Final Reflection

The world is full of billions of people living in hundreds of countries. Within each country, different geographic regions have their own cultures, unique from one another immensely. This gives way to thousands of ways of life that stretch across our globe. But when the world is so diverse, how do we find similarities? How…

May 17th: Austrian Adventure

I woke up abruptly. My alarm was ringing for what felt like hours before I actually woke up. I bolted out of bed, got dressed, and ran downstairs. It was our free day and a group of us needed an early start to make the long trek to Salzburg. I was excited to be in…

May 16th: Cinderella, Where You At?

I was faced with a tough decision this morning. I knew we were headed to the traditional Bavarian breakfast to stuff ourselves with veal sausages and pretzels so I questioned if fried bacon was worth it today. I decided no. For the first morning this trip, I did not eat fried bacon. Without eating, I…

May 15th: Final Presentation Day

I woke up after sleeping in relative to the past two weeks. It was presentation day. The day we’d been preparing for since our acceptance into this program back in January. I was ready. I was in the zone ready to deliver. Of course I started with fried bacon to fuel the day. We hopped…

May 14th: The Monster Münster

Waking up, I knew I needed all the energy I could get. It was a big helping of fried bacon today. It was going to be a long uphill climb and I would need to persevere and fight through. We were headed to Ulm to take on the Münster. As soon as we got off…

May 13th: Oooo Chemistry

Other than Audi, I was probably the most excited for today. So excited that I almost skipped out on friend bacon by mistake. We went to SGL, a carbon fiber company. It was a short bus ride but I still managed to sleep for basically all of it. We showed up to the facility to…

May 12th: Dachau

Of course I started today the way I start every day. Except today, something felt off. The breakfast conversation that typically recaps fun memories from the day before had a somber tone. We filed onto the bus and began mentally preparing for the day ahead. We were headed to Dachau, a concentration camp opened in…

May 11th: Twenty American Teens Touring Munich

After relatively sleeping a lot in comparison to the past few days, I headed down stairs lured by the thought of fresh fried bacon and buttery croissants. I have to give props to the organization of this trip for picking a fantastic hotel with an even better breakfast. We ate with eager minds; I’m pretty…

May 10th: Anyone Want to Work at Faurecia?

I started the day with my usually hotel breakfast of coffee, a croissant, and a large plate of fried bacon. Some people find it boring to get into a routine but I am actually a big fan. The fried bacon is what motivates me to get up and get downstairs for breakfast. Afterwards, we headed…

May 9th: Audi Puts the Group in Awe

After waking up early and getting my daily dose of fried bacon from the hotel breakfast buffet, we headed to Ingolstadt to the Audi headquarters. I know we were all excited to tour the headquarters of a company known for making such visually appealing cars. Immediately as we arrive we are awestruck by the sheer…

May 8th: Smile on my Face, Schnitzel in my Belly

After getting my usual fried bacon from the hotel for breakfast, we headed out to the historic city of Regensburg. It was a long bus ride but it gave all of us some much needed sleep. What I found most fascinating on our tour of Regensburg were the parts of the city that dated back…

May 7th: Views for Miles and Miles

Today was my favorite day so far! After indulging in more fried bacon from the hotel to start my day, we headed for Hirschvogel, our first company visit. Upon arrival we were instantly welcomed to the company and given a very insightful presentation by the Vice President and Head of Engineering Innovation, Dr. Raedt. This…

May 6th: Scavenger Hunt Through History

I started the day with a great breakfast from the hotel consisting of croissant rolls, slices of meat, eggs, and fried bacon. Fried bacon was something I didn’t know existed and I didn’t know I needed. Wow was it good! Afterwards we took the tram to the university and were instantly put to work with…

May 5th: Arrival in Augsburg!

Today we arrived in Germany after a long day of travel! Instantly as we got off the plane I was struck by many unfamiliar brands and advertisements I could not read. However, one thing I found very fascinating was a watch advertisement I saw by baggage claim. I recognized the face of Bastian Schweinsteiger, a…

Saying Servus to Germany!

Hello all! My name is Ryan Earle and I am a freshman in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering. I am majoring in Chemical Engineering with a certificate in Nuclear Engineering and a minor in Economics. I have lived in Pittsburgh for my entire life with my family and, as of recently, our new dog, Buddy!…

Meet Plus3 Germany 2019!

Welcome to the Germany Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Professor Lawrence Feick and Arielle Schweber, Pitt Business International Programs, are traveling to Augsburg, Germany with 20 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 4th- May 18th. The trip will culminate in a business strategy presentation by the University of Pittsburgh students,…