European Trade Mission …

This week I accompanied the Mayor of Long Beach and a few executives from the Port of Long Beach on their European Trade Mission.

It was a great learning experience given that I have never really thought about how ports work and how much has to happen for us to get all of our stuff. I learned about “cold ironing” and more than I ever wanted to know about low sulfur fuel and hydrogen-powered buses. We had a pretty hectic schedule including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hamburg (and Marseilles next week) but I managed to do a bit of exploring in each city. I had forgotten how nice of a city Amsterdam in particular is and how nice the people there are. Maybe there’s something to letting people do drugs and have sex freely …

To see some images from Amsterdam, click HERE

To see some images of Hamburg, click HERE

And finally, a few images of the week …

The Port of Rotterdam
High Tech Command Center in Rotterdam


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