(2010 IRES students in front of UNESCO-IHE with luggage)
Thursday is somewhat of a blur now due to all of the excitement, travel time and jetlag, but I am happy that we stayed up all day so that I could sleep on Thursday night Netherland time to wake up early on Friday. Thursday we also went to the market and picked up some food for our first week and tried the herring. Although it wasn't bad, I do not believe that I will be indulging again...
Friday morning we had the opportunity to go to Deltares and hear several presentations regarding what the company is concerned with as well as a presentation from a recent Ph.D. graduate about his project which involved using bacteria to form CaCO3 deposits from sand to make a more stable and safe foundation for buildings in places like the Netherlands where a majority of the land is below sea level. I found it all to be very interesting and really enjoyed seeing the testing facilities (image to the left) where they do large scale water simulations to test models they have developed to predict different scenarios and building plans. I was also very impressed with how generous they seemed to be with their knowledge and how their ideal situation would be a world where everyone shared all knowledge and worked together.
Today was a free day so we were able to travel to Keukenhof to see the Tulips (Right image) before they were gone. They were beautiful. Far more kinds, colors and amounts than I had expected. So many in fact, that we got tired of taking pictures of them and thought that the garden went on forever. After visiting the tulips we made a trip to Delft Ikea to get towels and a few other things that we needed.
Tomorrow is a brand new day, which will most likely be spent doing school/research related work. I am very excited to be in the Netherlands and to have such a wonderful opportunity available. I feel that this experience will impact my life both professionally and personally in very serious ways. I'm excited for what the next three months will hold and to start working in the labs.