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    [post_content] => I have a bookcase in my heart.

And on this bookcase I reserve an entire shelf of reference materials- novels, short stories, and poems-to be consulted in times of hopelessness, when the world and my life seem too small.

Some of the volumes on this shelf are in manuscript stage and are still being written. Others are long completed and in their third or fourth edition. Most were collected firsthand but a few were passed on by friends.

These books hold the stories, memories and images of real people who have satisfied two shelving requirements:
1. They have or once had actual warm blood in their veins
2. They lived those big, creative and full lives.
These are the stories of people who overcame adversity, messed up, went in circles but were tenacious and creative and brave enough to build a life worth living for themselves.

The individual stories on this shelf vary, from my neighbor as a kid to my physics teacher to Nelson Mandela to my mother to every single member of the group I just travelled through Asia with for three months. Hearing these stories, and meeting when possible their protagonists has been a most powerful way to crank the roof open on the world and the possibilities of life therein, of reclaiming life from society’s factory of one-size-fits all paths and thus from smallness, boredom and individual oppression.

I have an idea about the wellspring that makes this bookshelf so important and precious to me. I think that the source of its power is that at one time or another if you were to pinch one of these people on the arm they would have yelped.

These are not philosophic treatises. These people lived and this proves something, proves that it is possible to be enormous, that this world is your chance to create, that this life should be everything except a gift to be wasteful with.

The reason that I am writing this is that I am on my flight home from L.A. and next to me is a woman who is also returning home, her with her husband and children from a trip to Disneyland.
When she asked me questions about my trip I shortened my answers to fit the situation. I did not think that she would be interested, not really, not in the real sense. What was the point of trying to describe the indescribable to a stranger on a plane? So I cut the conversation short and pretended to sleep.

But as I closed my eyes I felt a strange and new feeling rise in my chest. I would call it duty but it more accurately approximated opportunity and really encompassed both.

Sitting there I realized that I now have a responsibility and a chance to add my own slim and modest volume to the shelves of other’s hearts. I now have the opportunity to plant my own bit of warm hard proof in the hearts of mothers who at that deemed moment one day in the future will have the opportunity to encourage her son or daughter to do something that she never did, that “no one actually does” and that at that moment this woman might remember that dirty and exhausted kid in the seat next to her who told a story of choosing the “wrong” choice, who had chosen, instead of going to straight to college, to fly to the other side of the world for three months.

So I changed my mind. I looked at my poor seat companion who probably at this point thought I was completely crazy and blurted out everything that I had been thinking and writing. I tried to explain the this stranger on a plane what her daughter, sleeping there in her arms, represented to me.

And never had I felt so proud and thankful for all that I have experienced than I did at that moment.

Because at one time someone or something placed the volume on my shelf that made the last three months and everything that it created inside of myself possible.

Because at that moment it all came full circle and I was alive.

That moment, this moment, the sum of my experience.

 
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Full Circle

admin,Best Notes From The Field, Mekong Semester, Spring 2011

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I have a bookcase in my heart. And on this bookcase I reserve an entire shelf of reference materials- novels, short stories, and poems-to be consulted in times of hopelessness, when the world and my life seem too small. Some of the volumes on this shelf are in manuscript stage and are still being written. […]

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05/14/11

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admin

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For Lukas' Isp, he taught the whole group a wonderful little game called exquiste corpse. One group member started the first line of the poem with a one line definition of creativity and then passed it on to the second person to write the next line of the poem. Before passing the poem to the next person, you had to fold over the line above so that the person recciving could only see the line that you just wrote.

This is one of the poems that came from this experiement. We all loved and agreed that the flow and beauty of the words said a lot about our group dynamic and about the incredible individuals that created this masterpiece.

A well spring within me

Deeper and deeper into my heart and my blood

Flowing ocean deep

Black and endless

It penetrates to the far depths, where many have gone

But few have returned

And many were burned

In the fire of anothers heart, cool the fire in your veins

Love

Comes in many forms

Then please open your eyes, and look to the hills.

Open your mind and look to the stars

And open your heart to me.

