3.10.2010

We Have Arrived at a "Better Place"

Today was our first full day here in Tel Aviv/Israel, and it was a busy but good day. The day began with the typical jet lag and awaking at 4am. I finally decided that I wasn't going to get back to sleep so I decided to get out of bed around 6am. I went down and got a breakfast of many different styles of Mediterranean vegetables and cheeses. It was a buffet again, and I ate too much again.

Afterward, we headed to Better Place, which is a company that is both trying to reduce the world's dependence oil and revolutionize the automobile industry at the same time. We had the opportunity to test drive the modified Renault Lagunas on their special test track. We then were all fortunate to meet the company's founder, Shai Agassi. Overall, it was a very educational and enjoyable experience.

We then went to Teva Pharmaceuticals where we learned more about the generic and biosimilar medication industries. It was very informative and interesting to see how a company has quietly grown so much over the past twenty years.

The last business stop of the day was at Siemens, or the company formerly known as Solel. It was there we learned about the Solar industry and see an actual panel in action. And by action I mean soaking up the sun's rays out back.

By this time our whole group was pretty worn out but we still went to Tel Aviv University. While there we got a chance to meet some of the MBA students there. Nothing like having forty different MBAs in a group together!

To cap the night off we went on a quest for Shawarma, Falafel and Sabih. Fortunately for all of us, we found all three. Kristen and I split a Falafel and Sabih and finished the meal with a glass of freshly squeezed orange and white grapefruit juice.

Overall it was a long but enjoyable day. Tomorrow we are in Tel Aviv briefly, then we head to Jerusalem. Oh, and tomorrow, I won't eat so much at the buffets!

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