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Photo 1: Awa Faye, one of my many homestay sisters in Ndioukhane. MCOphoto Photo 2: Gorgeous Fadiouth, a massive heap of shells upon which about 5,000 people reside. Taken during our tour in our second day in Joal. Most of the houses in this village are painted in bright colors, creating a charming contrast with the white shell ground. After Sunday service, the streets bustled with men and women in their best, brightest wax fabrics, adding even more color to this surreal place. photo 3 Photo 3: Aminata Faye, my (2 day) homestay sister. She speaks Serer, Wolof, and French, and is currently studying Spanish and Portuguese (!!!!!!). She’s beautiful and she’s only 15. I want to be like her when I grow up. photo 4 Photo 4: Fetching some water for laundry. And of course, rainy days are laundry days for the stupid tubabs (foreigners). Heh. Every single day we’ve chosen to do our laundry ended with a torrential rainstorm that kept our clothes from properly drying. We smell. photo 5 Photo 5: Aida/Elke carrying water for her bath. Everyone should try bucket showers in the open. Especially when the Senegalese army’s paratroopers are training/flying outside. photo 6 Photo 6: Favorite parts of Tabaski: The outfits Beñes (fried millet donuts/bolinhos de chuva) (NEEX NA) Dancing around the bonfire The outfits [post_title] => Snapshots from Senegal [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => snapshots-from-senegal [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-10-01 16:31:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-10-01 22:31:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=126457 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 30 [name] => Picture of the Week [slug] => picture-of-the-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 30 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 483 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 1 [cat_ID] => 30 [category_count] => 483 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Picture of the Week [category_nicename] => picture-of-the-week [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/picture-of-the-week/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 107 [name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16 [slug] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 107 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 263 [count] => 77 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 3.10004 [cat_ID] => 107 [category_count] => 77 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16 [category_nicename] => princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16 [category_parent] => 263 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/princeton-bridge-year/princeton-bridge-year-senegal-2015-16/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16 )
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Snapshots from Senegal

MC Otani,Picture of the Week, Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

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Photo 1: Awa Faye, one of my many homestay sisters in Ndioukhane. Photo 2: Gorgeous Fadiouth, a massive heap of shells upon which about 5,000 people reside. Taken during our tour in our second day in Joal. Most of the houses in this village are painted in bright colors, creating a charming contrast with the […]

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10/1/15

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MC Otani

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Hi all! As we wrap up our first week in Kunming, here are some photos from the Spring City. Enjoy! -Benjy [post_title] => Photos from Kunming [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => photos-from-kunming [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-11-17 18:29:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-11-17 18:29:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123791 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 30 [name] => Picture of the Week [slug] => picture-of-the-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 30 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 483 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 1 [cat_ID] => 30 [category_count] => 483 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Picture of the Week [category_nicename] => picture-of-the-week [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/picture-of-the-week/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 83 [name] => China Language 6-week [slug] => china-language-6-week-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 83 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 49 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 83 [category_count] => 49 [category_description] => [cat_name] => China Language 6-week [category_nicename] => china-language-6-week-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/china-language-6-week-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, China Language 6-week )
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Photos from Kunming

Benjy Renton,Picture of the Week, China Language 6-week

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Hi all! As we wrap up our first week in Kunming, here are some photos from the Spring City. Enjoy! -Benjy

