We started off the day with breakfast in the hotel at around 7:30am, getting ready to leave for the University of Augsburg at 8:15am. We walked down to the tram station (about 5 minutes away from the hotel) and rode the tram to the University. Today it was still cold, starting out in the high 30’s and topping out around 50. Once we got to the University, we made our way to a building dedicated to exchange programs. There, we met with Professor Dr. Michael Paul, Ms. Sonja Kralj, and the German students we would be working with for our company presentations.
Once we were there, we received our instructions and went to work on the presentations. After an hour and a half, we made our way back to present what we had. I presented with Justin, James, and Sahana, as well as the Augsburg students Luisa, Maren, and Sophie. We presented on our assigned company, Hirschvogel, which is a steel and aluminum forger that supplies many different automakers with parts. I am visiting there tomorrow, and I am really excited.
From there we went to lunch at their food court, The Mensa. It was really cool eating there and a much better experience than eating a meal at Market back at Pitt. What really impressed me was how we disposed of the trays once we were done with them. There was a conveyor belt that you would set your tray on with your plate and utensils, and that would take the trays to an elevator, which then sent the trays across the ceiling of the entire food court to be cleaned.
After that, we went on a scavenger hunt across Augsburg with four master’s students at the university. We split into two groups and went on our way, finding the many different places around Augsburg.
We ended the hunt at a brewery called Riegele Wirtshaus, enjoying some alcohol-free beer while we waited for dinnertime to come around. It was a really neat place to be, and a really cool part of the German culture to see. One of the coolest parts of the brewery was its men’s restroom, which had a tree trunk located centrally in the bathroom, with a toilet installed in the side of the tree trunk itself.
Following the brewery, we went to a small Italian restaurant called “The Dragone”. It was located off the Maximilianstraße, along one of the side streets. There, I had a pizza called the 4 Salami, which was a personal pizza with four different types of pepperoni on it, and it was amazing. It was quite a large pizza, and it took me a while, but I managed to finish it. After that, we finished up, and headed back to the hotel for the night.
Big takeaways of the day:
-We found the Germans we interacted with today to be overwhelmingly kind and helpful. For the scavenger hunt, we consistently found ourselves asking the locals for help as our graduate student guides we not allowed to help us, and every person we asked was happy to tell us a little known fact we needed to know about a fountain or help us out if we couldn’t find a fountain in the first place.
-Additionally, the drinking culture here is vastly different than the United States. Here in Germany, you can drink beer at age 16, and other stronger alcohols at age 18. Because of this and because of the greater accessibility and lower price of alcohol here, it has essentially become part of a meal for Germans. After we spoke to one German about this, he said that the best way to think about it was to imagine beer as a snack that you have in conjunction with a meal.
Car of the day: Gray Audi RS6 Avant
The RS6 Avant is one of my absolute dream cars. It is a performance wagon version of the Audi A6. It is two performance steps above the normal A6, the middle model being the S6. It runs on a twin-turbocharged 8-cylinder producing 600 horsepower and driving from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. I was very lucky today and saw two RS6 Avants, one in black, and one that I preferred that was in gray.
Runner up: 2018 Dark Blue Bentley Continental GT
Pictured is a gray version of the car I saw because the blue one was too quick to be able to take a picture of. I was also very lucky to have seen two of the new Continentals on the same day. I preferred the blue version because the dark metallic blue helped you to be able to see the chrome accents on the car. This car most likely runs on a 6.0 liter W12 (if you look very closely you can see the “12” in the outlet next to the front wheel) which makes over 600 horsepower and has a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds.