Back to School

While some of my friends in the United States stressed over finals, I too found myself in a classroom today despite having taken my last final over a week ago.  Our trip to the University of Augsburg was preceded by an early awakening and our first breakfast in the hotel.  I don’t know if any German would agree, but to me, the sausage and cheese sandwich that I had seemed like the most authentic German breakfast I could have (at least from the choices available at the hotel).

After breakfast, we took a streetcar to the University, where we met the German half of our group.  We spent just over an hour researching our company, KUKA, and creating a PowerPoint.  For such a short amount of time to prepare, I feel that we were able to pack a relatively large amount of information into our eight-minute presentation and I am content with how our presentation went.  After the presentation, we had lunch at the University.  The difference between their food and the food that we have at Market Central at Pitt is shocking.  Now, I don’t think that Pitt’s food is bad by any stretch of the imagination.  Average is the word that comes to mind.  But the food at the University of Augsburg was incredible and honestly, I’m not even sure what I ate.  It seemed like a crepe filled with some kind of fruit and topped with some kind of cream sauce.  Whatever it was, Pitt should look into how to make it.

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Later, we had a scavenger hunt throughout Augsburg.  My favorite parts of this included the city’s cathedrals, various statues throughout the city, and the arena that is home to Augsburg’s soccer team.  The scavenger hunt ended at a brewery, where we were provided non-alcoholic beer.  After this, we met Dr. Feick and Brad for dinner.  Here, I discovered Bavaria’s gem: Spezi.  It can best be described as a mix of Coke and Fanta, but that doesn’t seem to do it justice.  I know we will be walking a lot over the next two weeks, but if I keep finding food and drinks like I did today, I can honestly see myself being a few pounds heavier when I return to America.

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