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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Silk Road Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:
Orientation in L.A.; flight to Beijing, connecting flight to Kashgar, Northwestern China: visit Kashgar’s open-air Sunday Bazaar, the world’s liveliest market; visit the Id Kah Mosque; begin Uyghur language study

Week Two:
Hike glaciated valleys and mountains of the Karakoram Range / Pamir Plateau; camp amid small herding communities. Travel deeper to Tashkorgan, the last Chinese outpost along the Karakoram Highway; explore ethnic Tajik culture and the deep history of this stop along the caravan route; return to Kashgar

Week Three:
Travel Southeast to Khotan, along the northern edge of the Kunlun Mountains / Tibetan Plateau: explore the ancient city, long famous for its silk, jade, pottery and carpet-weaving; visit sites of traditional Uyghur artisanship. Embark on cross-Taklamakan bus journey in search of Turpan, at the base of the distant Tian Shan Mountains. Turpan: Jiaohe & Kharakhojia ruins, further exploration of Islamic culture; explore lush oasis community by bicycle

Week Four:
Rural home-stay in village outside of Turpan, an area with a 5,000 year-old history of habitation: harvest melons and grapes; visit the Tuyoq Mazaar, one of the seven most important Muslim sites in the world. Bus north to Kanas Lake and begin preparations for a short trek in the foothills of the Altai Range

Week Five:
Train travel into Qinghai Province via Dunhuang, Gansu: explore Dunhuang Buddhist grottoes, camp in nearby sand dunes. In Qinghai, enter Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures and stay with Tibetan families; work with local community aid and development workers on service project

Week Six:
Return travel to Beijing: exploration of rapidly-diminishing hutong alleyways, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace; enjoy traditional Northeastern cuisine and explore contemporary artistic movements

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Silk Road Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Thailand Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:
Orientation in L.A., fly to Mae Hong Son: visit local markets and begin immediately to discover the incredible variety of foods in Thailand. Immerse in a study of Thai culture and ethnic minorities, bike amid rural villages and rice fields; visit Buddhist monasteries, daily language instruction.

Weeks Two - Three:
Visit communities bordering Burma and Laos: jungle trekking to rural villages. Live with families in a network of villages learning their trades and living as they do. Visit Burma and travel to similar villages in Burma studying the varying effects that tourism and government policies exert over minorities in each country.

Weeks Four - Five:
Home-stay, group service project, internships, further work on independent study projects, further study of comparative cultures and religions.

Week Six:
Wat stay (live in a monastery): meditate daily, study the teachings of Buddhism, chant with monks and reflect on the experience. Return to Bangkok, meet with heads of NGOs and international aid and development organizations.

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Thailand: Sample Itinerary 2007-2008

Dragons Administration,Thailand, Summer 2007

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Thailand Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional itinerary-related […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Tibet Cultural Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:
Orientation in L.A.; layover in Chengdu; arrive Lhasa: visit sacred Tibetan monuments; discover the city on bike; meet with traditional healers at the Mentsekhang Tibetan Hospital; meet with aid groups and scholars; meet with high lamas, oracles, accomplished artists, and graduate students

Weeks Two - Three:
Travel by Landcruiser, bus and foot to Drigung Monastery and sky-burial site; rugged 5-day trek to Terdrom Nunnery and hot springs. Visit the sacred, high lake of Namtso; camp along the shore and explore nearby hermitage and nomadic communities; explore the Nyen Chen Thang Lha Mountain Range. Return to Lhasa to continue with Independent Study Projects.

Week Four:
Travel to Ganden Monastery: hike khora route encircling the monastery; prepare for 5-day trek to Samye Monastery; explore nearby meditation retreat caves at Chimpu. Fly to Xining, Qinghai Province; Chengdu, Sichuan Province; or Zhongdian, Yunnan Province.

Week Five:
Challenging and rough overland transport into Amdo / Kham: camp at traditional Tibetan horse festival; internships and independent study projects; learn about monastic reconstruction and preservation of traditional arts and architecture; numerous opportunities for day hikes

Week Six:
Nomadic home-stay and service learning in monastic Tibetan community; religious teaching and in-depth exploration of Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan political situation; return to Chengdu, return flight to U.S.

