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    [post_content] => We arrived in Cusco this morning. At 6 we decided to walk around town and it was so peaceful. We regrouped at 8 for an hour, then went to back to the town. Wow! What a difference one hour makes. It was as if the tourists all came out of a long hibernation at once. It was a weird feeling because we haven´t really seen many tourists on this trip. The fact that Cusco is "touristy" is not necessarily bad. There is always a reason why tourists gather in certain locations. It´s because those locations are worth seeing. That is all.
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Tourism

Daniel,Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester

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We arrived in Cusco this morning. At 6 we decided to walk around town and it was so peaceful. We regrouped at 8 for an hour, then went to back to the town. Wow! What a difference one hour makes. It was as if the tourists all came out of a long hibernation at once. […]

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11/19/13

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Daniel

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The last week has been a whirlwind of everything from spending as much time with our families before having to say goodbye to ISP presentations and finishing off spanish classes. After such a full week, we all left Cochabamba with mixed feelings of appreciation of our relaxed time spent there and excitement about going to Peru, our upcoming trek, and of course, visiting Machu Picchu. However our travels did not go as smoothly as we had hoped and after a total of 30 hours on a bus, we finally made it to Cusco at 4:30 am! Our original plan was to arrive last night but there were several protests demanding more funding for education, which blocked off all exits out of El Alto so we sat on the bus waiting for the protesters to leave from 9 am to 6 pm! As self-stylized freedom lovers, we were initially excited and proud to see non-violent protest in action, but by the fourth or fifth hour of waiting to cross the bridge over a stream about the size of your local sidewalk, I think many of us would have happily traded Ghandi´s Bolivian children for violent uprising and subsequent government crackdown. These kind of moments make you realize why non-violence works as well as it does. Its like having water dripping on your forehead for hours while you try to fall asleep. Every time you start to think you're ready to wait quietly for it to stop, it drops again. This time there was no crack in the sealing, no drip-drop. Just about fifty Bolivian women knitting and drinking coca cola in the middle of a bridge. If they had been fifty yards displaced, they could have been mistaken for a local women's group, or a small child´s birthday party. Unfortunately, they were not fifty yards displaced, and they were there just to be a pain. You have to at least marvel somewhat at the Bolivian peoples´ ability to mobilize for an important cause. A couple months ago Bolivian bus drivers successfully striked when the government tried to take their hard earned right to drive drunk. Damn totalitarians. At least this time it was for schools. However, we are here now and enjoying beautiful Cusco. We went to the market for breakfast to get smoothies and egg sandwiches at 6 am, which were delicious and a welcome treat.

We have now officially begun the expedition phase of the trip which is both exciting and a little nerve-wracking. Planning anything for 16 people involves a lot of time and energy. However, planning a 6-day trek in the Peruvian highlands WITH 16 people requires a lot more patience, flexibility and understanding. The biggest challenge isn't organizing everything, it´s making sure everyone is on board with decisions and finding the balance between diplomacy and efficiency. Nevertheless, being here and having the opportunity to experience a new culture and people and learn about the endless history gives us plenty of motivation to work through the problems we have and will encounter. [post_title] => Ode to Bolivia and its slacktivism [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ode-to-bolivia-and-its-slacktivism [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-11-19 15:06:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-11-19 22:06:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=94611 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 203 [name] => Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester [slug] => andes-amazon-b-fall-2013-semester [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 203 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 240 [count] => 118 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 11.1 [cat_ID] => 203 [category_count] => 118 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester [category_nicename] => andes-amazon-b-fall-2013-semester [category_parent] => 240 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/fall-2013/andes-amazon-b-fall-2013-semester/ ) ) [category_links] => Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester )

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Ode to Bolivia and its slacktivism

Maya Ellis, Hanna Ewell, Jake Shepherd,Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester

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The last week has been a whirlwind of everything from spending as much time with our families before having to say goodbye to ISP presentations and finishing off spanish classes. After such a full week, we all left Cochabamba with mixed feelings of appreciation of our relaxed time spent there and excitement about going to […]

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Maya Ellis, Hanna Ewell, Jake Shepherd

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Hi everybody!

I have a little story.

One morning during our stay in Cochabamba, I asked my homestay mom for money to go buy bread for breakfast. Before this, one of my sisters always had, but I decided it was about time I stepped up to the plate. So my mom hands me a five Boliviano coin and tells me to get ¨dos pan.¨  I walk down the block to the house at the corner. A nearly toothless, tiny old lady waves at me from the front step, calling ¨¡pan!¨ As is typical in Bolivia, the front room of her house is also a store, which sells simple dry goods like crackers, cookies, margarine, eggs, soda, bread, and such.

