Friday, May 30, 2014

U.S. Consulate General Dusseldorf

Amazing!  One of the many words and thoughts on my mind after visiting with the U.S. Consulate General of Dusseldorf, Stephen Hubler, this morning.  

I never really knew what the Foreign Service (part of the Department of State) fully entailed, but after learning so much this morning about the Consulate General and his career, I was interested and inspired. 

Some of the Consulate General's duties are the support U.S. citizens in Germany, act as an ambassador of the United States, and promote relations with Germany.  Hubler has had many experiences around the globe in his 20+ years working for the Department of State.  

Visit with the U.S. Consulate General of Dusseldorf, Stephen Hubler

After asking so many questions, he encouraged me to check into opportunities with the Foreign Services!
His advice to us: If you are passionate about something, and think you can work hard enough to do it well, then go for it!

More info about the U.S. Consulate General:

After our visit at the U.S. General Consulate Office, Sebastian gave us a tour of Dusseldorf.

 Japan Center


Sampled some truffles here!

Exploring Dusseldorf

Relaxing in the sunshine

Enjoying Dusseldorf

Old city center

Dusseldorf along the Rhine River

Later in the afternoon, we visited the University of Dusseldorf for a second time on this trip, to present to the Germany Federation of Pharmacy Students at their Annual Conference. 


On campus at the University of Dusseldorf

Before giving our presentation to the German pharmacy students

Today was a good day- looking forward to the weekend!  And next week in Berlin...

German Holiday!

This morning we had a pharmacy student visitor, Christian, who is the current International Pharmacy Student Federation (IPSF) representative from Germany.  He shared some information with us about BPhD (German Pharmaceutical Students' Association- Bundesverband der Pharmaziestudierend en Deutschland), IPSF, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the European Pharmaceutical Student Association (EPSA). 

BPhD was founded by student pharmacists in order to improve education and create resolutions & motions to affect the future of pharmacy (similar to APhA-ASP, the U.S. national pharmacy organization's student chapter).  BPhD supports a focus on the patient's health, interprofessional collaboration, evidence-based medicine & education, and economics. 

Christian was especially interested in learning more from us about collaborative practice agreements that many pharmacists have with other health care providers. 

With IPSF-Germany representative, Christian

Because it was a German Holiday (Ascension Day), we received the second half of the day off!  Most of the group decided to visit Wald Abenteuer, a ropes adventure course in Velbert.  We definitely had a lot of fun, and it was a great workout!

Entering the park- it was a bit rainy today

Signing our lives away

Avoiding the rain & trying to stay warm inside before braving the ropes course

Trying out the Intro course

Taking a little break after the Extreme course

Heidi taking on the challenge of the Extreme course

 Teeter-totter crossing

 Course Finale: Zip line!