So, How was Germany? – Day 13 and Reflection

Phoebe Katz, May 20 and June 4th On the final day of the trip, I finally tried the hotel waffles. I ate them with bacon and it was delicious. On the way to the airport I listened to the new Harry Styles album (I loved every second. Matilda is a work of art. He is…

Are we there yet? – Day 10

Phoebe Katz, May 17 Today, we had a series of cultural visits. We started with a long bus ride to Neuschwanstein castle. The location of the castle was beautiful. There was a beautiful landscape of mountains and a lake. After appreciating the scenery for a while, we climbed up the mountain to the entrance of…

Wait, How many steps are there? – Day 9

Phoebe Katz, May 16 I got a great night of sleep last night so I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. I had two egg sandwiches for breakfast instead of my usual one because I was feeling hungry after my lack of dinner last night. Then we walked to the train station…

May 19th- Final Full Day

Here we are, our last full day on the trip. I am trying not to think about it too much because I don’t want it to be over. But, today we are spending our free time in Salzburg. We started off the morning taking our covid tests to ensure we were able to go home…

Where should we eat? – Day 7

Phoebe Katz, May 14 We finished the industry trips yesterday, so our day today was a cultural visit to Munich. We took the train in and walked a short distance from the Hauptbanhof to a large plaza where we met our tour guide. The walk was interesting because it was through an area without cars…

Germany, You Have My Heart

When I heard past students talk about Plus 3, they talk about how amazing the trip was, how great the Augsburg students were, and how much they loved the city, but somehow, it doesn’t do it justice.  This trip has given me more memories in two weeks than entire summers in Pittsburgh.  I would not…

The Krauss Khronicles Tag 9: Dachau

Today we visited Dachau, the first concentration camp built by the Nazis. Although I’ve read plenty of books in school and visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Israel, nothing could really prepare me for how upsetting it would be to walk through an actual concentration camp. We started our tour right outside the front…

The Krauss Khronicles Tag 8: München Munchies

We had another much needed late start today at 9 A.M! Although I enjoyed the company visits, I won’t miss our excessively early wake-up times. We took the tram to the train station, where the train was about 3 minutes late. This simply wouldn’t fly in the U.S. According to Dr. Feick, the trains in…

The Krauss Khronicles Tag 7: Grob!

Today we had our last early-morning wakeup, and I enjoyed a quick power nap on our way to Grob, our final company visit. Grob Werke is a family owned company, which has maintained the Grob name for three generations. I was amazed by Grob’s facility, as it might as well have been a college campus! …

Company Visit and Purple Cabbage, Typical German Day

For our final company visit, we visited GROB Werke.  The tour was nice and the facility was massive.  GROB creates machines used in the production of cars.  In addition, GROB uses its own machines to create other new products to sell.  One thing that only GROB really highlighted was their customer service.  They work 24/7…

That’s All She Wrote – Plus3 Germany Reflection

And just like that, we’re back home. It’s crazy how fast time goes by. For starters, we all made it back home thankfully, but we had the farthest thing from a seamless experience at the German airport, I don’t think they like Americans very much. I’ve never gotten pat-down and searched in my life but…

Sightseeing in Salzburg – Day 12

Last full day in Germany, so so sad :(. We started off our day early getting lovely covid tests and thankfully they came back negative. Those 15 minutes after the lady tickled my brain was very nerve-wracking but we ended with a celebratory Starbucks trip before we headed back to the hotel for breakfast. We…

Doomsday and the Last Supper (not really) – Day 11

It’s finally here, the main deliverable of this entire trip. It was kind of rough sleeping last night, not because I didn’t have faith in my group, but always have really bad nerves right before a big presentation. Especially because I have never given a 25-minute presentation before. My group had breakfast early in the…

May 18th- Presentation time

Today was the day. After all the company visits, today was the day we would all present about each one. My group was assigned BMW, which I was very happy with at the time because it was the only one I knew. However, after all the company visits I would’ve been happy being assigned any…

May 17th- Hey Siri, play “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran.

Next destination on the agenda? Neuschwanstein. The days are counting down as today is virtually the last day on the schedule besides the final presentations. I am so not ready for this trip to be over. We hopped on our last bus ride to Neuschwanstein and after some driving through the countryside we made it…

Tag 12: From one country to the next!

For our final day in Germany, and our first completely free day, the group made a decision to stick together, and we took a train to Salzburg, Austria. Arriving at the train station, a couple of us were especially worried about our train being late, and to no surprise, our train was delayed a whole…

Over Too Soon

Bright and early, here we go!  We left the hotel around 5:30 am after a light breakfast.  By that point in the morning, I had already fought with my luggage and I was ready to send my checked bag on its way.  Luckily, it was under 50 pounds and they accepted it.  At this point,…

German and Austrian Trains are Not Our Friend

On our last full day in Germany, we left Germany.  Before leaving for Germany there was speculation about what we would do on our free day.  Every major city that was not Munich was 4 hours away by train.  After 4 hours there and back, our day would’ve been shot.  All the group knew was…

Good Country, Better Company

Today was the big day-Presentation day.  Each group had its own schedule but we all had to be at the University ready to present at 1 pm.   My group met at 10 that morning to start rehearsing.  In earlier working sessions, we rehearsed, but this is the first time we would practice with a…