Day 8: Traveling to Gyeongju

May 11, 2019 If you had asked me at the beginning of today how I thought it would go, I would have told you that today was set to be the most boring day of our trip. The only thing we had planned was travel from the massive city of Seoul to the much smaller…

Day 7: The DMZ

May 10, 2019 Today began earlier than most. We had to be up and ready to go before eight o’clock, but no one seemed to mind the rush. Since the itinerary was released, May 10th was on everyone’s radar. Today was the day we got to visit the DMZ or, as our tour guide Rob…

Day 6: Taekwondo Training

May 9, 2019 Another day, another company visit. This time we headed out toward what everyone in town calls “the Google of Korea”: NAVER. At the vanguard of artificial intelligence and machine learning, this Seoul-based operation is an online platform that has developed its own search engine and web portal. It honestly amazes what people…

Day 5: Our First Company Visits

May 8, 2019 Wow, our fifth day is already over. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. I feel like we’ve only been here for a day or two, yet we’ve seen so much. Today was our first of the more academic days here in Seoul. We toured a couple of companies…

Day 4: Hanyang University

May 7, 2019 After all the cultural experiences of yesterday, it was time to see how the other half lives. And by the other half, I mean students halfway around the world. See what I did there? Yeah, just typing it out makes me realize that it wasn’t that funny. I promise it sounded better…

Day 3: Gyeongbokgung Palace

May 6, 2019 Alright, alright. No more time travelling. No more half days. We’re here. We’re actually here, and we took full advantage today. We’ve done so much, I can hardly remember it all. I guess it’s a good thing I’ll have a digital record after my blog is complete. Anyhow, the actual content. Our…

Day 2: We Have Arrived

May 5, 2019 Okay. All things considered, today felt like a more of a half day than anything… or maybe a quarter day. I’m not really sure. After finally landing at the airport outside of Seoul, we got our first taste of what the country looks like. I think I speak for everyone when I…

Day 1: Time Traveling

May 4, 2019 We didn’t exactly hit the ground running to start our trip. Today consisted entirely of travel. Can’t say it doesn’t make sense. South Korea is about as far as we can get from Pittsburgh. Factor in the couple of hours to Dallas, twelve more to Incheon, and a thirteen-hour time difference and…

One Last Goodbye to Korea

After 2 weeks in a completely different culture I was able to learn several things through our cultural visits and company visits. Through discussions with these companies and the lectures, I was able to get a keen insight to my profession. Whatever country you are in, companies will always have ethical issues to deal with….

Well at least now I know four phrases in Chinese.

It’s truly amazing to think back on my time in China. It’s hard to believe it even happened at all now that I’m back on the other side of the world in my tiny town. I know that all of the memories I made, lessons I learned, and friends I met (more like family really)…

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…

Final Reflection on South Korea

This two-week trip to South Korea was an extraordinary whirlwind. From the beginning we were surrounded by extensive history, exciting technology, and a culture so different from our own. While our scheduled activities were separated into cultural and company visits, the values of the Korean people developed over centuries of trials and resiliency was inevitably…

Final Summary

The past two weeks in China have been an amazing experience for me.  I learned even more than I thought I could.  We had the chance to study Chinese culture and successful businesses in China, and I even learned a little bit about engineering.  I think everything we did from visiting universities to companies allowed…

I finally had cheese!

By day three of Shanghai, pretty much everyone was feeling the fatigue caused by almost two weeks of going nonstop (especially since many of us had had a very long, but very fun, night the previous evening). So we boarded the bus for the two and half hour ride out to the Yang Shan Port…

Blog #4: Our Glorious Chairman Mao

Today was going to be our last day in Beijing. We visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, so it was certainly a packed day. Walking through Tiananmen Square was the weirdest feeling because we all know what happened there, but almost no one in China knows about it. I remember…

Goodbye South Korea

Throughout my time in Korea, my outlook on my future has changed. Before I left, I thought that this trip would merely let me see something new and try different things. However, I’ve discovered that this was just a taste of a future I want to have. I want to go out into the world…

Our Final Day in China

Today was our very last day in China.  I’m sad to be leaving China and all the friends I have made but, I am also kind of happy to be going back to normal life at home.  The flight however I am not looking forward to.  This morning we went to the Yu Garden, which…

Day 11: The Yangshan Port

Today was our second last day before the long flight home we’re all starting to dread.  We had a very early start this morning for the long drive to our last company visit.  On the bus ride to the port we had guest speaker who was a former student at Pitt who had moved to…

Yeah I don’t know anything about engineering.

Day 2 in Shanghai started off with one of my favorite visits of the whole trip: the American Chamber of Commerce (or AmCham). I really didn’t have the highest hopes going into it because you hear chamber of commerce here and just think of a bunch of people talking about pretty boring stuff. But the…