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Moules et Frites Anyone?

Earlier this week I embarked on what is going to be an amazing trip, starting with Brussels, Belgium. Little did I know that one of the most popular dishes here is moules et frites - or mussels and french fries. I love mussels but had never thought to have them with french fries. So of course, the first night I had to try it. All I can say is WOW - they are amazing here!
The town itself is beautiful. I love the architecture, especially the mix of new and old! And while I have no had a chance to partake of a cigar yet, I have been enjoying the beers. So far, I have not had the same beer twice. Do I have any favorites? I really can't say - they all have been so good, but the Leffe Brune pictured here is probably my favorite so far. Oh, and the chocolate - can not forget the chocolate. I am told that I have to bring some home.
Why was I here? There is a conference every two years, called International Conference on Environmental Management. We had some really good meetings and are now forming some new partnerships as a result.
From here we spend 1.5 weeks touring bio-gas plants - anaerobic digestion systems that convert organic and food waste to compressed natural gas and/or electricity. Germany has more than 6600 of these systems up and running. We are touring facilities in Hamburg and Stuttgart, but also touring facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden and Zurich, Switzerland.  This will give us a first-hand view of full-scale systems i operation, so that we can confirm to our customers that the systems do indeed work as described and can be easily implemented throughout the US.
So from here, we go to Hamburg, Germany. More to come from there!

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