12.07.2012 – last day

The last 15 days have been very fascinating and exhausting too! The group had a fantastic time in South Korea and China. Enjoying the marvelous view of a rooftop bar the group spent their last night together in Shanghai. Today, the first students have already left while others extend their stay in Shanghai and experience their free time.

At this point, thank you to all companies for welcoming us! We very much enjoyed visiting you and it was extremely interesting to get an insight in South Korean, Chinese and Western businesses operating in Asia.

Thank you all for making this trip possible and unforgettable!!!

11.07.2012 – Time to Say Goodbye…

It has been an extremely impressive and insightful time, which will last in our memories forever. But like anything else, our journey unfortunately draws to an end. For our last day together on the trip, we met at 8.00 am in the hotel lobby after discovering some of the thriving and pulsating nightlife of Shanghai. The excitement among the group was high, since Mr. Rüttimann promised us two surprise visits, about which we had nothing but a vague idea.

During the bus ride, which took roughly two hours, our nice tour guide for today, Alex, first gave us some profound information about the history and present of the city of Shanghai. Afterwards, we were given the opportunity to watch out of the windows on the contrasting city of Shanghai and its surroundings or – more likely – to catch up on some sleep.

Before our arrival at the first destination, Mr. Rüttimann unveiled what we were about to visit: the cashmere factory of Artwell.

We were welcomed by Alfred Lee, the general manager. After a short presentation about the activities of the company, the group was divided into two parts and we were shown around the company’s production area, where we gained a deeper understanding of the value chain of the manufacturing of cashmere sweaters. It was extremely interesting to be directly at the source and to experience the whole process. When we are going to buy clothes for the winter made of cashmere, we will definitely be reminded of Artwell.

After the visit, we made our way to Wuzhen, which people call the Venice of the East.

First we crossed the river by ferry and tried to find a nice place to have lunch in the village, which turned out rather difficult given the already advanced time. However, we finally succeeded and enjoyed a traditional Chinese meal. Then, we strolled along the old houses, the canals and the bridges while enjoying the picturesque atmosphere and listening to the explanations of our tour guide.

However, the heat was a real issue and everyone was soaking wet due to the humid climate, which was extremely fatiguing. Therefore, a warning for potential visitors is in order: business casual dress code is definitely not recommendable! 🙂 Mr. Rüttimann then gave us some questions to deliberate about and afterwards, we returned to the bus to travel back to our hotel.

In the evening, we all met for the farewell dinner at the Yuxin restaurant after an urgently needed shower. The food was delicious and a worthy conclusion of our field trip.

While some of the group return back to Switzerland, many others grasp the opportunity to extend their journey in order to discover the for many uncharted continent of Asia. Popular destinations include Beijing, Hong Kong, the Philippines or Vietnam. We wish each and every one who continues the journey a never-to-be-forgotten trip and hope that everybody arrives safely at his or her destination.

In the end, the time to say goodbye approached, which was fairly difficult since the group grew together quite closely during the time we were able to spend in each other’s company. However, we will always be connected with each other through the treasured memories we have experienced together over the past two weeks.

10.07.2012 – Happy Birthday Mr Rüttimann

We started the day with the usual meeting point in the lobby at 8.00 am. Mr. Rüttimann was the last who entered the bus. Then suddenly the whole students began to sing happy birthday, at least as good as the ninths in sister act. 😉 Since then everybody of the trip knew that this is a special day, it is the birthday of our mentor, professor, master, tour guide and (as we have learned on the trip) in the Asian management style: our uncle. 😉 At this point: Thank you for the great trip, happy birthday once again and all the best!

 

After a few minutes, Raffi hold a short presentation in the bus about our first visited company Geberit. “To meet a Geberit-toilet in another country is like coming home” (Citation Raffael Grütter). Geberit is a Swiss company and has entered the Chinese market in 1996. Geberit is a European market leader in sanitary engineering with a global alignment in more than 40 countries. While arriving at the presentation room almost everybody took the chance to use the toilet and test the Geberit flushing system. Hearing the Swiss flushing, Raffael suddenly felt homesick and was on the verge of tears. Then Mr. Ronald Kwan (CEO of Geberit Asia Pacific) warmly welcomed us and gave us a short and very interesting introduction on the company.

Geberit

He pointed out that in the Asian market it is very important to be flexible and to adjust quickly to the fast changing market conditions. Therefore it is crucial to hire, educate and retain good employees.