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Tibet Cultural: Sample Itinerary 2007-2008

Dragons Administration,Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2007

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Tibet Cultural Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Vietnam Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Week One:

Orientation in LA; fly to Hanoi: begin language and history lessons; bike tour; visit historic and cultural sites; SOS Village orphanage project; visit Children's Palace; lesson on Vietnamese traditional art, followed by a visit to the Vietnam National Gallery; begin Independent Study Projects (ISPs); meet with government officials and directors of NGOs

Week Two:

Halong Bay excursion: boating and open-water kayaking in the bay, followed by 4 days of jungle trekking; rural village stay and introduction to minority cultures.

Weeks Three - Four:

Hue: Service Projects; focused study on religions of Vietnam; internships for ISP topics with artists, NGOs, or Buddhist pagodas. Visit sites along the DMZ and survey US experience during the Vietnam war.

Weeks Five - Six:

In and around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Work with Ho Chi Minh City Youth League's "Green Summer Campaign" on environmental work projects; dormitory-style home-stays with Youth League students; work at Thi Nghe's Center for Handicapped Children and Children's Cultural Institute's orphanage project; ISP presentations; program debrief

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Vietnam Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional itinerary-related […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Andes & Amazon Semester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.

Week One:

Arrive to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, orientation at Isla del Sol for 2 days and return to La Paz to visit US embassy, meet with journalists, political activist and politicians about current Bolivian social and political movements.

Weeks One- Three:

Homestays and language study in La Paz. Internship and volunteer opportunities with orphanages, arts groups, women’s organizations, learn from journalists and politicians and explorations of this intriguing city. Travel to the Apolobamba, short homestays in Kaata, studying Kallawaya culture, subsistence lifestyle, sustainable development, and responsible eco-tourism. Trek 6 days to Pelechuco.

Weeks Four - Seven:

Return to La Paz, rest. Visit important museums, music and cultural events. Travel to Sorata for extended homestays, language study and service learning with the Sorata Youth Association. Learn Spanish and Aymara language and develop creative and academic ISPs. From Sorata we begin the “Camino de Oro” trek to Guanay and the Yungas. Passing through cloud forests and into the agricultural regions of Bolivia we study ecology, Andean geography, and the gold-mining culture in this region.

Weeks Eight- Eleven:

Continue to Caranavi and visit with local politicians to further discuss the region’s agricultural development. Travel by bus to Rurrenebaque near Madidi National Park where to begin a river-trip into the Amazon. We continue by river to Peruvian border and cross to Puerto Maldonado and visit Peruvian Amazon in Manu National Park. Time for ISP development. Travel to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, pre-Hispanic cultures and eco-tourism. Travel south to Lake Titicaca, birthplace of Tiahuanaco culture and mythological birthplace of the first Inca. Visit Peruvian islands and Tiahuanaco on the Bolivia side. Return to La Paz.

Weeks Twelve - Thirteen:

Cochabamba, begin final homestays; further Spanish language study; study trade, union movements, natural resource issues; ISP development. Return to La Paz for last week. Visit Sajama National Park, at the base of Bolivia’s highest peak (Sajama at 6,540m) for ISP presentations. Return to La Paz for last few days to wander markets, hike Chacaltaya, a beautiful and non-technical 5300m peak.

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Andes & Amazon Semester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' China: South of the CloudsSemester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.

Weeks One - Four:
Direct flight into Kunming, Yunnan Province: orientation and settle into the city; explore the lively Emerald Lake at dawn, take a taste-tour of ethnic noodle dishes; prepare for immediate departure into China’s hinterlands.

Initial program travel will depend on weather, student interest and goals, and the experience of the program staff. Options include, but are not limited to a) exploration of China’s north-western Xinjiang Province with look at Islam and cultural issues of China’s ethnic minorities, and a trek through the Pamir Plateau; b) service project while living with families in rural communities representing Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan and animist cultures in rural Yunnan; c) explore China’s Guizhou and Guangxi Provinces: hiking and biking through terraced rice fields, exploring open-air markets; and discovering the hidden gems of rarely-touristed and recently ‘opened’ ethnic regions

Weeks Five - Ten:
In Kunming: students begin urban home-stay with families; group gathers at the Program House on a daily basis for classes in Mandarin Chinese and an inter-disciplinary course on Modern China, covering topics in political history, art, literature, religious and cultural traditions, and economic development; students accelerate work on their Independent Study Projects (ISPs), which may include apprenticeships with local artists, photo-essay projects, ethnographies formed by a compilation of interviews, or mentored research that contributes to any topic of the student's choosing. Weekend trip options encourage students to further explore their rich surroundings: the group may choose to hike or mountain bike into the Western Hills surrounding the city; they may travel into Tibetan communities and visit Buddhist monasteries in the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau; or they may participate in a service project aimed at supplying clean water to a remote village, or educating youth about HIV / AIDS along the Yunnan-Burmese border. We conclude our city experience with a large feast and banquet for all host-families, before heading off on a final travel adventure.

