Day Eleven: Ocean East and The World’s Largest Port

We had a bright and early day ahead of us.  Immediately after breakfast, our group was greeted by a man by the name of Mac Sullivan, who is a trade lane manager at Toll Global Forwarding.  He manages and arranges air, sea, warehousing, and road transportation for Fortune 500 companies between China, the United States,…

Day Ten: East China University of Science & Technology

We had one big event planned for today, which was traveling to the East China University of Science & Technology.  It was a very hot day today, and it was not all that comfortable having to be in a long sleeve dress shirt and pants in 90+ degree weather.  The building we went inside wasn’t…

Day 6: Paper Hearts & The Pagoda

This morning we got to check out if the breakfast at this hotel matched up to the breakfast at the hotel in Beijing, and I think it did. After having some fantastic banana bread I met the group in the lobby and we got on the bus for the Children’s Village. I was really excited…

Day 9: Last Stop Shanghai!

Today we’re traveling to our last city. I can’t believe our journey through China is almost over. We went on another bullet train. As I sat there and looked through the window I reminisced the trip. It was almost over, yet I knew there was so much fun yet to experience. I was excited about…

Day 8: The 9 Mile Race

Today was another day for cultural visits. We started off by driving to the site where they had the Terra Cotta Warriors. When we arrived, it was the perfect time. We got there right before it got super busy. It was such a beautiful site to see. There was rows and rows of soldiers, each…

Day 6: Hello Xi’an!

Our day started super early, like 6 am. My body by now has become progressively more and more tired. The only thing fueling me was the excitement for new experiences and sites. Today we’re traveling to Xi’an and not only are we traveling, but we’re taking a bullet train. The whole process to actually get…

Day 5: Cultural Adventures

Today is our final day in Beijing, it’s been all great so far, everyone is getting along so well, and we’ve done so much stuff. Today we’re going on a lot of cultural visits and I’m super excited to see everything. We began our day by going to the square. So, I had always imagined…

Day 4: Back to Business

Today started our company visits. The first company we came to was Sunshine, it is an insurance company. As we arrived at the company location, we were welcomed by a large black gate with gold accents. The site looked similar to a college campus with a large amount of green space and several buildings. We…

Day 11- The Final Countdown

Big success: I got to moderately sleep in today! I parted with my bed around 10AM to take a shower and get ready for the day. Yesterday, we were given meal vouchers for Mensa, so the Pittsburgh students in my group and I decided to eat lunch together today. We were also joined by members…

Day 10- H&K Day!

Today was finally the day that we visited Hörauf & Kohler, my group’s company. We took a short streetcar ride to the company headquarters in Augsburg, only to hear that the employee that speaks English and was supposed to give our tour was actually on vacation. We made it work, though, as an employee from…

Day 9- Speaking Robot

We ventured to the University of Augsburg at about 9:30 this morning in order to attend a talk about German politics. Honestly, I did not think I was going to find is as interesting and as beneficial as I did! The speaker seemed to be very knowledgable and explained hard concepts in an understandable fashion….

Day 4: Tall Towers

Today started a little bit later than usual, which means I got to sleep in and, hypothetically, should have been well rested.  However, I still managed to nap on the bus ride.  I enjoy that we have been using buses to go to the different locations because it means I can bring my backpack containing…

Day 8- Honor the Dead, Remind the Living

Though today took the least amount of physical effort on our trip so far, it took the highest emotional toll. This is an outcome I immediately anticipated upon reading our syllabus and noticing that we would be visiting the concentration camp in Dachau. As a person of the Jewish faith, I have learned about WWII…

Looking Back…

It has been exactly one week since this program ended and I am still in awe of the experience. I learned so many valuable lessons including how to sleep on any and every mode of transportation, where to find the best ice cream and döner, and how to ask for plain (non bubbly) water. While…

Day Dreizehn (Thirteen) – It’s Austria and Sound of Music

Since last week, I and Steve have been wondering what we should do during our free day. We talked to Felix and them and they told us to go to Salzburg, the city in Austria right below the Alps, and where the sound of music was filmed. We got really excited, both I and Steve…

Day 8: Biking with Warriors

When you think of China, a nation with so much rich history, there are a lot of landmarks that come to mind such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, and today we visited one of those great landmarks, the Terracotta Warriors Museum. I was excited to go to a place where yet again…

Day 4: Continental, ”The Future in Motion”

Today we visited Continental Tire.  This visit was extra meaningful because Continental is my assigned company for our presentation and I was excited to learn more about the company that we had researched a few days earlier.  I had always perceived Continental Tire as a company that simply sold tires, however, I was completely wrong. …

The Presentation (May 16)

We didn’t really have any requirements this morning, so I rolled out of bed at 9:00 and showed up at breakfast around 10. Eric, Kayla, Grant, and I played cards in the morning before we all got dressed up and left for the university around noon. Lunch at the Mensa actually wasn’t a huge problem…

The Language Barrier (May 15)

We had our last site visit today. At around 9:15, we left the hotel to walk across the street and board a streetcar. A few stops and a short walk later, we found ourselves at Hörauf and Kohler. This site visit was very strange because nobody in the high ranks of the company spoke English,…

Day Zwölf (Twelve) – Farewell, Until We Meet Again

It’s Breakfast, It’s Sausage, Its Germany. Dr. Feick told us yesterday we will be having breakfast at a famous sausage shop. “It’s the typical Bavarian breakfast, if you are not sure whether you will like it or not, you can come down and have the hotel breakfast before going.” For me, today turned out to…