 

Afterwards Nick Shao (Customer Service Center Manager, Special Projects) showed us the Geberit facility. First stop was the exhibition of a few sanitary systems.
The next stop was the demonstration tower.

Demonstration Wall

Here Nick showed us how Geberit gains a competitive advantage due to its flushing system. They developed and implemented a sanitary system that is more effective than the traditional Chinese one. They focus on three main points: technology, design and sustainability. Regarding sustainability Geberit achieved to reduce the amount of liters of water used for one flush from 12-16 liters to 3-6 liters. After having the presentation of the demonstration tower Nick led us to the testing room, where we could see that the pipes of Geberit have better quality than the competitors. The competitors are more likely in a cost-leader position and therefore use economies of scale. Hence they sell their products to a much lower price. Logistics was the next stop. We had the chance there to see how Geberit produces the water tanks for the sanitary facilities. Then we headed to the inventory.
At the last stopover, the training room, we saw a Geberit System that is completely different to the ones of the competitors. They do not only just deliver single components, they achieved to offer an entire solution with all components included.

 

Finally we had time to raise questions and get answers. We discussed one issue further: The plumbers in China are not as well educated as in Europe. It is therefore crucial to train people to install the sanitary systems in a correct way. Geberit recognized this issue and sets a focus on training. As Mr. Ronald Kwan the CEO asked for suggestions and thoughts of our side, we came up with one business opportunity: Since handicapped people sometimes have problems to wash themselves after doing their business, we assume that there would be a high demand for closet toilets in hospitals or almshouses. So it could be wise to not just offer these products to high class target groups and make them affordable for the groups mentioned before.

 

We would like to thank you once more CEO Ronald Kwan and Mr. Nick Shao. A warm welcome and an informative tour made this visit to one of the best of the whole trip.

 

After the impressive Geberit-visit we went back to the bus. It was time to strengthen us with a delicious Chinese meal. Everybody was ready then for the next exciting visit at Getzner. An hour later we finally arrived at Getzner. Ms. Cindy Huang (Head of Operations) warmly welcomed us and gave us a short overview about the company. Getzner is specialist in vibration isolation for railways, constructions and industrial applications. Afterwards Mr. Camerau Luo (CFO) showed some facts and figures about the railway industry in general.

After the two presentations Mr. Andreas Heim (Quality Manager) took us into the factory. Especially for us he started a machine to show how the production works. At the moment they are dealing with a few problems regarding production and delivery. Still Mr. Heim was motivated and spoke in an inspiring way you can not experience that often.

Getzner

An interesting culture aspect he mentioned: Doing business in China is related to Vitamin B, fast changing environment, training programs for the stuff every 2 weeks, the risk of copying your product very quickly and drinking a lot of moutai (the Chinese rise schnapps) 😉
Further he took us into his office, where they test the vibration isolation. At the end everybody had the chance to raise questions and the gifts have been handed over to Mr. Heim, Mr. Luo and Ms. Hunag. Thank you a lot for the great visit.

 

After a short review and feedback discussion in the bus, everybody enjoyed the drive home looking forward to the exciting never-ending night in Shanghai. 🙂

 

Thanks for the great day and once again happy birthday Mr. René Rüttimann.

09.07.2012 – Rising of the Early Birds

River parting the small picturesque village into two

Sometimes even Students have to get up early. A large day packed with company visits and new impressions of the Peoples’ Republic awaited us. Hence we met up at 6.45 in the hotel lobby. While the bus was scheduled to drive us directly to Schindler, the first stop on our tight schedule this day was a different one. For once we were ahead of time. Due to this we got to make an additional stop at a traditional Chinese village, where people with a good sense of bargaining could prove their skills at the local market. A river, nestled into the picturesque landscape, curled its way along the neat small houses of the village. While on the the right riverside people could experience grubby streets and unknown scents, the left side was represented by a typical Chinese market. Nothing for the faint harted and neither for our vegetarians… Needless to add more.

Visiting Schindler

Because of the high humidity and burning heat, people didn’t last long in these alleyways and soon went back to the bus to continue the journey. After a short drive, we arrived at the SEL / SSE building of Schindler. We were warmly welcomed by Mr. Cai Xiao Dong, Head of Production & Supply Chain Asia Pacific, and Mr. Jiang Penghuan, SCK Production Department Manager, who gave us an informative speech about the company and its business branch in China. We learned that Schindler was the first western industrial company that set up a joint venture in China about 30 years ago. We received a guided tour through the plant to get a general idea about the processes in the production and the working conditions that did not really digress from those in Switzerland. Last but not least, all our questions were answered.

