A night in Fukuoka, Atlanta's sister city in Japan.

As any businessperson will tell you, it’s one thing to read theory about globalization and hear how the pieces of the world’s economic puzzle fit together. It’s quite another to experience it.

With help from our longtime advertiser, Delta Air Lines Inc., we traveled to nine countries on three continents to illuminate Atlanta‘s international business and cultural connections.

The issues ranged from Mongolia‘s housing crisis to Japan‘s earthquake to the Netherlands‘ struggle to fund arts during the downturn, but as always, we were intrigued and surprised by the depth of Georgia‘s overseas ties.

Read on, or click a country to read about a particular trip:

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...