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Life Along the Mekong Semester, Spring 2013


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The other day we visited a market and were allowed an hour to take it all in and purchase things if we so choose. I had a wonderful experience smiling at people and trying to work up the courage to buy some fruit without speaking english. I finally bought a watermelon to share by mostly pointing and making a fool of myself. Afterwards I was the only one interested in a new tea which I paid for and tried to communicate that I wanted one. The lady didn't understand during my first try and so I was content to forget about the quarter I spent on tea and head back to our house. Our guide, Mara, urged me to try again and I failed again. He urged me to try one last time, so I worked up the courage and asked for the tea again and got the reaction that I wanted. I was able to point and communicate about the limes and other things she offered to put in my drink. It tasted like success.

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My First Language Barrier

Neel "Cornelius" Cole,Life Along the Mekong Semester, Spring 2013

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The other day we visited a market and were allowed an hour to take it all in and purchase things if we so choose. I had a wonderful experience smiling at people and trying to work up the courage to buy some fruit without speaking english. I finally bought a watermelon to share by mostly […]

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02/15/13

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Neel "Cornelius" Cole

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i realize someone hacked into your system , i hope it is fixed but those in southeast asia have been gone for a week now,is there any news on when the yak yak board will be functional and yak post will resume ??

 

Thanks for this question, Michael. Unfortunately, we did lose Yaks from February 8th - February 13th due to a delay in our website backup system. Everything is back to normal now and Yaks will start to post again after students leave their orientation phase. All courses start with about 5-7 days of in-country orientation where students set goals, get to know each other, orient to the country, and generally spend time building their group culture. During this time, the Yak boards are usually quite, so we expect the first in-country posts to happen over the next few days. We have been in touch with the instructors and things are off to a good start in Cambodia. -Dragons Administration  

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michael jordan,Life Along the Mekong Semester, Spring 2013

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i realize someone hacked into your system , i hope it is fixed but those in southeast asia have been gone for a week now,is there any news on when the yak yak board will be functional and yak post will resume ??   Thanks for this question, Michael. Unfortunately, we did lose Yaks from […]

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02/14/13

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michael jordan

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Su'sday everyone,

 

It has been an amazing first week here in Cambodia!  We are thriving, laughing, and exploring the beautiful province of Takeo.  We have been working with a school, helping students practice their English, we have climbed up the old ruins of Angkor Chiso, we walked through a local market seeing, smelling, and searching for new and different things that made an impression on us all.   Last night atop the old ruins we faced the beautiful countryside and shouted our mantras to the world as the sun was setting.  A beautiful moment in a beautiful place.

 

Today is our last official day of orientation and we are headed for the town of Kampot where we will be participating in a movement workshop with the NGO Epic Arts!  Tomorrow we say good by to Takeo and head to Siem Reap.

 

There will be emails coming and more yak yak posts from everybody in the next few days.  In the meantime we wanted to repost the photo that we took at the airport when everybody arrived so that we can always have the moment our family came together!

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An Incredible First Week!

Mekong Sages,Life Along the Mekong Semester, Spring 2013

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Su’sday everyone,   It has been an amazing first week here in Cambodia!  We are thriving, laughing, and exploring the beautiful province of Takeo.  We have been working with a school, helping students practice their English, we have climbed up the old ruins of Angkor Chiso, we walked through a local market seeing, smelling, and […]

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02/14/13

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Mekong Sages

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Wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day! All the families are thinking of you....

 

You will all have to post again, since the website lost the originals when you arrived in Cambodia.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Jane Leggett,Life Along the Mekong Semester, Spring 2013

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Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day! All the families are thinking of you….   You will all have to post again, since the website lost the originals when you arrived in Cambodia.

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02/14/13

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Jane Leggett

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Su'sday everyone!

 

We are ready and waiting for your arrival!  Your sages have just returned from Angtasom putting the finishing touches on our beautiful orientation site.  Now we are back in Phnom Penh going out to celebrate the Chinese New Year with Mara, our amazing in-country instructor.  Safe travels and we will see you soon. 