 

All the new impressions and activities made our stomags craving for food, so we stopped at a food court. Spooked away by its emptiness some of us went to a Chinese Restaurant while others tried their luck in a Mexican Restaurant – the indecisisive couldn’t find anything at all.

 

Our next host-company was the  Tesa Plant in Suzhou, located in a huge industrial park (SIP) in the east of the city. Tesa is part of the German Beiersdorf Group and is well known for its sticky tape all around the world.  Just seven years ago, Tesa started its production in Suzhou. Before we were allowed to enter the area, a friendly young lady gave us some safety instructions to follow. Shortly after this followed an informative about the company. Well presented and adapted to the target audience, General Manager, Mr. Ang was able to deliver an interesting and involving speach. After this, Mr. Weng led us through the production plant. The process to produce the tape is split into three simple steps: mixing, coating and converting (cutting and packing). Tesa produces around 1’000 sticker rolls of each 4’000 meters per day – what an astonishing number!!   At the very end, Mr. Kumar answered all our questions  with accurate professionalism and a slight hint of sarcasm. A the 10th and last stop later at the rest room everybody was ready to saddle the horses, so we made our way back to vibrant SHANGHAI.

 

Model of the impressive industrial park

Being – once again – well in time, Mr. Rüttimann and we sneaked into the exhibition hall of the SIP, the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park, which was build with the help of the city-state Singapore. A huge project! Thanks to our boldness, we could get an overview about this gigantic installation which includes several skyscrapers, eight Universities, a huge opera, a fancy lake scenery and many other state of the art buildings. In addition it is an exceptional example for an international cooperation between two countries (Singapore and China).

 

Tired but happy we arrived a good one and ahalf hours later in Shanghai. Feeling dirty and damp we were all glad to finally take our well deserved shower and enjoy later on the delicious Chinese cuisine.

 

Just 3 more days to go – incredible how time flies… We’re more than excited to see what’s next!!

 

ZHAW Students, Group 3 over and out.

Fabienne, Keving, Mara, Natalie, Silvan, Steffi

7. / 8. July 2012 – Chinese Opera and Bus Tour

On Saturday morning it was time to leave Busan and to say good bye to South Korea. In two groups we flew to Shanghai. With over 23 million habitants, Shanghai is a global city with influence in commerce, finance and culture. Our group met at 6:30 pm in the lobby of the Bund Riverside Hotel to make its way to the Tianchan Beijing Opera Central Yifu Theatre to see a traditional Chinese opera. After a short interdictory film we were astonished to see the traditional face paintings, colourful costumes and choreographies. Afterwards, we met outside the opera to get informed by the organisation team about the plans for Sunday. Then, everybody went out to enjoy the nightlife that Shanghai has to offer.

On Sunday, after a generous breakfast buffet, we met at our hotel lobby at 9 am and were given the admission tickets for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus by the organising team to get an overview of Shanghai. Shanghai is a vibrant city with a rich history stretching back over a thousand years. In recent times the city has witnessed extraordinary growth and the skyline symbolises its success and status as a truly global city. The bus ticket includes three different routes – the shanghai city tour, the pudong tour and the temple tour – with 20 stops at Shanghai’s attractions and places of interest, a digitally recorded commentary in 8 languages, as well as inclusive deals such as free entrance to the jade Buddha temple, to the jin mao tower observation deck or a Huangpu river cruise.

After the delivery of these tickets, the day could be planned individually, so that everyone could visit their preferred places and also get time to gather new energy for the upcoming tough schedule of the next few days.

 

 

6. July 2012 – Busan company visits 2 & Aquarium

At 7.30 a.m. a couple of students met our teacher to go to the fish market located on the coast of Busan. We reached the market by feet in less than 15 minutes. It was a covered market divided into several areas. We were impressed by the diversity of fishes available for sale and really enjoyed the salespersons friendliness.

Our second day of company visits in Busan started at 9:15 a.m. Mr Jee (General Manager at Wärtsilä Korea Ltd.) and Miss Lee (Assistant at Wärtsilä Korea Ltd.) lead us as yesterday.