I approach. ¨Me gustaría dos pan, por favor.¨ She nods happily, slowly goes inside, and I see her leisurely put uno, dos, tres, cuatro pan in a little plastic bag, and come back outside, offering the bolsita to me.¨I say again, ¨Lo siento, yo dijé dos pan por favor.¨ She garbles something at me that I have no hope of understanding, from a combination of terrible enunciation and my less than perfect spanish speaking ability. She gives the bag a little shake, obviously still wanting for me to take it. I try a different approach, and explain I only want a half of what´s in the bag: ¨Pues, quiero solo un medio de este.¨

Slowly, confusedly, offendedly, she withdraws the bread and turns to replace two of the pieces. A bit confused, and extremely frustrated, but now more hopeful, I give her the five pesos. After a long enough pause to make me uncomfortable while she does the math, I get four pesos back in change. The bread is fifty centavos each. She says something else incomprehensible to me in goodbye, and I respond with a simple ¨ciao.¨

I walk back home, wondering why it was so difficult to perform such simple task. Was I being dumb or confusing? No...I thought I was pretty straightforward. Maybe she had very bad hearing? Yeah...probably.

When I walk into the kitchen, my mom looks at my prize and states, ¨te faltan dos pan.¨

What?! How am I missing two pan? My mom asked for two pan! And then I realize what´s happened. My mom and the shopkeeper are on the same page, and I´m being the ignorant one. It must be a convention here to name quantities by the cost. ¨Dos pan,¨ means two bolivianos of pan, or four pieces. I go to a different store to get the other two pieces of bread.

Peace and love,

Nick

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Dos Pan

Nick Crews,Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester

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Hi everybody! I have a little story. One morning during our stay in Cochabamba, I asked my homestay mom for money to go buy bread for breakfast. Before this, one of my sisters always had, but I decided it was about time I stepped up to the plate. So my mom hands me a five […]

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11/19/13

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Nick Crews

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    [post_content] => Andes and Amazon group B left Bolivia three days ago.  We are now in Peru, preparing for our expedition phase.  As excited as I am for expedition, I am really missing Cochabamba and everything that we did there.  During the last portion of our homestay, I continued my weaving ISP and was able to produce a bag in just two weeks!  I also continued with my Spanish classes and now feel much more comfortable with the language.

The saddest part of this past homestay was saying goodbye.  I have spent so much time with my family that I came to feel that they were actually my second family so saying goodbye was definitely very hard.  Hopefully, I will return someday, but for now, I just have to enjoy the rest of the trip.  Machu Pichu here I come!
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Good Bye to Cochabamba

Charlotte Rutz,Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester

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Andes and Amazon group B left Bolivia three days ago.  We are now in Peru, preparing for our expedition phase.  As excited as I am for expedition, I am really missing Cochabamba and everything that we did there.  During the last portion of our homestay, I continued my weaving ISP and was able to produce […]

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11/19/13

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Charlotte Rutz

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  ¡Hola y’all! We’re back in Cochabamba after a month of constant travel, all settled in and ready for action. Getting back into our routine of Spanish classes and ISPs, today was a busy day, filled with new conjugations and verbs in the morning, and an afternoon of shopping in the mercado for our deelish meal to be.   Hanna, Daniel, Tomu, Nico [post_title] => ¡ESTAMOS COCINANDO!!! ¡MHMMM!! ¡QUE RICO! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => estamos-cocinando-mhmmm-que-rico [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-03 14:46:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-03 21:46:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=94358 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 203 [name] => Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester [slug] => andes-amazon-b-fall-2013-semester [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 203 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 240 [count] => 118 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 11.1 [cat_ID] => 203 [category_count] => 118 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester [category_nicename] => andes-amazon-b-fall-2013-semester [category_parent] => 240 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/fall-2013/andes-amazon-b-fall-2013-semester/ ) ) [category_links] => Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester )
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¡ESTAMOS COCINANDO!!! ¡MHMMM!! ¡QUE RICO!

Hanna, Daniel, Tomu, Nico,Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester

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  ¡Hola y’all! We’re back in Cochabamba after a month of constant travel, all settled in and ready for action. Getting back into our routine of Spanish classes and ISPs, today was a busy day, filled with new conjugations and verbs in the morning, and an afternoon of shopping in the mercado for our deelish […]

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11/11/13

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Hanna, Daniel, Tomu, Nico

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About 17 hours have passed now since we got on our first of two busses, taking us from the sticky heat of the amazon towards the comfort and familiarity of Cochabamba. To be quite honest, so far it has been a relatively easy day (literally) of travel. I was able to sleep really well last night in my bus-cama (bed-bus), had a decent egg n´meat sándwich, jumped on our second 10 hour leg of the trip, and here I am. I´ve gone back and forth between reading  Slaughter House Five (don´t know how I managed to snag it with the entirety of he group wanting to as well), and watching bad American movies. I would not recommend Olympus has Fallen or The Hunter, although any chance you have to see Willem Dafoe, you really should. This and constant snacking has kept me sufficiently busy, and the recent addition of piercingly loud Bolivian tunes has certainly added to the experience.

I really have been so tired through our time in the amazon that to me this day is just a slightly more relaxed, infinitely more comfortable extension of the last two weeks of travel. It is quite crazy to think that for the last month practically I have been travelling pretty much non-stop. Well not crazy. I actually can believe it. All it takes is one whiff on my clothes and I am instantñy reminded of the “ruggedness” of the last month.

