Dr Melanie van Rooy
I must admit that thinking of my trip to Paris with Popimedia brings back such fond memories. As a 54-year old, I was almost 2 decades older than the next oldest member of the group, which was quite daunting at first. But for four days I was just Mel; part of a bright, ambitious, innovative and fun group of people with one common goal – to learn as much as possible of the wonderful world of digital marketing and innovation.
“…for four days I was just Mel; part of a bright, ambitious, innovative and fun group of people…”
This was my third trip to Paris but for the first time I experienced the city at night in ways I never expected to. I saw millions of skeleton bones while walking down a spiral staircase to the dungeons below the city, I saw the most amazingly beautiful women dance with enormous snakes and glittering costumes and I saw a group of geriatric Parisians dance the night away in a jazz club with more gusto and zest than I ever seen.
I am going through quite a difficult time in my life and these four days reminded me of how great life really is. Yes, of course the Viva conference was amazing and Station F was the most innovative space I have ever come across, but it was the ten people with me on the trip that impacted me more than they will ever know.