Trip Region: Eastern Europe
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $2220
Airfare Estimate: $1500
Nightlife: 3 • Activity: 2
You’ve killed it on the GMAT and passed the infamous Ross group interview – now it’s time to celebrate becoming a student again! We’ll be having a once (till you lead a trek next year)-in-a-lifetime experience through Eastern Europe to enjoy the culture, food and nightlife. We’ll utilize Michigan’s Action Based Learning approach in exploring Vienna’s music scene before jetting (or busing) off to Budapest and finishing off in Belgrade! Unique experiences, new skills and fun times will be had via bicycle tours, visiting local breweries, and bonding with your group of MBA2 leaders. With a unique combination of backgrounds and skills in every MBA career track (consulting, marketing, operations…), this trek will offer something fun and exciting for the new class of incoming Rossers!
Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 21
After arriving in the Wonderbar Vienna in the late afternoon or evening, we will go for an authentic Viennese dinner to soak in the atmosphere and reflect on how we have the next week and a half to enjoy away from Ann Arbor.
Day 2 — Monday, Aug 22
Waking up on a new continent for the first time should get our energy surging enough to really go out and explore the fabulous compact city centre of Vienna. Gothic architecture, Austro-Hungarian palaces, and world famous opera houses are just some of the wonders we’ll see. Sound awesome? And I haven’t even mentioned the ride on the famous Prater Ferris Wheel yet!
Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 23
Had enough walking around during the walking tour of Vienna? Prefer to have a day revolved around beer and music… well good news! Today we will be visiting the House of Music museum, since we all know Austria is famous for it’s music. And since we’re pretty sure that whole area is known for it’s beer as well, we’ve decided to check out a local brewery too. is there anything better in life than beer and music?
Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 24
Tired of museums, beer and music? No? Well, maybe a Slovakian castle will change your mind. Upon leaving Vienna, we will be spending an afternoon (or a full day) in the lovely city of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia? There could be worse places for a pit stop on our way to Budapest. Finally, that evening we arrive in Budapest where we’ll have the night to explore. Try not to stay out TOO late because we have a big day planned for tomorrow.
Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 25
Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! BICYCLE TOUR OF BUDAPEST!!! Time to really explore this wondrous city the best way possible, on bike. Ride through Heroes’ Square and feel like a hero yourself! After the bike tour, we’ll visit the… House of Terror!!!! Despite what many of us leaders believed at first, the house of Terror is not a haunted house. We’ll have some time to explore and end the night with a PUB CRAWL!!!
Day 6 — Friday, Aug 26
Ah man, that pub crawl was a great idea! But now you’ll probably just want a day to relax and well… just eat. Well we’ve got good news for you! Today we’ll be exploring Budapest the best way possible… through food! Wait wait wait, 3 to 4 hour eating tour? Yes! No need to be hungry in Hungary anymore!
Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 27
This is the day to sleep in and recover from all the eating and drinking from the night before. We’ll start the afternoon off with some leisurely kayaking. Following the theme of the day, we’ll relax at a traditional Budapest bath house. We know what you’re thinking..but think more Vegas pool party. Last stop of the day is, you guessed it..more drinks at the local watering hole.
Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 28
After a crazy time in Budapest (yes, we have to), it’s time to take some recovery time and just do relax for a little while, and what better way to kill time than taking a long bus ride to Serbia. Most of the day will be spent on a bus but we’ll be getting into Belgrade just in time for what Belgrade is known for… nightlife!
Day 9 — Monday, Aug 29
Time for a walking tour of Belgrade and a chance to truly explore this city. Highlights include the Tesla Museum (ya, who knew he was Serbian!) and a River Cruise on the Danube with you Nubes… I mean new Rossers.
Day 10 — Tuesday, Aug 30
All good things come to an end and MTrek is no different but now you’ll have some new amazing friends to explore Ann Arbor with when you get back!
John “Homeboy” Zhang
John, earning the nickname of Italian homeboy (ask him in person), grew up on the streets of East L.A., with boba tea and all-you-can-eat Korean B.B.Q. He is the king of unusual trivia and can typically be found drinking “spirit water” for “hydration” regardless of day of week or time of day. In his former life, John developed an expertise in not only all things tech but acquired a keen sense direction; he will not hesitate to ask for directions when lost, although he’s never been lost before. With high hopes of being a famous or infamous photographer, he’ll be sure to capture all the memorable moments of this mTrek regardless of how blurry they are in our memories.
Ashna “Cali Girl” Bhardwaj
Ashna “Cali Girl” Bhardwaj – While she seems sweet and innocent at first glance, little does the world know of Ashna’s ability to outdrink all the boys on that free Skeeps tab. Hailing from California, like everyone else, she decided to leave the beach for the hustle and bustle of NYC. After an eight year stint in the city, she decided it was time for a change. As a new Midwesterner, she embraces all things Michigan. Like the BUS and running ten minutes late. But like a true Cali Girl, she has learned how to avoid the cold by driving literally everywhere and has figured out how to sustain life off of tacos and margaritas. She has also been known to outsleep everyone else on vacation – and will be directing you to all the other trek leaders for any early morning activities.
Jordan “Boozerman” Shusterman
After moving to Ann Arbor from Montreal (that’s in Canada for those unaware), Jordan quickly realized that Americans have a slightly different vocabulary. It took a bit of time, but he has finally accepted some common American concepts like “tailgating” and “being sober”. As a Tauber student, he has a tendency to talk a little bit too much about operations and efficiency but luckily he seems to forget all about that at the mention of food, drink, travel or scuba diving. When not at Skeeps or wandering the streets of Ann Arbor lost, Jordan can often be found at HopCat eating half priced burgers and drinking delicious Michigan beer. Aside from that, Jordan has a talent of being able to wake up early and “do stuff” even after a night of hard drinking making some people question his sanity.
Jean “Homegirl” Xie
Raised in the cornfields of suburban I-Owa, Jean decided to educate herself in the south (which in the eyes of any Iowan is Missouri) to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a businesswoman, since apparently “Princess” wasn’t a real major. After graduation, Jean decided it was time to frolic in the frozen tundra of Minnesota to work for a certain bullseye retailer. At Ross, she’s proving to herself and the world just how much of a “sports” fan she can be (ie: BUSing it up and drinking that FireBeer). Usually the first and last one out on any weekend night, you’ll typically find Jean is always down to try something new and get into all sorts of adventures. Hungary may just not be ready to handle Jean’s unique ability to be lovable and sassy all at the same time.
Andrew “ChoclatGiddyup” Hinkson
Andrew “Choclat Giddyup” (see Twitter handle) hails from the land of Zamunda, which we think is somewhere on the East Coast. With dreams of running, literally running, Wall Street someday, Andrew not only has banking skills, but also some mad dance moves. In his free time, Andrew enjoys a good Deutschland beer as well as his insatiable need to have a constant supply of Twizzlers on hand. His even-keeled personality will make Andrew the ultimate peacemaker of this trek.