Last Day :(

Unfortunately today was our last day in Cyprus, but at least we were blessed with another beach day after Exxon Mobil cancelled on us due to the things going on in Ukraine. So instead of our meeting, we took our Covid tests in the morning and headed to Larnaca to enjoy some more sun. The…

Our futuristic last company meeting

Due to a change of schedule, our final company meeting was moved up to today with Price Waterhouse Cooper. We were in the top floor of their office building, and you could see what seemed to be the entire island from the window. On top of that, the floor was so futuristic. They had multiple…

The City That Once Was

Our day started bright and early at 8am, and we rolled out and headed for Famagusta. Our first stop was in the abandoned city following our passport checks. The city was built in the 60s and was completely abandoned in 1974 when the Turkish invaded, and was left untouched ever since. The thing that really…

Buying Some Bitcoin After Today

Despite our relaxing weekend, it was time to get right back to businesses this Monday. We had a full slate that required us to leave the hotel at 9am and spend the entire day at the University of Nicosia. Today consisted of 3 meetings: a conference with Fleet Management Ltd, a lecture on blockchain and…

Beach Day in Paphos

Today was easily the most relaxing so far! Luckily we were able to get our bus extended from 12pm to 3pm, so we had some extra time to enjoy the beach. Our hotel room was super nice and so was the breakfast. It was mostly the same food as our normal hotel, but the tropical…

First Day in Paphos

The first day in Paphos was filled with many tours by our lovely tour guide. First we stopped at the Kourion archeological site, which held an amphitheater built in the second century BC. The views from the site were outstanding, and the history was really interesting. Next up was Aphrodite’s Rock, which also had a…

Cement, Oil, and the Beach

Yesterday was a jam packed and the companies that we met were really cool! We met with Vasiliko Oil and Vasiliko Cement Works and they each explained their operations and their position on the supply chain. For the oil works, I thought it was really interesting that they only have 3 shareholders: Vito, IFM, and…

Port Authority, but not the bus

Today felt like the longest of the days so far, as we had to leave the hotel at 8am to head to Limassol again. We met with multiple companies and even the executives of Cyprus Ports Authority in Limassol who gave us a ton of valuable information. Once we arrived at the port, our first…

Holy Ship!

Today was definitely the most so far, with a lot of exploration and valuable information learned. We visited the BSM training center, which was extremely complex. They train students who are just about to graduate college for specific types of ships to manage. The students that they’re training even live at the facility, as they’re…

Medochemie and Wargaming

Today was the first of our various company meetings! Once we got up early and got some breakfast, it was time to leave for Limassol at 8am to meet with Medochemie, then after we went back to UNIC to meet with Wargaming. Today was a pretty long day but it was packed with a lot…

First Day Out

I don’t think there was a better way to start out this trip than by getting a lay of the land and taking a tour of the old city, new city, and the University of Nicosia. The city is a lot bigger than I had originally thought and I was impressed with the creativity of…

My First Blog Ever

Hi! My name is Nick Sciarra, and this is the first time that I’ve ever made a blog post. I am from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which is on the eastern part of the state, right where Lehigh University is. I’m a freshman and my intended major is finance, with an economics minor. The reason I decided…