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Exploring Llama-land: A Day of Adventure, Learning, and Team Bonding

Date: August 29, 2023

Location: Botanical Garden, UKGM and Castle Park, Marburg


The sun rose on a crisp morning, casting a warm glow over a group of excited individuals gathered outside the picturesque botanic garden in Marburg. It was no ordinary day; it was our team day, an opportunity to step away from our routine and immerse ourselves in a day of camaraderie and exploration. Our team, consisting of Diana, Aaron, Vero, Antonia, Juliane, and Hannah, was ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure, all under the watchful eyes of three curious companions: Esra, Emmi, and Emil – our adorable llama guides.


A friendly animal caretaker named Lara greeted us, setting the tone for the day with her warm smile and knowledge about the fluffy creatures that awaited us. Led by Lara, we made our way to the llama enclosure, where our new friends stood, their long necks stretched inquisitively. It was clear from the start that this was going to be a day filled with laughter, learning, and unforgettable memories.


As our small group set out on a one-hour trek through the lush expanse of the botanical garden, we were accompanied not only by the lamas but also by Lara, who proved to be a treasure trove of information about these remarkable animals. With each step, we marveled at the distinct personalities of Esra, Emmi, and Emil. Esra, the mischievous snacker, couldn't resist plucking leaves from the trees to munch on. Emmi, the sassy diva, demanded attention on her terms and showed us that llamas are indeed individuals with their own preferences. Meanwhile, Emil radiated tranquility, inviting us to shower him with affection throughout the journey.


As the walk progressed, our furry companions seemed to sense that their homestead was drawing nearer, and their pace quickened, much to our amusement. The day was coming to an end, but not without a lasting memento. We gathered for a group photo with our llama friends, capturing a snapshot of the unforgettable moments we had shared.


Diana Pauly, Juliane Schikora, Aaron Dort, Veronika Ehinger, Antonia Nickel im botanischen Garten Marburg

With our farewells to the lamas, we ventured into the captivating world of the garden's greenhouse, where nature's wonders continued to astonish us. Enormous water lilies with leaves resembling delicate plates on the water's surface left us in awe of nature's intricate designs.


Veronika Ehinger, Antonia Nickel, Aaron Dort, Juliane Schikora im botanischen Garten Marburg

Returning to our starting point at the university hospital, we transitioned into a reflective mode. Armed with feedback forms we had thoughtfully completed, we engaged in an open dialogue about our team dynamics, seeking ways to enhance our collaboration and efficiency.


Our journey was not over yet, for the day called for a relaxing picnic in the enchanting Marburg Castle Park. In the dappled shade, we enjoyed refreshing beverages cooled in a Styrofoam box filled with ice from the laboratory. The presence of our former medical doctoral candidates added a special touch to the day.


With hunger pangs making themselves known, we indulged in a delicious pizza feast, savoring each bite while basking in the tranquil ambiance of the park. As the afternoon sun began its descent, we allowed ourselves to unwind, cherishing the memories we had forged throughout the day.


In retrospect, our team day was more than just an escape from routine. It was a journey that brought us closer, taught us about the diverse personalities of llamas, enabled us to engage in constructive self-improvement, and provided us with moments of sheer relaxation. With our spirits rejuvenated and our bonds strengthened, we look forward to our next adventure, whatever it may hold.


Hannah

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