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Exquisite Corpse

Hamlet, Seann, Dana Bronstein, Eva, Grant, Damella, Daphne, Alex, Lukas, Mark, Cat, Derek, Bai Li,Mekong Semester, Spring 2011

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For Lukas’ Isp, he taught the whole group a wonderful little game called exquiste corpse. One group member started the first line of the poem with a one line definition of creativity and then passed it on to the second person to write the next line of the poem. Before passing the poem to the […]

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05/11/11

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Hamlet, Seann, Dana Bronstein, Eva, Grant, Damella, Daphne, Alex, Lukas, Mark, Cat, Derek, Bai Li

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How can I take this all home with me?

Ive begun along with everyone else here,to ask this veryquestion, over and over in my mind, as the end of this adventureis right around the corner.

How can I possibly take all the moments, knowledge, thoughts, dreams, ideas, goals, facesand places back home with me?

I know for one, that my journal (or i should say journalS) will be key for me. As many of us know, memory can be a tricky thing. It can change shapes and colors and sounds. It can concoct things that never were and can forget things that were never meant to be forgotten. But the journals that Ive kept throughout this journey, will serve as living proof that all of this existed. That what I felt was shared, and what I heard, was also heard by many. It will forever be a reminder of the truth that Ive learned here, that goes much deeper than the truth I thought I knew and understood months ago - the truth about impermanence and change means more to me now than my little hands will ever even come close to explaining fully.

I do know that whatIve learnedbecuase of this experienceherehas to do with love, with passion, with cycles and with fate. It has a million things to do with courage and strength. And with every single person Ive met along this journey. Its about fallibility and being ready for what I must see in order to take the next step and knowing that the universe will never reveal its secret to me until I AM ready.

Iknow now aboutmyths that tell why I, and everyone came to be where we are. I learned about stories of me and you and the moment our souls collided into each other.

Iknowabout not denying passions because any effort to push away destiny will be futile...especially when being so aware of its form and texture. Iknow about finding that passion anywhere and in anything and knowing that Ive always been walking ina certaindirection, but only NOW I can do it at one million miles an hour and with full force, and with a clearer picture of who I am, what I want, what I dont want,and what it means to live in this world.

And perhaps I have yet to come up with anyconcrete, tangible things to take back home with me now, and at some point I know Im going to have to figue out a way to do that - but at this moment, Im perfectly happy with holding tight to the lessons, the music, the philosophies, and the stories that I have hidden safely in my small preciousjournal.

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The End of the Beginning (or Just the Start of Something New)

Dana Bronstein,Mekong Semester, Spring 2011

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How can I take this all home with me? Ive begun along with everyone else here,to ask this veryquestion, over and over in my mind, as the end of this adventureis right around the corner. How can I possibly take all the moments, knowledge, thoughts, dreams, ideas, goals, facesand places back home with me? I […]

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05/10/11

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Dana Bronstein

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Nihao!
This yak is making up for a lot of lost time. I really thought I'd be better at this yakking stuff.

Since I last wrote (in Vientiane? Oh dear God!), we have traveled to Luang Prabang, stayed in a wat, moved into homestays and experienced Lao New Year, and crossed over into a different country: China.

And crossing over, I realized something essential. I realized my vulnerability. I realized that like altitude sickness, culture shock is something that cannot be predicted. One can have climbed to those heights before, one can be a seasoned mountain climber, and still one day, without warning, be affected by the altitude. A person can be fit, train and exercise every day, and be in perfect shape, but just break down at that certain height on the mountain.

Coming into China, I did not know how susceptible I was to culture shock. I have been lucky enough in my life to have traveled a lot, to have experienced several different cultures. I thought I was immune.

But no. China is so intensely different than the countries we had just been in, Cambodia and Laos, that crossing the border was like crossing into a whirlwind of new ideas, information, and customs. Gone was the relaxation, the reluctance to show annoyance or hurt, and here was a culture where people just said what they thought and said it loudly.

Culture shock has the effect that we see a culture through our own eyes, through our own cultural lenses, and therefore criticize what we think of as abnormal and backwards, when really the people in the country we are visiting probably think the same about our cultures.

Therefore, I had to remove my cultural lenses and see China with just my own bare eyes. I began to see this different culture as not abrasive, as I had at first, but just what it was, customs and ways belonging to a people. I stopped judging, and started living and experiencing. And by doing this, I slowly acclimatized to the altitude, and began enjoying the fresh mountain air.

