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May 26, 15

The Future Needs Problem Solvers

Today we had the opportunity to hear speakers give their input on the state of sustainable energy. After yesterday's lessons on problem solving, hearing more about the tangible problems we face helped us to better understand how we might solve these problems one day.
Later in the day we visited the Vestforbrænding combined heat and power plant to see how the Danes are maximizing their resources.

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May 26, 15

Love, Tracktually

Today, our class was lucky enough to tour two stations of the Bangalore light rail metro system (Namma Metro) just as construction is nearing completion.

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May 25, 15

The importance of problem solving

Today was our first guided day in Denmark, and we had an amazing list of lessons and activities laid out. From seeing Viking ships to Bronze Age burial mounds to ancient chalk cliffs with a touch of fossil hunting, today was full of learning opportunities for the group.

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May 25, 15

Growing Pains

Today's tour of the metro construction was in direct contrast with our Thursday screening of "Our Metropolis," a documentary about the social and environmental impact of the Namma Metro.

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May 25, 15

Eighth wonder of the world

This morning we returned to the bhive to engage in a discussion with two members of the Environmental Support Group, a Bangalore non-profit working on education, research, and advocacy for environmental causes.

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May 25, 15

Monkeying around

In stark contrast to our morning, where we witnessed the effects of apathetic urban development and pollution, this afternoon we traveled to Lal Bagh. Situated in the heart of busy Bangalore, this park offers an oasis to weary foreigners and natives alike.

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May 24, 15

Bangalore: The Garden City

We have been in Bangalore for a week exploring the many sites, smells, and tastes India has to offer. From landfills to markets to craft breweries to soapy lakes, our days have been packed with adventure, learning, and bonding with our group and our new friends from St. Joseph's College in Bangalore.

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May 24, 15

Exploring Copenhagen - Day 2

We had the opportunity to explore the city on our own again today. Some members of our group visited the National Aquarium of Denmark, others took a train to Malmö, Sweden, and others stayed in the city to continue touring the major landmarks. I decided to rent a bike for myself to tour around the city for the day.

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May 24, 15

Juicy Lucy or Naughty Lucy?

The Indian counterpart for Minnesota's Juicy Lucy is the "Naughty Lucy," discovered in a conversation during the ride from Navadarshanam to Yogisthaan. The two-hour drive turned into an exchange of vital information between the U of M students and Indian student interns.

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May 23, 15

Exploring Copenhagen - Day 1

Today was our first free day in Copenhagen, and we had the opportunity to explore the city as we pleased. We had different experiences, but we all loved touring the city. I've recorded what my small group did throughout the day to give an idea of what Copenhagen is like.

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