Forever in My Heart

Well I’ve thought for some time now about how I can put my experience in Vietnam into words. I’ve scrolled through the hundreds of pictures I took and reminisced about all the memories I made, but I never felt as if those still photos were able to fully convey the feelings felt, the depth of…

Goodbye for Now, Vietnam

Almost a month after leaving Vietnam, I still believe that our two-week journey was one that I will never forget. Despite being bedridden and ill for a week afterwards, there is almost nothing I would change about the trip. I am so thankful and happy that I had the opportunity to have such an amazing…

Reflection

I would like to thank the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship for providing me with the funds necessary to make this study abroad trip possible.  Without this assistance, it may not have been possible for me to take part in an amazing experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. During my time…

Tạm Biệt, Vietnam

My family and friends have been asking me to summarize the experience since I’ve been home, and now that I’ve been asked to for this post – which will be graded – its that much harder. There’s no way to describe the trip that will do it justice. And, trying to summarize it makes me…

Reflecting on China sitting on the Speed Train

Yesterday was our last full day in Xi’an. Today, we traveled to Shanghai by speed train. I am sitting on the speed train as I am writing this, my head slightly leaning on the window and just reflecting.   I love China. Except I am not in love with the high rise buildings, superb facilities,…

Terra Cotta Warriors and Bike Rides through the City Wall

As we woke up, we were all very excited to eat the wide assortment of breakfast and bask in the fact that we would be seeing the very renowned Terra Cotta warriors today!! I was so excited to see in person what we have spent so many years learning about. I have realized that China…

Speed Trains zip by!

Today was our last morning in Beijing-we were going to travel by speed train to Xi’an today. It was a little bittersweet when we woke up-we were excited to be able to experience another city in China, but sad at the same time that a few of our friends would not be there to join…

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…

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…

Reflection

I loved this trip. It was the best first time out of the country I could have asked for. The food was great, the Germans were great, and the people I went with were great. There was some work, but not so much that I could not enjoy my time in Germany. I am really…

5/18-No Kangaroos in Austria

For our free day, a large group of us decided to go to Salzburg, Austria. First, we took a train to Munich, and then we got a train to Salzburg. As someone who had never left the U.S. until this trip, I was amazed at how easy it was to just visit another country. The…

5/17- White Sausage and Obama’s House

As it turns out, the village of Oberammergau is not Obama’s house. However, we did not let details like that stop us from calling it Obama’s house. Before we visited, we got a traditional Bavarian breakfast of weisswurst, white sausage, and pretzels. The weisswurst was interesting. You had to cut away the inedible skin, and…

5/16-Presentations Already?

When I woke up, I could hardly believe it was already the day of our presentations. I packed my bag with my presentation clothes, got breakfast, and went to the university with my group. There, we met our German students and went to Mensa for lunch. Once again, I was not sure what I was…

5/15-Worst. Company. Ever.

Hörauf and Kohler was our last company visit, and we did not save the best for last. 70% of H&K’s production goes directly to BMW, and the other 30% goes to BMW’s suppliers. They only do one thing, injection molding. They had a separate building for their older employees to work on products that do…

5/14-KUKA

We started our final week in Germany with a talk about German politics at the University of Augsburg. I had already learned most of the information both in high school German and in the Plus3 classes in the spring, but it was interesting to hear a German’s perspective. After the talk, we went to Mensa…