There’s no ‘I’ in team

Here’s my itinerary on a recent morning:
1. Pack a gourd with yerba mate, a traditional Chilean tea that, in a very ritualistic manner, is infused with hot water and passed among a group of people who take turns sipping it through a metal straw, or bombilla
2. Saddle a horse.
3. Help a compañero run from one point to another holding a shrieking piglet by the forearms
4. Split firewood and light a fire
5. Clean a bathroom
6. Pitch a tent, taking into account the wind that’s blowing in from the northwest
Ok, I’ll admit. That’s not a typical morning for me here. It was actually a teambuilding exercise for some of Fantastico Sur’s employees. I learned a lot about the jobs other people — the gauchos (cowboys) and the maintenance staff — have around the hostería property, how to pack a gourd of matte, oh, and how to work as a team.

My team:



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One Response to “There’s no ‘I’ in team”

  1. Staky Says:

    It seems like karaoke would have also been a great team-buiding task. I’ll have to write someone a letter…

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