Last Friday, our coordinating organization Don Bosco in co-production with the local escape room team, invited us to participate in an Escape Room taking place in our center. Afterwards, there would be a dinner together with all the participating teams and the people responsible for the organization. As we were already talking about joining an Escape Room altogether as volunteers the weeks before, this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Especially with the included dinner, it seemed like the perfect Friday night plan for most of us.
For those who don't know what an Escape room is: "An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. Escape rooms are inspired by "escape-the-room"–style video games. Games are set in a variety of fictional locations, such as prison cells, dungeons and space stations, and usually the various puzzles and riddles themselves follow the theme of the room."
So after work we met all together and went to our Coordinating center. As we arrived there, there were already teams who finished the room in very good times. The mood was really good, all the people were playing games together, snacking and waiting for the different groups to finish the Escape Room and check the different scores. As I participated in some Escape Rooms before, I was really skeptic, if it would be possible to create the right ambiance in the different rooms to experience it to the fullest, but it overcame all my concerns. They had really nice riddles, packed in a nice story of a medieval pilgrim who visited Santiago. So we even had to use our knowledge of Spanish and Santiago to overcome the different challenges, which was really nice. Moreover, it was another nice possibility to work with the other volunteers together as a team which was really cool.
After the Escape Room, we ate pizza together, played some card games or Nintendo Wii with the other teams and drank some beers. So it was a really nice opportunity to pass some of our free time with the people we know from work, our mentors and our coordinator.