May 6th, 2019
Today was our first full day in Augsburg. I began the day with an early wake-up and a delicious breakfast at the hotel (which I look forward to eating during the rest of our trip). We departed for our first day at Augsburg University at 8:15 and caught the tram for a relatively long ride with the German students.
Upon arrival, I immediately noticed the growth and vegetation on campus. Augsburg University was very beautiful, and it felt very natural. The buildings were modern, and we got to see the new facility constructed for international students. The campus had a lot of natural lighting in the buildings, which I wish the University of Pittsburgh had.
We met Professor Dr. Michael Paul during the beginning of today’s lecture at the University, and we received our first assignment to complete with our Augsburg University group members. I had the pleasure of meeting Matthias, Luca, and Frederik, who would work with us in reporting on Continental AG. Dr. Feick introduced the first of our presentations in Germany, to be completed in an hour and a half. Making a polished presentation under those time constraints was a daunting task!
We did not let that bother us as we began working at full tilt. Fortunately, I had done some prior research in anticipation of the presentation, which somewhat helped when gathering information. It was interesting to work with Matthias, Luca, and Frederik and to learn how presentations are typically completed in Germany and the differences in our team dynamics across cultures.
After working hard for an hour and a half, we were able to present some basic information about Continental to the group, and it went very well! I was very impressed by how our group was able to come together to complete the presentation on time.
The pressure was off after that. We enjoyed a great lunch at the Mensa (much better than Market Central, in my opinion), and I got to have a bottle of Mezzo Mix, which I hadn’t had since I went to Disney World several years ago.
We proceeded to take a tour of campus with the master’s students who would be coming to Pittsburgh in the fall, followed by a scavenger hunt throughout Augsburg. We saw many of the city’s coolest landmarks, from the Town Hall to the St. Ulrich and St. Afra Basilica. It was fun getting to see some of the sights we hadn’t gotten to see yesterday. (We saw some cool cars as well, car of the day was a new Bentley Continental GT).
The scavenger hunt ended with a non-alcoholic beer tasting at Riegele. My favorite was the IPA, a fruity-tasting beer.
We then walked to Dragone, an Italian restaurant in Augsburg, for dinner. I struggled to interpret the menu, but with some help I was able to find “Penne Quattro Formaggi”, which resembled my favorite Italian dish from the United States (Fettuccine Alfredo). It was interesting to eat Italian food in Germany because it felt like authentic Italian food, and it was a great way to end the long day.
I am really looking forward to our tour of Hirschvogel and the city of Oberammergau tomorrow!