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Altitude Sickness

Damella Dotan,Mekong Semester, Spring 2011

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Nihao!This yak is making up for a lot of lost time. I really thought I’d be better at this yakking stuff. Since I last wrote (in Vientiane? Oh dear God!), we have traveled to Luang Prabang, stayed in a wat, moved into homestays and experienced Lao New Year, and crossed over into a different country: […]

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05/9/11

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Damella Dotan

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Today we were asked to take a few minutes to write down what we have learned on this program and what we hope to take home with us. The following is a direct entry from my journal.
Poverty's power is immeasurable. Being indifferent gets me nowhere. People ARE culture. "Service" is a lot more complicated than I previously believed. Money and politics are powerful. Heritage and history are a source of pride and lifestyle. Pain is pain. Humans are humans. Love is love. Food is delicious in all forms. The Dharma is the way. Children are the same, and I love them. Most communication is not verbal. There is simultaneous chaos and order to my mind, yet I have learned where I am taking my life. Emotion is as real as you can get. To listen to my head, but not ignore my heart. The concept of family has a new meaning. I am powerless to emotion, regardless of its positivity/negativity. Horror and tragedy are everywhere, past and present. Religion is important. Quality of life is NOT development. Happiness is contagious. I am easily susceptible to falling in love with people, things and places. Coffee has a new importance. Difference and diversity breed incredible minds. People don't always get along. Shaving your head is awesome (refer to my yak from early March). Nature is powerful. NGOs actually make a difference. Not everyone loves pandas. People with experience are wise. Temptation is not so difficult after all. There are truly amazing people everywhere if you look for them (Mara, Somsanid, Bailee). Tourism is not travel. Smiling, and getting smiled at, does something for the soul. I love the wilderness. Trekking does wonders for my body and mind. Just looking for something in someone else OR yourself does not mean you'll find it. Write things down. Sitting in a hammock doing nothing is just as special as being "active". Chinese is an awesome language. Sticky rice is amazing. There is beauty in everything. Life is immense in its complexity, diversity and power. Life is always changing. Hard times breed incredible relationships.
Above all, I have learned that I have only scratched the surface of what is out there to be learned, and the potential for me for more growth as a member of this incredible, beautiful, amazing world we live in.


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What I Have Learned

Hamlet Fort,Mekong Semester, Spring 2011

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Today we were asked to take a few minutes to write down what we have learned on this program and what we hope to take home with us. The following is a direct entry from my journal. Poverty’s power is immeasurable. Being indifferent gets me nowhere. People ARE culture. "Service" is a lot more complicated […]

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05/8/11

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Hamlet Fort

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Dear Parents,
Your students are almost on their way home! Hard to believe. Below is the return flight information for their group.

Returning Flight:
May 12th, 2011
Dragon Air #KA 761
Depart: Kunming (KMG) 3:20pm
Arrive: Hong Kong (HKG) 5:40pm

May 12th, 2011
Cathay Pacific #CX 880
Depart: Hong Kong (HKG) 11:40pm
Arrive: Los Angeles (LAX) 9:55pm

The participant can be picked up or should arrange a connecting flight after:
May 13th, 2011 @ 1:00am*
*Students need at least 3 hrs to gather baggage, clear customs, change terminals, etc.
Best,
Dragons Admin
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Return Flight Information

Dragons Administration,Mekong Semester, Spring 2011

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Dear Parents, Your students are almost on their way home! Hard to believe. Below is the return flight information for their group. Returning Flight: May 12th, 2011 Dragon Air #KA 761 Depart: Kunming (KMG) 3:20pm Arrive: Hong Kong (HKG) 5:40pm May 12th, 2011 Cathay Pacific #CX 880 Depart: Hong Kong (HKG) 11:40pm Arrive: Los Angeles […]

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05/3/11

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Dragons Administration

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We finally made it to China a few days ago, and entered into the bustling city of Kunming two days days later. My heart exploded with joy. I didnt understand it then, and only slightly understand it now, the awe that filled my entire body, from my head to mytoes. There was no english in sight, people's style and fashion seemed so new and incredible and the smells were overwhellmingly intense. As I explored the city and got situated with my wonderful newhomestay family, I began realizing this strange sense of familiarity, along with total newness that was rising inside of me. Coming from the Big Apple, Kunming didnt seem as scary and wild to me as it may have seemed to some of my other Dragoneers. There was traffic everywhich way, taxis, quite a lot of road rage, garbage taking over the sidewalks, restaurants, delis, supermarkets, barbers, big shopping malls, shoe stores, the works. On the surface, I could have felt like I was back in New York, back to my crazy unique city. But the more I looked around, the more I got lost, the more time I spent with my family, the more I came to realize that China is in fact the world as I know it (New York City that is), totally flipped on its head. It was as if I had entered an alternate universe, and my god was I loving it. Though the smells and the traffic jams were pretty similar to that of New Yorks', the attitude, the sounds, the general vibe, enegry, aura, whatever you want to call it, is of a completely different creature.


