An Unexpected Turn

With only two weeks left, my weekend plans got derailed. I wanted to go to visit Potsdam but unfortunately, I got a crippling headache and spent Friday and Saturday laying in bed. Thankfully, on Sunday my head was feeling a bit better so I was able to get out and go to Mauerpark for some…

Weekend Getaway

Szia! In this last week, I spent time in Budapest, Hungary. We each were allotted two vacation days for working full time in the month of June and some of us chose to use those days for a long weekend in Budapest. The two things that I most wanted to do were visit the thermal…

Heat Strikes Berlin

Hallo wieder! This week has been quite exciting. Last Thursday, I attended a networking event hosted by the ambassador of Botswana. It was a really lovely evening where I got to speak with former Pitt students of both the College of Business Administration and Katz School of Business as well as some Pitt staff and…

Halfway Through Berlin

Morgen! This past week has been very tiring for me but also filled with lots of interesting events. Over the weekend I visited the Jewish Museum. It was a very informational museum and I’m glad I visited, however, the information is profound and I felt it weighing on me as I walked through the different…

Redoing My Daily Routine

Wie geht’s?  Ich bin sehr müde but otherwise I’m doing well. I’m having so much fun here in Berlin, but I wish the time would slow down! Last weekend I went on a beach trip to swim at Strandbad Wannsee with some of the people from my program. It was a very nice beach. Our…

Finally Settling In – Berlin

Willkommen zurück! This week has been less eventful but still going really well. It was nice to slow down an experience some of the more relaxing day-to-to day intricacies of life in Berlin. I went to the laundromat and had a laugh because I didn’t know what the symbols on the machine were so I had…

First Week at Vencon!

Fröhlichen Donnerstag! My first week of work is almost at an end! The time has flown by so far. At my internship, I have met the partners of the office as well as many of the other employees. On my first day I got set up with my own computer and keys and was tasked…

Berlin Check-In

Guten Tag! (at least it’s early afternoon for me in Berlin) Being in Berlin for five days now feels unreal. I have had such an amazing time. After nearly missing my connection flight (and my luggage actually missing it), I finally received my suitcase three full days after I landed. This first week during orientation,…

Berlin Beginnings

Hallo, my name is Kira Ota. I’m a 5th year senior at Pitt majoring in business information systems with a minor in German and I will graduate at the end of the fall semester. I grew up in New Jersey, only about 30 minutes outside of Philly, with my parents and two brothers. My family…