An Adventure in Salzburg (May 18)

The final day of our grand adventure has arrived and I’m intending to savor every minute. My head spins thinking about how fast our time in Germany has gone! With earlier encouragement from Marius, a group of us decided to go to Salzburg, Austria for the day – Marius’ home town! With some help from…

Marveling at Everyday Beauty (May 17)

I’m now spoiled and want to kick off every morning with a meal of weisswurst, German pretzels and delicious Bavarian mustard! We traveled by bus to a small town called Baindlkirch and were treated to a traditional German breakfast. I had something very similar when we stopped at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich so I was…

Practice Makes (Almost) Perfect (May 16)

Today we started the day leisurely, strategically planning to maximize sleep-in time but also getting rocking and rolling before breakfast was no longer available. After having a hearty breakfast, Grant, Josh, Kayla and I decided to play cards until we needed to leave for the University. Having become kindred spirits where cards are concerned, we…

Time is Flyin’!! (May 15)

We began today with our final site visit to Hörauf & Kohler (H&K), a developer and manufacturer of technical injection moldings and supplier to leading automotive manufacturers like BMW. Today was the first day I really stopped and thought about how fast our trip was going. We have just a few days left! Time is…

Politics, German Keyboards, Robots and Kindred Spirits (May 14)

We started off the morning at the University of Augsburg with an interesting lecture on German politics. At first, I will admit that I was skeptical, as I don’t care much for American politics. To my surprise though, our lecturer was able to explain each segment of the German political system in such a way…

Never Forget (May 13)

Powerful. Humbling. Unimaginable. These words illustrate the feeling I had while walking the grounds at the Dachau memorial site, knowing so many others before me had brutally suffered, lived and died — right where I was standing. As we walked the grounds, our tour guide set the stage drawing us back in time, so we…

Embracing the Unexpected (May 12)

Starting off the morning being stranded at a train station probably wasn’t supposed to be on the schedule…nonetheless it was!  This was our first lesson of the day in expecting (or maybe I should say embracing) the unexpected. Here’s the skinny. We were headed to Munich for a city tour and had the chance to…

On Top of the World (May 11)

Today we took a train to Ulm and conquered the largest church tower in the world! Called the Minster, this church is known around the world for its astonishing 530-foot tall spire. The first stone of this beautiful church was laid in 1377 and amazingly, its construction was funded entirely by the citizens of Ulm!…

Amazing Architecture and a Lasting Memory (May 10)

The drive out to Neuschwanstein this morning was breathtakingly beautiful! We passed through a few small picturesque towns while the Alps loomed in the background. Standing tall and dark, the mountains’ peaks still were white with snow. We made it to the bottom of the mountain on which Neuschwanstein stands and started our long walk…

From Star Wars-like Droids to Historic Beauty (May 9)

Today began with a two-hour bus ride as we headed to Continental for a site visit. To pass the time, several of us played cards and attempted to keep the deck from toppling around every corner. Nevertheless, time passed quickly and soon we were signing into the facility. First, we attended a presentation highlighting Continental’s…

Newly Excited to Fold Myself Up German Pretzel-style (May 8)

It’s all business today, at least where our attire is concerned. Our first site visit was to SGL. A presentation was given by an upper level member of the company and focused on both the engineering and business components of SGL. As the son of a mechanical engineer, and an engineering student myself, it’s probably…

Seeing Beauty Within (May 7)

German breakfasts are fantastic! We started the day with a breakfast at the hotel consisting of various cold cuts and cheeses, yogurt and fresh juice. I had no idea what several of the meats were, but they were all so good! After we ate, we headed down and took a city tram to the University…

Exhausted, but Exhilarated! (May 6)

We made it to Germany! Though a long day travel-wise, it was so exciting to finally touch down in Munich. I had never flown internationally before today, so it was quite the experience. I was unable to catch much by way of sleep but made use of the tiny television screen in the back of…

Germany or Bust!

My name is Eric Sherbocker and I am currently a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering here at the University of Pittsburgh. I am a mechanical engineering major with interests in the fields of aerospace and space exploration. I am originally from New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, right outside of the state capital. I currently have…

Meet Plus3 Germany 2018!

Welcome to the Germany Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Professor Lawrence Feick and Arielle Schweber, Pitt Business International Programs, are traveling to Augsburg, Germany with 20 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 5 – May 19. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to BMW, Faurecia,…