Thanks for the Memories

“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading” (Kazuo Ishiguro).   While writing these blogs, I had moments where I was unable to continue typing a story because I was laughing too hard at the memories…

Day 13: Full Circle

Since today is our free day, a bunch of us decided to travel to Salzburg, Austria.  All 14 of us met up in the morning to walk to the train station.  We were able to get day passes for the train since we would have to travel to Munich and switch trains to get to…

Day 12: On Top of the World

Today started rough- I overslept and had 15 minutes to get ready for the day and eat breakfast.  I rushed downstairs to grab a crescent to eat on the bus and joined the group.  This morning was rough for more than me- Liv and Anna completely overslept and were woken up to pounding on their…

Day 11: First Last

Today, the only thing on the agenda was final company presentations at 5:30 pm.  This gave me an opportunity to sleep in, but I made sure to be awake in time for the last 15 minutes of breakfast.  I was not the only one with a similar idea because several other people were in the…

Day 10: The Best Döner

Today was the weirdest day of this trip.  The day started by riding a streetcar to a company visit at Hörauf & Kohler.  However, we did not go to the usual streetcar station.  Instead we walked in the opposite direction to a streetcar stop on the side of the road near our hotel.  We were…

Day 9: Kid in a Candy Store

Today was the day I had been waiting all trip for: the company visit to KUKA!  KUKA is an automation solutions company that manufactures industrial robots.  I had seen several KUKA robots while on tours of other companies in Germany and was excited to final learn about how they are made.  I was a part…

Day 8: Quietness

Today was the most emotionally draining day of this trip.  Today, we visited Dachau, the first concentration camp in Germany.  Dachau served as a model for future concentration camps to follow.  Our tour guide was phenomenal at teaching us about the horrors of the Holocaust in general and at Dachau specifically.  He told us that…

Day 7: I am a Tourist

Our group has had the worst luck with trains.  Today, we rode a train to spend the day in Munich.  Since there was a Bayern Munich soccer game at Allianz Arena in Munich, the trains were packed, even hours before the match.  We boarded the train and discovered all the seats were taken in our…

Day 6: Cinnamon

Today had a rough start as our train was running about half an hour late.  However, this gave us the opportunity to watch other trains at the train station.  We were taking an ICE train to Ulm for the day.  This specific train can travel up to 300 km/h, and the front of the train…

Day 5: Hello MTV, Welcome to My Crib…

Most establishments are closed on Thursdays during May for holidays in Germany, so instead of touring a company we got to tour a castle!  The day started early with a bus ride to the town Neuschwanstein was near.  Then, we had to hike up the hill to the top to see the castle.  As we…

Day 4: Tall Towers

Today started a little bit later than usual, which means I got to sleep in and, hypothetically, should have been well rested.  However, I still managed to nap on the bus ride.  I enjoy that we have been using buses to go to the different locations because it means I can bring my backpack containing…

Day 3: Carbon and Cars

I started this morning by falling asleep during the bus ride to our first company visit.  I woke up shortly before arriving at SGL.  SGL is a company that works with carbon and manufactures carbon fiber.  I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation given by one of the employees because it focused on the engineering aspects of…

Day 2: Scavenger Hunt Shenanigans

I woke up still jetlagged from traveling, but significantly less tired than yesterday.  The hotel has complimentary breakfast, so I woke up early to eat something before leaving for the day.  Since neither of us had a roommate while in Germany, Josh and I decided to be each other’s “roommate” for the trip and went…

Day 1: The Never-Ending Day

I arrived at campus in the early afternoon to spend the night at Pitt before departing for Germany.  After saying goodbye to my family, I checked into Tower A, where I stayed that evening along with other Plus3 participants. All the Plus3 Germany students went to Lulu’s Noodles for a predeparture dinner.  The restaurant had…

Excited for Germany

Hi everyone!  My name is Megan Black and I am extremely excited to travel to Germany in a few short weeks!  My hometown is McMurray, PA, which is about 30 minutes South of Pittsburgh.  I am a freshman in the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  Additionally, I am pursuing…

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,…