So, I went to Monaco this week, together with Mojang, the developers of Minecraft. My friend Johan who is crafting the pocket edition of the game asked me if I wanted to join him for the trip, to celebrate 10 million sold copies of the game. Everyone employed at Mojang could bring a +1, and so I was happy to tag along for this adventure! Me and Johan know each other from back at the Uni when we both studied game development, he as a programmer, and me as a game designer (I might not really work as a designer of games today, but community management and data analyzing is still awesome!).
So this is the full story of what it was like. I can tell you it exceeded all of my wildest dreams, and this is probably a once in a lifetime experience, so buckle up and let me give you the short version!
I arrived to the Mojang office early Monday morning, where we got served breakfast. We then got divided into five different groups (all in all 48 people were booked for this trip). Then we got into white limos that took us to Bromma airport outside Stockholm. I had heard rumors about private jets, but when we finally pulled up to the Bromma VIP airport everyone in the limo were screaming “nooo way?!” 20 minutes later we left Sweden behind, still with no clue about where we were heading! The only thing I knew were that we needed to bring swim suits and might be travelling by horse later on (?). The horses turned out to be a lie, by the way.
The plane could carry up to eight passengers and two pilots, and pretty soon Mojang’s Patrick took on the role of being a steward, which we found to be quite fun! He did an excellent job haha! After 3 hours we landed on a private air port in Cannes, France. Both the takeoff and landing went super smooth, it was nothing like the bumpy experiences you have when riding massive Boenings : O I like it!
The event personnel from Eventosaurus(who followed us around for the whole trip) asked us to line up outside the air port. After all we were going to Monaco’s Monte Carlo, and we needed to arrive in style, they told us. So as we stood there waiting three limos and 16 super luxurious sports cars came cruising around the corner! Everyone who had a licence and wanted to, got to pick a car! There were Ferrais/Lamborghini/Bentleys and more! Me and Johan jumped into a white limo (I’ve left my license home that morning) and off we went to Monaco!
People along the way took photos of us as we traveled through some coast towns. I mean, they probably believed us to some kind of famous people, riding in a caravan of three limos and 16 sports cars. I even waved to some of them and they started screaming and taking photos haha! Feeling like such a douche…
When everyone had arrived to the five star hotel we changed clothes and had some ice-cream and Champagne on a balcony outside the hotel. After people were done eating and drinking we headed to a restaurant, traveling with a funny and totally charming mini-train to get some sightseeing!
Me and Johan got to bed at 02 that night, and I feel asleep right away, dead tired. The next day we had breakfast with some of the other Mojangstas, looking over the blue blue sea. Then we grabbed some limos and drove to the restaurant La Chèvre d’Or. I’ve heard later on they have two Michelin stars, but frankly they forgot I ordered a cup of tea, which is not really what you expect if the place got two of them stars.
I feel asleep so happy that night. Everything was just so unreal. This trip got wilder and more crazy for each thing we did. The best part was that no one knew what was waiting around the next corner, just that things were fucking crazy.
I don’t really know what more to say, I’m sorta out of words for this whole experience. Thank you Mojang for the trip of a lifetime! It was awesome to meet Röyksopp, to ride helicopter and to visit Monaco.
I think my first week as unemployed went pretty well : )