We finished our last day in Europe back in the Belgium and European Union capital city of Brussels. While some of us opted to shop in the city center right away, a majority of the group enjoyed a guided tour of a traditional Belgian chocolate factory where we learned the process of making chocolate.
May 30, 2015
After enjoying breakfast at our KU Leuven dormitory, we loaded a bus and drove from Leuven to Brussels. Our first stop was the U.S. Mission to the E.U. office where we talked with a US Department of Agriculture Foreign Service Officer.
May 29, 2015
We enjoyed exploring the beautiful city of Paris on our own. We saw some really breathtaking sights. We traveled to the Eiffel Tower which was enormous and unreal to stand underneath.
May 28, 2015
In the wee morning hours of Wednesday we departed from the hotel in Rotterdam to embark on the Belgian leg of our journey! Our first stop in the Flemish countryside was at the Waterhof Dairy and agro-touristic ice cream shop.
May 27, 2015
Today we IBIPs began our last day in the Netherlands with a visit to PepsiCo/Quaker Oats production facility in Rotterdam. We started the visit with a short introduction to the company and factory. Soon after, we suited up in safety gear and took a tour around the production factory.
May 26, 2015
After exploring the city of Amsterdam on Sunday, we began our 2nd week and new day by visiting Albert Heijn, the largest Dutch supermarket. Before we explored the supermarket, our Dutch guide, Niek, introduced us to an interesting technology that helps Dutch consumers shop more efficiently. By using a smart phone, shoppers are able to electronically access...
May 25, 2015
Our first stops were in the historical part of the city in which the architecture was beautiful and unique. With Amsterdam’s proximity to the sea, it was built below sea level and was essentially architected on a large canal system in order to avoid constant flooding.
May 24, 2015
Our second stop of the day was to a gorgeous touristic dairy farm owned by the Gille family: Boerderij Het Lansingerland. This dairy farm is considered an agro-tourism site and started as a 60 head dairy farm, beginning with the owner's father. Now the farm houses about 120 cows, which are milked through a high tech machine.
May 23, 2015
After a jam-packed five days in Greece, we packed our bags to head to Holland. But, before leaving Greece, we had just enough time to squeeze in one last lecture at the American Farm School.
May 22, 2015
Today IBIP got the chance to explore the inner city center of Thessaloniki, Greece. Although the American Farm School is beautiful, everyone loved the chance to explore the downtown area of the second largest city in Greece.
May 21, 2015