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As a birthday gift to both of us Bridget and I went to Cancun for a week to celebrate and relax. Since I was away all summer we never truly got a beach vacation together. So this was our chance to enjoy what we missed. Some might say it is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at Ben's thoughts
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So it has been a while since I have posted a blog. It is something I keep meaning to do, but since there hasn't been too many exciting things going on, I keep putting it off. Though some fun things have taken place since I last posted like: I completed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at Ben's thoughts
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This past Saturday I went to the Indiana football game, I had to show IU support after the demoralizing loss to that awful mean team that will remain unnamed that plays in the town Bridget was born. The game this week was being played in washington DC so I just... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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It has been a while since I wrote one of these blogs. Even though I am back in the U.S. most of the people that read this I don't have much daily interaction with so I thought why not start it back up? Give everyone a chance to enjoy some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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This should be my last post from the Netherlands. It is Sunday night in Eindhoven and my flight back to Boston is tomorrow. Although I am very excited to be back home with Bridget in our new apartment. I am also a bit torn, because although I don't really want... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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My last day of work has arrived. I am sitting at my computer getting ready to say goodbye to Philips Design in Eindhoven forever (most likely). Yesterday I handed in my recommendations for my project and said good bye to my colleagues. Today I came in to see that everyone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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Originally I was going to stay here in Eindhoven until the 30th of August, but as time went on and I found out my boss was not going to be in the office my entire last week, and my deliverable would be due to him on the 20th of August.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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I spent last weekend on my final journey of my trip to Europe. It was my furthest trip from Eindhoven and it turned out to be my favorite place I have been in Europe. Though I know there is still plenty of Europe I would like to see, I have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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I went to Brussels for the weekend. It is only about a 2.5 hour train ride away from Eindhoven so it was a pretty easy trip. Went Friday after work with a colleague from Philips. Belgium although not somewhere I thought too much about before coming to the Netherlands, it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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This week marks the beginning of the end for my internship here in the Netherlands at Philips. I guess one could say the end was the next milestone after the beginning, but the time has gone by very fast. It seems like just yesterday I was learning my way around... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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I had a great opportunity this past weekend to go to London. My parents came to Europe to visit with me, and I met them in London. It was the first time either my parents or I were there. We had great weather, as apparently the good weather follows me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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As some of you may know I spent last weekend in Amsterdam with my parents who were visiting. They arrived early Friday morning and I left work a bit early to meet up with them Friday afternoon. We stayed right in the center of Amsterdam. It was very nice to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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It has been a while since I posted mostly because I have been so busy at work and focusing all of my free time on my project. I wanted to talk a bit more about the project I am doing while I am here. I thought I would start with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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One thing I have been enjoying while I have been here in the Netherlands that I was very concerned about before I arrived is the food. As anyone who has ever had me at their house for dinner knows; I am a picky eater. I don't like many things, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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As everyone can imagine the world cup is the biggest thing going on here. The game on Tuesday night was a blast, my friends and I went to the Piazza where we have been watching most of the games. It is a a large outdoor square in the middle of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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Today is a special outside the Netherlands blog post. Today and this weekend is the one and only time I will see Bridget over the course of the summer. We are in Paris, both of our first times there. We chose the city of lights because of the availability of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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So the bike I have and showed on the blog a few weeks ago got some interesting feedback. It was unique (like when Bridget tells me I am special) I thought, though lacked a bit in comfort. After riding for an hour lost in search of the Philips High Tech... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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Another weekend has passed and I had another adventure. While I have been thrilled with the weather in the Netherlands for the most part, it has been get a bit hotter here. This weekend the temperature reached around 30 degrees Celsius (~90) so it was pretty warm. There isn't much... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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On Saturday morning I took the 80 minute train ride up to Amsterdam for the weekend. It was definitely a worthwhile experience. I went with Marika, who I was in Den Bosch with on Thursday. I would say we definitely had fun. Even though it was cold and rainy there,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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I have been encouraged to leave Eindhoven the town I am settled in, to see more of the Netherlands. Although I do like Eindhoven a lot I decided to take people up on this idea and took a short trip to a nearby city called Hertogenbosch known as Den Bosch... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
There is an interesting marketing story going on with a Dutch brewery and Ambush Marketing that is playing out. Ambush marketing is where a non-paying company tries to get their brand name or message advertised in correlation to an event. The story has to do with a Dutch brewery called... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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I have fully embraced the World Cup. It is so much more fun to watch soccer or football as they call it when everyone is so excited about it. It is like March Madness here. The best part about the program I am in is there are so many people... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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My second week of work has now concluded and I feel a lot more comfortable with my surroundings and the people I work with. This week I finalized my project I am working on; I am developing a marketing plan for the second generation of an MP3 player they currently... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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To mark my one week anniversary of my arrival I decided to go on a little adventure. My first weekend in Eindhoven is winding down, and I can honestly say I am exhausted. I made some ambitious plans and am happy that I did everything I set out to do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2010 at Ben's thoughts
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I have concluded my first week in the Netherlands, and started my internship. I feel like I just arrived, it is hard to believe it has already been a week. On the other hand I feel like I have already learned so much. Things like Dutch people don't usually wear... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2010 at Ben's thoughts