A few months ago, I announced my sudden move to Barcelona. I needed a change of light and perspective, and the opportunity of working for an events agency at the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships Village came right on time. Being part of it has only confirmed my passion for the events industry.
Not everything was glitter and glam, as we tend to believe when seen from the outside – there were weeks of 16-hour work days and the constant feeling of high pressure and accountability. Of course, every day had a little crisis: a sudden power cut right before a live broadcast, the need of a quick solution for the hottest day of the year, heck, we even had a Catalan manifestation for independence!
But living and breathing the Championships does not only mean last-minute problem solving and crisis management – there is some space for fun in it, too.
Xop (the mascot) posing for me at Planet Water Village
Celebrating Spain’s stellar performance in the synchronized swimming finals
Seeing Olympic legend, Michael Phelps, up front
Watching some of the best divers jump from 27 meters height
Admiring the swimmers (this already says enough, right?)
Promoting Fideuà outside the competition venues
Celebrating the end of shift with a glass of ice-cold gin & tonic
Experiencing BCN2013 in such an intense way has been inspiring and energising. There have been moments of near despair and moments of uncontrolled joy and laughter – and I would never doubt a second to go through it all again.