In February 2014 I participated in a two-week scholarship program at the University of Augsburg, Germany. The city has a long civic tradition as a place of trade between Germany and Italy, which made Augsburg quite a wealthy town. Although the city suffered a lot of destruction during the second world war, the wealth of historic times can still be seen in the grand and colorful bourgeois houses and the opulent public buildings like the civic hall with its marvelous gold room (see Pt. II). The weather was surprisingly mild in February and it wasn’t as cold or snowy as I expected it to be, quite on the contrary first signs of early spring where already in the air by the end of February.