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March 23, 2014

In the mid-1980s Brazil was emerging from military dictatorship into an uncertain future.  The Brazilian philosopher Roberto Unger characterized this transition as a time of both “paralyzing confusion” and “transformative opportunity” (Unger 1987, 69).  The sheer scale of change required was simultaneously daunting and liberating.  

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March 16, 2014

We started the trip with celebratory caipirinhas (a traditional Brazilian drink made with sugar, lime and cachaca, which is a sugar cane liquor) as we reviewed our impressively full 10-day schedule of meetings, prepared for us by our fabulous 2nd year TAs, Priscilla Balla and Kalil Diaz. In the past two days, we’ve enjoyed candid meetings with top Brazilian executives in industries ranging from consulting to oil and gas to energy and beyond.

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June 9, 2013

Sakura (cherry blossoms) in Caulkins Courtyard. Not actually Japan, but we were there a little too early to see a great number of cherry blossoms. Sorry ‘bout that. Photo by Dennis’ iPhone. Here is the much-delayed follow-up to my first post on Japan, Frames, Trains, and Automobiles. I really wanted to get this to all of you right after our International Experience ended, but, alas, the craziness that is the first week of Spring 2 put a hitch in that plan...

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By: Ada Wan
March 29, 2013

Though “land of contrasts” is a common description of both Africa as a continent and South Africa in particular, in retrospect, I don’t think it is possible to fully grasp the full import of that statement until you experience it yourself. At least, during the remainder of my International Experience there, the nonchalant juxtaposition of contrasts in natural beauty, modernity and quality of life—among other areas—provoked a sort of psychological whiplash on a daily basis.

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March 24, 2013

Bali sunrise volcano hike!

Greetings from Bali! Now that I have been able to have a little bit of rest and relaxation in Bali after my Global Social Enterprise (GSE) and International Experience (IE) trips, I can actually reflect and share some of my experiences in Indonesia. One of the unique aspects of my trip to Indonesia was its focus on international development and natural resources, led by professor of developmental economics, Mushfiq Mobarak.

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March 20, 2013

Greetings from IE Brazil! After spending a week in Sao Paulo visiting with distinguished Brazilian organizations–from large companies like Ambev to nonprofits like Greenpeace–it began to feel like all of Brazil looked like Manhattan. We spent days in beautiful office buildings meeting with men and women in pressed suits. Although we knew that Brazil was an emerging economy, we saw economic prosperity everywhere we looked. That's what made one of our first visits in Rio so fascinating and inspiring.

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March 18, 2013

Inside Asiana's Boeing flight simulator.

Anyeonghaseyo from South Korea! 40 of us are currently on a train en route from Seoul to Busan. The past four days have been full of company visits where we saw some amazing new technology at LG, met K-pop stars at FNC, and rode in a flight simulator at Asiana Airlines; sightseeing; and lots of Korean barbecue and soju.

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March 14, 2013

The truly awesome Shwedagon Pagoda in downtown Rangoon, and our first sunset in Burma.

I'm writing this post from the gate at Rangoon airport in Burma, (officially known as Myanmar). I've just spent the most wonderful 10 days touring and trekking the newly-opened country with 6 of my classmates, and am about to fly to Tokyo to begin my International Experience (IE). Wait. Let me back up just a little bit.

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March 13, 2013

Olá from Sao Paulo, Brazil! I am blogging from IE Brazil command central, the Renaissance Marriott in the lively Jardins district of Sao Paulo. The International Experience, or IE, is a required international trip for all first-year SOM students. We picked our destination from six possible countries, and having never been to South America, I was excited about seeing the "B" in BRIC in person. For some in our group, Sao Paulo is the next step in a series of sun-filled Central and South American pre-trip adventures.

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