Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rotterdam Tour: Day 19: Wednesday June 19, 2013

I have been anxiously waiting for today because I can’t even wait to get on the bike at Rotterdam. Also, I was so much expectant to have a tour of port of Rotterdam which is the largest port in Europe and the third largest in the world. For the field trip to be more interesting for us, the accounting class was included in the excursion. We took the Thalys train from the Amsterdam central station to Rotterdam central station, which is about an hour and some minute ride. We got down from the train station at Rotterdam and straight to the bike renter nearby the station.

Everybody got a bike and with Dr. V leading the way, we rode to the port of Rotterdam. It was a boat cruise tour of the largest port in Europe. Immediately, we got on board the tour begins. As we are having lunch on the boat and the facts and figures about the port is been narrated. It was very interesting to know that the port is visited by about 35,000 sea ships and 133,000 river barges every year. The port extends over a region that spans 40 kilometers between the heart of Rotterdam and the North Sea. The goods produced in the port and their industries each year have a total worth of approximately 11 billion euros. There are 5 refineries within the port. I was very glad to be part of this tour as a supply chain student seeing international logistics in action and how fully automated this port is. We saw different section of the port and various activities that takes place at the port.
We left the port after the tour and bike to the Mayflower harbor. From here, we proceed to the Euromast. The Euromast is the highest lookout tower in the Netherlands and gives you an amazing view over Rotterdam and beyond. High-speed elevators took us to the main platform at a height of 100 meters in only a matter of seconds. The main experience is our ride in the rotating and transparent Euroscoop to the top of the tower at a height of 185 meters. From the top we had an excellent panorama of Rotterdam and then had some drink at the main level of the Euromast.

Again, we rode to the park where there are different lakes and see some deer in there garden. We chilled a while at side of a lake where there is a restaurant and some old windmill before riding back to the city. The bike ride was the most interesting part of the trip. The whole day is best of my entire study abroad programme. We returned the bikes and left Rotterdam at exactly 17:37 and got to Amsterdam central station at 18:57 just in time for dinner at the hostel.