This weekend was another productive two days. On Saturday, I spent my time around Shanghai, meeting with friends and getting my packing and last minute shopping done. On Sunday, a group of us went to Hangzhou, which is a beautiful city on a huge lake. We spent the day hiking, going to islands on the lake, and wandering around. It was a foggy day, but we were very thankful it did not rain on us. I was very tired and very sore by the end of the day, but it was a beautiful city that I wish I could have spent more time in.
As my last week at my company, it was a very productive week. On Monday, I was approached by Bill, a member of the Sales team, … Continue reading
This was probably the best weekend so far! On Friday, we went to meet the new interns at the welcome dinner. There were so many of them!! Granted, our group only has 12, and the group before was only 8, but it was shocking to see how many students we had. I was happily surprised to find out there was a Serbian student and I immediately went to him to introduce myself! We have quickly become great friends and it’s nice to have someone from back home. After the welcome dinner, we all went out to M1NT (a Shanghai nightclub) and then a few of us split up and went to another bar. It was a nice night where we all bonded.
Saturday we decided to go sightseeing. We went … Continue reading
Monday at work was another normal day, more country profiles have been assigned in the Southeast Asian, African, and Oceania areas. After work I was asked by a colleague to join her at her local Salsa club where she dances. Two other interns and I decided to join. The three of us went early. It was empty when we came, but by the end it was packed. We didn’t have partners so we watched and hung out more. When I met up with my colleague (she is Ukrainian), she introduced me to some Serbian friends of hers in … Continue reading
This weekend was very eventful. On Saturday we went to a children’s school to play with kids. These kids are in this special school because their parents immigrated from western china to the city to earn more money, at least they hope so, but apparently it does not really work out like that. This then leaves the kids alone with no relatives, no friends, and alone on the street to do whatever. This school was then built to give them a place to learn during the week and a safe place to play on the weekends. We had a great time playing basketball, football, ping pong and watching the girls perform their choreographed dances that were very impressive. We even gave some of the kid’s English names if they did … Continue reading
The weekend was packed full. On Saturday, a few of us made a day trip out to Suzhou for the day. We went off to several museums and famous gardens. We ended the day early and then hung out back home. On Sunday I went out to visit the Jing’an temple, which was beautiful, and then I spent my day in the camera shop repairing and processing my film. It was great to see the photos I had taken in the last few days.
This week at work has also started off much smoother. At work I was still finishing the spreadsheets and the work environment is getting better. They take me out to lunch every day with a different group and I enjoy everyone’s company.
Tuesday I was approached … Continue reading
On the first day of work I was surprised to see that most of my colleagues are western. The office is run in English, as well as the businesses. This was very convenient for me. The firm is a real estate investment company and they help Chinese or foreigners invest in property around the world. I was placed in the research sector of my company. They immediately had work for me to do. They explained that I need to complete a spreadsheet based from about 100 countries they look into. I need to find the annual property tax, property transfer tax/stamp duty, income tax, and capital gains tax of each country for residents, non-residents, and exemptions. The task is not hard but by the end of the first day, I … Continue reading