5/8-Visiting the Carbon Company

This was the day of our first company visit, SGL. As I had found out from Eric at the welcome dinner, SGL was our group’s company, so I had prepared several questions. Breakfast at the hotel was amazing again, and we left by bus around 8:15. As soon as the bus started driving, I fell…

5/7-Exploring Augsburg

So, this was my birthday. But I didn’t tell anyone. You know that awkward feeling when people are singing happy birthday to you? That’s how I feel, all day, every year. I woke up feeling incredibly refreshed. I got a solid eleven hours of sleep, which was much needed after the flight to Germany and…

5/6- Can I Sleep Now?

We landed in Germany around 6:00 AM. The airplane landed at a separate building from the rest of the airport, so we had to take a bus to get to customs. Even though I had only slept a couple hours on the flight, I did not feel tired. After claiming our bags, we found out…

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…

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…