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    [post_content] => Tonight we head off on a long sleeper train ride up to the E Village, which despite being more travel time, it will probably be awesome. Its pretty crazy the transition we made in one week, from temperature breaking 100 degrees frequently to chilly 60 degree kunming. So far China has been destroying my sterotypes. 
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kunming- Rampant Tai Chi.

Robin Bartels,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Tonight we head off on a long sleeper train ride up to the E Village, which despite being more travel time, it will probably be awesome. Its pretty crazy the transition we made in one week, from temperature breaking 100 degrees frequently to chilly 60 degree kunming. So far China has been destroying my sterotypes.

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04/24/10

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Robin Bartels

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    [post_content] => Hello everyone! Kunming has been amazing. My expectations of China have really gotten smashed since being here. We have had really interesting guest speakers and specialists. I am amazed by the people here in China, almost everyone I encounter is so friendly and happy. Also, the elderly enjoy much respect, freedom, and comfort in society, they are always out and about walking their dogs, doing tai chi, dancing, slapping themselves for good health, hanging out in the parks, picking up the young ones from school; the culture here is pretty special.. Yes things are great here, we are all very happy here!
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What are you trying to do? Compete with Shakespeare?

Paige Montgomery,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Hello everyone! Kunming has been amazing. My expectations of China have really gotten smashed since being here. We have had really interesting guest speakers and specialists. I am amazed by the people here in China, almost everyone I encounter is so friendly and happy. Also, the elderly enjoy much respect, freedom, and comfort in society, […]

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04/24/10

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Paige Montgomery

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    [post_content] =>   Kunming has given a good first impression of China. The “City of Eternal Spring” is cool but not cold, the afternoon sky is clear, and at night pollution doesn’t prevent us from enjoying the stars. The city is huge, with a population of 6 million people, which is roughly two San Franciscos, or the whole of Laos. Our program house, which is also Stew’s (our Iowan China instructor who’s fluent in Mandarin, sports long hair and a beard that somehow doesn’t look sloppy, and has a hat fetish) apartment, is located near the center of Kunming, and is equipped with an eclectic library, large wrap-around couch, and roof-access. On our first night here we lit a Chinese lantern from the roof that we’d tattooed with both things were wanted to leave behind and wishes for the future. That night was also my nineteenth birthday, and one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had – nothing extravagant (if you don’t count being in China as extravagant) but I felt truly appreciated and noticed. We leave tomorrow for a community service project organized by one of the Dragons interns based in Kunming. In the past three days, we’ve listened to four very interesting speakers (a Canadian businessman speaking on development, a male Chinese teacher with strong opinions on the Chinese education system, an Australian working to learn more about Yunnans rivers and the current drought, and a female Chinese Christian numerologist who studied genetic engineering), begun what is sure to be a committed relationship with Chinese food (highlights: eggplant, fish in sweet-and-sour sauce, Peking duck, and Sichuan peppers that leave your mouth numb and necessitate slack-jaw; Allana’s description of the experience being like your mouth is stoned may be more accurate), and thoroughly enjoyed the variety of characters present at the parks here (including large groups of middle-aged men and women dancing to techno, men practicing some form of kung fu on a very intimidated bush, women doing tai chi, a line of women practicing a fan dance headed by one woman periodically shouting criticisms, tiny prim and pedicured squirrel-dogs, and people hitting random parts of their own bodies as a form of exercise). Being in Kunming gets me even more excited about studying Chinese in college. I love the bakeries here, the loving stage our group is in, acquiring my taste for black coffee, and the anticipation of my first ride on a sleeper train.
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south of the clouds

Kimberly Kenny,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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04/24/10

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Kimberly Kenny

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Entering Kunming felt like the first day of Dragons, stepping out of the airportinto Phnom Pehn. Excitement, mystery, and ahh flooded my senses. Never once on this trip did I think that we would be in such a city. Neon lights blinding your eyes on most skyscrapers, parks every where with groups of older people practicing dance or tai chi, and traffic jam after traffic jam at almost all hours of the day! It's a very unexpected change which is also much appreciated. After so much time traveling from jungle-to-jungle, village-to-village, I feel like a young child entering my first big city with nothing but interest and curiosity, and I love it!

