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Day 7 8 of no showering

Hair = Disgusting and greasy

Nails = Full of fecal matter

Skin = Rugged & Sun-burnt

Experience = Incredible

On the third and final day of our nomadic, Tibetan home-stay we decided to take a moment to reflect on our experiences here. Upon arrival, we were whisked away to our home-stay family's tent, which overlooks Qinghai Lake, after a long and exhausting hike up the mountain that they lived on. Now to those unfamiliar with the movements of the Tibetan nomadic movements; the nomads typically arrive in this area of China as the winter subsides and the spring thaw begins and stay here until August. As a result of the limited stay in the area, the nomads setup camp by constructing their tents with a combination of tarps, metal, rope and clay. They then spend the greater part of their time here herding their cattle and supporting themselves through several different ways that will be discussed later in this summary of our time amongst them. Alas as hunger overtook us, we asked for food, which in turn resulted in a serving of milk tea, bread and tsampa. Tsampa, a food known only to the well-traveled among us, can only be described as an unusual concoction consisting of yak milk, yak butter and a powdery substance that has yet to be determined. At night, we herded the cattle in and cooked dinner with our home-stay family. This night, the first of many, had us trying to break through the language barrier by learning the basics of the language from the family as we pointed to objects in rapid succession while at the same time we scribbled down all that we could so that we could reference back to it throughout the upcoming days. Once we were tucked in at night by our home-stay parents, it was only a short time before we awoke early the next morning to begin a day of tending to the cattle, tending to the fire, cooking & dinner where we once again engaged in our exchange of cultural norms and languages and our tucking in for the night in preparation for the day ahead. This would be the basis of our stay here as we repeated the things mentioned above the next day and the nomads continued to do this throughout their stay there and elsewhere once they had relocated to avoid the chilly winters of Qinghai Lake.

For some this apparent lack of complexity and entertainment that has come to define Western culture (and increasingly the rest of the world) has led some to deem this group of people as hopeless barbarians. Who's lives, they believe, are primitive and unfit to be written in the annals of history when compared to the more 'meaningful' lives of those who have accumulated wealth and prestige at the expense of others. Although once one gets past this common misconception, one realizes that the beauty of this lifestyle lays in its simplicity and the care that one another has for their community. Since the onset of the Italian Renaissance and the development of the idea of individualism, Western civilization has been driven by the idea that life is about competition, whether it be the damning qualities of capitalism or the idea of all or nothing in the attempt to become a 'self-made' man. The idea that we as individuals have to be better than our fellow person is prevalent throughout society, whether it be in school, sports, or social status; chivalry is dead. Tragically, the nomadic lifestyle is dying. As globalism spreads its tentacles all over the globe and indeed further inland in China, it suffocates the aspects of society deemed 'unnecessary' to the 'growth' of the country, thinking of growth in a purely economic sense. Ever since Mao's Cultural Revolution and Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms, China has been keen on preserving its economic viability at all costs. As a result when the question: Do we preserve our cultural heritage or continue to fuel our economic growth? The answer has always been continue to fuel economic growth. Major cities, such as Shanghai & Beijing, have seen much of their cultural heritage stripped away, such as the destruction of Beijing's city walls for the vast new boulevards and subway lines of the ever expanding city, in favor of accelerating the economic growth of the cities. Now this harrowing reality is beginning to hit even the most remote places of China. Qinghai Lake is, increasingly, becoming a tourist site with 'traditional' nomadic tents (fitted with flat-screens and beds with Egyptian cotton) for the scores of domestic tourists that have flooded its shores. Ironically, our desire to better understand the nomads only furthers their lifestyle's decline as their young and able seek to discover a world told to them through the words of foreigners. The Chinese government, to add to their long list of grievances with the ethnic minorities of China, has begun to fence off the Tibetan nomads' roaming grounds and have systematically forced other nomads, such as the Mongolians in Inner Mongolia, to settle in the newly built cities that now occupy their former roaming grounds. The New York Times recently wrote that despite the official records of the government, which state that the majority of the former nomads are much happier now, ethnic groups, such as the Mongolians, barely have the means to make it through each month through the now dwindling state subsidies on food and other necessities. One such Mongolian complained that he had formerly been able to feed his family and make it through the winter without issue, yet now he hardly has the means to feed his family. Is this the future that is destined for the Tibetan nomads? A world in which there is only a sliver of a chance for success? Where the world seems to be inclined against them? Only time can tell.

