World Expo 2010 in Shanghai
posted by Rima Fakih at 10:02am on 07/04/2010
This week, I had the pleasure of visiting Shanghai, China for the World Expo 2010. As Miss USA, I feel honored to be able to travel internationally and represent my country.
On my first day in China, I had the opportunity to take a wonderful tour of Shanghai, where I was able to see firsthand why Shanghai is one of the world’s leaders of economics and trade.
I also experienced authentic Chinese food. I have to admit, Chinese food in China is very good. However, Stinky Tofu is NOT. You'll have to watch the video on Miss.U.TV of my trip to China to see what my reaction was when I first tasted Stinky Tofu. Let’s just say, of all the delicious things I ate this trip, this was not my favorite dish.
On my second day, we arrived at the grand 2010 World Expo, where I had the opportunity to serve as a representative at the USA Pavilion. I was also able to tour the pavilions of Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Lebanon and China. As I went from pavilion to pavilion, the theme of the World Expo was very clear. Every pavilion had their own, unique way of demonstrating the theme, "Better City, Better Life." For example, the theme for the USA Pavilion was “Rising to the Challenge,” which was demonstrated through multiple short films that illustrated how everyone can rise to the challenge of coming together to create a better world.
This trip had a lasting impression on me. I had the incredible opportunity to meet amazing individuals, such as the honorable Madeline Albright and one of China's most successful women, Yue-Sai Kan. I also had the chance to lead the USA Pavilion Parade during the USA National Day and speak at the “Gala” concert later that night. It was my first time speaking at an event of this magnitude, but I had a great time.
I was sad to leave China, but the trip motivated me to work harder to win Miss Universe so that I can have the opportunity to travel back here once again.
"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." Kahlil Gibran