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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 when I met up with him after work and walked into the press conference, it hit me. Maybe it was the fact that I was the only Caucasian person in the room. Or maybe because...
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 well-received here would never EVER go over well in America. In Act III, as I already described, we have fun little interactive games supplied by our corporate sponsors. GE has its "healthymagination" game- a skeleton appears on the screen...

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 these pavilions yet; I've just snapped photos while walking by.
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 African nations are joined together under roof. The African nations have stalls, booths, rooms- every country is different. Stalls are laden with African goods- sculptures, carvings, jewelry, henna- and each nation proudly flies its flag. The Joint-Pavilion is...

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 a mix of people on these buses. The other day, I stood next to three Korean girls with attempted-ly dyed blonde hair and fake eyelashes, a group of Pacific Islanders dressed in hula-type outfits and...
There are many different types of dangers lurking out there in the big city. Some types are easily identifiable. You see it and you immediately know- hey, that's a bad idea, I shouldn't go there...like this hospital, for instance: Hmm...I just have this gut feeling that any hospital that blinks and has neon lighting just probably isn't the place I'd want to...
There are some things in China that I just do not understand. Like the mystery path, for instance. On every sidewalk in China, there is a narrow bumpy trail. It's quite annoying actually. It hurts to walk on and I always end up finding myself walking on it. Why is it there? What is the point of this bumpy...
I'd say Chinese people are much healthier than Americans in many ways...diet, for example. Obesity does not run rampant in China as it does in America. In fact, minus the big bellies I see on the older men who roll their shirts up after a good meal and waddle down the streets rubbing their stomach, I don't really run...
I never know what to expect when talking to people in a foreign country. The really nice waitress who looked helpful? Snubbed us. The grouchy looking middle-aged woman impatiently waiting for the subway to arrive? Explained the entire subway system to us, pointed out where the stop we were looking for was, and then, because she wanted to be...
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 lost time, we decided to go out for the day, out into the big city. Unfortunately, when you don't know the city at all, you don't exactly know where to go.  My strategy for unknown...
The Shanghai World Expo surrounds the Huang Pu river. On the Pu Xi side of the river are the Corporate pavilions and on the Pu Dong side of the river are the Country ones. The Expo Village, where most Expo volunteers and workers reside, is also on the Pu Dong side. In the mornings, I have to take the Expo...
Well, the jet lag has finally worn off. Two nights ago I went to take a nap at 5:30 PM and ended up waking up at midnight. Whoops. I then ended up waking up constantly the next morning, if you can even call 3 AM morning, waiting for my alarm to go off. Of course, I didn't even hear...

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