Intern Diary: Throwing axes and team dinner

Happy Monday, and welcome to a new entry of my intern diary!

This week we welcomed a new member on the team, Marina Galceran, as Head of Demand Generation. We are very excited to have her on board (you cannot imagine just how excited we are to have her puppy Maya as a new member of the Barcelona office), and to welcome her we had a couple of days filled with activities and meetings.

The team was able to connect in Barcelona, with members coming in from abroad (we missed you, Yoleidy ☹) and we had full days of meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday we got into the office bright and early to welcome Marina, and she had a full morning with onboarding sessions with HR and IT, while we did some other work on the side. My main project this week has been planning and designing out the Instagram profile of the company, which has been on hold for a while, and we want to start using again!

The marketing team had a nice coffee meeting in the kitchen so that we could have little introductory session, with everybody talking a little bit about themselves and what we do in and for the team. This was a nice, casual way to hear everybody’s story, I really enjoyed being able to participate, not as a nervous newbie like last time, but as someone a bit more established within the team.

We then followed with a lunch with different members from different departments in the office, so that Marina could get to know everybody who she will be seeing on the day-to-day basis. We were joined by people in HR, IT, and Accounting, and we had a nice lunch near the office.

After a full day of meetings, the marketing team headed over to downtown Barcelona to have some friendly teambuilding fun. Monica got to choose the activity and she went with throwing axes, which I had never considered doing before in my life, because I am notoriously clumsy, and handing me a deadly weapon just seemed like a bad idea.

At first, I was a bit terrified, not going to lie, but after a lot of intervention from the guys that worked at the place and a lot of failed attempts, I started to get the hang of it, and it no longer looked like I was a threat to civilians and others that were attempting to enjoy their Monday afternoon.

We ended up playing 21, and I went over 21 like three times so I had to start over again, it was very sad because who would’ve thought that Andrea would get close to winning any game relating to axe throwing? I actually think that nobody. It was also a surprise to see that George, Head of Content, is apparently secretly training to be an axe thrower as his new professional pursuit, not only did he win the game but also managed to do cool trick shots, like throwing two axes at once.

Overall, I think it was a great way to get to know someone, we had a lot of fun, and laughed a lot. It was nice to throw an axe at the ice to break it.

I hope everybody has a wonderful week, and that you also manage to do something new in the upcoming days!