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It was my first time out of the country without my parents, so I was a little nervous, but once we lifted-off for Europe, the excitement of the trip outweighed my anxieties. In Frankfurt, Germany, we were met by the local guide and had our first glimpse of Germany’s business capital. Frankfurt is a beautiful city, with so much to learn about European business practices, as well as culture and history. We visited the Central Bank of Germany, the Deutsche Bundesbank, and the American Chamber of Commerce while we were in Germany.

Next, we traveled to Salzburg, Austria, best known as the location of “The Sound of Music.” There, we learned about local business practices too, but had a little more flexibility to explore the alpine villages and sample the culture. One of the highlights was touring Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, which is a tiny cabin-turned-restaurant at the top of the Alps. There was snow on the ground in late May! We had good visits to Palfinger, a large crane company, and the Salzburg Congress Center.

Our final destination was Prague, Czech Republic. Here we attended a lecture at the University of New York in Prague, and made some new friends of the local students. We toured factories like Wikov Gear, Crystal Bohemia, and Pilsner Urquell, and met with a Czech Senator. We also visited Terezin, just outside of the city, the site of a World War II concentration camp. I think Prague was my favorite destination of the trip.

I recommend study abroad to everyone I know, because it is the only way to earn class credit while experiencing other cultures, histories, and ways of life. I will always cherish my summer abroad and the chance to make lasting friendships with my fellow Terry Travelers.