I'll start with our visit to Philips, the 23.3 billion Euro international electronics firm. "Electronics" might be a misnomer: they sold their TV division and now are organized around three main units: healthcare, consumer lifestyle, and lighting.
|Yiran, Tony, and Tu ready for the Philips visit.|
After a group dinner at a restaurant in the center of Amsterdam,
Hanze arranged for us all to stay in a hostel outside of Amsterdam. Not just any ordinary hostel, but a castle turned into a hostel. (Note: everything on this trip is included in the program fee students pay.)
We started with a canal boat tour.
then had free time to enjoy Amsterdam. Small groups of students did various things: some made a quick trip to one of the museums, others took advantage of the gorgeous weather to wander around this U.N. World Heritage City.
Tony and Yiran at the Begijnhof, a beautiful quiet courtyard in the middle of the busy city....and sampling some of the city's famous 'frites' with mayonnaise.
They day ended with a group tour of the very moving Anne Frank House.
Since Monday is a holiday in the Netherlands (Whit Monday), some of the students who are caught up on their assignments decided to take a little side trip to Brussels. The rest of us returned to Groningen on Saturday evening, either to study or continue to explore this great little city.