Exercise, for example, seems to be a large part of the culture in Kunming, not unlike in New York. But in Kunming, there are no track suites, no spandex from nike, no arm bands connected to your Ipod. In Kunming, the people seem to just run on their way to work, or after, suits fully on, briefcase in hand. And Women are constantly dancing in the street, day and night in their formal work wear. It was so utterly strange to see at first, something so natural and so simple, yet carried out so differently...

Another large and strange difference I encountered was during the first dinner I had with my homestay family in a small delicious noodle restaurant. As I began to eat my soup, I was suddenly startled by the loud, unfamiliar slurping sound. I looked up, and every single family member, grandparents, little sister, aunt, parents, were slurping their meal as loudly as they possibly could. This shocked me and filled me with joy all at once. I sat there trying to re-teach myself how to slurp, something that had always been a sign of bad manners in my culture and I fell in love with this culture. With my family, and with the awesome slurping noise that was now suddenly not only acceptable, but expected.

In New York, you will find garbage everywhere. Not only scraps of paper, but chewed up food, and meat bones. But it is usually regared with a feeling of disgust and it is in no way acceptable to be sitting at a meal and suddenly turn to the ground and spit your chewed up bone meat on the ground. But guess what? In China, you can! And its acceptable. I sat with Cat one of the first meals in China, going wild over the maddness of this new ritual. We could just openly spit our bones on the floor! It was absoulty thrilling, why? Because it seemed to flip my understanding of the world and of people and of culture on its head.

Children also, here in China seem to lead completley different lives than the children not only in my State, but in most of America. There are children roaming around everywhere. Clothed, half clothed, food or toy in hand, wandering aimlessly and happily. There seems to be a bigger sense of ease when it comes to safety of children. Just the other day I was standing outside, waiting for my homestay parents to arrive and a little girl crossed the street to greet me, large machete in one hand, watermelon in the other, asking if I wanted a piece. This is something I believe to be prevelant in all of Asia (well Cambodia and Lao), there is just less fear when it comes to parenting...for better or worse, this is a huge difference that shocked me atfirst, butI am beginning to love as a part of this new way of life for me.

Lastly (or the last thing I have time to yak about) is the attitude of people towards one another here. In Nyc, every once in a while, it is possible to have an incredibly friendly encounter with a total stranger, though it is MUCH easier and more common to have an absolutly terribly aggresive encounter with a stranger. But in Kunming, it seemed to me, that nobody is really a stranger. The men in line at the supermarket seem to be life long friends. The women in the park never hesitated for one mintute to help us with our Chinese lessons. There is less disconnect between people, which to me seems strange, being in a large city. The women in the bathrooms share jokes and smiles, the old men and women reccive more respected head nods and smiles than Ive ever seen. I dont mean to say that there is no problems in Kunming, that it is the better version of New York in my eyes. Not at all. There are traffic accidents and misunderstandings and anger. But there doesnt seem to be this invisible boundary of personal space that only a few people are allowed to enter, in fact, I believe in Kunming, perhaps in all of China, there is no such thing as personal space. Whether its the lady in the cafe that doesnt have a problem stroking a strangers hair, or the little girl on the street that starts touching some persons jacket, or the waiter that doesnt let go of a handshake for a mintue too long (yes these things all happend to me), there isnt this "back off" signal that Ive become so accostumed to living in New York. For better or worse, in China, people just dont seem scared of each other....So perhaps thats it, thats the reason for my total awe at the familiarity yet total unfamiliartiy of this new place. Its just like my home in so many ways, showing me that we are not so different afterall. Yet its so completly different, teaching me that I still have so many things to discover and learn about our world.

