On Friday 28th March, eleven of the Year 2 Food Technology students set off on a 26 hour journey across a calm North Sea to Denmark. This ten day adventure was to be packed with interesting visits and exciting views. Though the ferry crossing was a smooth one there was bound to be some ups and downs along the way…
Saturday 29th March
We drove into Esbjerg at around 13:00, a small but beautiful little town not far from where the ferry dropped us off. The majority of the group headed straight for the nearest McDonalds; the rest of the afternoon was spent sightseeing and relaxing. We checked into our first hotel, Hotel Ansgar, where the question on everyone’s lips was “Hvad er wifi adgangskode?” (What’s the Wifi password?).
Sunday 30th March
We prepared for a very interesting journey down to Copenhagen, some of us feeling a little peculiar after the curious Danish Chinese meal we shared the previous night. In order to get to Copenhagen we had to cross the Great Belt Bridge (Storebaeltsbroen), the third longest suspension bridge outside of Asia stretching approximately 4 miles. The view was a little hazy but it was spectacular all the same.
We arrived in Copenhagen at lunch time and spent the afternoon looking around the city before going out for a nice group meal in the evening, this time opting for a Tex-Mex themed restaurant.
Monday 31st March
After a lovely continental breakfast in the Imperial Hotel, Copenhagen, we packed up and set off over the Oresund Bridge to Sweden. We travelled to Lund where we visited Tetra Pak Headquarters; they were very welcoming and showed us around the factory where they produce food manufacturing equipment, we were especially impressed with the automatic pipe bending machine and their snazzy steel toe capped shoe covers. Afterwards we made our way back over the bridge to our hotel in Odense.
Tuesday 1st April
An early start this morning as we set off to Kold College. The college is closely linked with Reaseheath and were also very hospitable. We were given a talk about what the Kold does and were then shown around their food manufacturing facilities, which are very different to ours. In the afternoon we took a long and winding journey to our first Arla factory where we met up with Michal Brzysk, an Eden student at Reaseheath. The factory produces many types of hard cheeses and we were shown a bird’s eye view of the process from milk intake to final product and packaging, we didn’t get to take any product home, however, we did leave with a very cheesy aroma.
After a good night’s sleep at the Hotel Royal in Holstebro we decided to head down to our final hotel in Billund. Today we had a free day, so after much debate we decided to go shopping. After an afternoon of retail therapy and relaxation we went back to our Hotel Sdr. Omme Kro and together had our evening meal of steak and chips.
Thursday 3rd April
We drove a long way to Rodkaersbro to visit our second Arla plant and Eden student Jess Davies. We had a tour around the factory where they made mozzarella cheese and the air was a lot more breathable. Afterwards we were given a talk about lean manufacturing – how to produce less waste and maintain product value. Afterwards we ambled back to our hotel in Billund where we had dinner together, steak and chips again!
Friday 4th April
This morning we went to Aarhus (Pronounced: our house) to visit Arla Headquarters. We were all amazed at the beauty of the building consisting of lush green furnishings, glass sculptures, grand pianos and its own herd of cows. In the afternoon we had a look around the area, we visited a little village of Old Danish buildings and another shopping centre. In the evening we celebrated our last evening in Denmark with a meal of, you guessed it, steak and chips in the hotel and a drink in the local pub.
Saturday 5th April
We packed up all our things and slowly made our way back to Esbjerg where we had a last look around the town before setting sail and heading home.
A huge thanks to:
- Damien Murphy and Penny Masters for joining us on the trip and for coping with us for ten days. We hope we didn’t annoy you too much.
- our Course tutor James Blakemore for organising all of our visits, we know it couldn’t have been easy but it came together well in the end.
We would like to say a very special thank you to Bernard Lloyd for his financial contribution and for making this trip happen. We all enjoyed our trip to Denmark very much and the only down side is that it had to come to an end.