Our first visit took place at Oerlikon Balzers Coating Korea Co. Ltd. We were kindly welcomed by Mr Lim (Center Manager), and then Mr Ryu (Product Manager) gave us a short overview of Oerlikon Balzers´activities. It is actually a subsidiary of Oerlikon Group and a market leader in PVD coating. Over the 87 Oerlikon Balzers centers around the world, 4 of them are located in South Korea. After the first Q&A round and a short video describing some Oerlikon Balzers’accomplishments, Mr. Lim, Mr. Ryu and Mr. Lee (Internal Sales) guided us throught the company. Afterwards, we got the opportunity to ask questions about the company.

Near the Oerlikon Balzers plant we had lunch in the restaurant Parc en Ciel before to continue our tour at Hyunjin Materials Co. Ltd. This company produces ships engine components and is one of the main suppliers of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. To introduce this visit Mrs. Kurath (Student at ZHAW, School of Management & Law) presented all the facts her student group collected about the company. Then we watched a short video about Hyunjin Materials’activities and had a short explanation of the functioning of a ship engine. After this presentation, we had the opportunity to visit 2 of the 3 Hyunjin Materials’plants located in Busan. To conclude this visit, a Q&A round was held.

Due to the bad weather, we went to Busan Aquarium. At 6 p.m. we enjoyed a typical Korean barbecue and after dinner we came back to the hotel. Today was our last day in Busan and tomorrow we will fly to Shanghai. We all enjoyed these days in Busan.

05.07.2012 – Eastman Chemicals and Hyundai Heavy Industries

Today’s program started at 08.45. It consisted the visit of two industrial companies near Busan. After a two-hour-drive by bus, we arrived at Eastman Fibers Korea Limited in Ulsan. Mr. Sung-Hweh Kim welcomed us warmly and gave us a brief introduction about the structure of the company. The headquarter of Eastman is located in Tennessee, US. Furthermore, Eastman serves 19 industries/markets and has 49 factory sites. The production-site we visited produces acetate tow (basic product for cigarette filter). After the introduction we were guided through the production site. The key lesson learned from the visit was to see how a plant is organized which is focused on mass production. The output of this plant is 30 000 tons of acetate tow per year. The main customer of Eastmanis the domestic and American cigarette industry.

After having Korean lunch for several times, the whole group was extremely thankful to have been treated with the choice of a delightful buffet at the Topaz restaurant in the Hyundai Hotel. The selection of different kinds of foods was absolutely outstanding: from sushi to oysters and even caviar, everything was at hand and also the vegetarians in the group were pleased. The meal culminated in an amazing dessert consisting out of fresh fruit and diverse delicious sweets.

The second company we visited today was Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., LTD. Hyundai is well known as Car manufacturer in Europe. With this visit, we saw that Hyundai is active in many different industries (Offshore + Engineering, Electro Electric Systems, Green Energy, Shipbuilding, Engine + Machinery, Industrial Plant + Engineering, Construction Equipment, Research + Development). The production site we visited is focused on shipbuilding. The shipyard stretches over four kilometers along the coast of Mipo Bay in Ulsan. The shipbuilding division was founded in 1972. Today, Hyundai is the biggest shipbuilder worldwide with a market share of 15%. After a short video about Hyundai, the group was guided through a part of the production site. The area is incredible huge, that we had to take the bus. On the way to the engine assemble-hall we passed several dry-docks. It was very impressing to become an impression about the size of today’s cargo-ships. Mr. Adrian Siegfried guided us through the part of the site, where the engines are assembled. None of us had thought before our visit, that a ship engine can reach the size of a house.

On the way back to the hotel, we closed the today’s program with a nice karaoke-session in the bus.

04.07.2012 – from Yeosu to Busan

Today, we met at the hotel lobby at 8.45 am after a night in Yeosu’s allegedly only bar, which is startling, given its population of 300’000 inhabitants. However, most of us were in shape and so we checked out from our hotel. After some problems with the storage room of the bus, we finally started our journey to Busan. The bus ride took ourselves about 2.5 hours, in which we travelled along the southern coastline of Korea, consisting of heavy industry and a rolling landscape.

Busan is the second largest city in Korea with about 3.6 mio. inhabitants and has the 5th largest harbour in the world. Busan is separated by a hill into an eastern and southern part and looks much like Hong Kong. The industrial center is about 3 hours away from Japan by speedboat and spreads out over 765 square kilometres. And have you known that 7 out of 10 of the largest shipbuilding companies are located in Busan?

