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Intersession: EU in a Week

In January of 2014, I took part in the “European Union in a Week” intensive intersession course here at Jacobs – and it was really great. We spent roughly 5 days in Brussels – and with a class of 15, we embarked on this trip to Belgium together. Here is a rough progression of events + some photos that are shaky because of all the excitement that I apparently could not contain.

Monday:

We set off at around 6 AM on a snowy January morning to learn all about the European Union. I get to hold the train tickets. Pretty cool, I know. We sit on the train for quite some time, and it is at this point that I notice my pants have a lot of carpet particles on them. We have a little wait at Cologne = most of us insta-turn into mini-tourists and get a photo with the Cathedral.

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Tuesday:

A full day of classes inside the European Parliament, learn about the structure and recent policy aims, and I also give my presentation on the Euro-Crisis. Pretty exciting day for learning, but most of us end up very tired from all the walking around. (This course was a mental exercise, sure – it was really quite a workout as well.)

Jacobs University at European Parliament 2014

Wednesday:

We visit the European Commission – which is a pretty huge setup. We then visit the Council. After about 9 hours of class, we get to visit the Town Square, as well as Manneken Pis. I eat a lot of waffles here. We also decide to pop by to Delirium, a famous cafe with over 3000 beers, and managed to finally find enough seats to have a chill time after a stressful day of work.

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Thursday:

On Thursday, we visit the offices for the State Representation in Brussels for Bremen and have a discussion at the European Banking Federation. We also got a little bit lost on Thursday – but eventually managed to make it back to our hotel. Our group also tries to squeeze in a little more sight-seeing and, more importantly, waffle-eating.

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Friday:

We visit the Committee of the Regions and the German Permanent Representation. We spend another couple hours on the train, play some cards, and finally end up back home in Bremen.

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So – all in all – the course was an intense workweek but the it was very rewarding and the people of this class – who started out as strangers – all became fast friends and travel compadres.

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