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Trip of a Lifetime

I left for China on June 13 with a group of 12 people from Concordia University Wisconsin.

There are several purposes for this trip. One is to provide education opportunities for six current Concordia MBA students. They will get a first-hand look at the Chinese economy and how business works in the country.

Another is to look for ways to increase ties between Concordia and universities in China, including Concordia’s sister school - Xinjiang University. My role on the trip will be to document the entire experience and look for media opportunities once I return to Milwaukee (I guess this blog is a good start).

We flew out of Milwaukee early on Saturday morning, and our trip began in Beijing on Sunday. We will have approximately two days to explore the beautiful Chinese city and meet as many people and see as many sites as possible, before moving on to Xinjiang University.

Sites to see in Beijing include: The U.S. Embassy, The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, and several of the Olympic venues; so many places, so little time.

On Tuesday afternoon, 6/16 we will board another plane and flew to Xinjiang, in the northwestern part of China (the flight is several hours). We are staying in one of the residence halls on the Xinjiang University campus. We will remainT in Xinjiang for the remainder of our trip, taking occasional trips out to the desert and other sight-seeing locations. We will be returning to Milwaukee on June 29th with loads of stories and experiences, which will undoubtedly last a lifetime.

Depending on the internet accessibility in China, I will try and update this blog regularly and upload pictures that I believe capture the essence and beauty of the country. This may be hard to do, but I’m hoping it will be possible.

I want to thank Concordia for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. This culturally-rich trip will benefit me in was that I haven’t even imaged yet.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and my thoughts on this upcoming adventure. The next time I post something it will hopefully be from China. As more and more people begin to read about my trek across China I truly hope that it will “bridge the gap,” so to speak, between East and West. I welcome your ideas and comments so please e-mail me and I will respond when I can at craig.mccarthy@cuw.edu

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