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Milkin’ Yaks and Makin’ Stacks

Hakan Stanis & Jillian Hess,Picture of the Week, China Search for Meaning 6-wk

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  Day 7 8 of no showering Hair = Disgusting and greasy Nails = Full of fecal matter Skin = Rugged & Sun-burnt Experience = Incredible On the third and final day of our nomadic, Tibetan home-stay we decided to take a moment to reflect on our experiences here. Upon arrival, we were whisked away […]

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07/25/15

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Hakan Stanis & Jillian Hess

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Lepcha Homestays

Instructors,Picture of the Week, Sikkim 4-week

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On our last day in the Lepcha village, our students and homestay families took a group picture in front of the local school where our students had spent the morning teaching English

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07/23/15

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Instructors

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July 21, Daniel turned 15. We threw him a surprise birthday party! Kudos to Team Operation 15 - Cheerleader Hannah for coordinating everything, Foodies Paloma and Nick for getting the awesome princess cake, Archer and Marcus for luring Dan away and distracting him, and everyone else for chipping in with decorations, party music, etc.! Check out the photos! [post_title] => Danny Boy Turns 15! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => danny-boy-turns-15 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-01-20 15:33:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-01-20 22:33:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123023 [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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Danny Boy Turns 15!

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July 21, Daniel turned 15. We threw him a surprise birthday party! Kudos to Team Operation 15 – Cheerleader Hannah for coordinating everything, Foodies Paloma and Nick for getting the awesome princess cake, Archer and Marcus for luring Dan away and distracting him, and everyone else for chipping in with decorations, party music, etc.! Check […]

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07/22/15

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I-Team

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The overnight train journey was a fun but hectic transition from Kunming to Nanyao. Aboard the train, I met three adorable college students, and I enjoyed spending some time with them! They were high school friends all going back home for summer break. I had a semi-comfortable sleep - the man next to me snored like a hog. Thank the universe I have earplugs. When we reached our destination, we were tired and unkept, yet anxious to meet our homestay families. The first thing we saw after hustling off the train was the view. We were all instantly captivated by the hazy, magical mountains and the grey, calm atmosphere. In contrast to skyscrapers, motorbikes and cars screeching, and swarms of people, this place is another world. It has certainly been a culture shock here, which I had expected, in many ways. I have two jie jie's (older sisters), one gege (older brother- husband of one of my jiejie's), one nai nai (mother of father), baba, and mama. After maybe two days of awkwardness, I came to really adore my family. One jiejie is 22 years old and goes to college in Kunming. She came home a day after us. My other jiejie is 25 years old and is expecting a baby in the next 19 days! Another member of my newfound family is actually someone in our group, Cassie! We have an anomaly of 13 people in our group, and it turns out only twelve families in the village can host at this time. They asked both of us if it was okay to share a family, and we agreed! It's been so comforting to have her during this experience! The lifestyle here is overwhelmingly different from any other that we are familiar with, so it's been relieving to have her to relate with. I'm so glad I get this opportunity here. Also, I miss my Kunming family and I will see them again soon! Currently in Lijiang in a cafe! Loving China! [post_title] => Rural Homestay [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => rural-homestay-3 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-01-20 15:34:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-01-20 22:34:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123012 [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] => 81 [name] => China Language 4-week A [slug] => china-language-4-week-a-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 81 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 89 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 81 [category_count] => 89 [category_description] => [cat_name] => China Language 4-week A [category_nicename] => china-language-4-week-a-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/china-language-4-week-a-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, China Language 4-week A )
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Rural Homestay

Kenai Class,Picture of the Week, China Language 4-week A

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The overnight train journey was a fun but hectic transition from Kunming to Nanyao. Aboard the train, I met three adorable college students, and I enjoyed spending some time with them! They were high school friends all going back home for summer break. I had a semi-comfortable sleep – the man next to me snored […]

