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    [post_title] => Anna, Ben, Celia, Charlie, Hannah and Isabel on their way to Bali
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Anna, Ben, Celia, Charlie, Hannah and Isabel on their way to Bali

Rachael Russell,Indonesia

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Rachael Russell

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Indonesia

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    [post_title] => The last day of transference
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The last day of transference

Indonesia Instructor Team,Indonesia

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12/7/15

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Indonesia Instructor Team

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Indonesia

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    [post_content] => After a 4 days of transference at Anyer Beach, a three hours drive from Jakarta. The students are leaving to their different destinations. Zephy is still in Jakarta with her father, Kate had left one night before heading to Australia. This morning Rachael and Rita took 11 others to their domestic flight to Lombok: Celia, Hannah, Ben, Isabel, Charlie, and Anna. While the rest of them are now already on their International flights back home: John, Daniel, Riley, Quinn and Shay.

We have such an amazing experience in Indonesia and have been so grateful to meet and to get to know these 13 students the last three months. We will surely will meet each other again in the near future!

Note: this is a picture at West Kalimantan, part of the students Expedition Phase.

Indo team
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The students are heading to their destinations: International and domestic flights

Rita Sri Suwantari,Indonesia

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After a 4 days of transference at Anyer Beach, a three hours drive from Jakarta. The students are leaving to their different destinations. Zephy is still in Jakarta with her father, Kate had left one night before heading to Australia. This morning Rachael and Rita took 11 others to their domestic flight to Lombok: Celia, […]

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12/6/15

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Rita Sri Suwantari

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Indonesia

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    [post_content] => After an early morning of heartfelt and tearful goodbyes, the Indo team disbanded and left for the airport today. Students either caught their flights to L.A. or on toward their next destinations. We will keep you updated and post a final group photo in the coming hours.

Best,

Micah
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Flights Home

Micah LeMasters,Indonesia

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After an early morning of heartfelt and tearful goodbyes, the Indo team disbanded and left for the airport today. Students either caught their flights to L.A. or on toward their next destinations. We will keep you updated and post a final group photo in the coming hours. Best, Micah

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12/6/15

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Micah LeMasters

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Indonesia

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    [post_content] => Dear Indonesia Students & Families,

It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long and students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for eagerly awaiting families:

December 6th, 2015

Cathay Pacific #718

Depart: Jakarta 8:40 am

Arrive: Hong Kong 2:30 pm

Cathay Pacific #882

Depart: Hong Kong 4:35 pm

Arrive: Los Angeles 1:15 pm

We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day.   Starting on Saturday, 12/5, should you need any assistance after regular office hours, please call our “on-call” number at 303-921-6078.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Boulder Admin

 
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Return Flight Information

Anne Koenning,Indonesia

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Dear Indonesia Students & Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long and students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for eagerly […]

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12/2/15

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Anne Koenning

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Indonesia

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    [post_content] => I asked the group to tell me something they've realized while being in Indonesia and below is a collection of our thoughts.

SOMETHING I'VE REALIZED IS....

"it's not up to me or any human to determine whether or not a tree makes a sound when it falls in the forest"

"I can live with less material things than I thought I could"

"a breath of wind can feel better than an air conditioner and that coffee tastes better when you drink it with the people who grew it, to love the feeling of salt drying on skin and to trust small boats on endless expanses of water, to listen to thunder and sit quietly in the rain"

"a sense of community is crucial for the soul"

"Indonesia is very big and diverse with a government that isn't representative of the large swaths of land and people that live outside of Java"

"living in the past or in the future are two equally futile pursuits. on one hand, you are grasping at ghosts and shadows (they say that every time you recall a certain memory, your brain slightly rewrites that memory's chemical sequence, changing its validity and raw impression). On the other, you find your way through the channels of "maybe" with a broken compass and an upside down map. As I watched the mist descend over Sui Utik one morning - not one thing but a million individual droplets each with an origin and a destination. Perhaps some of them had seen the Atlantic, others, the underside of Amazonian ferns, the curve of a tomato vine in Brazil, the quiet eternity of an underground aquifer, been the first rains that end a long drought. Still others may have held the lonely salts of the Dead Sea, slept in the desperate beds of glaciers in the north or south, been caught in spider webs, tears, inner-city puddles, and water colour paint sets. Maybe that's why there is mist in every good mystery, why even their pronunciations are similar. I realized I want to live like that, like waters commute through lifetimes, endless and unknowable, drifting in the now amidst a thousand other stories, their conclusions and their impending beginnings and every day it smells like rain."

