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Day 4 | The ChaoYang Theater

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After our first “full night’s” rest since arriving, the next morning we opened the window shades in our rooms hoping to see the sun shining bright, but instead, we were greeted by the same rain from the day before. Watching the new reports we learned that this was a historic amount of rainfall in the history of the city of …

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Day 3 | Exploring the Forbidden City

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Today, we woke up to a foggy morning and a sky full of rain clouds. At our morning lecture on Chinese Philosophy, Associate Professor Shen Yiwen of the School of English for Specific Purpose at Beijing Foreign Studies University shared with us that having rain in the summer in Beijing is considered “Good Luck.” With that in mind, we looked …

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Day 2 | Welcome to Beijing!

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  The next morning, we, along with our cohorts from Bowie State and Philander Smith College, started the day off with an early “East meets West” breakfast. We departed the Aloft Hotel and headed to our host site at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. Our day there began with an opening ceremony and a presentation by Ambassador Yonglong Chen. We …

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Day 1 | The First Roll Call

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On the morning that we prepared to leave for China, the scenery couldn’t have been any better. It was a stunningly beautiful Saturday morning and the City of Baltimore was in full swing. It was a great day for our group of eight Morgan students to depart and meet the rest of the HBCU-China Exchange participants in Washington, D.C. Prior to departing, …

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Day 8 – MSU Choir’s Final Day in Cuba!

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Today was the Morgan State University Choir’s final day in Cuba!  Typically, our international tours have been at least ten days; however, we chose to have a shorter stay in Cuba, given the relative newness of the rekindling of American-Cuban relations. We checked out of our hotel at 9:30 a.m., hoping to see as many additional Cuban points of interest as …

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Day 7 – Closing out our Cuba visit in Havana

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In Havana, we exchanged the exterior sounds of the rooster in Santa Clara, with the sounds of cars in the busy city streets.  This morning we had time to take in the spectacular view that we had of Havana and the ocean from our hotel rooms. Havana is the capital of Cuba and the largest city, with 2.1 million residents. …

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Day 6 in Matanzas, Cuba

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After a great night’s sleep enjoyed by the entire group, we set out for another day trip today, May 29th, this time to Matanzas, Cuba. Matanzas was a two and one half hour drive from Havana. As we have one of the largest vehicles on the narrow Cuban streets, with every time a car that approached from the opposite direction, …

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Day 5 – Travel Day to Havana from Santa Clara, Cuba

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Today we checked out of our Santa Clara hotel to travel to the most famous city in Cuba – Havana (Spanish: La Habana). Who would have thought that we would have had to travel to Cuba, to commune directly with animals as we did in our Santa Clara hotel.  With the huts for rooms, beautiful pool, and wonderful buffet meals …

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Day 4 in Santa Clara

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After a full day of travel and exploring the villa of Trinidad, we arrived at our Santa Clara hotel, exhausted and ready for a good night’s sleep. As stated earlier, this hotel was on a preserve-type property that everyone in the group did not immediately embrace, but once in bed, with doors closed, most enjoyed a good night’s sleep. One …

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On to Trinidad and Santa Clara – Day 3

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Last night, our first concert in Cuba went extremely well. The theater’s temperature conditions, however, were less than ideal during our performance. We wore our robes for simplicity as well as to give the Cuban audience an opportunity to see authentic American choir robes, but the heat and humidity in the room made wearing them a tad uncomfortable for the …

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