The general attidude of the group is to a certain extent relief to be returning to our “homes” in Cochabamba, back to our schedule of homestays, spanish clases, and daily adventures. But that excitement should not be mistaken as discontent with the last month of treaveling. Oh no no no. Quite contrary. As tough as it has been trekking for days on end over seemingly endless peaks, and slowly making our way through the thick of the Bolivian Amazon, how incredible this month has been. I´ll add some pictures (see them below) that show some of the physical beauty we´ve come across over the last month, and know that photos never really do justice in showing this beauty. Nor can a photo, ore ven a blog post for that matter, really illuminate the plethora of emmothions that come with venturing through these settings. Isolation, awe, inspiration, fear, the impact of rain, heat, and bugs…and more bugs…and more. I even find myself struggling to remember all that has happened. It is frustrating when someone reminds me of something that happened just a week ago and that is so fascinating, but which I had completely let escape m my mind until being reminded. I suppose its not so much excaped as it is archived. But still, it´s really frustrating and I don´t like it one bit. In seeing so many strikingly beaufiful landscapes and experincing so much culture and humor and whatever it is, I find myslef wanting to remember it all just as it happened.

Hearing myself say this it sounds silly, which means it most likely is. So I´ll try and be okay with knowing my experiences impact me whether I can recall them spontaneously or not.—I just now realize the bus driver´s music has finally stopped. I must have tuned it out.—But I´m trying Ringo, I´m trying real hard. But the truth is, I struggle with accepting that idea fully. Perhaps it is having a machine that can hold every song I´ve ever liked, or a websitethat can keep every photo taken of me and silly youtube video I´ve shared in the last four years. It makes sense to me that living in a time where more and more of our lives are on memory cards and hard drives permanantly forever, makes it harder to accept that I just simply can´t remember it all. I get it, I just don´t like it yet. Poor me, I know.
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Cochabamba, Cochabamba

Nico Carrino,Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester

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11.3.13 About 17 hours have passed now since we got on our first of two busses, taking us from the sticky heat of the amazon towards the comfort and familiarity of Cochabamba. To be quite honest, so far it has been a relatively easy day (literally) of travel. I was able to sleep really well […]

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11/11/13

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Nico Carrino

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Friends and Family, Here are some pictures from our epic month long high Andes to the Amazon basin adventure.  The trip started with seven days trekking in the high Andes around the Illampu Circuit and the Camino de Oro.  Then descended for three days on the Beni river to the Amazon where we visited four different and distinct indigenous communities.   We are no back to homestays and Spanish classes in Cochabamba. The group is in good spirits and good health and preparing for expedition in Peru starting just over a week from now.   Abrazos [post_title] => Back in Cochabamba after an epic adventure [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => back-in-cochabamba-after-an-epic-adventure [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-03 14:52:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-03 21:52:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=94291 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 203 [name] => Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester [slug] => andes-amazon-b-fall-2013-semester [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 203 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 240 [count] => 118 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 11.1 [cat_ID] => 203 [category_count] => 118 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester [category_nicename] => andes-amazon-b-fall-2013-semester [category_parent] => 240 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/fall-2013/andes-amazon-b-fall-2013-semester/ ) ) [category_links] => Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester )
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Back in Cochabamba after an epic adventure

los instructores,Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester

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Friends and Family, Here are some pictures from our epic month long high Andes to the Amazon basin adventure.  The trip started with seven days trekking in the high Andes around the Illampu Circuit and the Camino de Oro.  Then descended for three days on the Beni river to the Amazon where we visited four […]

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11/6/13

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los instructores

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    [post_content] => Hello hello,

We arrived to Rurrenabaque, a small somewhat touristy town in the Amazon a couple days ago and its been amazing. I love this place. Our boat trip went well, the boat crew was awesome and we had a great time camping along the Beni river. Its been crazy hot and there are so many mosquitoes and other annoying bugs but its all been worth it, the Amazon is a beautiful place. Our time in Asuncion was a lot of fun too, we split up into groups of four to eat meals with different families in the community. We also were taught a couple weaving techniques by a group called Club de las Madres in the community. The leaders of the community took us on little day trips to the jungle to see some of the crops they grow, and huge ancient trees in the rainforest. We also played a game of soccer with the entire community (North America vs. South America!). We didnt win. Cant wait to get to Trinidad in a couple days and experience some wild life tours!

Graham G
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Oh Yea

Graham Goldscheitter,Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester

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Hello hello, We arrived to Rurrenabaque, a small somewhat touristy town in the Amazon a couple days ago and its been amazing. I love this place. Our boat trip went well, the boat crew was awesome and we had a great time camping along the Beni river. Its been crazy hot and there are so […]

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10/25/13

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Graham Goldscheitter

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On the Rio Beni

Nico Carrino,Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester

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10/25/13

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Nico Carrino

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Fireflies in Assuncion

Charlotte Rutz,Andes & Amazon "B" Fall 2013 Semester

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Assuncion is a world all in itself.  The vegitation is lush and beautiful and the people there are happy just living.  During our time there, I discovered the beauty of living such a simple life and how satisfying it can be.  There is little to no electricity and truly no outside influence.  Each family had […]

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10/25/13

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Charlotte Rutz

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