Forbidden City and Taichi: loved it!

Today was our last full day in Beijing, and I woke up knowing I wanted to make the most of today and all that Beijing had to offer. Today, we were going to go on a variety of cultural visits to the Forbidden City, Hutong Tour, and Temple of Heaven with a Taichi class! Wow!…

Chinese Companies are a world of its own

Today, we were going to do two company visits: to the Sunshine Insurance Group and Xiaomi companies, and it is needless to say that I was so excited and looking forward to the visit. I enjoy going on many different company visits, as you are able to learn about the company in a short period…

Central University of Finance and Economics Visit

I woke up so excited for the day ahead-we were going to the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing today! The plan was to interact with the students there, go on a campus tour, and hear a lecture from a faculty member in order to really be able to see how our education…

The Great Wall: An Architectural Feat

AHH!!!!! Today, we were going to see the Great Wall of China! As I woke up to the beautiful morning light of Beijing, greeted by the plethora of cars and busses on the road and people on the streets, I was smiling from ear to ear as I got ready for the day. I was…

Landed in China!

Finally! The day had arrived that we would finally be in China. The excitement of landing in China was so extremely real that the entire time on the flight all I could think about were the adventures that were yet to come and the crazy journey that had somehow led me here. It was such…

Thanks to Vietnam

Plus3 Vietnam exceeded all my expectations. Since we had an itinerary, I relatively knew what we would be doing each day and it got me excited pre-departure. However, nothing could prepare me for being in the moment, in Vietnam, and visiting companies and sites that were so fascinating and spectacular. Our time spent at UEF…

Anddd We’re Back

One month later and I still miss Vietnam and the friends I’ve made. This experience was beyond amazing, and I am so lucky and grateful to have been apart of it. I told my Vietnamese friends that I would see them again someday and I sincerely meant it because they were the highlight of the…

Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship Reflection

This scholarship played an important role in allowing for me to become fully engaged in my studies and the culture of Costa Rica while abroad. This was an amazing opportunity that played an important role in my growth as a student and as a person. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to…

Thank You: Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship

I cannot say my final goodbyes to my Pitt Plus3 Blogging Spree without thanking the primary reason for which I was able to attend: the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship. Thank you so much for making my dream of studying abroad and seeing China come true-I cannot thank Pitt enough. Thank you for all of the…

Conclusion

It is hard to put into words what the trip meant to me, largely because it is all a big jumble of emotions and it is impossible to know how the experience will have benefited me until it actually benefits me. Keeping that in mind, here are a few things I learned. I learned what…

5/18: Sound of Salzburg

Today was probably the best day of the trip. It was a completely free day, so I got to live my dream and visited Salzburg, the filming location for one of my favorite childhood movies: the sound of music. We had to get up fairly early to take a train to Munich for about 45…

5/17-Beginning of Goodbye

We are almost done with this wonderful trip. We got some veal sausage from an authentic restaurant. It was like a cafeteria except the food was actually good. Not only good but great. The mustard they gave us was the best condiment I’ve ever had. The sausage was white and you have to peel the…

5/16-Presentations (finally)

Today was the day! We finally finished everything up. We started the day by sleeping in quite a bit. We were tired in the morning but pulled ourselves out of bed to go to the University to meet with the German students and finish off our presentation prep. The morning was uneventful unless you find…

5/15-H&K: Even Deadlier?

H&K was our company visit for the day, and it certainly gave Kuka a run for its money. It is a company that produces a few products for BMW. They are one of BMW’s many suppliers giving them less than a 1% market share. They use injection-molding to make their products, a method that is…

5/14-Deadly Arms

We visited Kuka today. Kuka is a fairly well-known company that supplies their signature orange robot arms to companies all around the world, including BMW. They began with an incredible presentation with robots moving around different objects that projected videos about the company to us. The room was lit with orange flashing lights and any…

5/13-Dachau

Today was heavy, emotionally. We visited Dachau, the concentration camp. It was originally built as the blueprint for even worse death camps used across Europe later on. We woke up and got on the bus to the camp, a fair ways from our hotel. When we got there, I was taken aback by the natural…

5/12-Munich!

Today, we went to Munich, one of the biggest and most famous cities in Germany. We began with a bit of a train fiasco… We all piled onto the train in Augsburg but most of us had to stand and it was going to be around a 45 minutes ride. So, when the train stopped…

5/11- AccULMulation of a lot

Today, we got to visit my favorite city thus far: Ulm. Ulm is a small town located in southern Germany, with the tallest church in the world. The church, Ulm Minster, is a 530 foot tall Gothic cathedral. I know from experience now that it is pretty darned tall, because we spent our morning climbing…

5/10-Donuts and Church

Today, we visited a beautiful castle, Naushwanstein, near the Alps by the town, Fussen. The massive mountains towered over the spires of the castle built by the infamous moon king, a man named Ludwig II who was considered unfit to serve as the king who was also found dead in a river shortly after his…

5/9-Continental Tires and Much More

Today we visited the company my group is studying: Continental. We traveled to their production facility and were greeted by probably the best speaker so far. He was head on innovation at Continental and gave great insights, including a discussion of recent deaths in the automated driving industry. He talked about how Continental manages such a…