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On our final day in Gondar, we had the opportunity to meet with the president of the University of Gondar, Dr Desalegne Mengesha, pictured below between Kyle and Terry. This meeting was an excellent ending to our Gondar experience. And, although we were sad to leave Gondar, we were excited to experience Addis.
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This week was amazing! We traveled from Shanghai to Nanjing and then to Beijing. The bullet train in China is FAST; it travels at a speed of 300 km (186 miles) per hour. The train is clean and tidy, and the seats are comfortable. Additionally, the weather has been good on these travels days, and we were able to enjoy the beautiful view of rural areas of China during the trip.
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Week 2 in China had a lot of interesting events for the Marketing team. One of those was a project related conference. Through contact with the OSU Beijing Alumni Association, we were invited to an event focused on Renewable Energy and Air Pollution. We talked with a number of people for in-depth interviews and invited many of them to participate in our survey. While we may have failed to speak with people at the mall, we talked to a good number of people at the conference. This opportunity helped us diversify our sample, and also increase the reliability of our survey results.
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Well, let’s pack our bags! China just released a regulation that severely restricts importing cross-boarder and direct-to-consumer retail goods, so I think we’re done here. Around 1200 products were placed on a list of allowable import goods, and, unfortunately, the only copy I have is twenty-four pages of simplified Chinese characters (or are they traditional?). In any case, I cannot read either; and what’s the chance an air filter will be on that short list anyway? Not likely!