A weekend with colleagues is an annual tradition at HighTech ICT and this year is no exception. Last year we visited the island of the United Kingdom (more specifically Scotland), this year it’s the turn of the island Texel. The weather was not looking promising as we headed off for Den Helder, where we would take the double-decker ferry across to the island. Fortunately for us the weather on the islands can be in complete contrast to the mainland. The ferry ride to Texel only lasts 20 minutes but in those 20 minutes the weather did indeed change – still windy but almost no rain and even some sunshine.
Sweeping white-sand beaches, wildlife-rich nature reserves, sun-dappled forests and quaint villages are among the highlights of Texel, the largest and most visited of the Wadden Islands. About 3km north of the coast of Noord-Holland, Texel (Tessel, not Teksel) is 25km long and 9km wide. Our home for the weekend was a vacation park called De Krim near Cocksdorp, at the northern end of Texel.
Among the activities undertaken on the island were a boatride on a shrimp fishing boat, a Solex tour through the many fields and among the dunes of Texel, a visit to the excellent brewery of the Texels beer (sidenote: Worst tour guide ever, so many jokes but none delivered properly) and scouring the beach during low tide for oysters. Throw in some good laughs with colleagues and all in all it was a pretty good weekend!