Today was the weirdest day of this trip. The day started by riding a streetcar to a company visit at Hörauf & Kohler. However, we did not go to the usual streetcar station. Instead we walked in the opposite direction to a streetcar stop on the side of the road near our hotel. We were extra early to the visit and waited outside on the sidewalk until it was time. This is where Dr. Feick told us that the presenter only spoke German and a translator would translate what he said into English. I was not expecting this curveball. I felt bad for the group assigned to H&K because it made it difficult to ask questions and understand what the presenter was saying.
The tour and presentation at H&K was morphed into exploring the factory while the presenter explained about the company. This meant that there was no planned time to sit in a room and ask questions. Another thing I found odd about this tour is that we were allowed to take pictures of everything, which was prohibited on every other company tour. I think this was partly due to the fact that H&K had nothing to hide about their process, as injection molding has been around for a long time and the method has not drastically changed.
By the end of the tour at H&K, everyone was anxious to take a break and eat lunch. I went with 5 of the guys to a döner restaurant (different than yesterday’s). This was also odd as I usually went for meals with the same group, but everyone split into their company presentation groups to work and I was craving a döner. This was the first time I was able to order a döner with only meat, lettuce, and tomato, as opposed to all the toppings. It was probably the best sandwich I have ever eaten.
I struggled to finish my sandwich while most of the boys scarfed down theirs in minutes. After, I went back to the hotel to grab my laptop to work on my company presentation for tomorrow. My group met up at the University of Augsburg to work but was unable to find a sufficient space to work, so we walked around campus in search of a new spot. While walking, we found ourselves amongst the next weird occurrence of the day: some sort of student activities fair. At one of the tables, a religious fraternity was serving free beverages in an effort to recruit more brothers.
Each of us got a soda, and our group decided to go to Sandra’s apartment to work as we could not find anywhere at the University. We worked for most of the evening, only taking a break for pizza.
To end the evening, most of the Americans went bowling. We split into 3 lanes- a lane of guys, another of girls, and a lane of engineers. I thought it was hilarious the different themes each lane chose: the guys chose a sporty theme, the girls chose a pink theme, and the engineers chose a circuit theme. At this bowling alley, you pay for the amount of time you want to bowl. I found this odd because in America you pay by the game.
Dog Counter: I only saw 5 dogs today.
Low of the Day:
I found it difficult to concentrate during the tour at H&K because the presenter was speaking in German. I found the process of him speaking and the translator translating to be inefficient as everything took twice as long to explain.
High of the Day:
While at H&K, I was able to watch a KUKA robot in action. The robot swiftly added components together and packaged the piece. This process was repetitive and mesmerizing to watch.