First and foremost, I would like to thank Professor Feick, Professor Paul, Arielle, Sonja, and Simon for organizing such an amazing trip. I would also like to thank Sandra, Melanie, and Stefanie for being wonderful group members and for showing us around Augsburg. Without you guys this trip would not have been as fun as it was. This short trip is a great way to get a feel for what studying abroad is like without committing yourself to an entire semester.
I am glad that I was able to work with some of the students from the University of Augsburg. Initially, it was sort of awkward but by the end of the trip I felt that I had made some new friends. I honestly did not want to leave but all good things must come to an end. I now realize that you cannot appreciate the great times without the boring times.
It is impossible to choose a specific part of the trip as my favorite. The program had something for every part of my mind to enjoy. The Engineering Geek in me loved the visits to the manufacturing plants and experiencing innovative technology. My stomach enjoyed delicious foods that I have never eaten before. I am no Artist, but I was left speechless with the beauty of the castles and churches, which you will never see in the US. The Historian in me was shook to the core – it is one thing to read about the concentration camps – it is another to stand right there and feel the weight of it. The Dancer in me (who knew he even existed?) found out that you don’t have to be good at something to enjoy it. And the Fashion guru in me found out that when someone buys you a pineapple patterned shirt, you wear it no matter what. There are times in your life that are magical, where everything just fits and all parts of you are happy. That is what this trip was for me.
This is where my blogging career ends for now. I hope you all enjoyed my blogs as much as I enjoyed my time in Germany.