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 have on the
market. The focus of the device is fitness so I need to consider some
of the competitors in the space as well as some new features that will
be on the new device. It is definitely a project I am excited about,
and appreciate that my boss gave me the freedom to choose my project
based on the upcoming products that are being worked on at Philips.
I also am feeling a lot more comfortable socially here. Although
Eindhoven is a small town it still has a decent amount of things that
go on. Though some days it is difficult to find a restaurant to eat in
that is open. I have been doing a lot of cooking in my apartment which
is fine, though I prefer to get out. When I eat in my apartment I make
mostly Italian food or sandwiches.
I had a great treat on Thursday my colleague Maarten a fellow intern
that sits next to me invited me to his apartment for dinner with him
& his roommate Peter. They cooked me a traditional Dutch meal.
They said a Dutch dinner usually consists of meat, potatoes and
vegetables. We had all those things in our dinner, and for dessert we
had a yogurt (not frozen) with apples and cinnamon in it that tasted
like apple pie. It was quite a nice meal and especially nice to get out
of my apartment and enjoy some good company.
I have been enjoying the atmosphere here since the World Cup began
there is a very large TV that has been set up in the city center (about
4-5 meters wide) so everyone can watch the games there. I watched the
Paraguay v France game with some other interns there. It was nice to
sit outside and enjoy the match.
I am excited for Monday when the Netherlands' first game is. I am
curious how it will affect work since the game will be played at 1:30
here. I am guessing work will likely stop. The good thing about
working at Philips for something like this is, we have lots of nice TV's
everywhere so if we do get to watch the game it will be on a high
I recently acquired a very cool vehicle to get me around Eindhoven. Bicycles are very popular here and because the town is pretty small it makes getting around very simple. Bicycles are a big part of Dutch culture, so the roads all have a bike lane on each side of the street. It is a very nice way to travel. I know this because I purchased a bike last night on my way home from the bars. The bike which is pictured below is not that nice. Luckily it was only 10 Euro so I can handle its short comings. Like the seat being attached by a large rubber band. I am thinking I will probably try to acquire a slightly nicer bike. I did just buy a lock today at the market so I can secure the bike if I choose to drive this one before I get something else.
If that isn't a good looking bike well, ok I know it isn't very nice looking. It works though.