First apologies to you our followers for our silence. We had internet problems, fatigue and tourist fever!!
Like we said, the kick off was Monday 03:00am. The journey went well though everybody was so sleepy and it was so quiet in our big bus. We had two company visits on that day in Helsinki.
- First up was ABB where we had a very lively presentation on energy challenges of today and solutions for the future rounding it off with a tour of the factory. You should have seen the size of those motors!!!!!!!
- The last stop in Helsinki was ST1 where we had a good discussion on biofuels. We didn’t have a tour of their factory but the presentation was so good.
After we headed to Turku for the ferry. We had big plans for the ferry but the fatigue of waking up before dawn caught up with us, we don’t even know who went to bed first, we just know that we didn’t see much of each other except our cabin-mates.
Landed in Stockholm around 6 and were so hungry because the prices on the ferry didn’t suit our Student pockets!!! Attacked McDonald’s on our way to Trosa (Sweden) where we had to visit Stakraft district heating plant. The presentation and tour of the plant was very informative, it is very encouraging to see what we have been doing in school in practice, we are now assured that we have a place in industry.
The visit ended at 11:00am and we decided to head straight to Oslo because we wanted to see Oslo before dark. Our initial plan was to spend that free afternoon in Stockholm but Oslo was more tempting.
Arrived in Oslo around 19:00 and checked in at PS Hotell a couple of kilometres from the city centre and planned to take a group photo in the t-shirts that Vasa city had sponsored and were to meet 30minutes after check-in but the girls took so long in to get ready, so the boys went sight-seeing before dark and the girls did too with a few boys that remained at the hotel. So the photo-shot didn’t happen, was postponed to breakfast before departure.
Checked out and finally had our group photo in the Vasa t-shirts and it was the last time we were a full group as our Chinese colleagues were heading back to Finland and leave for China on this Friday.
Two company visits in the beautiful city of Oslo;
- Klemetsrud Waste-to-Energy: Even though we have Stormossen and Westenergy in Vasa, we had to see what others we in the region are doing. True, they use some technologies that we haven´t seen in Vasa and do certain things differently that we thought the Vasa plants performed better, so in the end it is what Works for you, the goal is still the same. Good presentation and tour we must add and very friendly personnel.
And then we were 17!! We said good bye to our Chinese friends and dropped them and the train station and headed for some sight-seeing in Vigeland Park before our afternoon appointment. We really know how to mix business with pleasure.
- BW Maritime welcomed us with an informative presentation on cargo ships and energy management, after that presentations, we are almost experts in that!!!! No tour but still worth it and that was our last stop in Oslo. Such a beautiful city with warm welcoming people!!
We headed straight to Sweden after because we wanted to eat on the Swedish side, not because we don´t trust Norwegian chefs but we intended to have a two-in one meal…lunch & supper.
Landed in Lysekil before sunset and wow, what a sight!!. One of our colleagues called it a “mini Oslo”, so breathe-takings. Walked around to see it more, didn’t meet much locals, maybe they sleep early in Lysekil. Good night small beautiful Lysekil.
We intend to have a photo gallery so that you can feast your eyes and see what we saw. We promise to have it done as soon as possible.
The company reviews are also coming up, keep following us and half way through our tour, we say, “so far so good!”.