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Experiences from the Velora Team Meetup 2010

Bryan McAnulty - Monday, December 06, 2010 |

A couple weeks ago we had our first Velora team meetup and spent the weekend exploring Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. It was a blast. Though we are a multimedia design studio based in Philadelphia, our team is spread across the world. We collaborate remotely everyday with each other using tools like our project management system, Dropbox, and Skype. Read on for pictures and more about what happened.

In this photo: Bojan, Alex, and Bryan eating at Club Dracula Restaurant 

We had fun exploring different parts of the city, going to some beautiful parks, seeing the House of the People (the largest building in Europe, also known as the House of Parliament) and eating some great food together. We even found some bumper cars to ride on. It was a perfect weekend for the meetup, nice and sunny and warm. We met Count Dracula at Club Dracula Restaurant when we least expected it, although it was obvious we were having dinner on his territory.

In this photo: Catalina and Bryan enjoying some awesome food at Caru cu Bere, in the Old City Center

Every restaurant we went to was different; had a very unique style and a different story to tell. Some were built around very old meeting places or restaurants from the 16th & 17th centuries, while others in contrast, brought vibrant colors and styles, fancy modern influences, as well as specific cultural influences from all over the world. The stone paved streets lead to historical monuments and buildings and to a busy city center, with large open intersections surrounded by sparkling lights and tall buildings.

Picture: Bumper Cars!

There were lots of fun places to go to and interesting sites to visit. One weekend was definitely not enough. After we spent all day outside exploring we came back to a comfortable couch where we talked and played some fun multiplayer games on the iPad.

In this photo: Bryan on his iPhone and Catalina eating her favorite thing, salad.

We plan to have more meetups like this in the future, traveling to different places to meet each other and new people, all of this being part of the awesome experience we love to create at Velora Studios.

In this photo: Alex and Bojan at Afi Palace, one of the largest malls in Romania.

If you want to check out more photos than what you see here, visit our Flickr album or our Facebook page. Also, you can learn more about Bryan, Catalina, Alex and our newest team member Justin from our about page.

Endnote: Having a team meetup is a great way to bring a team closer together and have a awesome time (especially when you are used to working remotely). Our first meetup was a great experience for all of us, and we can't wait for the next one.

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