Friday, June 14, 2013


Study abroad with me!

To start off, here is a brief introduction about the UH Bauer’s Study Abroad trip to Southeast Asia.

The countries we visit are China and Vietnam. The cities in the order that we visit them are Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanning, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Da Lat, and Saigon. The trip lasts from May 27th to June 23rd with the time spent in each city averaging about 3-4 days. Are any cities in this list where you’ve dreamed to go to for a long time? If so, then keep reading!

Our group of 24 students and 2 professors is made mostly of upperclassmen and graduating students in University of Houston’s C. T. Bauer College of Business. We represent a good mix of different cultures and backgrounds. Spanish and Vietnamese are spoken the most within our group besides English. If that’s not surprising to you, it is to me. Spending time with our own group is a cultural experience in itself!

The main goal of the trip is to experience the local and business cultures first hand and global competencies that we can bring back. In this blog I will record these experiences and reflect on the global competencies that I have gained.

Although I prefer to blog about events as they happen, it was impossible in China because was blocked. I don’t know if this is common knowledge, but according to Wikipedia, “more than 2600 websites are or were blocked in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau).” Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are some of the ones that our group missed the most. Accessing internet at all or at least fast enough to read and send emails was also difficult. It’s so bad that sometimes I’d rather not have internet at all. That way I won’t be wasting so much time trying to get work done and waiting for websites to load…

I can post anything I want now though because I’m in Vietnam. The internet still isn’t any better but I’ll try to work with it.