Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Our last stop for the day was an outlet shopping mall, much like our mall in Edinburgh, IN. We made it a short trip than made the hour long trip back to the city of Zagreb. Short group meetings were held and then the students were released to do some last minute shopping, packing, or just a little relaxing before our horribly early wake up calls in the morning - 4:30 am. Yes folks, the journey's end is coming close. I still have to do some packing and sleeping myself so I will hold off posting any more video or pictures for now. I promise to work on the blog over the next several days to fill in any gaps that the students might leave when you talk to them next.
Until next time, take care.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Our next visit was to Coca-Cola (www.coca-colahellenic.hr). Everyone really enjoyed this business visit. We were able to hear their production, marketing, and shipping strategies based on the market here. We were also treated to a short tour of their bottling facility and a cool goodie bag. While we were still on a high from this meeting, we visited our next company - Geofoto (www.geofoto.hr). This firm handles all types of civil digital imaging for maps. They have topographical maps, 3D modeling maps of cities, aerial photographic maps and more. We were given a presentation to explain the differences between all the types of maps. Then the students were allowed to see the equipment that made some of the maps, and even try on a pair of 3D goggles and view what the Geofoto team was currently working on. How cool is that!
Busy day you say? Ha! We're only half way done with our day. At 2:30pm we visited with Erste Bank. This is a large bank here in Zagreb who just seems to "get it". The presentation at this firm focused on innovation and marketing to both external clients as well as their staff. One student has decided to apply for an internship with this company because he liked what they had to say.
We had a few hours of free time before meeting back at the hotel at 7:30 to walk to dinner with Dean Frohlich and some of the IGBS MBA students. We had a wonderful time talking with the students and the food was outrageous! We ate so much food and everything tasted wonderful. It's getting late so I won't post photos right now. Stay tuned and I'll add photos soon.
P.S. Tomorrow is our last day in Croatia and the last day of our spring break. Tomorrow will be busy but I hope to get even a short note posted before leaving Sunday morning.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The day ended with some disappointment. We have been walking past parliament many times over the past day or two. We were scheduled to have a special tour of the building and meet with MP Horvath (an economist who serves in parliament). Unfortunately, a dignitary from another country also visited parliament today and there was some miscommunication with our contact there so the visit didn't happen. We are holding out hope that Mr. Horvath can see us tomorrow, but he's a very busy man. Cross your fingers!
Some of us are heading to a large market in the area, while others are heading to a local museum called the House of Terror (http://www.terrorhaza.hu/).
Monday, March 15, 2010
Once we were finished with the tour, we all split into groups to explore the many things the holiday had to offer. It seems food was the first priority of everyone. Along the Danube, street vendors had long lines at times for their warm food. Some ordered the traditional favorite goulash, which is much different from American versions. Others had a variety of sausages, meet, giant pretzels, and pastries.
Once our bellies were full, and we were a little warmer, we all struck out in different directions. Some viewed groups singing traditional Hungarian songs of 1848, others saw parades of period soldiers on horseback, and a speech given by a current candidate for political office. Many places had re-enactments of daily life activities or marching soldier-type demonstrations.
Between 6 and 7pm, everyone regrouped and headed out to dinner - also in groups. We plan to meet for breakfast in the morning to debrief from today and make sure everyone is ready for our first day of business visits. There will be a great deal of public transportation involved so I'm sure we'll have plenty of stories for tomorrow's blog. Until tomorrow.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
At 4:30pm, we all met back at the hotel to leave for our meeting with Professor Paul Marer of CEU (Central European University) - a school of business. He is also a distinguished former Kelley faculty member. He explained his life story, from having one family die in a concentration camp and his father almost executed during the Jewish persecution of WWII. He discussed his unique perspective on the history, culture, politics and economy of Budapest/Hungary. He is a wealth of knowledge and the students' enjoyed listening to him. Of course it didn't hurt that he bought enough pizza to feed us, and then some.
Friday, March 12, 2010
You can expect a post or two from various airports tomorrow. I'll also try to put up a quick note just to let you know we have reached our final destination in Budapest. Everyone get some sleep tonight, it's going to be an exciting week to come!
Weather we can expect: Looks like low 40's in Budapest and rain a few days. If we're lucky, we might get into the low 50's by Thursday, which is when we leave for Zagreb.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
So tonight was our last night in the cultural section of class. The students took their "final" and the remainder of the class was dedicated to last minute items such as the itinerary, what to pack, how much money to bring, and some of the daily educational activities.
Here, we were discussing the expected 4" of snow in Budapest for tomorrow (and what to expect).
Here, TJ is looking through the journals that were given to all the students. They will use these to jot down notes about business visits and use them to reflect on the day's activities. These books will help them remember key elements of the trip to use in their presentations once we return to Bloomington.