"I have a lot to learn about who I am and who I want to be"

"the countless opportunities I have are an incredible privilege, and should never be a cause for feeling overwhelmed"

"only by immersing yourself in places you thought you'd never be you start to gain a perspective on how big the world is"

"my happiness is not defined by one person or relationship, and that being alone doesn't have to equate to loneliness"

"Western culture has stretched its fingers throughout the world - some things, like FC Barcelona, Coca-Cola, and Disney's Frozen, are inescapable"

"I no longer feel a strong connection to the home I grew up in and that home is not about the physical house itself but solely based on the people who exist within those walls"

"it is people who make an experience, not simply places or activities"

"the importance of valuing diversity and supporting a multitude of ways of living and understanding the world"

"beauty is kindness- kindness towards each other and the places we interact with"
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Something I’ve realized…

Anna Maguire,Indonesia

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I asked the group to tell me something they’ve realized while being in Indonesia and below is a collection of our thoughts. SOMETHING I’VE REALIZED IS…. “it’s not up to me or any human to determine whether or not a tree makes a sound when it falls in the forest” “I can live with less material […]

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12/2/15

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Anna Maguire

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Indonesia

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Sampela Photos

aaron,Indonesia

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11/20/15

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aaron

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Indonesia

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    [post_content] => I’m kneeling out of my bamboo window looking at the still water watching the current pull the seaweed one way. Everything is so peaceful and all I can hear is the faint music playing from the house across from mine. In the corner of my eye I begin to see the tip of a wooden boat and then slowly it creeps out in plain sight. Inside it there’s a woman wrapped in red cloth and a straw cone hat. There’s a rhythm to the way she paddles, causing the ripples in the ocean to shoot out from either sides of her boat, against the current. The reflection of the sun blinds me with every flicker in the water. The woman calmly sails across my house until she’s completely out of sight. Her eyes remained focused on what lies ahead, unaware of the Bule that is peering out their window admiring her affect on the ocean. Moments later, I’m not only able to see her impact but hear it too as the waves she created lightly lap up against the stilts my house lives on. I can feel the cool breeze against my face knowing that the moment I step away from my winder, the heat will devour me. I wonder if these people are aware of how beautiful this place truly is? I wonder if they would find my home just as beautiful?
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A moment in Sampela

aaron,Indonesia

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11/19/15

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aaron

Category

Indonesia

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    [post_content] => Boardwalks:

The boardwalks in Sampela connect everything. They consist of wooden planks, laid one after another, beaten down and haggard from the sun’s burning rays and perpetual foot traffic. They stretch throughout every corner of this village above the sea, making life here possible. Some are big, steady, well-traveled boulevards; I could walk these paths with my eyes closed, feet confidently avoiding the few holes and obstacles. Others are less popular, walked only by those whose homes are accessed by these side streets, where you have to place your feet carefully to avoid falling through a foot wide gap in the planks or stepping on a weak, corroded board laying in wait for some silly bule to walk this way.

Like many things in Sampela, the boardwalks here are generally flawed, potentially hazardous, and imperfect; any Western infrastructure manager would cringe. But despite the weather-beaten boards, unfinished walkways that end in a few empty concrete columns before the open ocean, and narrow ladders that lean helter-skelter against the path and lead to stilted houses above the sea, the boardwalks are the veins and arteries and capillaries of Sampela. They are roads, sidewalks, living rooms , markets, meeting houses, wood-carvers’ studios, fishermen’s wharfs, constructions sites, kitchens, and playgrounds. Nothing in Sampela is self-contained—like a cup filled past the brim, life spills over the boardwalks.

Guitars:

It seems that every father, teenage son, and little brother in Sampela can play the guitar. The walk from my house to Andar’s house, where we eat meals, conduct lessons, and meet for snorkeling rips, is a little over two minutes, but I almost always pass someone with an instrument in their hands. Usually, it’s even the same guitar—heavily used, messily spray painted a dull orange, and with only four strings. I’ve seen this guitar passed around the village, played by a myriad of faces, creating more songs than I can count, a travelling minstrel in itself. This guitar contains stories, tells stories, is a story. If all the world’s a stage, then this guitar deserves a supporting role.

