wtorek, kwietnia 17, 2007

The combination is 1,2,3,4,5…

So I haven’t the slightest clue as to what I’m doing wrong here. I’ve applied for internships, and I hear nothing, nada, zero, zilch, nil, and I just don’t get it. No dings, no acceptance letters, nothing. Bad / good, I don’t know??? But thus far, both my roommates have them, one at Euromonitor in Chicago, the other at Pfizer in NYC; but Jacek really doesn’t want to go back to the states. Anyways, all this got me thinking.

Why don’t I have one? It can’t be my covering letter as I’ve helped others write theirs and they have internships, it can’t be my CV as a number of Co’s have expressed interest in me post MBA, but don’t have summer internship programmes for MBA students. i.e. E.On, Dalkia, Statoil, etc…

So what’s the plan? Stay in Barcelona, get my Spanish up to fluency? Worst case scenario. Go back to NY? – Nah! That’s boring. Go to Poland and get my EU drivers license, and Polish ID card… possibly. But the truth is, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve got a few things in the pipeline, and one of them is working on a development project in Liberville, Gabon. No details yet, keeping my fingers crossed and man, 3 months in Gabon, and then some more in South Africa, it’s like a dream come true.

Finally - what’s the point to this post or for that matter, the combination to getting a good internship? Beats the living bejesus out of me! For some it’s a step process 1,2,3,4,5, for me it’s anything but that – guess for now we keep on trying, and diversify our search criteria. :/

Oh yeah, and Term 3 = lots of work. More than in term 1 I think, it’s just that now we’re all used to it.

niedziela, kwietnia 08, 2007

Term 3

Yeah, last post today... ok... I know you guys are dying to read more... ok well maybe not. But here is our class line up.

Corporate Finance
Global Marketing
Global Strategy
International Business and Corporate Law
Management Information Systems
Operations Strategy
Strategy Implementation
Trade and Investment in the World Economy

Corp. Finc. is no joke, and the prof, who also works in administrations is looking to make us work like crazy for our grades, MIS, which usually is a joke and / or a pushover class imo, is looking really interesting, Biz law, thus far has been very inciteful, and we have the same teacher from pre-term (making me wish I paid more attention back then), our prof. from Trade & Investment in the World Economy is awesome, an older gentleman, knowledgable and super cool, keeps everyone interested in the material. Global Mkting has thus far been inciteful, and am looking to learning more. As for the rest of the materials, really cant speak much as I'm tired and as we just started I'm still getting acclimated to all the classes, especially after these Porto and Romania vacations.

Speaking of whitch - pictures coming soon. - Cheers.

You like me, you really really like me.

Apparently I've been nominated for "Clear Admit's annual Best of Blogging Awards." So for all you people out there in Blog Land - and to all the people at Clear Admit, Merci, Gracies, Gracias, Multumesc, Obrigado, Dziekuje, Dziekuj, Zdrastwujtie, Arigato, Shukran, Danke, Grazie... well you get the point. And, it's good to see that all the trials, trib ulations, moments on the ferrocarriles, etc... have not been put to waste, and to know that people actually read my little piece of internet webspace.

Cheers, and to all those who read this, ... Merci, Gracies, Gracias, Multumesc, Obrigado, Dziekuje, Dziekuj, Zdrastwujtie, Arigato, Shukran, Danke, Grazie... well you get the point. ;)

8 days en Romania and all I got was a lousy sheep skin.

A month ago stepping foot on the two new EU entrants seemed quite distant, but with flights to Turkey running around 500€ two weeks before the break, Romania, seemed like the greatest idea ever. So myself and Mike (a fellow MBAer at ESADE) went on the WizzAir website and purchased to and fro tickets to Bucharest. What we were to find was nothing what we expected, and especially that Rapha (another MBAer at ESADE) would join us.

So what happened? Well, it’s a long story, so let’s just cover the basics. The airport, the streets, the buildings, infrastructure, etc… is still very reminiscent of good olde communism, but it is changing quickly and is moving forwards. Bucharest as a city can be very cheap and very expensive depending on what you want to do, and how much you want to “make your presence known” (I’ll get into that soon). More than once, we saw prices that were more expensive than in Barcelona – but this is not the norm, many people are without proper work, there is a good deal of poverty, and I think the income disparity between the rich and the poor is very prevalent in Romania, much more so than in other ex-communist countries within the EU (or at least the ones I’ve been to).

But besides that the trip was fun, we stayed in Bucharest 2 days, both of which we went to Bamboo (the most exclusive club in all of Romania), and spent too much money to watch the rich and beautiful not talk to one another (apparently to be cool, you don’t converse with other people in the clubs / lounges / discos, you just show off – imo retarded). Then we went to the Mts. Carpatian to be exact, stayed in Tudor’s house up there, we ate well, saw Rasnov, Braşov, Bran (Dracula’s castle), a 1400m peak, Rapha saw Snow – being Brazilian he was very excited. I bought a sheep, and a t-shirt, Rafa a Dragon China Knife and a Dracula mug, and Mike food. I spent my birthday, signing karaoke to a bunch of Transylvanians in Braşov, and all in all it was a wonderful get away from the city.

Back in Bucharest, we decided to head down to Bulgaria for lunch as the border is 60km away, we headed down to Giurgiu and crossed the border on foot to Pyce (Ruse), where I found out that I apparently possess intermediate Bulgarian abilities. How wonderful. We then went into a restaurant, and ordered, appropriately, a Bulgarian salad and some type of meat, with local Bulgarian booze which tasted like super strong anisette. On our way back, we got swindled for 25€ by a Bulgar cab driver to go across the border, but he did drop us off at the minibuses, which was nice.

The following two days were spent in Bucharest, and on our last day we met with Tudor’s parents, as well as with Traian, who is also a fellow MBAer at ESADE. In all a short account, we did much more, but to get through it all would take up considerably more than what I feel like writing down, plus I’ve got to go take care of a bagillionload of things right now, like a nap, and laundry. J