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Shanghai World Expo 2010

In 2010, I worked at the Shanghai World Expo as a student ambassador for the USA Pavilion, greeting visitors and introducing exhibits in Mandarin / English. The weather was muggy, the pavilion was crowded, and my Chinese improved RAPIDLY!

The USA Pavilion and the Expo Itself

The Shanghai World Expo surrounds the Huang Pu river. On the Pu Xi side of the river are the Corporate pavilions and on the...

A Lithuanian Drunk

Last night, the USA Pavilion hosted a 4th of July party for all the USA staff inside the pavilion. We closed down the pavilion to visitors...

China’s Not-So-Subtle Mimicry

Oh, Hai Bao. The cute blue World Expo 2010 mascot that ever so slightly resembles Gumby...perhaps a side-by-side comparison is needed to see the similarities. Some...

Burundese, Chinese, and Me

When Francois (read how I met Francois) invited me to attend Burundi's National Day, I guess I didn't really think what that entailed. But...

The World on One Bus

Going to work every morning, I take the World Expo staff bus.  All the other pavilion workers do as well, so you get quite...

Now You Can Pretend You Visited the World Expo

The time has come for me to bestow all my valuable Shanghai World Expo 2010 knowledge that I have accrued gradually over time on you....

Some Pavilion Pictures

The following African pavilions are not part of the African Joint-Pavilion. They each have their own building. Unfortunately,  I haven't been able to visit...

A Friendly Stranger and a Failed Spontaneous Adventure

Our exciting plans to explore Shanghai last night evaporated when our 5pm rejuvenating nap became a 17 hour slumber. To make up for yesterday's...

Pats of Butter for You and You

If you are ever planning on starting a business in China, I'd strongly suggest learning about the Chinese culture first. Some of the gimmicks that are...

The Ever Vigilant, Oh So Patient USA Ops Team

The Student Ambassadors who work on the ground floor of the USA National Pavilion are called the "Ops Team" (as in operations). We organize...

Goodbye World Expo

The Shanghai World Expo 2010 is officially over. It lasted 184 days, from May 1 to October 31st, and received more than 73.08...

Quirks of the Chinese People

It's always interesting when you go to a different country and see locals acting in a way that is shocking to you and completely natural to...

Off to Burundi in the Morn!

Yesterday after work, I had some free time so I headed off to the African Joint-Pavilion. Unlike other countries that have huge buildings to themselves, the...

Different Language, Same Result

I never know what to expect when talking to people in a foreign country. The really nice waitress who looked helpful? Snubbed us. The...

A Day in the Life of a USA Student Ambassador

My last day of work as a 1st session Student Ambassador at the USA Pavilion was a few days ago. Now I'm finished and the 2nd...
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