5/18: Sound of Salzburg

Today was probably the best day of the trip. It was a completely free day, so I got to live my dream and visited Salzburg, the filming location for one of my favorite childhood movies: the sound of music. We had to get up fairly early to take a train to Munich for about 45…

Reflection: These Moments will All be Stories Someday

So the trip has ended and I have been home for quite a while now. I put off writing this last blog post mainly because I knew that after I wrote it the trip would officially be over. I continue to post pictures on my Instagram with the caption “take me back” and its true…

Day 13: The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music

The last day of the trip. I was honestly sad to see this day come but it also ended up being probably one of the best days of the entire trip. On this day a group of us decided to travel to a whole different country for the day. Austria! A large group of us…

Day 12: Oberammergau (Obama’s House)

May 17th, our last full day in Germany. We started off the day getting onto a bus to head towards where we would be eating a typical Bavarian breakfast. At the location we learned that a typical Bavarian breakfast consists of pretzels and weisswurst, which you have to take the casing off of before you…

Day 11: The Big Day (Presentation Day)

Today was the day we had all been waiting for. Presentation day. In order to be prepared my group decided to head over to the University of Augsburg early so that we would have enough time to eat lunch and practice our presentation with the German students, who still had classes that day. For lunch…

Day 10: Are H&K okay?

Today is our last site visit at Horauf and Kohler and it only reminds me that the program is soon coming to an end. The program has gone really fast and I’m excited for these last few days but also do not want it to end. To begin our day we woke up bright and…

Day 9: The Site Visit I Was Waiting For

Day nine is the day we would be visiting KUKA which is probably the site visit I had become most excited for. I was excited mainly because at all the other companies we visited they had at least one KUKA robot present, so I was interested in seeing the company that seemed to be a…

Day 8: Dachau Concentration Camp

Today was the day that we would be visiting a concentration camp. Although I knew it would be an emotionally hard day I was still interested in attending as I had visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. with my school both last year and the year before, and I was interested in seeing in…

Day 7: The Day I Spent All My Money

Today was the day that we would be heading to Munich to spend the day there. Munich is a pretty big city so I was excited to get to experience what a city in Germany was like, since Augsburg was more a rural type area. To get to Munich we had to take a train…

Day 6: 19th Birthday

Day six of the trip was a pretty special for me as it was the day of my 19th Birthday. I was extremely thankful to be able to be spending my birthday is a foreign country but was also dreading this day a bit as it was the day that was marked in the calendar…

Day 5: Cinderella’s Castle

Today is the day we would be visiting Neuschwanstein Castle. This was the day I was pretty much the most excited for before coming on the trip as the castle looked exactly like a Disney castle in photos and looked absolutely breathtaking (it was). To get to the castle we had to take a bit…

Day 4: Regensburg – The Town I Want To Move To

Another day in Germany, another day we woke up early to visit another site. This site visit was important as we would be visiting the company that my group was responsible for, Continental. I was excited to visit this company as I had though that they solely produced only tires but through further research I…

Day 3: First Site Visits and 1972 Olympics

Once again I woke up early to prepare for what would be out first Site visit. I didn’t know what to expect of the site visit but nevertheless was excited to get to see first hand an environment that an engineer could be working in. After rushing down stairs and missing breakfast, as I had…

Day 2: Scavenger Hunt (Best Team Photo)

After probably one of the best night’s sleep of my life we woke up bright and early on the second day of the trip to head to the University of Augsburg to start off our day. To get to the University we headed to Königsplatz where we prepared to take the tram to the University….

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…