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…

Tag 12: From Augsburg to Salzburg

Today was our last day of the trip before traveling home and we had a free day. The entire group decided we wanted to go to Salzburg which is a city in Austria. It was our first time traveling without our professor or any of the German students so, with our luck, we ran into…

Tag 11: Presentations!

Today (May 18th) was the day all our hard work finally paid off. My group spent the entire morning finalizing and practicing our presentation. We borrowed a class room and practiced in front of an imaginary crowd. They were really good listeners! Then we headed to the canteen to each lunch as a group. Once…

A day in Austria! (May 19, 2022)

For our free day, a bunch of us decided to take a trip to Salzburg, Austria. We got up bright and early to get our Covid-19 tests in order to fly home the next day. Afterwards, I got a coffee at Starbucks to wake me up and got ready to leave for Austria. The ride…

Final Presentations and Goodbyes (May 18, 2022)

Today we had our final presentations for each of our companies. The Grob group met up at 10 AM to travel to the university of Augsburg and meet up with the German side of our group. We practiced a little but got kicked out of classrooms a lot. By the time all of the students…

Crazy King Ludwig (May 17, 2022) 

Today we visited a castle built for king Ludwig in the 19th century. The rooms in the palace that had completed rooms were usually gilded and filled with bright images of Wagners work on the walls. Everything in the palace was ornately decorated. Much of the furniture had intricate carvings in the gothic style and…

The City of Ulm (May 16, 2022)

We visited Ulm today and took a tour of the city. We climbed 300 steps to get halfway up the tallest church tower in the world (other half was closed 🙁 ). The stairs followed a very tight spiral and we all realized we were very out of shape by the time we got to…

Dachau (May 15, 2022)

Today we visited the Dachau Concentration camp. We arrived and walked through the gates with the inscription “work sets you free” on the door. Actually walking through those gates myself made me extremely aware of how many people passed through those gates and never came back out again. As we toured the camp, I felt…

The Great City of Munich (May 14, 2022)

We spent today in Munich touring the city and learning about its history. We visited the new town hall first and got to see the statues at the center of the building move as they played music that rang through the square. We were all amazed that something so old was still functioning so beautifully…

Grob-Werke, E-Mobility, and BMW Talk (May 13, 2022)

Today we finally got to visit the company that I am doing my presentation on. The tour was fascinating as we got to see all of the different machines that Grob makes for other companies like Tesla and VW. The apprenticeship shop was very cool as it had many training areas and places where the…

Weisswurst and Faurecia (May 12, 2022)

We got to get up later today and go to the countryside to try classic Bavarian food. The weisswurst were extremely good after I figured out how to get the casing off of the meat. I also very much liked the sweet mustard on the pretzels. Overall, the food was definitely different from that of…

Off to Germany! (May 7-8, 2022)

The first day of Plus3 was very eventful despite only being a travel day. We first got on the plane to Charlotte, NC on which a lady took my seat claiming that she got a text from delta that her seat had been moved, despite the fact that we were flying American Airlines. I got…

European Escapades: Day 14 & Reflection

“The scariest thing about distance is you don’t know whether they’ll miss you or forget about you” ~The Notebook 5/20/2022 Today was somewhat bittersweet since we headed to the airport to go our separate ways. We had a very early start today since most of us were on the flight to Charlotte, NC, departing at…

First Group Presentations (May 9th)

The day started off with everyone meeting downstairs for breakfast in the hotel lobby. We were greeted by a light buffet of meats, cheeses, breads, and beverages. We then made our way to the street car as a group. The street cars in Augsburg are a cut above the Port Authority buses back in Pittsburgh….

European Escapades: Day 13

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ~Andy Warhol 5/19/2022 This post is dedicated to Zach. He, unfortunately, was unable to join the group in Austria due to unforeseen circumstances, so I wanted to dedicate this post to him. Today was a fantastic day! We got a free…

4 Airports, 3 Planes, 2 Days, 1 Trip (May 7th/ 8th)

The morning of May 7th was a very exciting one. It was the first official day of the trip. We would be flying from Pittsburgh, to Charlotte, and arriving in Munich the morning of the 8th to begin our program, but this leg of the journey did not go as planned. When we landed in…

May 20th – It’s Not Goodbye Yet, It’s Auf Wiedersehen For Now

Captain’s Log: Epilogue It truly saddens me that we have finally reached the epilogue of this journey. Time really does fly when you’re having fun 😞 Let’s briefly touch on the events of today, so we can get to the reflection. I woke up at about 5 AM, finished packing my stuff, and headed down…

The Last Day in Germany, Not in Germany

(5/19/22) As you can see by the title, I actually left Germany for the final day of this trip. When the itinerary was first given out, I saw that today, May 19th, was our only free day. With it being the day I was most excited for, I knew I had to do something special….

The End of the Program

(5/18/22) I’d like to start this blog off right at midnight. Once I saw the clock strike twelve, I texted one of my brothers “Happy German Birthday”. He is back in the states on Eastern Standard Time, so it was only 6 PM the night before and not his birthday just yet for him. However,…