Leaving Home for Home

Somehow, we’ve reached the end of our two weeks in Ecuador. But not quite, either. You’ll have to stay until the end to see what I mean by that… Our last full day in Ecuador began with us taking a boat bright and early to Isla de la Plata. It was an hour there and…

Final Days in Costa Rica

After my 2 weeks here in Costa Rica I have learned a plethora amount of information relating to the design process for each step of the supply chain process. Firstly, I will discuss my experience with the first step starting at the farm. At the farm one may not expect marketing to be a useful…

Last day in Cyprus

I can’t believe that it is our last day in Cyprus already. These two weeks flew by incredibly fast, and it doesn’t feel like it should be over. We have done a ton in this trip and i am so happy i was able to come on it. Our company that we were supposed to…

The Last Business Meeting

Today was the last day we had scheduled for business meetings, and we had the opportunity to meet with Price Waterhouse Coopers. This company is a place for auditors, accountants, business advisors and consultants. The office space they have is incredible, with new hologram technology and a wide-open spaced office for workers. They first talked…

Famagusta and Turkey

We visited one of the last cities on the island that we had yet to, Famagusta. This city is on the Turkish side of the island which is not recognized by the world. The city has multiple parts to it. There’s the old city which is within the walls of an old fort built by…

The Work on Differing Plantations

Today we visited both a banana and a pineapple plantation which made today the first day that we visited a plantation that did not grow or relate to the production and selling of coffee. After today it has become clear to me that coffee has to be protected much more than fruits like bananas and…

Blockchain and Bitcoin

Today is the start of our second week in Cyprus. We start back up business meetings today and today they are held at the university of Nicosia. Our first business we talked to was Fleet Management Limited. They are one of the fastest growing ship companies in the island and specialize in managing ships. They…

Volleyball and Sunburn

Today was a day that had nothing planned, our first day with no visits or company meetings. We woke up and immediately went to the beach to relax. We played music on speakers and did not do much for the whole day except soak up the sun. Today was the day I planned getting tan….

The Adaption of Tourism in Arenal

Today we visited the rainforest in Arenal and took a hike through it and across a plethora of hanging bridges. The rainforest here in Arenal has many similarities to the cloud forest we visited previously in Monteverde along with having some distinct differences. Firstly, to discuss the similarities both the cloud forest and rain forest…

Quite A Cliff Hanger…

One thing the pandemic exposed was the importance of tourism. It’s hard to imagine that the places we visited today were nearly empty a few years ago. Our day started at 6:45 am, waiting to get seated on a tour bus. What was striking about this moment was that all four coach buses were packed…

Ancient Observations

Today was our first day without doing any business trips as we traveled across the island with a destination of the city of Paphos. Along the way we stopped at different cultural sites that are a must see for visitors of Cyprus. We first visited the ancient city of Kourion, which is one of the…

The Life and Motivations of a Tico Farmer

Today we visited Life Monteverde which is a coffee plantation right outside of the border of Monteverde. Here we participated in a tour with Don Guillermo, the same man who presented about sustainability yesterday. Here on the Life Monteverde plantation we learned about the lives of the farmers along with the coffee pickers and the…

Sustainability in Monteverde

Today we visited the cloud forest reserve and were able to tour the forest for around 3 hours. This tour was extensive with the guide teaching all of us about the different animals and plants that we would see, especially how all of the different living creatures would need each other to survive. For instance,…

A Trip Up The Mountain

Today in Costa Rica, we traveled from Heredia to Monteverde. On the drive, I noticed a few things that were different as we transitioned from the city into the mountains. First, the communities seem to be spread out, with large, open land areas all around. Moreover, shops seem to be community-based and small, rather than…

First Day in Monteverde

Today we took the 3 hour drive up a mountain to Monteverde which differs from Heredia in many ways. Firstly, Monteverde is not a big city like Heredia this is largely due to the fact that it is not easy to create cities this high in the mountains due to the very steep landscape as…

Café Britt Tour

Today in Costa Rica featured a trip to Café Britt, a coffee roasting, packaging, and selling company. Despite being a local coffee producer, Café Britt is not a popular coffee brand for ticos. In fact, in Costa Rica, the highest selling Café Britt product is actually chocolate. I think this is because Café Britt targets…

Thinkhouse Twice

Along the river Liffey stands a sobering memorial: elongated, malnourished, and miserable figures slowly march towards their deaths, at home or on a coffin ship, during the height of the Irish Potato Famine. All around them, however, rise a multitude of skyscrapers hosting major international firms in the fields of pharmaceuticals, finance, and technology, not…

Boats and Mountains

Today was packed full of things to do as we traveled to many parts of the island. We traveled to the city of Limassol again today to meet with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) Maritime Training Center which they train people to work on ships that ship large amounts of cargo across different seas. This company…

Cafe Britt Visit

Today we visited Cafe Britt’s headquarters which is a very popular and known coffee here in Costa Rica. Cafe Britt is the the part of the supply chain which roasts the coffee and then sells under the Cafe Britt name. Unlike the Doka Estate which mainly focuses on the growing of the coffee, but then…

Doka Coffee Plantation Tour

Today in Costa Rica our group had the opportunity of visiting and touring the Doka Coffee Plantation. On the tour, we not only enjoyed scenic overlooks from the side of a mountain, but got a step-by-step walk-through of the coffee production process. After an in-depth experience, I find the coffee production process surprisingly intricate and…