I am Rick Boogaard, student Chemical Engineering from Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. I am currently studying at PUC Minas in Belo Horizonte, I am doing an internship about the optimisation of the biodiesel production.
I am in Brazil for a month now, and I’m feeling very well! It is such a great experience. The first day I landed, my international buddy already took me to the beautiful places from Belo Horizonte. For example, I had a great view over the city. We also went to places as the freedom square, the emperors house, some great markets and parks. Also the weather in here is very good, it is a little bit dry, but you get used to it! Another great thing in here is that there are some small holidays, for example 2 weeks ago. Thursday was the day of liberty in here, so almost everybody took Friday off, and I went with my international buddy, 2 people who live in my house, and their 2 international buddies to Rio de Janeiro! This was an amazing experience. We first went to a beautiful beach at Arraial do Cabo, and then to the city Rio. We were 2 days at Ipanema beach, saw the ‘Christo’, the famous Christus sign in Rio. In short, it is fantastic! I can advise everybody to go and do an internship with Living Lab Biobased Brazil!