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Rebecca Melaku
Zhaochen and Audrey

Some consider the chilly weather to be the herald of autumn, while others consider it to be the changing color of leaves. According to Dr. Zhaochen Luo and Ms. Audrey Fenske, though, one of the true markers of the new season is enjoying a meal in the company of good friends.

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For this week’s flag of the week, we’re taking you to the heart of Africa: Zambia. This landlocked nation is bordered by eight countries, of which include the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Malawi to the east, Zimbabwe to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city of Zambia is Lusaka, which is home to almost 3 million inhabitants. As of 2020, approximately 17.4 million people live in Zambia.

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Reminiscing about the end of summer? Join us this week for a trip to Samoa! This island nation is located in Oceania in the South Pacific, and it consists of two main islands, Savai’i and Upolu. Apia is the capital city, which is located on Upolu. Samoa is neighbored by several islands, including American Samoa, Tokelau, Niue, Tonda, and Fiji. However, the International Date Line places Samoa 24 hours ahead of its closest neighbor, American Samoa.

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Isabella Wang
Michelle Zhang

Michelle Zhang is a junior at Duke studying Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, with a minor in French! Her hometown is in Iquique, Chile, where she was born and raised. At Duke, she is Co-Director of HackDuke and Marketing Co-Chair at Catalyst. In her free time, Michelle is a fan of puzzles and Rubik’s cubes, and singing along to foreign music.

This conversation took place between Michelle and Isabella over a Zoom call in early September.

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Isabella Wang
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This week, we travel to Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the third largest Mediterranean island, after Sicily and Sardinia. Less than 10,000 km2 in area, Cyprus packs a lot into its small size. It is well known for its rich supply of minerals, wines, produce, and natural beauty.

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This week, we are going to the Caribbean and visiting Haïti. Haïti is located on the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic to the west. With a population of about 10 million and an area of 10,714 sq. miles, Haïti is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Less than a third of Haïti’s population is clustered in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, while most of the population resides in rural areas.

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Ling Jin
Cara You

Cara You was a graduate student in the Master of Quantitative Management Business Analytics program at Duke Fuqua School of Business. She is from Beijing, China and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Denver. Because of the recommendation of her favorite professor at University of Colorado as well as her love for Duke basketball, Cara chose to come and study at Duke.

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