Plus3 Germany, I love you.

I hate goodbyes. More than I hate waking up early in the morning, which is a lot. Usually I don’t do them, I literally just walk away because I refuse to accept a terminal interaction with someone, but I’ve been changed so much by this program and all the people part of it, that I…

Day 13: Austria!

We were allowed to go wherever we wanted on the last day of the trip. So, a group of ten of us decided to go to Salzburg, Austria! I know what y’all are probably thinking: Ravi probably slept in on his free day. Wrong! We were out of the hotel by 6:45! I had to…

Day 12: Disney?

With the stress of presentations finally over, we were able to fully enjoy a day in German culture and architectural marvel. We hopped on the bus, and like usual, I considered the travel part of our journey the time when I would get my final cycle of sleep. I was promptly woken up when we…

Reflection on Germany

There is so much to be said about experiences that change the way you think, behave, and view the world around you. With Plus3 Germany, I genuinely discovered more about how to grow as a student and as a human more than I ever anticipated. I cannot speak for James, but I know that I…

Germany, I’ll Be Bach!

I cannot believe it has already been two weeks since the end of Plus3 Germany! It is difficult to summarize the entire trip in one blog, but I am going to try my best. The Plus3 program was definitely one of the best two weeks of my life. I learned so much, met so many…

Reflection: The Top 3’s

I just want to start by thanking everyone who made this trip possible! From Pitt Study Abroad to the University of Augsburg, and to Arielle and Dr. Feick, who decided to take the time out of their lives to oversee a bunch of teenagers in international waters. These two weeks were some of the best…

Day 13: Back to the Place of the Monks

Today was our free day to go out and explore on our own time. I decided to go to Munich with Nick, James, Reid, Esme, and Joe. Although Salzburg seemed like a pretty interesting place to go to, I decided to go to Munich, so I could at least somewhat sleep in after being up…

Reflection Blog – A Trip I’ll Never Forget

Looking back at the two weeks I spent in Germany, I couldn’t be any happier with how it went. The company visits were amazing. From seeing molten metal being molded into different components at Hirschvogel, a completely electronic assembly line complete with robot helpers at Continental, and cars being assembled in front of us at…

Augsburg: Two weeks in review

When I first heard about Plus3, I was interested, but a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure how much I would be able to get out of a program that was only two weeks long. I decided to go for it anyways, since it might give me insight into what it might be like to…

Tag dreizehn: Machinery and the Munich Space Needle

May 17th I was excited but also sad that it was finally Friday. It meant the free day was here, but also that my time in Germany was almost up. I got up relatively early so I could get on a train to Munich with Justin. We just sat down when heard a bunch of…

Tag zwölf: Weißwurst and views

May 16th This morning I had a light breakfast, to save room for our traditional Bavarian breakfast we were having later. We hopped on the bus and got off at what seemed like a barn in a little village. We had traditional weißwurst with pretzels and mustard. Luckily, I already knew how to eat weißwurst…

Reflection of the Germany Journey

During high school, I never would have thought that I would be doing a study abroad during my freshman year of college. I had never truly traveled outside of the country before this trip and, even though I wanted to, was nervous to go far abroad. So when I learned of the Plus3 trip, I…

Day 13: Adventure to Austria

Today was our last full day abroad. So some of us decided to spend the day by experiencing another country. We chose to go to Salzburg, a city in Austria. For us to do this, we needed to wake up very early and get on a train to Munich, then get on another train that…

Day 13: A Few of My Favorite (Salzburg) Things

Today was our free day, and unfortunately it was also our last full day in Germany. Ten of us decided to travel to Salzburg, Austria. I wanted to spend my free day there because I had seen many beautiful pictures of Salzburg, and I was also excited because Salzburg is home to both Mozart and…

Salzburg Send-off

May 17th: As our only free day and last day of the trip, our group decided to have a proper send-off by taking a trip somewhere not in Germany, but rather across the border to Salzburg, Austria. Today I decided to spend my free day in Salzburg, Austria. Although I originally was committed to going…

Castles, Churches, and Cows

May 16th: White sausages, beautiful churches, a real-life Cinderella’s Castle….Germany is just pulling out all the stops. Today we started out with a breakfast that was a little bit different than the hotel’s usual Nutella and croissants. We had our breakfast today at a restaurant called Baindlkirch, which was, as we were informed, a “traditional…

Presentations Means Farewell Faurecia

May 15th: With our company visits all wrapping up to end with our presentations, the long day finished with a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. Since presentations did not start until 1, being ready by 9:30 today was actually one of the longest I was able to sleep in. Despite this, I was still…

Climbed to the Heavens, Feels like Hell

May 14th: With approximately 660 steps (1,320 if you count going down) to start our day, we finished off one of the last city tours in Ulm, which was the most tiring day, to say the least. Today we would be visiting the city of Ulm, which was actually not in Bavaria, the state where…

Day 12: Picture-Perfect Neuschwanstein Castle

After the big presentations yesterday, everyone was feeling relaxed today. To begin the day, we went on a short bus ride to get a typical Bavarian breakfast at Baindlkirch. It seemed like it was in the middle of nowhere with the open fields and great views all around the building. Inside were many people already…

May 17th – Car Paradise

Day 13: I apologize in advance for all of the car photos. There were amazing ones that I had to include, and so many more amazing ones that there wasn’t room for. The day started early as Frank and I needed to catch our train to Stuttgart at 7:05am. It was a little stressful trying…