of a sock and we are given a budget to buy something for one of our colleagues. On the day we receive our gifts and have to guess which colleague got us the gift. Some guesses were right on point, while some were far off the mark. We were all excited about our gifts. It’s amazing how Secret Santa makes you realize how well your colleagues know you! After lunch and unwrapping our gifts, it was time to go to our next activity.
Who doesn’t like a good massage
We took a 5-minute drive to our next destination, which we found out was at SB Hotels, where we were all going to be treated to a lovely massage. After a long productive year, everyone was overjoyed when they found out that they were getting massages, and it was everything we hoped for! Everyone reemerged from the spa feeling relaxed and energized. We then took a shower and glammed up to drive back to Joburg and go to our final destination. (Yes, it wasn’t over yet.)
Every great celebration deserves some bubbles
Our final stop was at the fabulous 54 on Bath Hotel in Rosebank. This is where we popped some bubbles and toasted to the amazing year we had while watching the sun set. The view was breathtaking and the laughter about everything that happened throughout the year was even better.
Spending the day relaxing and having fun as a team made us realize how fortunate we are to have each other. Not only are we a close group of colleagues who push each other to be the best that we can be; but we also have amazing leaders who are always ready and happy to guide us through our careers. From taking care of each other during ziplining, to realizing how well we all know each other during Secret Santa, to making each other laugh while we were all tipsy (or maybe borderline drunk for some of us), we all know how lucky we are to have such a great team. Cheers to another successful year, we cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store for us!