It's a bit odd, blogging about my experience working abroad instead of studying abroad. Obviously I have to be a bit more careful about what I say, because you never know who could be reading . . . (Shout-out to any and all past, present, and future bosses.) I can't just post every detail of every day now either, because some of it might be considered confidential. Plus, giving you every detail of every day would be boring for both of us.
What I can do is let you in on what I was doing in China in the first place: I was helping represent a St. Louis-based start-up company called Sage Exports. The company's goal is to provide export brokerage for Missouri companies interested in selling goods to China.
The trip was a grand success both personally and professionally. I discovered several important things about myself: 1) I still love China, 2) My Chinese skills, while somewhat diminished, still work, and 3) Shanghai is still the coolest city I've ever been to, and I hope to call it home some day soon. As a member of a government delegation, I was also able to make some important connections that could lead to other opportunities in the future.
The trip was eight days long and covered three cities (Beijing, Shijiazhuang, and Shanghai. Try pronouncing that middle one three times fast).
Here I am at the US General Consulate with the Asian representative for Bass Pro Shops:
Staying at the Ritz-Carlton didn't hurt my love affair with Shanghai either, though. Sigh.