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07/31/15

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Benjy Renton

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The landscape of my home stay with Tibetan families in the mountains above Qinghai Lake is imprinted on the backs of my eyelids, green and blue boring through my active visual life, allowing me to feel the serenity I felt when I was there. It reminded me of Ireland, and of the solitude and simple beauty that I have gone there to seek in the past. Of course, the yaks and the appearance of the people are wildly different, but in many ways I felt that the souls of these shepherds were akin to their brothers and sisters on another continent. The Tibetan nomads are intensely connected with their animals, their land, but they are also wary, separate, and in control. Often, in cities or in the wilderness, I feel that I am under the thumb of nature or the world around me, that I am not in control. That lack of agency does not to appear in the Tibetan nomads, partially because it seems to me that they have ceased to struggle against nature in the same way I do; they have an indelible confidence in the natural world. With the changes in weather, extremes of the climate further polarizing, some of the former predictability of the conditions in there in the mountains is gone. How was my host family unable to flinch as we sat in our tent at 10 pm under the light of a single fluorescent bulb with hail pouring down, threatening to cut holes in the tent, and lightning flashing on all sides? Coming from a home of three people, I understand the bonds of an only child with their parents quite well. My parents and I, no matter our quarrels and our differences, are a tightly knit unit. The family I stayed with above Qinghai Lake reminded me immensely of that. They did not demonstrate affection in the same way I do with my parents, but every interaction showed love, support, and respect. The son, about 7 years old, was full of energy, but he did as he was told, even anticipating his parents needs. He was never disciplined; there was no need. This was in strong contrast to my previous home stay with a Tibetan family in Rebkong: the 4 year old girl was constantly in trouble with her parents for her bad behavior and disrespect. What allows for such a large difference in parenting styles and in a child's behavior? Does the life in the city have that large an effect on the personality of a child? The solitude, the independence, the wherewithal that is necessary in the nomadic lifestyle probably causes a child to learn how important obedience is rather early on. With taking care of livestock and living off the land there is no room for error. It is a life without walls, without Western ideas of comfort, but a life full of weathered hands, wind-beaten cheeks, whispered emotion, milk tea, hard work, and warm blankets inside tents that lie right beneath the starry sky. [post_title] => Reflections on a Nomadic Homestay [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => reflections-on-a-nomadic-homestay [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-30 16:08:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-30 22:08:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123774 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 30 [name] => Picture of the Week [slug] => picture-of-the-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 30 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 483 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 1 [cat_ID] => 30 [category_count] => 483 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Picture of the Week [category_nicename] => picture-of-the-week [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/picture-of-the-week/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 84 [name] => China Search for Meaning 6-wk [slug] => china-search-for-meaning-6-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 84 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 54 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 84 [category_count] => 54 [category_description] => [cat_name] => China Search for Meaning 6-wk [category_nicename] => china-search-for-meaning-6-week [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/china-search-for-meaning-6-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, China Search for Meaning 6-wk )
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Reflections on a Nomadic Homestay

Zoe Gilbard,Picture of the Week, China Search for Meaning 6-wk

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The landscape of my home stay with Tibetan families in the mountains above Qinghai Lake is imprinted on the backs of my eyelids, green and blue boring through my active visual life, allowing me to feel the serenity I felt when I was there. It reminded me of Ireland, and of the solitude and simple […]

Posted On

07/30/15

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Zoe Gilbard

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I have always lived with the subconscious belief (that bubbles to the surface daily) that my body's purpose was basic: to carry my mind and maybe to be aesthetically pleasing. I believed that my body held no strength, no real power or control – those attributes belonged to my mind, and they did not reside in my tangible world. My body is merely a vehicle. I discredited my body over and over, despite achieving a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, being on the varsity rowing team in high school, and generally being healthy and strong. I convinced myself that my body had no business calling itself athletic or even capable. I shied away from shows of physical activity as much as possible, afraid of putting myself in danger of failure in front of others, further compounding my embarrassment and convincing myself of my lack of ability. That first hike that we completed as a group – climbing up to the Great Wall of China to spend an incredible evening watching the best sunset of my life, basking under the full moon, and seeing a gorgeous shooting star – began to break down an internal wall that I had built as a defense against failure. I broke down that lack of belief in myself and my ability. I cried in uncontrollable bursts of sobs full of anxiety and embarrassment, my legs shook, and I went slowly, sometimes pushing myself along on my backside. I breathed, I spoke to myself quietly of my ability in order to inspire perseverance, and I held on to the words and company of Parker and Sarah to get me up and down the mountain. My body was slightly weakened by a cold, but that wasn't it; my mind had allowed thoughts of inadequacy to creep in, telling me that my body was not made for this, that I should not be here. Step by step, encouragement by encouragement, I went along, and I finished. In the immediate aftermath of the hike, my mind was reeling and I could not reflect or find any serious growth in the experience. I could not take serious pride in the accomplishment. With a few weeks between me and the hike, with other physical experiences under my belt since then, I can say I have grown, I have begun to chip away at my mental block. Over this trip, being okay with being dirty, sweaty, unwashed, exhausted, have made me understand my body so much better, to know that for all my fears of inadequacy and shortcoming, below my facade of make up and clothes and words, underneath my germophobia and need to feel clean, there lies a strong, capable body. A beautifully powerful body, that hurts and aches and sometimes smells a bit weird. But most importantly, a body that does not define its limits without testing them, and never ever gives up without a fight. 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A Mental Block

Zoe Gilbard,Best Notes From The Field, Picture of the Week, China Search for Meaning 6-wk

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I have always lived with the subconscious belief (that bubbles to the surface daily) that my body’s purpose was basic: to carry my mind and maybe to be aesthetically pleasing. I believed that my body held no strength, no real power or control – those attributes belonged to my mind, and they did not reside […]