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Big Lights

Jonathon "Dakota" aka #10 Luckett,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Entering Kunming felt like the first day of Dragons, stepping out of the airportinto Phnom Pehn. Excitement, mystery, and ahh flooded my senses. Never once on this trip did I think that we would be in such a city. Neon lights blinding your eyes on most skyscrapers, parks every where with groups of older people […]

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04/24/10

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Jonathon "Dakota" aka #10 Luckett

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My little homestay sister was a handful. I was warned about her in the beginning, that she was a brat and would only scowl at me. But when I first saw her I was greeted by the warmest smile ever. A smile which I will always remember as one filled with love and a little mischief

Leena was never far away from shenanigans whenever I saw her. Whether it was breaking into my room and stealing a little money or squirting elders in the face with a water gun she was always causing trouble. An only child and younger than most of her friends she was always picked on and treated as small. Whenever she and I would walk hand in hand people would always call out to her Gkai! Gkai! followed by laughs. She would always scowl and march right past them, with determination. She hated her nickname Gkai. It means little chicken.

In the beginning of the homestay I too was guilty of calling her Gkai. She would laugh at first but she soon began to shy away from me and scowl, something which I had never seen. After a day of no causing mayhem in my room or squirting me with water I began to worry what was happening to my friend. I tried playing games with her but no she would just scowl and walk away.

It was only when I began calling her Leena that the smile would return to her face and she would drag me on walks again always with the squirt gun and break into my room when I was in class. She was back to her old self and I wouldn't have it anyother way.

I think my homestay sister and I were perfectly matched. We are both free spirits who don't mind causing mischief. When we sprayed people with water on Lao New Year we wouldn't run when water was thrown at us, we would meet it head on bravely.

My favorite memory of the homestay is that of my little sister Leena rocking a massive super soaker in the middle of the street spraying passersby on moto screaming like Rambo. Sure she was acting like Gkai, causing mischeif and making noise. But whenever she went to refill on water and I caught a glipmse of her smile. It was the same one I got the first day, full of happiness, love and just a hint of mischief.

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Leena the Little Chicken

Gabriel "Chad" Maletta,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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My little homestay sister was a handful. I was warned about her in the beginning, that she was a brat and would only scowl at me. But when I first saw her I was greeted by the warmest smile ever. A smile which I will always remember as one filled with love and a little […]

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04/21/10

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Gabriel "Chad" Maletta

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    [post_content] => Any holiday that consists of a city water fight earns my immediate approval. As Taylor and I were walking through Luang Prabang in the crowded water soaked streets, we really wanted to get as deep as we could into this festival. So we asked over the bumping music and voices one of the girls riding the trucks if we could hop on. After an immediate yes, we hopped on and rode slowly through the main street. What a difference. Everyone is after you if you are riding on the trucks. We got soaked with water, dye, and tapioca powder. No mercy. We danced and super soaked whoever we could. We were a mess, and it was so worth it. 
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Lao New Year

robyn reeder,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Any holiday that consists of a city water fight earns my immediate approval. As Taylor and I were walking through Luang Prabang in the crowded water soaked streets, we really wanted to get as deep as we could into this festival. So we asked over the bumping music and voices one of the girls riding […]

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04/20/10

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robyn reeder

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    [post_content] => While at first glimpse the two week homestay in Ban Xieng Men might seem long, it 'straight up' flew by. Throughout the experience I kept questioning if my homestay families affection towards me was real, or forced..or probably a combination of both. It sincerely bothered me that I kept coming back to this, and that I couldn't let it go. On the last day, my Dad would squash those feelings like something very big squishing something very small. While we were heading off to the boats to cross the river to Luang Prabang, and ultimatley to leave to Luang Namtha he intercepted me, and not letting the two life jackets I was carrying get in his way, he hit me with a flipping fantastic man hug. That blatently kicked ass. ;=)
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Two step, truffle shuffle.

