A Trip Down Memory Lane (Day 13)

Today was bittersweet. It was our last full day in Germany, but it was also the day I was going to meet family members I had never met before. My aunt (my father’s sister) moved to Germany with my father when she was in her early 20’s. Although my father moved back to Bosnia, my…

Day 12: Shang-Bye, Shanghai

Our final full day in China is here, and needless to say all of us are pretty sad about it. We’re seeing the Yu Garden today as well as the market surrounding it, and then our final presentation is in the afternoon followed by the farewell dinner. It always seemed like the farewell dinner was…

Strangers Waiting, Up and Down the Cable Car (Day 12)

Knock knock knock knock knock. I woke up this morning in a haze to someone pounding on our door. I thought it was the maid, and I was ready to give her a piece of my mind for waking me up at an ungodly time in an ungodly manner. Thankfully, Liv answered the door. “ANNA…

Hoeko 2k18 (Day 10)

Today was the last official day of company visits! The time really flew by and it made me sad to think that our time in Germany was coming to an end. Our last company was Hörauf & Kohler (shortened to H&K), a company in the plastics industry that focuses on using injection molding to make…

Cuckoo for KUKA! (Day 9)

  After a considerable break from company visits, we were scheduled to visit KUKA, which manufactures robots, today. We saw a glimpse of these robots, as well as ABB robots, at the BMW factory last week.   Before our tour, though, we were set to go to the University of Augsburg and listen to a…

“The World is Still Full of Good People – Like You” (Day 8)

While we have been learning about it the entirety of our lives in school, nothing compares to standing in the exact spot where it all happened. You really do not expect it to hit as hard as it does. Even though the Holocaust occurred before our time, it still impacts us and the world around…

Allez Allez Allianz Arena! (Day 7)

I have been looking forward to today for over a week now! Before our trip, Bob and I were discussing how great it would be to see Allianz Arena while we were in Munich, which got the whole ball rolling. I emailed Arielle asking her how much free time we would have in Munich after…

U = lm^2 (Day 6)

Get the title? Do you? Ulm is the birthplace of Albert Einstein, who came up with the famous formula E = mc2. Another one of my prouder moments on the trip.   Today was the day I had heard so much about. Today was the day the panel of German students from last year warned…

All Hail the King of . . . Swanson? (Day 5)

Another early morning. Another Ibis Hotel croissant to get me through the day. Another nap on the bus. Luckily, I got the entire back row to myself today, so I could lay across all five seats. Unfortunately, I missed most of the scenery of the Alpine foothills on the drive to Neuschwanstein Castle. Let it…

At Least Regensburg Doesn’t End in a ‘Y’! (Day 4)

  From Pittsburgh to Harrisburg to Geneva to Allentown to Nuremburg . . . I think you get the gist. No, we did not go on another excursion outside of Germany and across the world. Today was our longest bus ride to visit Continental, an automotive manufacturing company that specializes in tires, as well as…

Last day

Today was our last full day in Milan. We went to the Milan fashion library where designers go to get inspiration. They have a wide variety of magazines to look at. The tour guide also told us that students from the nearby university come by to learn about fashion. We then went to the farewell…

Second to last day

Today in Milan we went on a walking tour of a part of the city we had not seen yet. We learned more about the impact fashion has on the city. We got to tour a store that was doing very well in Milan. It had five floors. The first floor was all technology, the…

Hello Milan

Today we went on a few site visits. First we visited a logistics center for the place we visited yesterday. There they gave us a presentation on the logistics of the company. We learned about their factory and how they get the products from production to end consumer. They stressed the organization of their warehouse…

A Bean’s Movement

We visited several different coffee farms during our trip to Costa Rica. Different coffee plantations use several techniques to ensure high quality of the bean and maximum yield. For example, some companies will allow two trees to grow side by side to save space. I learned that coffee plants are first planted in a pot…

Plus3 Ireland: Three Years Forward (12)

Three years ago, I was finishing my senior year of high school. I was terrified to enter into the great unknown world of college. Since then, I’ve figured some things out, learned some life lessons, and gained some relevant experience. It may seem like I have it all together in comparison, but it will be…

They don’t have ranch dressing here but they do have garlic mayo (11)

Hello my loyal blog readers, happy Thursday! Unfortunately our days in Ireland are coming to an end. However, we had quite an eventful day yesterday– we visited the town of Kilkenny and the Wicklow Mountains, which was filled with gorgeous scenery, a field smelling of coconuts, and fun facts from our favorite tour guide from…

Dota: Cooperative Magic

Today we visited the Café Privilegios. Café Privilegios is made up of 900 different coffee producers. This means that they receive their coffee beans from 900 individual growers. A large portion of these numbers come from families who decided to invest in the coffee industry. An advantage to this cooperative style is that Café Privilegios…

Alexa Alexa, Show Me the Money (9)

Hello and Happy Wednesday! It has been an eventful past few days. To catch the readers up to speed, Monday included a site visit to Amazon, an 8-mile stress run, and lots of deep thinking about how technology will eventually end all of mankind. For me, hearing from Amazon and AWS was everything I anticipated…

Goodbye Verona

Today was our last day in Verona. We were given free time until 2:40 so we took the time to explore the city a little bit. I personally went to the top of the hill overlooking the city. It had quite the view. I happened to run into a few of the other students of…