It belongs to the community is shared by everyone. This old battered, tuned-by-ear guitar reminds me every day how fortunate we are in the west to enjoy the standard of living that we do; if my guitar strings broke, I could just buy more. It reminds me that music can be found everywhere that people live and the soul needs to sing. And during our time here, I’ve realized that this guitar is really more about community than songs.

Horizon:

This empty horizon, devoid of any blemishes, imperfections, or misconceptions epitomizes the serenity of simplicity; it is also the representation, even the personification of, boundless, unashamed and infinite potential. It’s an inspiration to all, but to all personally, uniquely, the ocean’s open blue horizon is my favorite song, my favorite film, my favorite book. It tugs on my wishes, my hopes, my sense of what beauty is, and pulls them out from somewhere deep within; it lays them out before me for breathtaking exploration.

My time here in Sampela an only be remembered equally as my time on the ocean; one cannot be considered without the other. The Bajau people that live here, and the village of Sampela itself is forever and endlessly intertwined with the ocean. In my head and in my memory they circle each other in a symbiotic double helix, forever equal and, after all, the ocean has found its way into Sampela’s Dna.
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Three Words

aaron,Indonesia

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Boardwalks: The boardwalks in Sampela connect everything. They consist of wooden planks, laid one after another, beaten down and haggard from the sun’s burning rays and perpetual foot traffic. They stretch throughout every corner of this village above the sea, making life here possible. Some are big, steady, well-traveled boulevards; I could walk these paths […]

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11/19/15

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aaron

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My days in the miraculous village of Sampela all sputter to life with a cup of coffee and the sound of an engine churning up a gentle commotion in the sea that extends outward around us in all directions, as though we were the beige epicenter of a turquoise flower in full, salty bloom. We make daily voyages to the nearby barrier reef, whose wonders are endless. At first, the reef is shallow but bustling with activity. There were all manners of coral and anemones, mystical formations that were the landscapes of dreams. Fluorescent blue fish hid amongst the folds of rocks and the black and white ones the size of my fingernails showed me to their front doors. I dove down and swam through the corridors of a different world watching a symphony of relationships conducted in the language of another planet. Colonies of fish spoke to one another with nothing more than their silvern bodies.

The shelf of the reef cut down into greater depths where the spear fishermen paddle into the blue leaving only a trail of bubbles as proof of their descent­­––swallowed by the deep in full daylight. My feet rested atop a profound nothingness and it was right then, looking at skin dipping into all that azure space, I realized how vast the sea really was—how many millennia it took to pour down all that water from the heavens. The light played on my palms in response and I wanted to trap it there and carry it with me to shore so that my body would be wildly lit at night, rippling with luminescence.

Sometimes I just watch my shadow fall over the reef as I swim. The sun sends its bright fingers into the depths, perhaps trying to find all the sunsets it has lost there (the fish are wearing them now but I don’t dare tell the sun that).

There are often power outages here and when they occur I sit on the edge of the crumbling dock next to my house. The darkness feeds the brilliant sky all around me, which blazes with a thousand stars. I look across the sea at a nearby island, whose lights are still on—I doubt they can see the stars. I doubt they will ever realize that there is blindness in light.

The reality of it is, this journey wanes with each passing day and as I watch the fishing boats become outlines paddling through the reflection of the sky, I feel more and more like The Old Man and the Sea. By the time I reach America, there with be nothing left as a testimony to the grandeur of a single moment of this experience—no way to convey how beautiful the people you love look engulfed in sunshine, sparkling with the sea’s jewelry, sending spray spiraling into the late afternoon. All I’ll be able to offer up is a barren skeleton of something once living, a small smile, and a shake of the head.
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Clothing for fish

aaron,Indonesia

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As a famous fellow once declared, “I love the smell of boat exhaust in the morning”—or something like that . . . My days in the miraculous village of Sampela all sputter to life with a cup of coffee and the sound of an engine churning up a gentle commotion in the sea that extends […]

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