Unexpected Journey was held in 2013 for the very first time. Before that year there was an introduction week for all the BUas academies. This introduction week was first held in Wortel, Belgium. The required facilities were not available at this location which meant that the organisation had to make sure there were toilettes, showers and so on, like you still see with most festivals that span multiple days. In 2000, the introduction week moved to Poppel, a small town just across the border in Belgium. The introduction week here was much the same like it was in Wortel with tents and facilities that were hired. On the first day, the new students left Breda on their bicycles and went to Poppel to stay there for 3 or 4 days. All the activities that were held during this week were at Poppel which meant that there was not really a connection with Breda and the school. The students slept in big tents so they didn’t have to bring their own.
As mentioned earlier, the Unexpected Journey as a standalone introduction week was held in 2013. That was also the moment the introduction week like it was prior to 2013 was divided into four introduction weeks. Unexpected Journey is the introduction week for the domains of Leisure & Events and Tourism. The split also meant that all the introduction weeks moved to a new location. In the case of Unexpected Journey, the location was the ‘Racketcentrum’ (for sleeping) and ‘Kunstijsbaan’ (for partying), The next few years sleeping and partying was done at the ‘Racketcentrum’ but in 2018 it reverted back to the set-up of 2013 after renovations in the ‘Racketcentrum’. By moving the introduction week to Breda, the students were able to learn more about Breda and the school before starting their studies.
In 2020 the world got acquainted with COVID-19. As a result, events were dangerous due to the contamination risk and were therefore cancelled indefinitely. In the summer of 2020 the number of COVID-19 patients went down which made it possible for events to continue on a smaller scale. Unexpected Journey 2020 was therefore different than ever before. Instead of the traditional 4-day introduction week, a 2-day introduction was chosen: a school day and a day in the city. We believe that the need for the introduction weeks was made clear. However, we do hope that in 2021 we can once again expand our event.
If you want to know what the themes were in the previous years of Unexpected Journey you can see them below.