On December 14, we celebrated the V annual meeting in Bilbao, where as every year, we had the opportunity to share experiences, welcome new greeters and taste some pintxos (tapas) prepared by the Gure Ametza Restaurant.
It was nice to see more than 35 Greeters sharing great insights and experiences on how visitors have impacted their lives and viewing memorable pictures from this year’s visits.
After the formal part of the meeting, we stayed and spent the rest of the evening enjoying snacks, drinks and lively conversation.
For those not able to attend, you don’t need to miss out on all the fun! Here are some pictures of our get together.
September 10th, the Global Greeter Network will celebrate the 24th birthday of the creation of the Greeters concept in the whole world. Symbol of participative tourism and a citizen movement, Greeters guarantee exchange, local discoveries and user-friendliness between visitors and residents. Today active in 28 countries, each network celebrate the Greeters around the symbolic date of September 10th, birthdate of the founder, Lynn Brooks.
In that time we have learnt lots, changed lots, grown lots, and it has been a great experience for all of us. Five years ago, we started this amazing project in Bilbao, and five years later, we sure have had a wonderful experience!
To celebrate our 5th birthday, we met at the “Plaza Nueva” bar in Old Town Bilbao on June 22nd 2016. We spent a lovely evening filled with good food and drinks, laughter and many photos. That was our way of saying “Thank you and Well Done” to our Greeters for their enthusiastic involvement in this project and a great opportunity for all of us to share our experience and welcome new Greeters.
We look forward to all that is to come. Here’s to the next five years!
ESKERRIK ASKO ETORTZEAGAITIK!! Is how we say “THANK YOU TO EVERYONE” in Basque.
Foto grupo, Tintxu en primera línea
Foto grupo, PequeAna entre Tintxu y Ana
Estíbaliz M. junto David y Isabel, dos nuevos greeters
Susi con Nekane (nueva greeter), al fondo José Mª
El simpático trio de José L., Asun y Nekane.
Las Begoñas junto la profe Marian y su alumno Ander
De costadillo Arantza observa a José Mª y Paul, en primera línea Tere
The other day, after a long time, the Greeters of Bilbao got together again at Gure Ametzak restaurant, a meeting place that it is becoming traditional among us.
The get-together was very positive and a great opportunity for the group of greeters to see old faces and welcome the new volunteers who are key to Bilbao Greeters organization.
Since its founding 4 years ago, almost 600 visits have been handled by our organization and about 1,500 visitors discovered Bilbao and surroundings with a Greeter.
As part of the meeting, we practiced our observation ability and knowledge of Bilbao by playing a guessing game. The volunteers were split into different teams. The challenge was to guess which places of Bilbao were hidden in the pictures. It was a nice way to create laughter and break the ice.
During the event, Greeters were welcomed with appetizers and drinks, as is customary!
Thanks to everyone for their participation and welcome to the new members.
Many thanks as well to our family and friends for taking the time to listen and always being there for us.
For those that couldn’t attend, we missed them but truly hope that we can see them soon!
Photos courtesy of our Greeter Bego Guillén, and an artist working with photography. Thanks Bego!