By Sammie Chalmers (Shanghai, China)
I moved to Shanghai in May for my work. Growing up, I never thought I would go to China, let alone live there, but the opportunity was there, so I took it. Here are 5 tips of what I have learned through this experience so far.
Many times I’ve sat down for a drink with someone from England, India, Russia, Japan, China, France, Serbia, Spain, Italy, Finland, Norway, South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Iran (the list goes on), and every time our conversations revolved around the same topics: economy, politics, our days, our feelings, experiences, travels, etc. It’s always interesting to hear someone else’s point of view, but regardless of who it is, and realize they really aren’t that different than you.
Most people I talked to compare Shanghai to New York City, but on steroids. I’ve never been to New York City, so I can’t really say. All I can say is the energy here is amazing. I never expected to meet so many people from all over the world living in one place.
*For people who may not know, there are consulates and chambers the represent different countries around the world in large cities. A consulate is the governmental liaison and a chamber, is a chamber of commerce which serves as a business networking hub, connecting international businesses to local businesses.They host social events centered on a variety of topics each month which anyone can go to from after work social mixers, to talks with industry experts like AI in China. Chamber events I attend the most include: Swiss, Australian, American, Norwegian, British.
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