Day 13 & 14: Reflection (May 19 & 20)

After nearly a day in airports and airplanes, I’m finally home and writing my final blog entry.  We last left off before my free day and after the Ulm trip.  My free day was spent in and around Augsburg.  We went to the zoo, walked around the city and university, and hung around the hotel…

Day 12: All the way up (May 18)

Today was maybe the earliest start we have had on the trip so far.  We met in the hotel lobby at 7:25 in the morning and headed to the train station to got to Ulm.  Once there, we got down to business immediately climbed the 768 step Muenster, a huge church in the center of…

Day 11: Presentations Part 2 (May 17)

Today’s blog is going to be pretty short as not too much happened today.  I got a late start to the day because my team’s project was finished and I didn’t have to get lunch until noon.  When lunch time arrived, me and my team went back to Mensa at the university to eat and…

Day 10: Neuschwanstein (May 16)

Today we got to sleep in a little bit before we took a bus towards the Austrian border to see Neuschwanstein, a nineteenth-century castle built by Ludwig II of Bavaria.  It was built to be far away and distant from Munich and the responsibility of being king and it does that job.  If I wasn’t paying attention…

Day 9: BMW Welt (May 15)

Today was another highly anticipated event, the trip to BMW headquarters in Munich.  We took a bus there and upon arrival we saw several huge buildings.  There was BMW Welt, or world, where all models of all the BMW brands were on display, the BMW the museum, and the BMW factory.  We first went in…

Day 8: Dachau (May 14)

As I said yesterday, today’s blog will be a short one.  Today we visited Dachau which was the first concentration camp where tens of thousands of people were killed from 1933-1945.  I expected to be able to really feel where I was, but I really didn’t feel too much upon arrival.  It was really quiet…

Day 7: Munich (May 13)

Today is the day we have all been waiting for, the trip to Munich.  Munich is the third largest city in Germany and is the capital of Bavaria.  After a 45 minute train ride from Augsburg we arrived in Munich.  Once there, we learned that there was some kind of religious festival that occurs once…

Day 6: The future of everything (May 12)

Today we took a bus to visit SGL.  SGL is a world leader in the production and application of carbon fiber.  Carbon fiber is lighter, more durable, and stronger than steel, but it is much more expensive.  This is fine when it comes to high quality and luxurious products like sports cars and golf clubs,…

Day 5: How it’s made (May 11)

Today started a little bit differently than other days.  Today, instead of eating breakfast at the hotel, we took  a bus to Baindlkirch, a small town about an hour from our hotel, to eat Veal sausage and pretzels.  The place we went to is owned by the uncle of one of the German students we…

Day 4: Nice View (May 10)

Another early start for us with a 9am visit to Hirschvogel.  Hirschvogel is one of the largest mittelstand companies and are one of the world’s largest metal forging companies with over one billion euros in revenue annually.  They are a secondary supplier to the auto industry and work nearly exclusively with steel.  We toured the…

Day 3: Seats, Interiors, and Clean Mobility (May 9)

Today was the day of the first company visit, Faurecia.  Faurecia is my team’s group.  Faurecia is a tier 1 supplier to many car companies, making seats, interiors, and exhaust systems.  We took the street car there early in the morning and were greeted with a table full of snacks and drinks.  We later learned…

Day 2: Presentations Part 1 (May 8)

After my first full night of sleep in what seems like forever, I woke up for my second day in Augsburg.  We got breakfast in the hotel lobby and then headed to the University. Once there, we met the German students we will be working with for the next two weeks.  My team and I…

Day 1: Dead (tired) on arrival (May 7)

After staying up all night, two flights, a nine hour layover, and a full day in Germany, I’m writing my first blog post.  This is where I will describe each day of my two week long trip to Germany over the summer of 2017.  Today is Sunday, May 7 and I just got back to…

Start Your Engines

Hey, my name is Sam Steinmetz and welcome to my blog!  I’m a business student in the College of Business Administration here at Pitt and am intending to study finance and economics.  I am from a suburb of Philadelphia called Bryn Mawr (the best cheesesteak is made at John’s Roast Pork in South Philly).  Some facts…

Meet Plus3 Germany 2017!

Welcome to the Germany Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Professor Lawrence Feick and Brad Miner, Pitt Business International Programs, are traveling to Augsburg, Germany with 20 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 6 – May 20. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to BMW, Faurecia, Hirschvogel,…