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…

Reflection: These Moments will All be Stories Someday

So the trip has ended and I have been home for quite a while now. I put off writing this last blog post mainly because I knew that after I wrote it the trip would officially be over. I continue to post pictures on my Instagram with the caption “take me back” and its true…

Day 13: The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music

The last day of the trip. I was honestly sad to see this day come but it also ended up being probably one of the best days of the entire trip. On this day a group of us decided to travel to a whole different country for the day. Austria! A large group of us…

Day 12: Oberammergau (Obama’s House)

May 17th, our last full day in Germany. We started off the day getting onto a bus to head towards where we would be eating a typical Bavarian breakfast. At the location we learned that a typical Bavarian breakfast consists of pretzels and weisswurst, which you have to take the casing off of before you…

Day 11: The Big Day (Presentation Day)

Today was the day we had all been waiting for. Presentation day. In order to be prepared my group decided to head over to the University of Augsburg early so that we would have enough time to eat lunch and practice our presentation with the German students, who still had classes that day. For lunch…

Day 10: Are H&K okay?

Today is our last site visit at Horauf and Kohler and it only reminds me that the program is soon coming to an end. The program has gone really fast and I’m excited for these last few days but also do not want it to end. To begin our day we woke up bright and…

Day 9: The Site Visit I Was Waiting For

Day nine is the day we would be visiting KUKA which is probably the site visit I had become most excited for. I was excited mainly because at all the other companies we visited they had at least one KUKA robot present, so I was interested in seeing the company that seemed to be a…

Day 8: Dachau Concentration Camp

Today was the day that we would be visiting a concentration camp. Although I knew it would be an emotionally hard day I was still interested in attending as I had visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. with my school both last year and the year before, and I was interested in seeing in…

Bis zum nächsten Mal, Deutschland!

It’s been several days since I arrived back in the U.S. I kept putting off writing this last post because I felt that if I wrote it, it would assert such a degree of finality that I was not prepared to handle. I missed Germany, I missed the group, and I missed the adrenaline rush…

Day 7: The Day I Spent All My Money

Today was the day that we would be heading to Munich to spend the day there. Munich is a pretty big city so I was excited to get to experience what a city in Germany was like, since Augsburg was more a rural type area. To get to Munich we had to take a train…