Last week, the LTS sprint team gathered for a week-long retreat in Slovenia, for some retrospection, learning, laughter and planning. Although most of us hadn’t seen each other in person for many months, the excitement and joy was contagious.
Mary, Sasa and I arrived in Ljubljana on the Saturday evening. With only one night in the city, we were very excited about the touristy activities we had planned for the next day. After a tasty brunch on the Sunday morning, we were nicely energised and took a stroll through the city of dragons. Crossing the Triple Bridge, we walked along the Ljubljanica River towards the castle.
After a strenuous climb, we were rewarded with a spectacular view of the city. Walking back down, we passed many more bridges, saw dozens of dragons and ended our tour at Metelkova, Ljubljana’s alternative side. We were then picked up at the train station for our drive to Koper.
Back to school
On the Monday, we went back to school for a week, as Sasa was able to organise one of the University classrooms for us to work in. Many thanks to the University of Primorska for hosting us, as well as for helping us remember the good old days of when we were still in school. Meeting in person helps to inspire new ideas and ways of thinking, so we used the opportunity of having everyone in the same location, to discuss our latest project. Equipped with a whiteboard and some markers, we let our ideas flow and after two hours of scribbling and asking questions, we had outlined a complex workflow set and reduced the complexity of the problem we aimed to solve.
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After a very productive day, we enjoyed some great walks around the picturesque village and along the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Unfortunately, our planned bike trip to Piran didn’t happen as there were heavy thunderstorms predicted for the Tuesday evening. So we ended up staying in Koper instead, where we had the pleasure of enjoying the most delicious truffle burger at Urban Piqniq. The weather was a little better on the Wednesday, so we were able to finally go to Piran in the evening for some fresh seafood.
The week was full of good food, laughter and awesome teamwork. To conclude, I can highly recommend visiting beautiful Slovenia and I very much look forward to our next team meetup.