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Meet the Xylossers 19 blogposts

Team Xylos: who are they? What do they do? What motivates them? Read our blog series ‘Meet Team Xylos’ to discover how they spend their days at work and in their spare time. What tasks do they undertake? What challenges do they face? And where can you find them when they’re out of office? Enjoy the read! 

Cruising with Natascha and Alexis: the wonders of Northern Europe

Natascha Vanhee

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.

Kristof in Las Vegas: the Microsoft Inspire diary

Kristof Maes

“We are excited to announce this new incentive to join us for a fantastic and exclusive experience. Microsoft Inspire is the event where the world meets to transform business.” Read everything about our 7-day adventure in my travel blog.

Annelies in Slovenia: frolleagues, water skiing and canyoning

Annelies Bertels

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.

Frederick’s staycation: splashing, sun and self-closing curtains

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.

Katrien and Johan in Newfoundland: Canada’s hidden treasure

Katrien Vanherck

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.

Karel and his band BOROKOV at Couleur Café: the crowd goes wild

Karel Desmet

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.

Caro at Rock Werchter: the ideal mini vacation

Caro Willekens

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.

Lieselotte in the polka dot jersey: having fun in Alpe d’Huez

When my boyfriend suggested we go on a cycling trip this year, I was sold right away. A budget-friendly vacation, enjoying unspoilt nature – and, most importantly, the perfect excuse to stuff myself with food. Lots and lots of food. But braving the Alps on a bicycle isn’t a walk in the park.

Rachel in New York: Airplane gifts and helpful strangers

Rachel Young

For some reason, having a child wasn’t enough of an adventure so we decided to add some extra craziness to our lives and take a 1,5 year old to New York City. Oh, and small detail, I was about 7 months pregnant.