TeamApplingua’s Christmas Party in Venice
Christmas parties can be a bit of a chore at an already very busy time of year. Yes, it’s nice to celebrate the end of the year together, but we’re a small team. We sit in a small office and know each other well enough.
This year I decided to make things a little different. I set a budget for the party and gave the team several options. Christmas Markets and a meal in Bath, a beautiful Roman town nearby in England? How about snowy Munich, Germany or Festive Prague? As soon as I mentioned Venice as a possibility, the winner was clear.
Venice is an excellent place to go anytime of the year (so long as there aren’t floods!). It’s Italy, so the food and the coffee is always going to be a winner. The people are friendly, the hotels romantic and the public transport – boats – just magical. I can’t imagine a more spectacular place to visit for a weekend so close to the UK.
There may be a whiff of bias here, I am half Italian after all.
December can be bitterly cold, but we’re strong believers in the saying: there’s no such thing as bad weather, you just have to know what to wear. Wrapped up warm, we were lucky to have the most amazing December sun.
You may think this was an extravagant trip, but the reward was pittance compared the hard work of my colleagues during 2018. We more than doubled our 2017 revenue without breaking a much of a sweat; our service improved immeasurably, making both our clients and translators happier; and we matured from a micro business to boutique agency setting ourselves up for the next few years.
With that in mind, I didn’t want this to be just a work trip. I was happy to extend the invitation to their partners too, to make this pre-Christmas getaway more of a reward and also keep conversation away from work and the office. Colleagues were free to explore, but we came together for a divine meal at Ristorante alle Corone. I will definitely be going back! Yum.
We were sad to go without our project manager, Dimi, who is still at home (in Amsterdam) looking after her new arrival. Next year I’ve promised she – and baby Leo – can come with us!
Wishing all who celebrate, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.