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07/30/15

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Zoe Gilbard

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    [post_content] => A semi cheesy quote used by my personally idolized first grade teacher: "There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other wings."
As a small, simple minded six year old, I pondered this quote, picturing my gnarled roots soaking up nutrients from my "comfort zone" such as my old friends and family and the warm familiarity we forget about on a day to day basis, but that envelopes us every time we come home from somewhere foreign and different. I then imagined That I had great and magnificent wings beating a flurry of wind around me. But there was a dilemma: No matter how hard my wings struggled to lift me off of the ground and take me soaring on new adventures, my roots held tight to their one spot of home, where they know they're comfortable and satiated. So, if we give our children roots to their homes and wings to fly away, wouldn't they stay stagnant at "home" dreaming of new and exotic places, but need home too much to make the jump into the sky? 
On this trip, I've come to the realization that our roots can adjust and find new forms of satiation, different forms of satiation, sometimes better forms of satiation, and new places to plant themselves.  In each new place our wings or our senses of adventure take us, and coax our roots or our cravings of home out of their grip on home soil, we are one step closer to planting our roots somewhere else and creating for ourselves new homes throughout the world. 
On our four week trip to Thailand, we have been to seven new and completely unique places, all within a country. In some, such as our 7 day homestay, we were treated like celebrities, and were invited to eat with the principle, teach an English camp, and were often asked to join into selfies that flooded our facebook pages. In others, such as the city of Bangkok, we were treated like clueless and common tourists (which we sometimes were),shouted at to accept tuk-tuk rides completely out of our budget, and herded through busy areas by bored looking Thai officials. Even different still was cave-stay, where we were treated as scholars and worshipers, given time to study Buddhism, and join 5 AM chanting in Pali led by wise and chuckling monks. In each place we arrived unsure of what to expect, our roots craving some form of home, maybe a western toilet or an email from home, but in each place, our wings persevered, reminded us that awkward moments would make good stories, and that our uncomfort was temporary. With some time, our roots found these new experiences more comfortable, massive bustling cities became more easier to navigate, Thai mannerisms became second nature, and our homestay families who were initially strangers, became our second families.
My sister has a tattoo on her back of all of the coordinates she's ever felt at home, and maybe these are like her roots. We travel to please our wings, to fall in love with new experiences, to stimulate our brains to think in new ways and gain experiential knowledge. And when we travel "home" our wings feel satiated and we resume our lives that our roots crave with such a passion. But maybe what some people overlook is that by going to new places, and by becoming "comfortable with the uncomfortable" as our instructor Derek says, we plant a part of ourselves, our roots, somewhere besides our conventional home. Our prior growth zone becomes our comfort zone, and things that our wings may have never even dreamed of trying are suddenly within our reach, maybe even our next adventure. And as we keep planting roots in new places, trying new things, everything becomes possible because we are able to develop the skills and the experience to cope with any situation imaginable. 
For me, Thailand was somewhere I was able to plant some roots. I gained new experiences, stories and friends, and feel like a better traveler than I was a month ago. I still have a long ways to go before becoming fearless, cultured and ready to take on the world, but, hey, we all have to start somewhere right?
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Roots and Wings

Mia Wallach,Picture of the Week, Thailand 4-week

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A semi cheesy quote used by my personally idolized first grade teacher: “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other wings.” As a small, simple minded six year old, I pondered this quote, picturing my gnarled roots soaking up nutrients from my “comfort […]

