The OCC Christmas party, in May, in Poland

Janine Smith

For our 2013 Christmas do we decided we would visit our colleagues in Poland rather than go for the usual Christmas outing. As Poland tends to be rather chilly in December we opted to hold out until May and hope for some summery weather.

So, over a long weekend, we (along with friends and partners) enjoyed the delights of a boat trip, a visit to underground cellars where vodka is made and aged, a walk round a picturesque lake, two lovely dinners, one in a Pomeranian Castle, and also a lively paintball game.

We didn't have any snow as might normally befit a Christmas trip - the first day was very beautifully sunny and the second very wet, when we had to shelter under a bridge to have our picnic.

OCC has been running a small office in Szczecin for many years and some of our Polish engineers are now experts in UK social care.

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