Date: May 7, 2015
Written by: Siddharth Agrawal and Mandeep Boparai
We started the day by eating an amazing breakfast at Holiday Inn in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Once we consumed our cereal, bread, croissants, and other items that we cannot spell or pronounce, we headed to Erasmus University for a lecture by Dr. Pursey Heugens.
Most students dreaded the thought of spending one of the few days with sunshine on this tour inside a classroom; however, the coffee vending machine (we aren’t making this up) on campus made life more tolerable. Once the lecture started, time flew by. Dr. Heugens gave one of the most interesting presentations of this study tour.
We then headed towards the food court for a lunch break. Once this break was over, we went for a second round of lectures. Here, we discussed a case we were required to pre-read. We then left for De Kuyper Distillers. Unfortunately, we didn’t know how to get to De Kuyper Distillers. Our logistics expert took us on a 20 min walk along a narrow path with buildings on one side while a small river on another.
Students walked and walked and walked (did I forget to mention we walked?). 10 minutes later, we decided it was a good idea to confirm whether we were headed the right way. As it turns out, we weren’t. We then headed back in the direction we came from. As our luck would have it, we took another wrong path, exploring the city further, while our feet swore at us all throughout. At this point, one of the students finally came up with the idea of using google maps. We then followed this student as they directed us towards our destination. Unfortunately, google maps gave up on us and we ended up lost again. Luckily, we spotted a good old school tourist shop. Soon we received direction tips and ended up at our destination: De Kuyper Distillers.
Although their building was over 100 years old, the interior of De Kuyper Distillers was breathtaking (See pic below).
We attended a small introduction by Mr. Remy De Kuyper, who then gave us a tour of his family distillery. Water dripped down the mouths of many students as they thought about the amounts of alcohol that can be produced with the beautiful machines at De Kuyper.
Soon Mr. Remy De Kuyper took us to his private bar. Here, most students felt at home. For some of us, a bad day is defined as one with more water and less alcohol. One by one, every student enjoyed the finest De Kuyper drinks made by the perhaps the best bartenders we have come across in our respective lives.
With a smile on our faces, we thanked Mr. Remy De Kuyper for being an amazing host and for allowing us to try some of the best liqueurs in the world. All said and done, May 7 2015 has to be amongst the best days on this trip!