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Getting Acclimated in Cienfuegos, Cuba – Day 2


The next morning we awoke to discover that we had a world-class view surrounding our hotel including a beautiful view of the bay.  As it would turn out, our hotel, which I understand was once owned by the Hilton family, was located next to the historic Palacio del Valle. Following a very hearty breakfast, we left to attend our cultural exchange …

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The Choir Arrives Safely in Cuba! – Day 1


For our first-ever trip to Cuba, the University sent a group of 32 MSU choir members, not the full choir contingent but typically the number we use for travel. Once on the island, we are scheduled to perform at a number of engagements. Knowing that our charter flight out of JFK in New York would be leaving at noon, we …

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Morgan Students Study Abroad: Day 14: Home Sweet Home

We Hope All Our Extra Luggage Has Been Loaded

By 8 a.m., we were on the bus headed to Shanghai Pudong Airport to catch our noon flight to Boston, and then onto BWI. It is hard to believe that it has been two weeks since we left the cozy confines of our homes in Baltimore. The first two days in China were slow due to the heat wave, jet …

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Morgan Students Study Abroad: Day 13: Shanghai: The NYC of China

Shanghai Skyline - Leaving China With One Last Hoorah!

We woke up, ate breakfast and loaded our bus. We had our final goodbyes and hugs, and some tears. The local students who had accompanied us for the past six days all showed up to see us off. We made some good friends, learned about their culture while sharing ours, and all the while we were able to be ourselves …

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Morgan Students Study Abroad: Day 12: Last Day in Hangzhou

Getting Our Groove on at the Closing Reception

Our last day in Hangzhou started with a hearty breakfast and then we were off to visit the electric vehicle and electric vehicle battery facility an hour away in Wanxiang. We were warmly greeted by several high-level employees, who provided a brief PowerPoint presentation on the facility and the importance of electric vehicles in China. After that, we were taken …

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Morgan Students Study Abroad: Day 11: Energy, Silk, and Dough

A Rooster, Fish, and Panda made by our Sifu in less than 10 minutes/sculpture

Hangzhou has weather similar to Seattle’s. It is very green with a frequent cloud and mist cover and rain, but it’s much hotter. Today, however, we were greeted by a rare burst of sunshine over the tree-covered mountains in the distance. We prayed that the sun would stay out for the entire day although most of our day was scheduled to …

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Around The World and Back: Ashley Coar

Ashley Coar

Ashley Coar is not your typical college student. She’s traveled the world and speaks five languages (Japanese, Spanish, Korean, French and English). And despite being born to African American parents from the United States, Korean is actually her native tongue. She didn’t learn to speak English until age seven. Along with her ability to speak multiple languages fluently, she also …

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Morgan Students Study Abroad: Day 10: Some Much Needed Down Time

Giant Floor Map of China in the Xixi Wetland Museum

Heavy rain and thunder greeted us this morning. Braving the downpour, we headed out to our first lecture, which was on social development and anti-poverty works in China. It was a great class that helped us to understand more about China. For starters, we learned that the United Nations (UN) definition of extreme poverty is earning less than a dollar …

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Morgan Students Study Abroad: Day 9: Song Dynasty Town Tour

In Front of Wanxiang Polytechnic University Library

This morning, several Chinese students from Wanxiang Polytechnic University took us on a campus tour.  They have been accompanying us during our various visits in Hangzhou.  It has been a good way to build cultural understanding of each other.  Although their English is limited, it is amazing how much people can learn from each other just by sitting on the bus …

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Morgan Students Study Abroad: Day 8: Tour of Hangzhou City

Morgan Students in Front of Leifeng Pagoda

It’s hard to believe that we have finished the first half of our trip and there are only six days left.  After a good night’s sleep, we woke up to a cloudy and foggy Hangzhou.  The city of Hangzhou is located in southeastern China, about a two-hour drive from Shanghai. Hangzhou is considered one of the most beautiful cities in …

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