So I woke up at 5:45 AM to get on a bus at 7 to go to the airport to take a flight to Philly at 11 then a flight to Munich at 4:30 PM where we, finally, landed around 6 AM Germany time (Midnight US time). It was a rough 24 hours. I got probably 1.5 – 2 hours of sleep on the plane in the most uncomfortable position possible. Then, after taking a bus from the airport to Augsburg, we had activity after activity planned, so when was I supposed to sleep? Never.
The first few hours in Augsburg were great! I wasn’t struggling to stay awake, we got to go to this bakery called Ihle where I (and nearly everyone else on the trip) got a Bavarian pretzel sandwich to try.
From there, we had some time to kill before we got to meet up with Sonja, the main organizer of the program at the University of Augsburg, so we got a head start on our tour of Augsburg. We learned where the Königsplatz (major bus station near the center of town) was and we got to see the different streets of Augsburg. After we met with Sonja and got all of our stuff from her, we met up with some of the German students to finish our tour of Augsburg. From there we got to see the St. Anne’s Church which was gorgeous, but in all honesty I was getting so tired at that point that I don’t quite remember most of it.
We also went on to see the Fuggerei, which are social housing for the poor in which they only pay 88 cents per year plus utilities to live there, and got a really interesting tour of the original style of the houses as well as a more modernized version of them. After the Fuggerei, we went to a welcome dinner with everyone at Bauerntanz where I got to try Schnitzel and Spaetzle, which were both AMAZING! Then, we had apple strudel for dessert (also amazing). After everyone nearly fell asleep while talking to the Germans for a bit, we finally got to go back to the hotel where I passed out in a matter of minutes. Needless to say, I got over 10 hours of sleep that night.