I’ve never been on a nice office trip like this, but since a yearly “Dag Uit” is a tradition for Dan’s department, I thought I’d share a little about what we did last Friday. I have no idea if this sort of thing is common or not, but there you go.
This year’s Dag Uit (or “Day Out”) was here in Maastricht. I guess in previous years they’ve gone as far afield as Brussels, but the more local Days make it easier for people to participate in a partial day and for spouses like me to attend as well. It’s always a big secret, made a bit more mysterious by trying to understand whenever someone made an announcement during the day.
We got a reasonably early start with a tour of the Kazematten, the underground section of the ancient city walls. Even through it was in Dutch, several people were kind enough to explain the more important and interesting stories to us. Since Maastricht doesn’t lay on a flat plane, parts of the city could not be protected behind a traditional moat. The Kazematten made up the difference by serving as dry one. People could stand inside and shoot out at places, plus they could fight within the walls themselves. Strangely, there is no evidence at the Kazematten was ever used for defense. A small nuclear bunker was built during the Cold War, but that too, fortunately, was never used.
After the Kazematten we enjoyed a broodjes lunch followed by a “Rat Race”; a scavenger hunt arranged by the event planning company. Personally, I’m not fond of these sorts of contrived icebreaker activities. We were all split up into groups and competed for first place. Hunting down obscure images of statues and plaques in Maastricht was interesting, but the constant interruption of “rat” questions was annoying. Ultimately neither my team, nor Dan’s one the race, but it still wasn’t as bad I feared.
Fortunately that activity was followed by one that I really enjoyed: a cocktail workshop! Everyone got the make two drinks, a mojito and an espresso martini. My mojito needed work, bu the martini turned out perfectly. Not many people drink cocktails in the Netherlands, so we don’t either. But occasionally, they are a lot of fun.
We wrapped up the day with a tapas dinner. Quite tasty.