Our team did not struggle long to figure out the course of action for our client project. One thing I can say for certain is to use the resources around you, including your professors and everyone they point you to. Our project was shaping up and we soon presented in front of a group of judges from the Mandarin Oriental and Choice Hotels. Then finals came to an end and we were preparing to fly “forever” to reach Shanghai.
The first flight was delayed for about an hour, which added to my paranoia of flying (poor Lateefah had to deal with me being crazy). Eventually we reached Toronto Pearson airport, where we had to catch our next flight. The Pearson airport was amazing! It had iPads everywhere you could use, as well as pretty good food (the coffee was nasty though). Suffering from sleep deprivation some of us slept for half of our flight from Toronto to Shanghai. The fourteen hour fight is the longest I have ever taken! We arrived at the peak hour, so there were not enough jet bridges and we had to take the bus. We literally felt like sardines in a can to say the least. Once we reached Shanghai we had to wait through a long customs line (similar as in the US if you ask me), and go through more and more lines and people shouting at us and offering a ride (certainly different experience than you get in the US). Finally, Lateefah and I found our group and met our new tour guide Vicky.
It was all worth it. Stay tuned.