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The majority of our final week in China was spent in Beijing. We reached Beijing in the afternoon, and, after we checked into our hotel, we worked on our project. We planned Friday of that week to visit the Great Wall, so it was important that we finished as much work possible. I was really looking forward to this visit to The Great Wall. It has been on my list of places to see for some time now. I've heard so many things about it, such as you can see it  from space! It turns out this was a myth.
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The last week has been filled with a plethora of cultural experiences that have been both enlightening and delightful. The journey of our most recent week first took us to Geneva, Switzerland. The most amazing part of the trip was the train ride to Geneva. We travelled through the hilltops above Lake Geneva, enjoying breath-taking views of small towns near the lake with the Alps just beyond. Geneva was really cool, but it was difficult to thoroughly explore the area given the down-pouring rain we had the whole time.
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It’s hard to believe that three weeks have come and gone.  This last week in country at Barclays in Botswana has been full and exciting.  We have been working hard to pull together our findings and recommendations into a deliverable that can be left with the client so they can begin to implement some of our recommendations.  In the first few days of this week, we held meetings with several stakeholders to review our findings and recommendations with them in order to build buy-in and to correct any assumptions or add information that we may have missed.  These were great sessions.  While the
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Through the Global Applied Program (GAP), I had the wonderful opportunity to visit China for the first time in my life. I planned to use this opportunity to learn both the cultural and the business environment of China. It has been exactly two weeks since we reached China. And, everyday has been a unique experience. On this blog, I am going to share and reflect on my cultural experience.
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Our GAP project is to analyze the feasibility of a US-based company entering China’s market through the e-commence channel. This project involves three major aspects: marketing, logistics, and legal. This blog is the third in the logistics series. The first blog discusses China’s logistics & transport infrastructure.