Sunday morning, Zurich Airport, Gate E52: Thirty-eight young women and men are ready to board Flight EY 74 to Abu Dhabi. The SwissSkills Team is on the way to the 44th WorldSkills Competitions, held this time around in the United Arab Emirates. As soon as they arrived in the desert metropolis, some competitors of the SwissSkills Team had to give their first interviews.
Ramona Bolliger, a 21-year-old baker/pastry chef is sitting on her big black suitcase. She has been preparing for this moment for almost a year and can’t believe it’s finally here: “I’m so excited that I feel like a little kid.” Decorative painter Sandra Lüthi is likewise ready for boarding. In her luggage she’s carrying her expensive paintbrushes she has been practising with right to the end.