Hitting the Beach!

My time in Cyprus has sadly come to an end. Throughout my two weeks here, I have learned so much about Cypriot culture and business/ engineering practices and gotten to know my peers and instructors. I am happy to say that I will be leaving this trip with not only a lot of knowledge but…

Last Meeting!

Today was another pretty packed day! We started off the day with a tour of Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) which houses a state-of-the-art facility filled with high-tech equipment and transitional seating. The meeting began with a hologram video of a representative from the company who described PWC and discussed their mission statement. My favorite aspect…

Touring Famagusta

Today was another amazing day in Cyprus; I truly cannot believe that I am leaving in just a few days. Today began with a walking tour of Famagusta which is a town that has been abandoned for over 40 years. Because of a Turkish invasion, the Cypriot government ordered all of the people to flee…

Forecasting my Week in Cyprus

Today was full of learning! We arrived at the University of Nicosia early in the morning for our first meeting with Fleet Management Limited(FML). Two of their representatives gave informative talks regarding the role their company plays in the shipping industry. Fleet Management Limited is the fastest growing shipping management company on the island of…

Hitting the Beach

Today was such a fun day! We started off the day with a delicious hotel breakfast which served food that was similar to our other hotels breakfast display. Both hotels served poached and scrambled eggs, fruit salad, pastries, fresh juices, and an assortment of meats and cheeses. The food is much fresher and more bountiful…

Climbing our Way through Paphos

I have been eagerly awaiting today’s activities since we started preparing for the trip! The first stop of the day was an ancient Kourion where we were able to see the ruins of an old home and an amphitheater. Our tour guide did a great job explaining what each room was and even where the…

Cementing Memories

Today, we drove to Limassol to tour Vassiliko which is a cement company based in Cyprus. I was really excited to learn more about their manufacturing process as this company employs chemical engineers to make their process safe and efficient. One of the lead chemical engineers with over thirty years of experience at Vassiliko went…

The Hotel of the Sea

Today was a packed day filled with lots of information about Cyprus’s main source of revenue, the shipping industry! Because of the location, Cyprus is in a prime location to easily receive and transport goods. We began our day at the Limassol New Port security checkpoint where we were able to see Dubai World Port’s…

The Adventures of Troodos Square

We started our day touring the Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) Maritime Training Center located in Limassol. Upon our arrival we met with BSM employees that walked us through how their company operates. They explained that BSM only owns about 100 ships and instead mainly relies on ships from 3rd party companies. BSM then independently seeks…

Embarking on my First International Trip!

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Brenda Rea and I just completed my first year in the Swanson School of Engineering. In March, I declared that my intended major is chemical engineering, and I am thrilled to be able to continue my educational journey as an official chemical engineering student in the…

Exploring Cypriot Companies

Today, we traveled to Limassol to visit Medochemie’s headquarters to learn about their extensive quality assurance plan as well as their approach in business planning/forecasting. Medochemie is a pharmaceutical company with over eighteen-hundred employees spread across offices in twenty-one different countries. Medochemie is committed to producing quality and affordable medicine while maintaining their sustainability goals….

Exploring Outside the Venetian Walls

I truly cannot believe that my first full day in Cyprus has come to an end! Throughout the past twenty-four hours I have learned numerous interesting facts about Cypriot history, culture, and cuisine. Our first event of the day was a walking tour through New Cyprus. New Cyprus is characterized by massive buildings and modern…

Catching Reas in Cyprus

Hello everyone and welcome to my first Plus 3 blog! My name is Brenda Rea and I am from Pittsburgh, about 20 minutes from Pitt’s campus. Since I have been in Pittsburgh my whole life, I am excited to travel and see what the world has to offer! I chose Plus3 because, as a freshman,…