Week Ten - Thirteen:
Remote travel experience that draws upon the various instructor specializations as well as the interests, goals, and visions within the group. Options may include any of those mentioned under Weeks One through Four.

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China Semester: Sample Itinerary 2007-2008

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ China: South of the CloudsSemester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board […]

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons'Himalayan StudiesSemester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.

Weeks One - Four:

Students fly into Calcutta and visit the Kali temple, Green Market and the Indian Museum. Overnight train to Darjeeling – a British colonial hill station, famous for its vast tea plantations and impressive views of Kanchenjunga to the north. Students begin intensive language classes, ISP research and home stays. We begin our study of comparative religion, focusing on Buddhist tradition, with monastery visits and dharma talks from Rinpoches and monks. Course instructors present lessons and coordinate guest speakers to offer a broad survey of contemporary issues, from child trafficking and shamanism to the rise of Communism in Nepal.

Weeks Five - Six:

Students journey north into the restricted Indian Province of Sikkim and undertake a strenuous, high-altitude trek in the Kanchenjunga National Park. The trek takes students through a variety of different ecosystems from sub-tropical jungle alive with orchids, gushing waterfalls and flowering rhododendron, to an alpine plateau above 14,000 feet, complete with views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga (four of the highest mountains in the world). Following the trek, the group travels to Nepal, and from Kathmandu they embark on an overland journey to Lhasa.

Weeks Seven - Eight:

Group heads north into Tibet: explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Lhasa! Visit the Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, circumambulate the sacred Jokhang temple with Tibetan pilgrims, barter for silver and turquoise at the busy Barkhor circuit. Leaving Lhasa, students head out to Samye Monastery, and nearby Chimphu with its many meditation caves, spending the day with monks and nuns – some of whom have been in retreat for up to 20 years! Over the course of a week, the group travels to various pilgrimage sites in the northern part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).

Weeks Nine - Eleven:

The group returns to Kathmandu, where there are myriad opportunities to further pursue ISP interests and participate in community service work. Opportunity for a ten-day meditation retreat at the idyllic Kopan monastery. (All time in Nepal – and in other parts of the Himalayas as well - will be carefully considered in light of evolving political realities, and may be substituted with alternate travel, should local events precipitate a change in travel safety.) From the Kathmandu Valley, we travel back in Sikkim for a visit to the region’s capitol, Gangtok. Here students have opportunities to meet famous dignitaries, thangka painters, and scholars and learn about the Tibetan community in exile. Students visit Tashiding, Rumtek and Enchey monasteries, and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. Students also complete a remote ten-day rural village homestay.

Weeks Twelve - Thirteen:

Final ISP presentations at the program house in Darjeeling. Following completion of presentations, the group visits the nearby Himalayan trading centre of Kalimpong for a retreat. In this idyllic setting, the students have a chance to rest, regroup and reflect, before heading back south into the heat and frenzy of Kolkatta, for the flight home.

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Visions of India Semester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.

Week One:
Overnight in Los Angeles to discuss program goals and begin orientation. Flight to India. Arrive in Delhi and meet our program staff. Visit the Juma Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and the historic Raj Ghat.


Weeks Two - Three:

Travel by train and bus to the foothills of the Himalayas for mountain trekking. Possible options include treks around the Nandi Devi Massif, or hikes to the headwaters of the Ganges. Return to Delhi, bus to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and Red Fort.


Week Four:

Travel by train to Varanasi. Begin home-stays, morning yoga classes and guest speaker/performer series. Continue daily language classes. Learn about community service and Independent Study Projects and apprenticeships with mentors. Attend sitar concerts on banks of the Ganges. Day trip to Sarnath, site of Buddha's first teaching, and visit main stupa, Deer Park, Gupta Museum, and Tibetan College. Weekend excursion to small traditional village of Murahaua. Stay with local families and plant trees in Dragons' Orchard.


Weeks Five - Twelve:
Continue language training, home-stays and lecture/performance series. Begin community service and Independent Study Projects. Meet Indian peers and attend classes in local school. Complete the Panchakroshi Yatra pilgrimage throughout the city. Excursions to various important cultural centers including: the Chunar Fort and Ma Devi Temple, the traditional village of Sul Tankeshwar, and a week-long meditation retreat in Bodh Gaya, the site of the Buddha's enlightenment. Three-day boat ride on the Ganges from Allahabad, where the Ganges comes off the plains, back to Varanasi.