Posted On

07/28/15

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Mia Wallach

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Everyday, think as you wake up
>>Today I am fortunate
to have woken up.
I am alive,
This morning one of our group members, Leticia, left. As a small goodbye "party", all of the girls in our group huddled onto one of the beds in our guest house at 7 in the morning, cherishing our last moments together. As we ate our ice cream bars from the 7/11 to celebrate our journey together, the reality that we would be boarding a plane back to normality hit hard.
It's really hard to put into words how this trip has made me feel, what I've learned, what the best parts have been, ect. Really hard. Although the language barrier has been extreme;y difficult at times, for instance when trying to get across Bangkok in a taxi, it's also made me realize that often words don't do enough for the experiences we've had.
Being in Thailand hasn't revealed the meaning of life to me. It hasn't spoken to me the true meaning of happiness. It's streets haven't shown me the absolute truth in what I want to do with my life. But that's okay. Instead of answering questions, this trip has opened doors and inspired questions. As Micah MacAllen eloquently puts it, "I had seen a little and knew a lot. Now I've seen a little more and know a lot less."
I don't know if I can fully appreciate all that we've been able to fit into our four short weeks here right now. Caught in the whirlwind of the college application process, senior year starting soon, and other compounded and time-consuming stressers, even here I don't feel that I've been able to fully process the unique experiences that we will probably never be graced with again. I mean how many people can say that they've lived in a cave with monks for three days? Or that they have a second family in Chiang Muan, Thailand? Or that they have worked together to navigate the enormous city of Bangkok using our newly acquired leadership and ownership skills. I think that I will be able to reflect on this for years to come and each time value this trip even more.
The pictures above are from Chiang Muan. On our last night of homestay, my sisters took me for a bike ride through the patty fields. My camera failed to capture the immense beauty that not only the scenery, but also the moment contained. My sisters were beautiful people inside and out. They made me want to better myself and gave me the highlight of my trip. I can't thank them enough.
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I want to end with a piece called "A Precious Human Life" that I have hanging in my room at home.
Everyday, think as you wake up
>>Today I am fortunate
to have woken up.
I am alive,
I have a precious human life
I am not going to waste it.
I am going to use
all my energies to develop myself,
to expand my heart out to other,
to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
I am going to have
kind thoughts towards others.
I am not going to get angry,
or think badly about others.
I am going to benefit others
as much as I can<<
His Holiness
the XIVth Dalai Lama
This course is called The Spirit of Greng Jai, the spirit of unconditional compassion, respect and consideration, and that is exactly what Thailand has given me. Continuous acceptance and compassion and the tools I need to develop myself into a person who can benefit others as much as possible.
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Opened Doors

Emma Lester,Picture of the Week, Thailand 4-week

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Everyday, think as you wake up >>Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive, This morning one of our group members, Leticia, left. As a small goodbye “party”, all of the girls in our group huddled onto one of the beds in our guest house at 7 in the morning, cherishing our […]

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07/28/15

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Emma Lester

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We have arrived and established ourselves in Kunming. We have all found places in our home stays and are finding our host families to be welcoming. I personally don’t know the specifics of everyone else’s home stays so far so I will speak about what I have done so far. We arrived mid-afternoon on Saturday, and therefore I did not have much time to do much with my host family, so we started activities together on Sunday. On Sunday, I played tennis with my host father and his friends from about 10:30 until 1:30, if you are curious I won one match and lost match. Following our lunch of rice noodles, I almost fell asleep in the elevator after three hours of tennis in the hot sun. That night we went upstairs to my host father’s sister’s apartment for a family party, although I did not understand much of what was going on, everyone seemed to have a good time. On Monday, we all went off to our first day of class in the city; multiple people got lost on the way. We had our regular four hours of class in the morning, and then planned for the future of the trip after lunch. When I got home my host family and I made roughly one hundred dumplings for the three of us. After dinner, the three of us took part in the full-fledged war between the mosquitoes and the electric bug zapper. After victory, we went to sleep with one eye open in order to watch out for any more small, flying demons. So far my experience with my host family has been nothing but positive, they are both very intelligent, friendly people. [post_title] => Upon Arrival in Kunming [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => upon-arrival-in-kunming [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-01-20 15:16:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-01-20 22:16:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123563 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 30 [name] => Picture of the Week [slug] => picture-of-the-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 30 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 483 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 1 [cat_ID] => 30 [category_count] => 483 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Picture of the Week [category_nicename] => picture-of-the-week [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/picture-of-the-week/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 83 [name] => China Language 6-week [slug] => china-language-6-week-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 83 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 49 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 83 [category_count] => 49 [category_description] => [cat_name] => China Language 6-week [category_nicename] => china-language-6-week-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/china-language-6-week-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, China Language 6-week )
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Upon Arrival in Kunming

Oliver Silberstein,Picture of the Week, China Language 6-week

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We have arrived and established ourselves in Kunming. We have all found places in our home stays and are finding our host families to be welcoming. I personally don’t know the specifics of everyone else’s home stays so far so I will speak about what I have done so far. We arrived mid-afternoon on Saturday, […]

