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Hey guys! Here is a map of our course from Cambodia through Laos to Yunnan.

I'm really excited to hear from each of you with an introduction of your own. I'll be heading to Laos on Monday and will be communicating with each of you mainly via email and yak board. Please post an introductory email followed by any questions you have leading up to the trip.

Mien Samnang La-or (Good luck!)

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Our Course!

Allana Hearn,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Hey guys! Here is a map of our course from Cambodia through Laos to Yunnan. I’m really excited to hear from each of you with an introduction of your own. I’ll be heading to Laos on Monday and will be communicating with each of you mainly via email and yak board. Please post an introductory […]

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01/9/10

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Allana Hearn

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Dear Spring 2010 Mekong Semester,

Hello from a Fall 2009 student and proud member of the original Mekong Manatees! You're in great hands with Allana et. al, but I wish we'd had this advice back when we were investigating backpack options andbuying/borrowing gear.I have a few quick tips I'd be remiss to not pass along:

  • Bring a water bottle that you can drink out of on the go. I wish I'd brought one from Klean Kanteen. Look for a small mouth or a drinking straw like device. Spilling all over yourself on a bumpy bus ride is an(uncomfortable) bummer.
  • Learn how to pack your backpack, if you don't know already. Look online. Ask an experienced backpacker. Inquire during the purchasing process.
  • Pick up a bag/purse in country. Carrying around your daypack can be a bummer. Having the flexibility of carrying around a light cloth bag with your water, map, sunglasses, deck of cards is great.
  • Learn how to use Picasa or other photo software, and either be prepared to download it at internet cafes or bring it with on a memory card or USB stick. The internet connections in Southeast Asia (outside of Thailand and some parts of China) will not be able to push full-sized photos to the Dragons yak board. And there's nothing your people at home want more than photos.
  • Always physically lock your SD memory card before you connect it to a computer at an internet cafe! There's nothing worse than loosing 1800 pictures because of a power surge or virus contamination. Do this by moving the small tab on the left side of the card into the bottom-most position. Remember to push the tab back up before trying to take a picture!

You're going to have the time of your life.

Sincerely,

Jake Teton-Landis

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A Few Suggestions

Jake Teton-Landis,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Dear Spring 2010 Mekong Semester, Hello from a Fall 2009 student and proud member of the original Mekong Manatees! You’re in great hands with Allana et. al, but I wish we’d had this advice back when we were investigating backpack options andbuying/borrowing gear.I have a few quick tips I’d be remiss to not pass along: […]

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01/2/10

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Jake Teton-Landis

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