Week Thirteen:
Community service and Independent Study Project presentations. Farewell banquet and concert for host families and friends at the program house. Travel to Calcutta, visit Kali Ghat and the Victoria Memorial. Final banquet and farewells. Evening flight to Los Angeles.

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India Semester: Sample Itinerary 2007-2008

Dragons Administration,Visions of India Semester, Spring 2007

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Visions of India Semester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for […]

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01/1/07

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Dragons Administration

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Cambodia Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.


Weeks One - Two:
Orientation in L.A., fly to Phnom Penh: Gain our bearings in one of the most intense cities in SE Asia. Visit local markets and begin immediately to study Khmer history and culture. Daily intensive Khmer language courses prepare students for the program elements to come. Trek in the wild wilderness of Northeast Cambodia where it is not uncommon to see endangered wildlife. Learn of ethnic minority issues and discuss the effects of tourism and development in those areas.

Weeks Two - Three:
Return to Phnom Penh for an intense study of Khmer history. Visit the Killing Fields and the S-21 Concentration camps. Meet with experts on the Khmer Rouge and interview Khmer Rouge survivors. Perform service project for poverty stricken communities, make progress on independent study projects.

Weeks Three - Four:
Travel to Siem Riep. Reflect during solo time while visiting the magical temples of Angkor Wat, art history and culture. Volunteer in children’s hospitals, host English camps, and meet with experts on development. Further study of Theravada Buddhism, development issues, conflict resolution, and political issues.

Weeks Four - Five:
Homestays, group service projects, study of human trafficking and its roots, camping on hilltop amidst pre Angkorian ruins.

Weeks Five - Six:
Fishing in beach towns. Independent study project presentations, study of effects of tourism and development along coastlines, environmental impacts.

Final Days:
Last minute trips to markets and favorite restaurants, goodbyes to new friends and family.

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Cambodia: Sample Itinerary 2007-2008

Dragons Administration,Cambodia, Summer 2007

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Cambodia Summer Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional itinerary-related […]

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01/1/07

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Dragons Administration

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Ok its been almost a week since the last yak yak post and alot has happened! on the last night we were in Hanoi we had a naming ceremony. this is where our group leader gave each person a name based on their attributes both physicly and spirtitually. the next day we were on our way into the steamyy mountains of the rual areas and by mid day we made it to the reservation and started our trek. During our trek we must have faced challendges created by God! On the first day after hiking for 2 hours we came to the final leg of our day only to find the bridge to get us across the raging river was broken! with a little help from the locals and the courage of our new leader brad, we were able to tie a rope on either side of the river and forge it one by one! It was a true test of strength, will power and courage. On the sceond day after hiking all day we came to another very large challenge. the rains from the previous night had created a mud slide and blocked our path. We tried out the idea of crossing by foot and getting down and dirty only to find amongst the wet sticky mud were leeches! that idea was out of the question! so we had to exercise a new part of our bodies, the brain. using some rocks, leaves, and alot of bamboo we were able to create a bridge. unfortuantly in the distance we could clearly see to angry clouds of a very big storm! we soon did the math, dragons students+ mud slide + rain fall= NOT GOOD! so it was a race against time to construct a bridge and get across, and we did it with plenty of time left over. On the third day we had the biggest obsticle of all. for more reasons beyond our control we had to stray off the path and climb up a clay like face covered in trees. It was very hard because some of the vines we would grab on to would rip off! and to make matters worse the terrain over time would fall apart and my it harder to climb up! But we are a team and with a little help from everybody we were able to make it up that face. this challenge was a true test of strength, brains, and most of all team work. it was becaue of this we grew so much closer together after the trek was over. after the trek we decided to take some time off and get some R and R, so our leaders rented us a boat the sailed around Houlong Bay. it was spectacular and we got to go swimming in the nice warm water and best of all by that point murie had met up with us so now we are all together. today we ended our 2 day boat trip with kayaking around haulong Bay.It was amazing we went threw a cave out into a cove that had the most spectacular fish, plants, and rock formations ever! This Summer is going Great!

-Jake C

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Time to get down and dirty

Jake C,Vietnam, Summer 2007

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Ok its been almost a week since the last yak yak post and alot has happened! on the last night we were in Hanoi we had a naming ceremony. this is where our group leader gave each person a name based on their attributes both physicly and spirtitually. the next day we were on our […]

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07/11/06

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Jake C

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