Friday, April 3, 2015

from: Erica Sichler

Hi! How are you?
Have you seen this ? It was shown on the Oprah's show! 
Best wishes, 
Erica Sichler

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

re-cap of China

Well after being back home from China almost a week now, I have to say I LOVE my bed! Oh and the English language :)   My opportunity and experience in China was just amazing! I can remember history class in the 3rd great learning about "The Great Wall of China" and while watching tv seeing the "Terro-Cotta Warriors" never ever did I imagine I would have the opportunity to see those in real life. The site seeing and history of their country is pretty cool! And I am happy to say i've seen it all!!

So as most of you know the majority of this trip was intended for some independant studies. So while there I was able to experience China agriculture and business. The agriculture was run very differently than here in the US, this made it hard to compare in most situations. The business is also pretty different, So I found that I had to think differently while there. The small shops out of peoples tiny homes is just like any family owned business here, the people there just dont have the opportunity to expand like we do. Or when in markets you see that everyone has the same products, who do you chose to buy from? well thats where marketing comes into play! whoever can "talk up" their product best ultimately wins and makes the sale. The thing I admired alot was, at the end of the day every single park is filled with families and friends playing or couples exercising. They are able to put down everything to spend time with each other! At the end of my trip I realized although we do many things differently its all still business! Sometimes we get so busy with our rushed lives, we just need to sit back and think about the best way to do our best in any situation. And most importantly, the relationships you make with other people are what will give you a good reputation in your business and have people wanting to do business with you.

I think that over all just experiencing a different culture has taught me alot!! Not only in the agricultural or business feild but in life as well. And life lessons are good in any situation. As I mentioned earlier on about my tea ceremony experience, although I went to learn one thing, other learning experiences surprised me :) This trip alone has given me ideas and ambition!

There were so many wonderful people who supported and helped me along the way. My Dad and Mom are always there with support and encouragement, and even there with extra when I need it! All my friends and family of course, and everyone that was excited to follow my blog just made it a little more exciting :) So many people from NMSU were there with support and helped so much getting my trip set up! Rich Phillips, Dr. Gary Lowe, and Albina Armijo all with Aggies Go Global, and Dr. Ken Hammond with the Confucius Institute. One person did SO much for me I could never thank her enough, Jane!! Jane lives in Beijing and always has. She was my main contact when setting this trip up. Jane didnt only plan a few things for me, but she took me to it all and made it all so much fun! I can truly say I made a new friend and I hope she comes to visit me soon!! I met many people In China, some just on the streets and some (like Lisa mentioned earlier)  were contacts from family or friends here in the U.S. I really appreciate you all!!!

So there it is, my Super Amazing Wonderful and a little bit Crazy Experience in CHINA!!!

Erica Sichler :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Xi'an to Shanghai

Well my flight to Shanghai went well. Once I arrived in Shanghai, Lisa (One of the nicest ladies I've met) picked me up at my hotel and we walked the town. Later that night we met her family for dinner. :) The following day, tuesday, I took a subway down to see the entire world in 1 day, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The building and displays at the Expo were amazing! You would never believe how big the crowd was, luckily I was able to get into 5 coutries and they were great!!
On Wednesday, my last day, I visited some of the highest buildings in Shanghai. And also walked along the Bund (a walk along the river close to downtown) the city is very huge, and a great site to see!
My trip to China was over-all AMAZING!!!!! If you check back in a few days to a week I will have a re-cap of everything I learned from this crazy yet woderful experience!! :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

From Beijing to Xi'an

Friday afternoon Myself and Jane visited the Agricultural University in Beijing. I got a tour of the whole place, checked out their wine testing facilities, and visited with the Dean of the College. The Dean was very interested in telling me anything I would like to know. He taught me some different ways they plant in China, like inter croppng and double cropping. He also told me about how they irrigate and where they get their water supply. At the end of the tour I was lucky enough to get a bottle of their Agricultural University Beijing wine :)
Friday evening I took an over night train to Xi'an. Once in Xi'an I walked around the down town area. I visited the Bell and Drum towers and the City wall, which surrounds the old city. Today I booked a tour to visit a few places. My tour was very enjoyable, and everyone on the tour was very nice (it was nice to speak english and understand a few people all day too) We first stopped at the Wild Goose Pagoda, then a Jade factory, and on to the Terra-Cotta Warrior Factory, then to see all the Terra-Cotta Warriors and Museum. Everything I saw today was very interesting and taking the tour was very beneficial, I learned way more than if I had went on my own.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Site Seeing

The weather the last few days has been pretty rainy. I have had a few days to see some more sites. I visited the Temple of Heaven, which is where the Emperors worshiped the heavens, The Lama Temple, and did alot of walking seing some interesting things. I enjoyed watching the retired people dancing for excercise and kids playing in parks.
Today I will visit the Agricultural University, and see their small farms on campus. I will then depart to Xi'an by train tonight. I will stay in Xi'an 2 days , then fly to Shanghai stay there 2 days and then fly to Beijing ... then HOME :)

Peach Valley

On tuesday we took a ride out into the country (which is still the city, but what they call country) We drove about 2 hours to get to Peach Valley. There are miles and miles of peach trees, it is a very pretty site. In arly April there is a peach festival, when all all the trees are blooming I think this would be a nice time to visit :) The farmer that we visited owned only 300 trees, which was passed down generation to generation. Him and his wife tended to the 300 trees all on their own, their only son moved to work construction. After walking around for awhile the family cooked us lunch, a real home cooked beijing meal. The trip to Peach Valley was very nice, a little break from huge city to smaller city.