Few months ago part of the Zentyal Team had the chance to pack up their bags and head to Münster, Germany, for a few days thanks to a kind invitation from a warm-hearted Zentyal fan. Besides intensive programming marathons, documentation writing sessions and more or less harmonious coexistence, we also took the time to do some sightseeing, enjoy the local cuisine (yummy!) and make some field trips.
One of the trips I best recall was to do some river rafting on the outskirts of Münster. Our initial idea was to get some individual canoes and race, but as soon as we got to the river, we spotted a huge 10-seater canoe and immediately thought it would be much funnier trying to “drive that thing” together. After having successfully boarded the canoe, unbelievably without anyone falling to the river (and to the disappointment of our German audience), we set out straightaway for new adventures!
However, “the thing” wasn’t so straightforward “to drive” as it first seemed. After we had nearly crashed with five other canoes, multiple tree branches and shorelines, we ended up holding an emergency meeting between laughters, yells of desperation and water splashes. The decision was quick: we needed one person to direct the canoe, one to set the rhythm for rowing and the rest of us just needed to keep up with the beat.
No need to say that our improvement was tremendous. And as by common agreement, we started setting our rowing rhythm by shouting “vaaamos” (Spanish word to say “let’s go”) that not only helped us to coordinate our efforts even better, but also caused great amusement to our German co-rafters – another good reason to keep repeating it even louder while we rowed at frightful speed until our energies were gone.
A good memory that always makes me smile. Cool lesson on teamwork. And a worthy battle cry for Zentyal Team ;)! Vaaaaamos!