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Discovering Shanghai

Discovering Shanghai

June 4 Beijing, China For our last three days in China, we visited Beijing for a whirlwind of cultural sights. On our first day, we visited the Forbidden City – the most infamous palace in China. Closed off to commoners, it served as the country’s governmental center for almost 500 years. Walking around the palace was amazing, because for me it was almost impossible...

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Creating a Competitive Market

Creating a Competitive Market

May 17 Comunidad de Ponta Da Terra, Amazonas, Brazil In Amazonas, it’s impossible to study economic development without spending significant time away from the city of Manaus. Manaus is responsible for over 90 percent of Amazonas’ economic strength, so continued development in the city is a priority. But in the rural areas of Amazonas, where half the population...

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Close Encounters at the Bongani Mountain Lodge

Close Encounters at the Bongani Mountain Lodge

May 20 Mpumalanga, South Africa We spent the last part of our trip in Bongani Mountain Lodge, a private game reserve in Mpumalanga, close to the Kruger National Park. Bongani is located between several small mountain ranges where you can see all kinds of animals—lions, jaguars, elephants, snakes and even rhinos. The drive to Bongani is almost five hours from...

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Encounters of the Political Kind

Encounters of the Political Kind

May 25 Washington, D.C. Spring term may technically be over, but Washington Term students are still going strong. We are kicking off our fifth of six weeks on this beautiful Memorial Day. Friends who took standard four-week spring term courses have asked me why I chose to take a six-week course. To them, I say that I wouldn’t trade six weeks in Washington, D.C. for...

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Digging for Answers

Digging for Answers

May 19 Accra, Ghana The third and final week of our spring term trip to Ghana was spent touring rural areas and visiting several major cities. We saw the Cape Coast Castle, fed monkeys bananas in the Volta Region, learned how Kente cloth is made in Kumasi, and swam in the Vli Waterfalls near Ho. It was nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Accra and...

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