Stresa, Italy and Ticino, Switzerland, 22 to 25-MAY-2014
At 2pm, Claude Bravi (head of Swatch The Club), gave a welcome speech with a few introductory remarks.
Weather predictions for the weekend had been horrible (20-50 L/m^2 rain per day) and this had been discussed intensively among the collectors. Fortunately it turned out to be much better than predicted. But not on thursday. A rainy afternoon, so everyone stayed underneath the roof of the beautiful main entrance of the hotel.
But the rain could not disturb the good mood, as it was time for a glass of champaign.
Due to the rain, the planned summer
olympics had to be held indoors. Time for a few
funny indoor games, with several mixed groups competing against each
other. Ladies and Gentlemen, Swatch proudly presents: Dizzy Mummy! Face The Cookie!
and many more...
... now how to hit that little can???
Overall, we did a fantastic job as you can see on the following picture:
In the end, a winning team was found. I guess that the sheer number of team members helped as well :-) Each team member of the winning team received a special Olympic Volunteers 2014 Swatch Gent watch (GP141).
A short break before dinner, so it was time to explore this beautiful hotel a little more...
The hotel still uses real keys!
On the way to meet up for dinner, we encountered a few familiar faces.
A big advantage of an event in a town at a lake (Lago Maggiore) is the fact that we can take a boat instead of a bus. A short walk from the hotel took us to the nearby shore where we entered a boat.
Entertainment during the entrance of the boat!
as you can see: lots and lots of rain
You already catched a glimpse of it before: A special T-shirt was worn by many collectors during the first evening. Each collector had printed the T-shirt on his own, so this came as a surprise to many of the collectors and also the Swatch staff. Time to take a few pictures (nicked from facebook):
Random distribution of the entrance tickets to the Swatch kiosk on the next day
After a nice dinner, we came back to the hotel shortly before midnight. The hotel was illuminated nicely.
Click here to read page 2 ("A boat trip on Lago Maggiore / Isola Bella") of my Swatch Gold & Pioneer Event 2014 report.
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