My half a year working at trivago has come to an end. Oh, what a half a year it has been!
The time of the departure is getting closer. Once again my life is stuffed in suitcases and my last working day at trivago in Düsseldorf is over. Even if I will continue writing press releases from home as a freelancer for a while at least, I will be missing so many things that one can do being part of “the trivago family”.
And before you start wondering what could be cooler than working from home, let me prove you how office work can also be fun!
When I started working at trivago at the end of February, the German carnival season was just about to start. So, on my fourth working day we took the first team picture where I am part of the team as well. Saana proudly presents: The Nordic Team!
When working in an international company, you will be part of the international holiday celebration as well, like St. Patrick’s Day:
Colleagues are supporting each other, no matter what and no matter how serious the topic is. Like the World Cup:
And after the working day everyone will gather for example to the nearby park to have some BBQ and listen to live music:
Sometimes you might slip a bit and stay out too late. But it’s fine even if you needed to rush to work as you can always have breakfast at the office. This picture was clearly taken just after breakfast time as the cereal, fruit and peanut bowls are half empty.
Besides, who would live just with cereal and fruits? You can find one of these in each office:
One of the best things in working at trivago is the amount of activities also outside work. In addition to team events, where you go water skiing, to water parks, amusement parks, restaurants – the list is endless – the company is also organizing other activities regularly, like badminton, football, yoga, zumba, boxing…
…and academies. Academies are informative events where you can learn new things regarding marketing, search engine optimization, translations… and for example Irish whiskey (while enjoying some German beers):
And you know these depressing rooms where you can have your five-minute break every hour? Well, at trivago you don’t need to follow the clock when having a break and the facilities are quite nice as well:
Foosball – or table soccer – is a lot more popular game in Germany than what it is in Finland. But I do need to warn you: it can be very addictive! Who cares about Nintendo Wii, beer fridges or super comfortable bean bags when you can play KICKER! ( = German word for table football). Although, even after half a year of practice, I still think that real football is a lot easier to play.
And finally, once we are even remotely approaching sporty subjects, I can show that it’s possible to use your breaks a little bit differently as well:
Despite all the amazing things mentioned above, the thing that I will miss the most are the wonderful people that I have worked, lived and spent my time with during the past six months. Even the smallest gestures, like finding a little post-it note on my desk in the morning when coming to work, really make the trivago life worth living:
I want to thank you all who made my impulsive move to Germany as one of the most amazing and very best experiences in my life. I wish this summary also encourages young – and not so young – people to try moving and working abroad. New experiences are always worth a try. In case – for any reason – things don’t go as planned, you can always return home, sooner or later. Rather give it a try than regret later that you didn’t. It’s better to regret things you did than things you didn’t do, even if you wanted to.
Thank you Germany, thank you Düsseldorf, thank you trivago, thank you dear friends. It’s time to go home.
Oh, by the way, I dove back into the trivago life 10 months after moving back home. Read here how it felt to revisit the trivago office and see all those wonderful friends after nearly a year!
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