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07/22/15

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Kenai Class

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Two weeks ago we had bedbugs; now we do not. Stephen sends his regards. [post_title] => FYI [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => fyi [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-22 10:56:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-22 16:56:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=122982 [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] => 88 [name] => Jordan 4-week [slug] => jordan-4-week-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 88 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 51 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 88 [category_count] => 51 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Jordan 4-week [category_nicename] => jordan-4-week-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/jordan-4-week-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, Jordan 4-week )
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FYI

Riley Smith,Picture of the Week, Jordan 4-week

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Two weeks ago we had bedbugs; now we do not. Stephen sends his regards.

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07/22/15

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Riley Smith

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Saturday was a day filled of mixed emotions. Although we were happy to finally be fully independent in Ex-Phase, we were sad to leave our host families behind. It’s amazing that each of us could develop such meaningful relationships with a family in such a short time span. The hospitality and comfort that we received was beyond measure; to be able to feel at ease in a place so foreign is a true wonder. However, from that sadness came excitement. Although, we were only separated for a day, it felt like weeks. It was nice to come together once again during a time when we all really needed to rely on each other. The transportation experts, which consisted of Nicole and myself, got the group situated on a bus to Madaba. The ride was a bit crowded and some of us had to stand, but overall it was a success. There were a few uneasy moments when trying to figure out where to get off, but thanks to Stephen’s amazing Arabic skills, a stranger was able to point us in the right direction. Next was Sara’s time to shine. After arriving at the bus station we realized our hotel might be a little farther than anticipated. I’m not sure about anyone else, but personally I don’t enjoy walking long distances with a giant backpack on my back. This is where Sara stepped in and bestowed us all with her Hermoine Granger like wit. She suggested Stephen take a taxi with all the backpacks and meet us at the hotel. Next our Supreme Leader Valerie took charge and helped lead us all to victory to the Queen Ayola Hotel. The whole time Sydney carried our Med-kit, ready at any moment to save lives and come to the rescue if needed. After arriving at the hotel, Mathew and Will headed out and hunted for food. The catch of the day ended up being some very rare and wild falafel and hummus, it’s amazing how they found it in Jordan. Next, our Master Planner Riley, along with our Supreme Leader, suggested we have a “chill” day and just walk around and explore. We were thinking of having a girls night and head to a Turkish bath, but to Nicole’s disappointment it turned out to have been closed for the past three years. Instead, we just took normal showers in our hotels bathroom, which I’m sure was just as exciting. The next day we embarked on a more spiritual journey and headed to the Church of St. George. Upon entering we were greeted by a beautiful array of paintings and mosaics, both new and old. Later on in the day, we continued in our spiritual journey and headed off to the lovely Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist. (It’s quite the welcoming name, if you ask me.) We headed through a dark cave and went in through some tunnels where we discovered some really cool old floor. Next we headed up high into the bell tower, ascending multiple flights of stairs and not-so-sketchy ladders. Overall, our Ex-Phase was a success and we made it out alive. Now we are off back to the Wadi Rum for our final set of homestays. [post_title] => Expedition Phase [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => expedition-phase-4 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-22 10:40:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-22 16:40:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=122977 [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] => 88 [name] => Jordan 4-week [slug] => jordan-4-week-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 88 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 51 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 88 [category_count] => 51 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Jordan 4-week [category_nicename] => jordan-4-week-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/jordan-4-week-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, Jordan 4-week )
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Expedition Phase

Melanie Diaz,Picture of the Week, Jordan 4-week

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Saturday was a day filled of mixed emotions. Although we were happy to finally be fully independent in Ex-Phase, we were sad to leave our host families behind. It’s amazing that each of us could develop such meaningful relationships with a family in such a short time span. The hospitality and comfort that we received […]