 

At around 12.00 pm, we arrived at our smoky hotel, which was a bit of a culture shock after the standards we have experienced so far. After a quick check-in, we went back to the bus to start our visit through Busan with our tour guide, the lovely Grace. During the drive to a restaurant, Grace told us many interesting pieces of information about the city of Busan and the South Korean culture in general. We had, once again :-), traditional Korean food, which is called Bibimbap.

After the meal, we newly embarked on the bus and made our way to a Buddhist temple called Haedong Yonggung, where we had a stay of roughly an hour. The temple was built in the 14th century and rebuilt later due to the destruction by the Japanese. The temple, which is adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, was quite widespread and is still inhabited by three monks. We enjoyed our time walking around the area and took some pictures on the way.

We reassembled again on the bus and continued our journey to the Nurimaru APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) house on the Busan shoreline. In 2005, the APEC Leaders’ meeting with 21 members took place in that venue, a very important happening. The goal of the APEC is to provide sustainable economic development and common prosperity in the Asia pacific region. We visited the historic location and took group pictures together.

After our short stay we travelled further to the Novotel, where we said good bye to our teacher Mr. Rüttimann, since he resides at that particular hotel. Then, we relocated to the Haeundae beach, where we enjoyed a short swim in the ocean. The water was clean, but quite cold. Those who wanted could take the bus back to the hotel, however, most of us liked to stay a little longer to indulge in some sunbathing and beach soccer. Back at our hotel, we are getting ready for dinner and to discover some of Busan’s nightlife activities.

03.07.2012 – Expo 2012: Intercultural experience

After the first night in the beautiful MLV Hotel with a stunning view over either the sea or the EXPO area, everybody was excited to start the day. As some of the students even took the chance to relax at the spa yesterday, it could be expected that everybody was ready for the second day at the Expo.


We met in front of the Swiss pavilion at 08.55 am. After everybody had arrived, we headed to the Russian pavilion. We were accompanied by the two guides of the Swiss pavilion, Marlène Stadler and Youmi Lee. In the Russian pavilion we saw some impressive facts about the Arctic. The Russians achieved to use oceanic resources and research in a contributive way. A highlight especially for male students was the boat simulator, which is exactly the same as they use for the real education of the fleet stuff.


The second pavilion we have visited was the Australian. It was a spontaneous decision due to a little time slot. However, the Australian pavilion was not very informative. They did not cover the topic of the whole EXPO.
Next stop was Denmark. Four walls (creativity, wind power, ocean transportation and water) vividly demonstrated that Denmark has a responsibility for the ocean and sustainability, which they recognize. As could be seen on the ocean transportation wall, the prominence of the Hong Kong harbor decreases while the importance of the Singapore harbor is rising. At this point, we like to thank our guide Christian Hagstrom, who explained things further.
After that we went to the Spanish pavilion. We did not explore a lot about Spain and its dependence on the sea. However, we did see 630 out of 70’000 water samplings in glasses.
The next pavilion was the Turkish. Our guide, Ms. Yunwoo Oh, was very nervous in front of such a big group of foreigners to present the clue of the Turkish pavilion. But as we experience during the whole trip, the Korean shyness is close to the Korean charm. ☺
The Kazakhstan Pavilion was our next stop. They apply for the EXPO 2017 in Astana. That is probably one reason for their big efforts in presenting the beauty of their country. A promo movie about Astana, a traditional guitar player and singer, interactive screens and an opportunity to take a photo and send it to your email address as a souvenir were part of the pavilion. Of course a few ZHAW Students took the chance to present themselves with funny grimaces.
At the end of our Expo tour we get the pleasure to visit the Belgium pavilion. Some students were surprised that “Tim & Struppi” is coming from Belgium. Most of the Students loudly objected as our tour guide, Yumi Kang, claimed that the best chocolate in the world is made in Belgium. Of course we all know the best chocolate is made in Switzerland. Although we must admit that the offered sample was quite delicious. ☺


After the EXPO tour we all went to a good korean restaurant outside of the area, where we ate traditional food including pork, rice, fish, salate and the must-have “kimchi”.
The rest of the day was free and the students were able to visit other pavilions. The most suggested ones by the tour guides were the German and the Singapore one.
To sum up the whole EXPO in Yeosu it is important to mention that a lot of pavilions did not exactly cover the topic of the EXPO and some of the tour guides were hard to understand. But still it was a good experience to be part of this exhibition. Most pleasant is the fact that almost every staff member is attentive and kind. The whole atmosphere of Korean and some (but not many) foreigners was nice. To mention one more good experience: A Korean family (most of them old people) offered a few students to take part of their lunch on the ground and were incredibly excited to see foreigners. Does that happen in every country? We do not know, but we like it.
As the day ends, we are looking forward to travel tomorrow morning to Busan and visit deeply interesting companies.

