brain-drain, hashtags, Haitham’s Wifi and the important stuff…

Life’s about memories and relationships, and the Poland&Czech Republic Global Study Trip delivered its fair share on both ends.

Not really sure what I had expected before the trip, but if someone had told me that it would go the way it did – I’d have taken it in a heartbeat.

I was surprised by how much I did not know about my home country and my close neighbors – guess you learn everyday. I’m also very happy we had a chance to hear from amazing leaders with very different perspectives on the economic, political and social development of P&CR over the last 25 years.


But when my grand-kids are going to ask me about this experience in 50 years, that’s what I’ll tell them about (in random order):

Haitham: a man of many, many, many degrees, with heart bigger than all of his dissertations combined, full of appreciation for beauty and generosity measured in gigabytes

Nan: whose idea will change the history of selfie-taking and, along the way, probably many more less important industries;)

Victoria: who wasn’t afraid to open up and let us get to know her true self and who is the nicest and warmest person one could ever find

Konstantine: Fun czar (with capital F), who taught us all how to be humble and have an optimistic approach to life

Ming: with her strength and positive energy despite many challenges in life. adaptability is the word.

Joe: guy with EQ the size of Mt. Everest, who has an amazing ease to connect with people and make friends

Jeffry: teacher whose love for sharing knowledge and teaching others can be matched only by his love of meat:)

Jonathan G.: guy who is so laid back, funny and cool that he could honestly be me:D

Kassandra: lady with Beyoncé’s moves and an appreciation for good music!

Jonathan H’s: ability to draw thought-provoking insights from each meeting and ask questions that unveil them. plus the best briefing of the trip.

Gaurav: man who reminded us about the importance of family ties and was the meme-master who took over groupMe with his astonishing pics

MJ: who had the guts to start us off with the spotlight and did it in a brilliant way, allowing herself to be vulnerable and setting the tone for the following talks. plus funky tees.

James: man of few words and dark(ish) sense of humor whose candidness and straightforwardness were very refreshing and appreciated (at least by me)

Yu: who I admire for his patience in dealing with rowdy crowd of MBAs and ability to approach challenges face-on (many being out of his comfort zone)

Chloe: lady of so many great qualities that I could write another post about them. Kipp is a luck guy.

Siqi: for being a good spirit of the trip and becoming a great addition to my soul-mates club

Omar: the haiku master, Wifi expert and a man of a great perseverance

Byron: charmer, gentleman, X-Factor expert, 1D groupie and our only connection to a second-tier non EuroZone country

Andy: faculty who can level with students like no-one else – through 1on1 bus chats, kebab trips, dinner conversations and many more

Yanni: an oasis of calmness and good vibes…who knows how to party

Jordan: smart and savvy guy, with thoughtful comments…and my new wing-man

Robert: man with stamina of a world-class athlete – last man standing at parties and first up at breakfast…always ready to have good time – we will leverage that back in PA

Alex: super eloquent dude, with a killer (:D) sense of humor and very pragmatic approach to life

Cordelia: crazy FUN and energetic girl, whose direct questions can only be topped by her dance moves

as for the leadership team:

Klauds: who was on top of all things and even in crisis moments maintained her composure and pragmatism. and she’s the party animal, which she hides a bit in PA:)

Jess: who had to deal with (at least my) sub-par attention to detail and took on the challenge of being in charge of the least sexy elements of the trip planning, such as finance and day-to-day logistics…and delivered on them perfectly. JESS YOU ARE MY HERO.

Elizabeth: whose enthusiasm of the Czech Republic allowed all of us to experience the country in a much more profound and personal way.

David: guy who I can definitely learn from how to read group dynamics and react to them on the spot in a way that is thoughtful and discrete.

ALL: whether you like it or not, from now on I will call you my friends. Happy Holidays. See you in 2015.


ps. special shout out to Joanna and Robert: THANK YOU and good luck with your GST next year:)


One thought on “brain-drain, hashtags, Haitham’s Wifi and the important stuff…

  1. #Michal: Amazing Pole (a.k.a fun-loving guy) who as usual, nailed it with the above post. Always keep rockin the way you do. Cheers !!

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