At the end of your average Wednesday here at Stir, we shut down our laptops, turned off the infamous Think Beyond lights and headed home to watch Bake Off. Last week however, was a little different. We scurried home to pack our bags for the annual Stir company holiday.
This year, our very own Senior Account Executive Leonora Mellish, organised a break away to Cadiz in the most southern part of Spain. Accompanied by our Chairman Paul Seligman, Finance Director Andy Southcott and sister company Missouri Creative, we hopped on a plane Thursday morning before anyone in London had even left for the office.
Stir company holidays do not consist of awkward bonding games and how to work better as a team – we’ve already got that down to a T – but instead, relaxed G & T’s by the pool, some delicious tasting Spanish food and day trips to the beach or our new favourite Bodega.
Gonzalez Byass, the bodega that is responsible for the production and worldwide sale of Tio Pepe sherry, is located in the town of Jerez, only a short train ride (during which we were mesmerised by some flamingos) away from Cadiz. Sherry, originally called Sherish, is part of the wine family and the Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe is the best selling Fino in the world and the only brand that provides wine to the South Pole. After our beautiful tour, we sampled some of Tio Pepe’s finest of course; it would have been rude not to.
Having recovered from an afternoon of sherry tasting, we dined at El Faro to indulge in some authentic Spanish paella. It was an eventful dining experience where we made a few vital discoveries in that Leonora is bad at charades, it’s hilarious talking without using your teeth and Jo really doesn’t like cheese. Like I said, vital. The second night of our holiday continued into the early hours of the morning drinking cocktails with Missouri.
To make the most of the 30 degree weather and the swimming pool specifically for tanning, we used Saturday and Sunday to soak in the sun, visit the beach and continue eating and drinking our way through Cadiz.
It’s fair to say we struggled putting our jeans and jackets on this morning. Thanks for another memorable holiday team Stir, because side from the 100-metre sprint to catch our return flight, the whole weekend has been blissfully relaxing.