[Flight] Chapter one: Runway

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Chapter one: Runway

I arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport on the cold morning of September 9th 2008, a few months after finishing high school in Vietnam.

Since the months leading up to my departure, it already seemed the world were going through a once-in-a-lifetime storm. The Great Recession had already begun in the United States and its reverberating shocks were felt all over the world, even in a backwater corner that my native Vietnam was. It seemed like a good time to study economics, if only for the chance it offered at making sense of the world.

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