Program Reflection! (May 23)

Holy jet lag! I’ve been back in Pennsylvania for the past few days and can confirm that I’ve been falling asleep by 8 PM and waking up at around 4 AM everyday. What a lovely sleep cycle. But enough of that, it’s reflection time! Since I’ve been home, I’ve had the chance to read some…

Salzburg! (May 19)

Wooohooo! Today was the free day of our trip, and we decided to go to Salzburg, Austria! Salzburg is a city right on the border between Germany and Austria. The city is famous for it’s involvement with mining and trading salt. Salzburg also features some incredible palaces, shopping streets, and fortresses. Our day began by…

Final Presentations! (May 18)

It’s the final countdown! Do do do dooooo! Do do do do doooo! Today was the last day of the official Plus3 Germany program. Today we presented our company presentations, which we’ve been working on over the course of the last two weeks. For these presentations, we worked with German students from the University of…

Neuschwanstein Castle! (May 17)

They say pictures are worth a thousand words. I think that is especially true for the trip we went on today. Neuschwanstein is one of the castles built by King Ludwig II, and it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever laid eyes upon. The weather today was perfect for seeing everything the…

Ulm! (May 16)

Lord Ulm-mighty today was a good day! (I know, that pun was pretty cheesy). Today we visited Ulm, one of the most architecturally pleasing cities in Bavaria. The buildings here were stunning, but the cathedral in the center of town really stole the show. Ulm houses the tallest religious cathedral in the world! We toured…

Dachau (May 15)

Today’s blog will be more somber tone, since today we visited the concentration camp, Dachau. Dachau, located outside of Munich, was the first concentration camp opened by the Nazis prior to World War II. It was liberated by the US army in 1945, after running for about 12 years. It was surreal to be walking…

Adventures in Munich! (May 14)

Hallo! Today we toured the very large city of Munich! Munich is the capital of Bavaria, the German state that we are staying in. The city has a very deep history, and had a lot to explore! The first thing we experienced in Munich was a bell show at the Marienplatz. The bells from one…

Grob! (May 13)

Grob? Grob! As you can probably tell, we visited Grob today for our last company tour. Grob is a German manufacturing firm which builds heavy machinery for other companies to use. The first thing I noticed when we arrived at their industrial complex was the size of the place. Grob essentially has it’s own private…

WeiƟwurst and Faurecia! (May 12)

Woohoo! We got to sleep in today! The day started around 7 in the morning, when we boarded the bus to a distant breakfast restaurant. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the view when we arrived was wonderful. Look at that view! It almost looks like the side of the “Dairy Pure” sour cream…

Webasto and BMW! (May 11)

Well… today was another AWESOME day in Germany! We had two company visits today, first with Webasto and second with BMW. Both are German companies with involvement in the automotive industry. Webasto produces roof units for various car companies, alongside charging solutions for electric vehicles and heating solutions for vehicles. BMW produces automobiles (if you…

Hoerbiger and the Alps! (May 10)

Day 3 started bright and early! We left the hotel for our first company tour at Hoerbiger a little after 7 in the morning. The tour was great! Hoerbiger is a German company which specializes in the production of machine parts. In particular, Hoerbiger produces compression and drive components, including safety shutoff valves for pipelines…

Scavenger Hunt! (May 9)

What’s even better than day 1? Day 2! The second day in Augsburg was incredible. We began by touring the University of Augsburg, where we worked closely with the German students to create an introductory presentation for the German firms we are touring. The language barrier proved challenging at some points, but it was very…

Peter’s First Day in Germany! (May 7-8)

And we’re off! The time has finally come to explore Germany! After a few delays at the airport (thank you American Airlines), we landed safely in Munich. Good things really do come to those who wait, however, because my first day in Germany was awesome. We began with a short introductory presentation by Professor Korbinian…

A Little Me Before Germany

If you clicked into this blog post, chances are you’re a bit like me and like things that rhyme. Unfortunately, I don’t have any more rhymes for this post, but while you’re here allow me to introduce myself! My name is Peter Busch, and I am just finishing up my freshman year at the University…