Being on such a trip sometimes brings back memories of school trips as a pupil and later in my brief stint as a school teacher. Crammed together in our mini-bus we're getting to know each other. Today we took in briefings from Ian Boag, Head of the European Commission Delegation and Ivan Pliushch, Secretary General of the National Security Council.
Pliushch very much echoed the sentiments of Ukrainian officials in Brussels. Stabbing his fingers at us he said Ukraine's EU and NATO ambitions are "not a hobby" but "a policy of survival".
Mr Pliushch's face often told us that nothing was lost in translation.