Daily blog: 1 December – Project X

The last day of this great study tour has arived…

In the morning we left for the Cisco innovation center in Rio deJaneiro. After some hassle with collecting all the guest passes required for entering the building, we took the elevator to the level where Cisco was located. At Cisco we had some coffee and then procedeeded for a presentation about the company and their activities in Brazil. After that we were shown some great innovations that Cisco is working on together with some of their partners companies in Brazil and the world in the fields of healthcare, education, sports and security. After the great company visit at Cisco we went strolling in the siddering heat
to a pay-per-kilo restaurant, where we had a great lunch that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Next we proceeded to EMC, a research facility focussing on the oil and gas industry. Here we got a tour around the company and a presentation about the company and their activities in Brazil.

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In the evening we had the long anticipated Project X! After some time to pack our bags and suitcases at the hostel we took the bus to a Brazilian BBQ restaurant, were we had a great dinner, and got a great speech from our chairman, Jeroen Monteban. During the dinner we had time discuss the great weeks we had during the study tour. After dinner we went to a real Brazilian tradition: a samba show. The show was amazing and the performers were very good. We even got our moment of fame on stage with the whole study tour group to sing “Tulpen uit Amsterdam”. At the end of the show some of the participants even went dancing with the girls from the show.

After the samba show we went for a final drink at Lapa (the party district in Rio de Janeiro). Here the group split up and we went to a real Rastafari party with great chill music. Late in the night we took a cab home to go sleeping. All in all this was a great day and a great finish of the study tour!