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07/22/15

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Melanie Diaz

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Five days ago I woke up to the feeling of an unforgiving mattress under my back and the pastel concrete walls of a school infirmary staring me down from every direction, and I immediately thought to myself, I really don't want to do this. It was the first day of our homestay in Phayao, and I was terrified. This was definitely the part of our trip that I was most scared about, and that first morning was when my nerves reached a peak; the whole thing is a blur of nervousness to me, from introducing ourselves (in Thai!) in front of the entire school during morning assembly to being dropped off at my host family's house in the evening. Since then, all I can say of my time in Phayao thus far is that it has already touched all of the bases that any proper traveling experience should. From extreme anxiousness to bend-over-laughing hilarity, and from awkward attempts to shimmy past the language barrier to the bliss of being under the same roof as a laundry machine. From that first morning, and the crippling fear of standing in front of hundreds of expectant faces and blurting out my rehearsed (and undoubtedly mispronounced) Thai sentences, to today, and the freeing feeling of windblown hair as we sped down the street in the back of a pickup truck on the way to the "Thai Grand Canyon." And over all that time, I have learned a few big things that stick out in retrospect:
1. Awkward situations and extreme culture shock make for the best stories.
2. Everyone here REALLY likes karaoke....
3. ....and they WILL pull out a karaoke machine and make you sing for them in the middle of after-school tutoring.
4. Language barriers are no match for a good smile and an enthusiastic "Sawadee-kha".
5. The rapid influx of Facebook friend requests is both adorable and inevitable, and there is no sense in trying to ward them off.
These things considered, I'd say the biggest lessons I learned happened two days ago, when we all helped out in teaching an English Camp at our Thai school. (Pictured: Aaron and I and one group of our "students" taking a break from charades for some snacks.) It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say that I have never experienced something quite so exhausting and satisfying at the same time; it was a day full of vocab games and shrieked laughter, each half-hour bringing in a new wave of smiling faces. It concluded with a record-breaking number of group pictures, which left my cheeks numb but my mind content. Now, two days away from our departure from Phayao, I can honestly say that what I thought would be the most difficult part of this trip has instead become the most rewarding. I could not be more thankful for all of the things I have learned here, and for all the experiences (and funny stories!) that this part of our trip has given me.
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Cheers from Chiang Muan!

Cobie-Ray Johnson,Picture of the Week, Thailand 4-week

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Five days ago I woke up to the feeling of an unforgiving mattress under my back and the pastel concrete walls of a school infirmary staring me down from every direction, and I immediately thought to myself, I really don’t want to do this. It was the first day of our homestay in Phayao, and I was […]

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07/20/15

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Cobie-Ray Johnson

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    [post_content] => After a farewell to our homestay families in the village, the group took a van ride to Lijiang where we split off into groups to roam the old town. Benjy, Lauren, Natalie, and I went on a mission through the old town to buy rose cakes, boba, and avoid any food products that may cause an unhappy stomach. The rose cake aspect of our mission succeeded and I am sad to say that the other 2 quests miserably failed. We then got lost attempting to find our way back to the bus station for our 1:30 bus to Shang-ri La. Luckily, we arrived with exactly 5 seconds tospare before our designanted meeting time of 12:30. The 3 and a half hour bus ride can be described in 3 phrases: a mushed banana in the  aisle, sleeping on random Chinese people, and gorgeous views of green valleys. Personally, I was quite happy eating my 7 rose cakes. We arrived in Shang-ri La in a hefty downpour, but found shelter in the bus station. We then made our way to our hostel which was then followed by a much appreciated meal of yak hotpot and potstickers. I, among many others, began to tear up at the meal both for the appreciation of no longer eating village food and also due to the fact that the broth was hotter than Dantes' 7th ring of Inferno. The group then split up into smaller groups to have free-time roaming the streets of Shang-ri La. I have found out that I am an impulsive buyer which I am having a difficult time deciding if it is a good thing or a waste of valuable RMB. I bought 2 pashminas for god's sake. What am I going to do with 2 pashminas that are most likely going to fall apart within 2 weeks of usage? The night then ended with a few rounds of pool and relaxing in front of the fireplace.

The next day began with a slow start to recover from the early morning Chinese classes. We ate lunch as a group and then split up, yet again, into smaller groups to spend the afternoon and evening around town. Indigo, Natalie, Benjy, and I climbed to Guishan Temple and spun the largest prayer wheel in the world. We then shopped around and relaxed in a cafe that was residence to a very small black kitty. I was pleased. Being 7pm right now, my plan for the rest of the evening is to enjoy some Indian food and have an early nights rest before an early departure to Niru Village.

