Summer is officially here. Pearly white beaches, city breaks with the kids, stunning mountain bike trips, sticky music festivals, a relaxing staycation… Want to know how we at Xylos spend the hottest, most exciting months of the year? Follow our Storygram this summer to witness our summer adventures first-hand. Enjoy the ride!
It’s 2006. My partner and I are off to visit friends in Australia. At that moment, we had only just moved in together and both of us had just started working. These circumstances being what they were, our budget was rather limited. Luckily, thanks to our experience with the aviation industry, we were familiar with the concept of ‘standby flights’. The total cost for a return ticket from Amsterdam to Sydney: € 185 per person. Not bad, right? But the catch is the ‘standby’ part.
When I was in my twenties, my husband and I loved to go on cruises. During one cruise, I was pregnant with Alexis, so I ravaged every buffet on board… and believe me, there were many. Ten years ago, the kids were old enough to join us, so we booked a family cruise. They absolutely loved it, so ever since then, family cruises have become a yearly tradition.
After some consideration, my husband and I decided to go on a last-minute trip to Slovenia this year. We’ve passed through the country on our way to Croatia before, and we wanted to find out what it has to offer. Green forests, mysterious mountains, emerald green rivers, waterfalls, a wine valley, lots of culture, even a tiny Mediterranean coast – it’s an ideal mix of everything.
This year, my wife and I let our children choose whether we’d go on vacation or build an above-ground swimming pool in the back yard. They chose the latter – and it turned out to be awesome. Every day since May, we’ve been splashing around in our very own swimming pool. And that’s not all: during my staycation, I finally went ahead and started a personal project I’ve been planning for a long time.
If you’re travelling to a faraway country, you need to prepare thoroughly. This is especially true if you’re visiting a country like Canada, where it’s not always easy to find a place to spend the night. As an Operations Manager, I’m used to organising and planning stuff, but at home, Johan (Learning Consultant - yes, we met on the job at Xylos) takes the cake.
It all started about eight years ago, on an average Friday night at the Oosthoek youth club in Dilbeek. Three friends were playing some music on a calm Balkan Music Night. That small gig was a huge success and after that, we never stopped playing together. Our band has grown considerably, too: we now have nine members. We’re called BOROKOV and we play energetic Balkan and Kletzmer music to liven up any party.
Summer is officially here. Time to make the most of the festival season! To celebrate, three of my friends and I went to the sacred grounds of Rock Werchter. On Thursday, I rushed from work straight to the little village of Werchter to dump my belongings at a friend’s house. After that, I jumped on my bicycle to race to the festival area.