Robbie "Oliver" Bartels,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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While at first glimpse the two week homestay in Ban Xieng Men might seem long, it ‘straight up’ flew by. Throughout the experience I kept questioning if my homestay families affection towards me was real, or forced..or probably a combination of both. It sincerely bothered me that I kept coming back to this, and that […]

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04/19/10

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Robbie "Oliver" Bartels

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    [post_content] => The stress of not preparing a delicious enough meal was setting in; it seemed as if everything that could go wrong, was going wrong. All of the electricity had gone out, I had a HUGE home stay family, and didn't buy enough ingredients for the western styled dish I was trying to make, and on top of that, I hadn't gotten back until 8 o'clock at night and everyone was waiting for my dinner. My monk brother, and pushy sister were trying to help me as much as possible, but I had never even made a home made sauce before, so them trying to help me, was just making my anxiety even worse. Time was ticking, and the tomatoes were boilig slowly. We were all just sitting around the the pot listening to the simmer, feeling the heat from the fire warm our cold bodies. Everyone inside the house was sitting, waiting for the food, trying not to be pushy, but it was 9 o'clock and all 10 of them were hungry. In the end the food was amazing, and even if THEY didn't enjoy the food as much as I did, they all ate and rejoiced with many "sep-ly's" (very delicious) We ate by candle light that night, and it was one of the best nights of the trip so far.
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candle light

Taylor Boucher,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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The stress of not preparing a delicious enough meal was setting in; it seemed as if everything that could go wrong, was going wrong. All of the electricity had gone out, I had a HUGE home stay family, and didn’t buy enough ingredients for the western styled dish I was trying to make, and on […]

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04/19/10

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Taylor Boucher

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Tomorrow, we cross the border into Yunnan province, China. Our time in Lao has zipped by like nothing else, and this new development is very bittersweet. Lao has been an amazing home for the past six weeks, and it will be tough to leave behind the mellow, warm, slow-paced country for quick, quick,crowded, shiny China. Did you know the city of Kunming has more people than the whole country of Laos? Wow. So very exciting, and so very different.

Anyhow, I thought I would reflect a little on some of the silly and serious lessons that have been passed in my direction by way of this beautiful country, most of which were aquired during homestay in Ban Xieng Maen:

10 things I learned from Lao:

  1. Sticky rice is so much better.
  2. Bathsin the Mekong river are many times more refreshing than bucket showers in the bathroom.
  3. There is nothing wrong with a (long) post-lunch nap. During my time in Ban Xieng Maen, not a day at home went by without snuggle time with my mom and sister on the cool tile floor.
  4. Make the most of the bad things that happen to you. If you must be colonized by the French, at least make them leave their baguettes behind when they leave.
  5. Family comes first. Community comes in a close second.
  6. Celebrate the hottest part of the year with a festival that includes lots of water-throwing. Happy Lao New Year!
  7. Slow movements are best in hot climates.
  8. Very little is quite so rewarding as waking up early in the morningto give alms to the local monks.
  9. All Thai soap operas have, essentially, the same plot.
  10. Boh Pen Nyang (no worries).Never take anything too seriously.
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10 Things I learned from Lao

Heather Lyon,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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Tomorrow, we cross the border into Yunnan province, China. Our time in Lao has zipped by like nothing else, and this new development is very bittersweet. Lao has been an amazing home for the past six weeks, and it will be tough to leave behind the mellow, warm, slow-paced country for quick, quick,crowded, shiny China. […]

