ThirdWay goes to Lisbon
Another successful year has passed for ThirdWay and, since the last company summer trip, the group has almost doubled in size with the addition of new entities and, with that, a lot of new faces! With the ThirdWay training trip pencilled in to take over the wonderful city of Lisbon for just over 24 hours in June, it was destined to be more than just inspiration for all things architecture and design; it was to be a valuable opportunity for all 170 employees to spend time getting to know each other outside of our daily working environment.
We were lucky enough to be visiting the capital of Portugal, one of the oldest cities in western Europe which boasts a vibrant mix of both forward-thinking design and rich cultural history with a natural aesthetic and charm that drew us all in as soon as we arrived.
Once all 170 ThirdWayers had touched down and team leaders smoothly piled everyone onto coaches, we headed straight for the hotel just in time for a BBQ lunch in the sun and a prime opportunity to try some of the traditional delicacies of Lisbon. Following some optional but evidently competitive team-building tasks, we headed to the city centre to immerse ourselves in the stunning design and historic architectural delights.
We quickly discovered one of Lisbon’s most iconic landmarks, São Jorge Castle. Hard to miss, summiting the highest hill in Lisbon, the castle was built during the fifth century and the path to it is filled with quirky, brightly painted houses and cobbled paths winding all the way to the top. We soaked up the culture and enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere, not forgetting a few impromptu stops at traditional pastel de nata cafes on the way! Small groups made quick decisions about which sights they wanted to see next and dispersed to enjoy the likes of the Carmo Convent, Baiiro Alto, the Santa Justa Elevator and even Belem.
The evening came flying around and we couldn’t have gone to a more fitting location for dinner. Kais Restaurant is situated within a breathtaking building, a recovered old warehouse from the nineteenth century which was used to generate power for the tram system. The building’s design balanced original industrial elements with contemporary hospitality - complete with a play on lights using candles to transform the cavernous interior into a warm and intimate restaurant.
Of course, it wouldn’t have been a ThirdWay night out without a party afterwards but that’s a story for another time! Thank you, Lisbon, for your wonderful and inspiring charm - giving us fresh ideas and inspiration, and a fantastic backdrop for an adventure that has without doubt strengthened our wolfpack.