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March 14, 2012

I have truly enjoyed my experience in India. It is intriguing to see a country that can boast over 7% GDP growth each year (for the past decade) and that was able to stay so strong in the financial crisis. Consumer demand is king in India, noting that with 1.2 billion people approximately 1 out of 7 individuals in the world is Indian. While visiting Gujarat we were able to visit a variety of production companies and also the Chief Minister of the state. Today we are in New Delhi (the city/state capitol of India) and visited Parliament as well as the managing director of HDFC Bank.

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March 14, 2012

I'm not much of a photographer, so when I headed off for a week of travel in India prior to the start of our official international experience, I left my camera charger behind. Mistake! I ran out of battery on Day 1 and spent the rest of the week with no camera, no internet, and no journal. My mother will not be happy, but it was liberating to live in the moment in the midst of the shutterbug tourists. We have a week between the end of classes and the start of international experience.

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March 13, 2012

Maybe you have seen Slumdog Millionaire? Or Season 8 of “24”? Or possibly even Mission Impossible 4? If so, then you have seen Anil Kapoor in action; a Bollywood movie star in India and a rising star in Hollywood in the United States. Hearing Mr. Kapoor speak was a true honor. He is an extremely gracious man and was glad to have a candid sit-down conversation with our group. One of the things that interested me most was his description of Bollywood. While Bollywood movies are extremely popular in India, Mr.

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March 12, 2012

Greetings from China! I arrived in Shanghai a week ago on my International Experience. I traveled from Shanghai’s Pudong Airport on a recently-built 300 km/hr Maglev train and soon encountered an old-fashioned taxi scam. I had arrived at the Maglev station with clear instructions about what to do: bypass those people who verbally offered me a taxi and head straight to the official taxi line. I assumed I probably wouldn’t get a cabbie who would try to rip me off. After waiting in line for a little bit, I got a cabbie who tried to rip me off.

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March 12, 2012

This year's Economic development-focused IE is, sadly, halfway through. We just completed our first full day in Vietnam after spending almost a week in Bangladesh and the difference in level of development is striking even at first glance.Our Bangladesh visits spanned the entire spectrum of key organizations in the development world - from luxury office buildings in Dhaka to factories in the export district and communities in remote rural villages.

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March 12, 2012

Bettina is a fellow classmate on my trip to China and had the following dispatch from Shanghai: Nǐhǎo from Shanghai! My name is Bettina and I am a first-year student at the Yale School of Management. Paul kindly agreed to let me “guest post” on his blog as we travel together in China for our International Experience Trip. Like many of my classmates on this excursion, this is my first visit to China. In fact, it is my first visit to Asia. Our ten day course began in Shanghai.

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March 11, 2012

Although I am only halfway through my trip in Chile, I already find it hard to sum up how amazing this trip has been and what I've gained from my time here. The trip is divided into two parts mostly, Santiago and outside Santiago (Vina del Mar, Valparaiso). Similarly, my first post will concentrate on Santiago and the next one will touch on the experience outside Santiago. {C}The itinerary is top-notch and it has been amazing to meet, listen to and converse with the line-up of distinguished speakers including: Mr.

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March 6, 2012

So, while I was on that side of the Earth I figured that I would make a stop through Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Boy was I in for a surprise! First and foremost, Dubai is HUGE from a land perspective. It is a sprawling city that only has about 5 million people. Also, there is a ton of construction throughout the city; you can see that when the economic crisis hit building virtually stopped. However, the infrastructure is growing steadily and the buildings are absolutely beautiful in the city.

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March 3, 2012

Our formal International Experience starts during the second half of our Spring Break, so a good friend of mine and I decided to head to Istanbul for the week before our time in Israel. I had been to the city before . . .but this time around, I got to take in the sites on both the European and Asian sides. We went to the classic tourist locations: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque. My favorite is the Suleymaniye Mosque - (see photo below) - I always feel amazingly inspired but totally at home here.

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February 25, 2012

Writing this from an authentic Bangkok hostel with 8 minutes of coin-prepaid internet remaining on the dial I wanted to introduce myself and lead into the series of International Experience (IE) posts we will all be contributing over the next 3 weeks from different corners of the world. My official IE trip begins on Monday the 6th in Dhaka and will continue through rural Bangladesh and into Vietnam. Our professor and TAs have put together an amazing schedule of diverse visits and a Bonsai River cruise for treat.

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