Our plan for the rest of the X-Phase goes as follows:

-Spend 2-3 days in Niru Village that will consists of various hikes and relaxation

-Hike Haba mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, or another activity that will be decided in Niru

-Return to Kunming on the 25th for our urban homestay

Everybody is doing well and excited to get to Niru Village. I send my well wishes of health and happiness to you all. Also, we will not have access to the internet for the next 3 days so this is a farewell until then. 再见!
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The X-Phase Begins

Jack Resnick,Picture of the Week, China Language 6-week

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After a farewell to our homestay families in the village, the group took a van ride to Lijiang where we split off into groups to roam the old town. Benjy, Lauren, Natalie, and I went on a mission through the old town to buy rose cakes, boba, and avoid any food products that may cause […]

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07/19/15

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Jack Resnick

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We're in Kunming for the weekend, it has been a bit of a whirlwind over the past two days. We had taken a hike down to the Jinsha River (upstream of the Yangtze) on the morning of the 17th, to see the spot(s) where the tiger leapt the gorge, and spend some time reflecting and journaling in the presence of the mighty roar of the Mother River, as the Yangtze is known in China. It was then a quick transition back to Lijiang, where we boarded at 8 pm a sleeper bus (I'll let the students fill you in on this rather unique experience) which arrived in Kunming ten hours later. Back at the program house, we debriefed the rural homestay and the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek, and prepared students for the urban homestay, before sending them off with their respective homestay families. A quick breather for the I-team this Sunday as students spend the entire day with their families, we're of course maintaining telecommunications with the students, and very much looking forward to reading about their reflections on the past week here on the Yak board, and seeing their rested, excited and cheerful faces when classes resume at the program house on Monday! [post_title] => Back in Kunming! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => back-in-kunming-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-19 11:44:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-19 17:44:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=122800 [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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Back in Kunming!

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

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We’re in Kunming for the weekend, it has been a bit of a whirlwind over the past two days. We had taken a hike down to the Jinsha River (upstream of the Yangtze) on the morning of the 17th, to see the spot(s) where the tiger leapt the gorge, and spend some time reflecting and […]

Posted On

07/19/15

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I-Team

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We arrived in San Juan on Thursday and were quickly introduced to the wonderful organization we would be working with called Almas de Colores. Almas de Colores works with the disabled children and adults of the community with therapy, schooling, and job opportunities in their artisan workshops.   We got right to work the next day designing and painting a mural for the wall of the new cafe Almas de Colores is opening in September. Walking through San Juan, there are tons of beautiful murals all around the city that show different Mayan stories that represent the culture of the people of San Juan. We wanted our design to also capture the “story” of the people of Almas de Colores. A design team of Arielle, J.T., Stephanie, Nena, Luis, and some members of the organization worked on a design that would both bring life to the wall while also showing the “story” of the organization.   We made a lot of progress throughout the heat of the day and left the first day with the majority of it completed. Coming back today, we worked on the finishing touches and ended up with a wonderful final product. We are very proud of our work and hope that this wall will serve to both brighten the cafe and to represent the people of Almas de Colores. [post_title] => Alma de Colores - the Soul of Colors [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => alma-de-colores-the-soul-of-colors [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-18 19:14:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-19 01:14:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=122779 [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] => 85 [name] => Guatemala 4-week A [slug] => guatemala-4-week-a-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 85 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 60 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 85 [category_count] => 60 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Guatemala 4-week A [category_nicename] => guatemala-4-week-a-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/guatemala-4-week-a-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, Guatemala 4-week A )
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Alma de Colores – the Soul of Colors

Dasha Didier,Picture of the Week, Guatemala 4-week A

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We arrived in San Juan on Thursday and were quickly introduced to the wonderful organization we would be working with called Almas de Colores. Almas de Colores works with the disabled children and adults of the community with therapy, schooling, and job opportunities in their artisan workshops.   We got right to work the next […]

Posted On

07/18/15

Author

Dasha Didier

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