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07/28/15

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Oliver Silberstein

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You haven't heard from us in a while—it's because we've been very busy! After roaming around Shangri-La for two days, we took two vans to a Tibetan village called Niru. It was great to have a few days to relax, hike and enjoy each other's company after two weeks in our village homestays. While in Niru, we had a unanimous decision to go to Tiger Leaping Gorge and complete the intense two-day trekking expedition–it was our expedition phase after all! Our road warriors piled into the same vans three days later and drove to the beginning of the gorge trek. After stocking up on Oreos, Dove chocolate bars and sunflower seeds we successfully completed the 18 bends of Tiger Leaping Gorge. We spent the night in a guesthouse before finishing the hike and taking a bus back to Lijiang. Our final mission of the expedition phase was to travel back to Kunming on an overnight bus—it was another mode of transportation to add to our "repertoire" on this trip! So that’s the basic summary of what we’ve done on our expedition phase—enjoy the pictures! We're now in Kunming, spending our last two weeks with Chinese classes, ISPs, and other fun activities. Stay tuned for more updates! [post_title] => From Expedition to City Life [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => from-expedition-to-city-life [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-01-20 15:19:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-01-20 22:19:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123559 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 30 [name] => Picture of the Week [slug] => picture-of-the-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 30 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 483 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 1 [cat_ID] => 30 [category_count] => 483 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Picture of the Week [category_nicename] => picture-of-the-week [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/picture-of-the-week/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 83 [name] => China Language 6-week [slug] => china-language-6-week-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 83 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 49 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 83 [category_count] => 49 [category_description] => [cat_name] => China Language 6-week [category_nicename] => china-language-6-week-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/china-language-6-week-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, China Language 6-week )
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From Expedition to City Life

Benjy Renton,Picture of the Week, China Language 6-week

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You haven’t heard from us in a while—it’s because we’ve been very busy! After roaming around Shangri-La for two days, we took two vans to a Tibetan village called Niru. It was great to have a few days to relax, hike and enjoy each other’s company after two weeks in our village homestays. While in […]

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07/28/15

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Benjy Renton

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    [post_content] => Our last day at our homestay in Mangily consisted of a final beach party! Which included a pick up soccer game, traditional malagasy music, dancing with our host families, and dinner. It was a great way to send us off on our next adventure and an amazing way to show our appreciation to our welcoming and loving host families.
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Beach bash in Mangily

Isabella Heffernan,Picture of the Week, Madagascar 6-week

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Our last day at our homestay in Mangily consisted of a final beach party! Which included a pick up soccer game, traditional malagasy music, dancing with our host families, and dinner. It was a great way to send us off on our next adventure and an amazing way to show our appreciation to our welcoming […]

Posted On

07/27/15

Author

Isabella Heffernan

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This week's major activity was for the students to conduct their Independent Study Projects (ISP's), the following is an outline of what each student did:
  • Archer wrote Chinese calligraphy;
  • Katie worked with children in a local orphanage, as part of a photography project;
  • Max H. studied traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese understandings of health and well-being;
  • Juno learnt from a dance teacher ethnic dance moves, and about ethnic dances in general;
  • Marcus interviewed locals to understand the teaching of English as a second language, here in Kunming/China;
  • Nick studied the Kunming bicycling scene;
  • Hannah learnt to prepare some home-cooked Chinese dishes, and compiled her learning into a photo/recipe book;
  • Lea studied Chinese martial arts;
  • Ellie learnt about the traditional Chinese string instrument, the GuZheng;
  • Paloma completed her version of "Humans of Yunnan";
  • Dan studied the workings of a Chinese hospital, comparing it to his understanding of an American hospital;
  • and Max R. challenged his understanding of the term 'sports,' and interacted with locals in their sport activities, which ranged from the playing of Chinese chess to dancing with retired aunties at the park.
Accompanying this Yak post are some photos from the multitude of experiences this week, for some it was fun and enjoyable, for others the ISP's have been stressful and fatigue-inducing. Nevertheless, it was an engaging process for all, and based on the amount of work the students have put in we instructors feel that they have really challenged themselves to go beyond the surface, grapple with issues they are interested in, and to which they hope to form deeper connections. Looking forward to the ISP presentations on Sunday morning! [post_title] => Some Photos from ISP Week [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => some-photos-from-isp-week [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-01-20 15:22:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-01-20 22:22:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123258 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 30 [name] => Picture of the Week [slug] => picture-of-the-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 30 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 483 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 1 [cat_ID] => 30 [category_count] => 483 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Picture of the Week [category_nicename] => picture-of-the-week [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/picture-of-the-week/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 82 [name] => China Language 4-week B [slug] => china-language-4-week-b-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 82 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 85 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 82 [category_count] => 85 [category_description] => [cat_name] => China Language 4-week B [category_nicename] => china-language-4-week-b-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/china-language-4-week-b-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, China Language 4-week B )
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Some Photos from ISP Week

I-Team,Picture of the Week, China Language 4-week B

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This week’s major activity was for the students to conduct their Independent Study Projects (ISP’s), the following is an outline of what each student did: Archer wrote Chinese calligraphy; Katie worked with children in a local orphanage, as part of a photography project; Max H. studied traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese understandings of health and […]

Posted On

07/25/15

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I-Team

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