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The Music of China

Dana Bronstein,Mekong Semester, Spring 2011

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We finally made it to China a few days ago, and entered into the bustling city of Kunming two days days later. My heart exploded with joy. I didnt understand it then, and only slightly understand it now, the awe that filled my entire body, from my head to mytoes. There was no english in […]

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04/29/11

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Dana Bronstein

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Due to a need to adjust to the high elevation and to a cold that is spreading through the group we have updated our student led itinerary to remain in Shangri-la for a few extra days before moving into homestays. We have also decided to do several day treks in place of our multiday trek in Longwanbian.

April 26th-30th
Group will be staying at the Tibetan Cultural Center in Shangri-La where we will be studying Tibetan Buddhism, cultureand Thankga painting.

May 1st
Travel to Longwanbian, aTibetan Muslim village five hours south of Shangri-La.

May 1st-May 6th
Group will be staying in group homestays in Longwanbian village, including several day treks through surrounding villages and mountains and an English Language service project at the local school. We will be out of touch durring this homestay.

May 6-7th
Travel to Kunming.

May 8th-11th
Independent Study Project presentations and trip wrap up.

May 12th
Fly back to the lovely family.

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Update Student Led Itinerary

Eva and Dmella,Mekong Semester, Spring 2011

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Due to a need to adjust to the high elevation and to a cold that is spreading through the group we have updated our student led itinerary to remain in Shangri-la for a few extra days before moving into homestays. We have also decided to do several day treks in place of our multiday trek […]

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04/28/11

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Eva and Dmella

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For those of you at home, here is a rough outline of the final portion of our journey on the Mekong:


April 26th-28th
Group will be staying at the Tibetan Cultural Center in Shangri-La where we will be studying Tibetan Buddhism, cultureand Thankga painting.

April 29th
Travel to Longwanbian, aTibetan Muslim village five hours south of Shangri-La.

April 30th-May 6th
Group will be staying in group homestays in Longwanbian village, including a multi-day trek through surrounding villages and mountains and an English Language service project at the local school.

May 6-7th
Travel to Kunming.

May 8th-11th
Independent Study Project presentations and trip wrap up.

May 12th
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Student Led Itinerary

Eva and Lukas,Mekong Semester, Spring 2011

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To Tibet! For those of you at home, here is a rough outline of the final portion of our journey on the Mekong: April 26th-28thGroup will be staying at the Tibetan Cultural Center in Shangri-La where we will be studying Tibetan Buddhism, cultureand Thankga painting. April 29thTravel to Longwanbian, aTibetan Muslim village five hours south […]

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04/26/11

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Eva and Lukas

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    [post_content] => On April 9th, our group entered a 4-day intensive wat stay at Wat Pa Phon 
Phao in Luang Prabang. While we were staying in the wat, we followed the
Eight Precepts, ate one or two meals a day, and dressed all in white. After
leaving the wat, we immediately jumped into the most wide-spread water fight
I have ever seen, Lao New Year. The switch from the slow and mindful
lifestyle of the wat to the chaos of a 3-day water fight caught all of us by
surprise.

*Average day for nuns at wat*
3:30- Wake up
4:00-5:00- Morning chanting and meditation
5:00-7:00- Nuns cook and prepare breakfast while nins (novice monks) go on
morning alms rounds
7:00- Breakfast
7:30-10:00- Nuns clean and wash dishes and take a short break before
preparing lunch
11:00- Some nins and nuns eat lunch; all meals must be eaten before 12:00
11:30-12:00- Nuns clean up and wash dishes
12:00-5:00- Practice sitting meditation and walking meditation; then sweep
the wat
5:00- Evening chanting

*3 days of Lao new year*
6:00- Wake up to give alms at temple
7:00- Breakfast
8:00- Water Fight starts, people gather along the river and main streets to
splash (colored) water, throw paint, grease and flour all over the place
2:00- Local parade down main street through water fight
5:00- Dinner
6:00- Make offering to Buddha image at temple
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Lao New Year

Eva Ramey,Mekong Semester, Spring 2011

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On April 9th, our group entered a 4-day intensive wat stay at Wat Pa Phon Phao in Luang Prabang. While we were staying in the wat, we followed the Eight Precepts, ate one or two meals a day, and dressed all in white. After leaving the wat, we immediately jumped into the most wide-spread water […]

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04/24/11

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Eva Ramey

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