Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Week One

My first week passed with flying colors. The first few days were okay, just getting use to things.  Figured out the subway system, met all of my colleagues and figured out where to have lunch! 

My "Office" is so cute, with a nice view of outside (Sometimes I see cats climbing up the tree too :)!)

 My first couples days were slow, didn't do very much at work. Just simple research on some venues. Although I did get to sit in a few meetings for some upcoming events. Those were such a great experience! We have done presentations for events in class before but actually seeing a real proposal or event run-through was so amazing! Oh! And I finally found a Starbucks :D

Friday night Liquid Impact was doing a Press Release for Johnnie Walker: Blue Label. We went straight from work to watch the rehearsal, got some dinner and then the event began. At the beginning of the event they showed five commercials. What we did different though is that instead of simply playing the commercials we took out the music and had an actual orchestra play!

After the rehearsal we were hanging out outside and I ran into my cousin! She was actually playing in the orchestra we had hired to play. What a small world!

Because of the Chinese National Holiday we had to work saturday as well. Sunday morning I woke up pretty early and decided to go for a run. The weather here is so beautiful right now I wish I could have stayed outside all day!

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Beginning

Nothing clicked in my mind until I pulled up to the airport and went to step out. In my mind I was thinking "What on earth am I doing". As I stepped into the airport I had this feeling as if I were taking another step in the right way. As I was waiting for my first flight it still didn't hit me that I was about to fly to China for a month. The flight went quick, trying to find my way around JFK was terrible. They had no markings for connecting flights. After walking about a mile and taking a bus to another terminal , getting a new ticket and going through security again I finally found my gate. Sitting on my second flight is when it finally hit me, I was about to sit on an airplane for 15hours. The flight went by quickly, after waiting to go through customs for 45 minutes, I stood by luggage claim for a good 30minutes. This weird feeling in my gut kept saying "Yup, they lost your luggage", but I did not want to believe it. Sure enough, my luggage was lost. What a great way to start my adventure to China. 
My first night in China was tough, I was in a new place all by myself. I just laid there at night with a million horrible thoughts going through my mind. At one point I thought I was going to lose it, all it took was a few conversations to vent with my family and friends and I was doing better. 

Today is my first day in China, I do not stat work until tomorrow. After waking up, I still felt as if something was missing, I got news that they found my suitcase but it would not be there until midnight tonight. We went to the silk market and got a few things for me to wear. That night we went to a Chinese restaurant, everything went well other than the fact that I do not understand anyone. Sitting there trying to figure out what they are talking is quite comical and fun in some ways. Everything went well at dinner, the usual Chinese dishes until...this came out.

I will try many things, but this, I refuse. Maybe if they served it in a dish without the head or shell one may be able to trick me into trying it but this? Never! 

Also, a typhoon just missed Shanghai when I was there so it is a good and bad thing. Good thing because the typhoon did not hit Shanghai, bad because it still rained like crazy. On the bright side, the rain made up for a beautiful night in the streets of Shanghai.