02.07.2012 – EXPO 2012: off to new shores

Ready for take off - via high speed train to Yeosu

After a relaxing free Sunday which many used to explore the city, shop or recover from partying from dawn until the morning dusk we had to wake up early. An exciting day was about to start. We’ll leave the capital of the republic and head towards the south – with the high-speed train to the expo in Yeosu. All individually we were leaving our luxury hotel (including microwave, washing machine and kitchen in the room) and made our way to Seoul Station. By taxi through the early rush hour or sardine-like in the well-developed railway system of Seoul we were making our way to the meeting point. At 08:30 am 2012 A.C. the group is entirely assembled at Seoul station. Well, not entirely… One small group of indomitable students is still fighting against a devlish washing machine, which beholds from opening the door and giving way to the rescue of some poor pieces of cloths. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaries äähh Professor René Rüttimann and  Marc who garrison the fortified camps of Seoul Station and desperately tried to get the group together. Well maybe it wasn’t that bad. In a top-notch Korean Highspeed train we were making our way south – down to the coast, down to Yeosu. EXPO, be ready, we are coming.

 

After a 3.5 hour train ride we finally arrived at Yeosu Station – what a way of travelling. A short briefing later from our ORG-Team Korea specialist Ms. Delia Töpfer and we were jumping into a bunch of taxies towards our hotel. Coming closer to our destination we couldn’t believe our eyes – a palace of glass and steel right at the shore was rising Dubai – like into the blue sky. Our own Korean Burj Al Arab, right in Yeosu.

 

Our group in front of the Swiss Pavillion

 

From there the program started to pick up pace. After changing into business casual and a quick brush up we were already heading towards the EXPO.  Just enought time for a short lunch break and Chief Operating Officer of the Swiss Pavilion, Domenico Bernabei, already awaited us with a warm welcome in front of a stunning and pristine Jungfrau-Joch panorama.

 

Although few have been away from our home for longer than a few day, one or the other seemed to feel the bitter-sweet touch of homesickness raising up. Our guides Mr. Alain Lang, Ms. Céline Guillod, Ms. Marlène Stadler and Ms. Youmi Lee (also a former student of the ZHAW, but currently working at the EXPO) gave us a delightful and interesting introduction into the Swiss installation themed around an over 4000 year old glacier core from the “Gornergletscher” and the slogan “The Source. It’s in your hands.” which describes the pure water reserves in our home country. What a great pavilion!

 

Pure Swiss mountain water

 

The subsequent visits of various pavilions including Posco Pavilion, a Korean multinational in the steel industry, and GS Caltex, a major player in the Korean oil industry, revealed, that Swiss quality still seems to set an internatioal benchmark. Also the UN pavilion on water and oceans in general and environmental protection couldn’t challenge the Swiss leader. A little scandal and unrest among the students occurred when during the film presentation free “Fiji Water” was offered by the UN officials – water, coming from the Fijian islands over 12’000 km off Korean mainland. The answer coming from the guide that the water would have been bought in Korea and that the UN representative liked Fiji water very much did not help to put our mind at ease – it still remains unclear why the organization serves import-water at an EXPO themed around the living oceans and coasts including environmental protection and sustainability.

 

The minds were boggling from the various impressions, our feet hurt and our stomach rumbled – the afternoon slowly came to an end. After Ms. Töpfer’s final announcement we were finally free to explore the area individually. The early evening was mostly spent in the hotels’ fitness room and spa or relaxing and enjoying the view from the beds of our 20 something floor high premium rooms. The Big-O-Light show constituted one last highlight of the day.

 

So, enough from our side – time for a beer. Thanks for reading ☺.
ZHAW students Group 3, over and out.

Fabienne, Kevin, Mara, Natalie, Silvan, Steffi