It’s been an amazing few days as we’ve celebrated our second annual European incentive trip with our European achievers. (There were 21 who attended; two others earned the trip but were unable to make it.)
This is the first time we’ve ever been to Prague, and it is simply grand! The city is easy to get around, full of rich history, lots of cobblestone (you definitely need comfy shoes if you’re going to do a lot of walking, which we did), incredible architecture, and many wonderful memories waiting to be made!
Sterling and I arrived here last Wednesday, and the demonstrators arrived throughout the day on Thursday. We (Pam Morgan was also with us, along with our country managers and staff members) greeted the demonstrators as they came, welcoming them to Prague and to this incredible experience.
Thursday night was our Welcome Reception/Dinner. And, as always the attention to detail during this activity, as well as our Final Dinner, made me so grateful for our Events Team. We mingled, chatted, enjoyed delicious food and a terrific atmosphere! Nobody stayed up too late; you could tell everyone was worn out from traveling. Plus we all knew we had a fun-filled couple of days coming up, and we wanted to be well rested!
Friday we had a tour of the Prague castle. We traveled to the castle in vintage trams, and our guides gave us a history of the castle, as well as provided other interesting insights into the country and people. We walked a lot, had a great lunch, and then had the afternoon free.
That night was the Make & Takes and swaps . . . the swaps were SO cool! Wow! The whole evening was wonderful. Besides seeing terrific projects, I took lots of notes about what our demonstrators enjoy about Stampin’ Up! and what they want and need from us. I only get to rub shoulders with these European demonstrators twice a year, so this is very valuable time and very valuable feedback. I loved every minute!
We were all surprised when we realized how late it was . . . the evening had sped by! Unlike the night before, not many people were eager to go to bed. Stamping does that to people, you know!
Saturday was wide open. More walking, tours, sightseeing, shopping, and eating! We tried out some great Czech food and enjoyed our last full day with our wonderful demonstrators! I managed to fit in yoga three times throughout our time here. I’m really enjoying the opportunity of experiencing yoga in so many different settings!
Saturday night was simply to die for. That’s all I can say! Our final evening was spent at a “state” dinner at the Archbishop’s Castle on the property of the Prague castle. You can’t beat that setting! It was gorgeous! And the company, food, and entertainment (musicians dressed in period costumes and a solo from one of our very own demonstrators) only made the entire experience more fabulous! What a way to end!
Yesterday our demonstrators left, hopefully feeling both refreshed and spoiled! I can hardly wait to see all of them next year (along with a few more, I hope!). Sterling, Pam, and I attended church here. We were expecting to not understand a word of it, and were pleasantly surprised that they had headpieces available for translation. We’ll be here today, and then tomorrow, we go to Madrid. We are taking a few days off to tour Shanna’s old mission with her and Jared; I’m very excited about that! I’ll be sharing that whole experience with you next week when we make it back home!