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04/19/10

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Heather Lyon

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For the past two days,the group hasbeen trekking in the Nam Ha National Protected Area, just outside of Luang Namtha. This is an absolutely gorgeous region filled will rolling, lopsided emerald green mountains and endless pristine jungle. To eat up time while hiking yesterday, wethrew outa simple question familiar toFight Clubfans everywhere: "What is your Power Animal?" So, we went around the group, identifying the animal that best represents the animal essence of each person. Throughout the day wecontinued this descussion, movingon to the country that captures each person's essence, then the fruit, the mode of transportation, the name, etc. Here are some of the "essences" that we came up with:

Allana:

Power animal: cute puppy (specifically, Lady from Lady and the Tramp)

Name: Maple

Location/country: Thailand

Disney character: Tinkerbell

Musical Instrument: piccolo

Dessert: fruit, granola and yogurt with honey

Mode of transportation: bicycle

Vegetable: eggplant

Fruit: raspberry

Michael:

Power animal: Ibex

Name: Leo

Location/country: countryside of Japan

Disney character: Cuzco (in Llama form) from The Emperor's Nw Goove

Musical Instrument: Banjo

Dessert: seven layer bar

Mode of transportation: Subaru Forrester

Fruit: date

Tree: cyprus

Paige:

Power animal: Siamese cat or Charlotte from Charlotte's Web

Name: Genevieve

Location/country: Switzerland

Disney character: Snow White

Musical Instrument: wind chimes

Dessert: carrot cake

Tree: cherry blossom

Household item: massage chair

Fruit: pear

Gabe:

Power animal: wolf

Name: Chad

Location/country: Russia

Disney character: Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast

Musical Instrument: stand-up bass

Dessert: Klondike bar

Fruit: jackfruit

Mode of transportation:military Hummer

Vegetable: Portobello mushroom

Robbie:

Power animal: creek otter

Name: Oliver

Location/country: Belgium

Disney character: Merlin from the Sword and the Stone

Mode of transportation: van from Little Miss Sunshine

Dessert: homemade, just-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookie

Tree: birch

Fruit: banana

Taylor:

Power animal: piglet Wilbur, but on the weekends Little Miss Piggy

Name: Dallas

Location/country: Malta

Disney character: Ariel the mermaid

Musical Instrument: tambourine

Dessert: Pop Rocks

Mode of transportation:old skoolred Mustang convertable

Fruit: blood grapefruit

Heather:

Power animal: Hedgehog

Name: Kirsten or Rose or Penelope/Penny

Location/country: French countryside (not Paris)

Disney character: Alice in Wonderland

Musical Instrument: Harp

Dessert: Strawberry shortcake (made by a southern grandma)

Tree: willow

Household item: family heirloom quilt

Robyn:

Power animal: gazelle/cheetah

Name: Ellie

Location/country: New Zealand

Disney character: Anastasia

Musical Instrument: 12-string, well-loved acoustic guitar

Dessert: strawberry rhubarb pie

Vegetable: yellow bell pepper

Household item: kitchen table/breakfast nook

Jonny:

Power animal: lazy zoo lion

Name: Cody

Location/country: Argentina

Disney character: Peter Pan

Musical Instrument: Bongo Drums

Dessert: Flan

Vegetable: Poblano pepper

Mode of transportation: low-riderCamino with hydraulics, spinners, and neon tubes

Householditem: Lay-z Boy

Kim:

Power animal: horse

Name: Hannah

Location/country: Denmark/Norway/Sweden

Disney character: Rafikki

Musical Instrument: clarinet

Dessert: peach cobbler

Household item: mahogany roll-top desk

Mode of transportation: Segway

Fruit: plantain

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Essences

Heather Lyon & Kimberly Kenny,Mekong Semester, Spring 2010

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For the past two days,the group hasbeen trekking in the Nam Ha National Protected Area, just outside of Luang Namtha. This is an absolutely gorgeous region filled will rolling, lopsided emerald green mountains and endless pristine jungle. To eat up time while hiking yesterday, wethrew outa simple question familiar toFight Clubfans everywhere: "What is your […]

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04/19/10

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Heather Lyon & Kimberly Kenny

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