I've been working with a company in China this year and we needed a concentrated time for face to face meetings so my friends flew from Shanghai and we spent long days in the studio this week.
I can't show pictures of product because we're still in process, but there are some encouragingly juicy deals in the works. Almost all the time was spent in nitty gritty hard work.
But we did find some time to share a typical American welcome.
Some of my dearest friends welcomed my Chinese clients to pizza & salad...
...and of course we enjoyed a wee bit 'o shopping in the sunshine.
It's not easy to communicate when we don't always understand one another's culture and there's a language barrier as wide as the Pacific, but persistence and kindness bridge the gaps and we are all learning.
Hurrah for a business that makes the world a smaller place.
Some days I really, really, really love my job.