Goodbye Germany! (reflection)

Traveling to Germany was one of the greatest experiences ever. I have learned so much on this trip from business concepts to traveling tips to cultural history. However, one of the greatest parts of the experience was the friendships I made. It is crazy to think that 2 weeks ago I was getting on a…

Tag 12: From Augsburg to Salzburg

Today was our last day of the trip before traveling home and we had a free day. The entire group decided we wanted to go to Salzburg which is a city in Austria. It was our first time traveling without our professor or any of the German students so, with our luck, we ran into…

Tag 11: Presentations!

Today (May 18th) was the day all our hard work finally paid off. My group spent the entire morning finalizing and practicing our presentation. We borrowed a class room and practiced in front of an imaginary crowd. They were really good listeners! Then we headed to the canteen to each lunch as a group. Once…

Tag 10: Adventures in Neuschwanstein

Today (May 17th) was another long adventurous day. We went to Neuschwanstein which is a castle built by King Ludwig II in 1869. However, the castle took years to build and the King mysteriously died during the construction therefore it was never finished. We got there a little early so we were able to relax…

Tag 9: Cathy???

Today (May 16th) we took the train to Ulm. It was a city with a large gothic church in the center. It reminded me of Cathy from school even though it was technically not a cathedral. It is also the tallest church building in the world! We did a city tour, but spent most time…

Tag 8: Dachau

Today (May 15th) we spent the morning visiting Dachau and was obviously a heavy day. Dachau was the first concentration camp and only a working camp, but there was a gas chamber on the grounds. It was initially intended for Hitler’s political opponents, but by the time the camp shut down in 1945, there were…

Tag 7: Exploring Munich

Today (May 14th) we spent the day exploring Munich. We took the train into the city and there were many beautiful farms and views on the ride down. Once we arrived in the city it was about 11 am and the bell at the town hall started ringing. Along with the bell, figurines at the…

Tag 6: Grob Makes Grob

Today (May 13th) was our final company tour at Grob. By this point, most of us were tired after many days packed with visits, but our guide was very passionate about the information he was sharing, and he was very funny. He kept cracking jokes and sharing funny parts of his career throughout the tour….

Tag 5: Breakfast and Faurecia

This morning (May 12th) we woke up to eat a traditional Bavarian breakfast. We went to Baindlkirch and had weiƟwurst and pretzels. I was not sure if I would like the wurst because I am a bit of a picky eater, but it was surprisingly delicious. It was also an interesting process to eat the…

Tag 4: Robots Everywhere!

Today (May 11th) was one of our longest days because we visited two companies, Webasto and BMW. Webasto makes roof, thermo, battery, and charging systems for the automobile industry. Their presentation was very informative and I learned a lot. They mentioned how they have to adjust to different countries’ regulations when making their products. This…

Tag 3: Company Tour in the Mountains

Today (May 10th) was the first day of company visits and we started with Hoerbiger. This is the company my group is presenting so I had to take advantage of the day. We got to see the FlowControl and Drive Technology plants. In the FlowControl building, we got to see how the Piezo control valves…

Tag 2: An Augsburg Adventure

Today (May 9th) was our second day in Augsburg and we started by taking the streetcar to the University of Augsburg. We met again with the German students and worked on our first group presentation. My group is presenting the company Hoerbiger. It is a supplier for various products ranging from compression technology to industrial…

Tag 1: Two days merged into one

The past 48 hours were definitely an adventure. Saturday was the day dedicated to traveling and after landing in Charlotte I was prepared for a long flight to Munich. However, only about 2 hours into our flight, the pilot announced we had to land at the JFK airport because the radar on the plane was…

My first plus3: Germany!

Hi, welcome to my blog! My name is Sophia Shoemaker and I am from Chadds Ford Pennsylvania. I am currently finishing my freshman year and recently declared my major as electrical engineering! Here at Pitt, I am a part of the Women’s Club Rugby team and the Aeronautics and Rocketry Club. I love space and…