 

-Mekong Sages

 

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We Are Ready!

Mekong Sages,Life Along the Mekong Semester, Spring 2013

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Su’sday everyone!   We are ready and waiting for your arrival!  Your sages have just returned from Angtasom putting the finishing touches on our beautiful orientation site.  Now we are back in Phnom Penh going out to celebrate the Chinese New Year with Mara, our amazing in-country instructor.  Safe travels and we will see you […]

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02/8/13

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Mekong Sages

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is there somekind of  contingent game plain in case of flight delays or cancelations coming from the eastcoast. We switched flights and put our daughter on a earlier flight,but theres no guarantee she gets there???

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eastcoast storm

michael jordan,Life Along the Mekong Semester, Spring 2013

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is there somekind of  contingent game plain in case of flight delays or cancelations coming from the eastcoast. We switched flights and put our daughter on a earlier flight,but theres no guarantee she gets there???

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02/8/13

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michael jordan

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Hey,

Just got back from a hectic week of touring colleges out west. But now, it’s obviously time to switch gears and prepare for this trip.

The last few days has been filled with reading and re-reading the packing list, checking the yak-yak board, and spending the remaining time with friends and family. I’m not sure really what’s in store, but it’s going to be one hell of a trip. I can’t I’ve ever been to Asia, much less Cambodia, but from what I’ve heard from friends who have traveled there, I’m totally stoked.

If Chicago weather cooperates (just this once), I’ll see you most of you guys Friday (and if not, see ya in Phnom Penh)!

As I voiced before, this trip truly has the makings of the adventure of a lifetime.

-James

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James Brady,Life Along the Mekong Semester, Spring 2013

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Hey, Just got back from a hectic week of touring colleges out west. But now, it’s obviously time to switch gears and prepare for this trip. The last few days has been filled with reading and re-reading the packing list, checking the yak-yak board, and spending the remaining time with friends and family. I’m not […]

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02/7/13

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James Brady

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Fortunately, my daughter Elise already shipped out to LA and will meet up with everyone there. But I'm looking at the weather maps and flight cancellations and am hoping everyone else on the East Coast is switching to earlier flight, to get out before the big Nor'easter his on Friday. Check your flights!

 

Have a great time all of you! 

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Are all East-Coasters getting out before the big storm?

Jane Leggett,Life Along the Mekong Semester, Spring 2013

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Fortunately, my daughter Elise already shipped out to LA and will meet up with everyone there. But I’m looking at the weather maps and flight cancellations and am hoping everyone else on the East Coast is switching to earlier flight, to get out before the big Nor’easter his on Friday. Check your flights!   Have […]

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02/7/13

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Jane Leggett

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Posting two days before we meet! Still not too late I guess haha. Anyways, I'm currently doing a gap semester (surprise, surprise). I'm from San Francisco, but went to college in Washington, DC. This trip seemed like a great alternative and an amazing experience. See you Friday.

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Not Too Late!

Jordan Steinberg,Life Along the Mekong Semester, Spring 2013

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Posting two days before we meet! Still not too late I guess haha. Anyways, I’m currently doing a gap semester (surprise, surprise). I’m from San Francisco, but went to college in Washington, DC. This trip seemed like a great alternative and an amazing experience. See you Friday.

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02/6/13

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Jordan Steinberg

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Hey guys! I'm currently in the midst of a gap year as well, and am SO excited to be meeting all of you so soon and to start this amazing journey! I'm originally from Boston, MA, but moved to Palo Alto, CA, just one week ago ... so things have been pretty hectic. I'm really looking forward to escaping the stress of life here and joining you all in discovering the beauty and wonder of such an exotic part of the world!

 

See you all on Friday!

 

Louisa 

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hello everyone!

Louisa Kane,Life Along the Mekong Semester, Spring 2013

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Hey guys! I’m currently in the midst of a gap year as well, and am SO excited to be meeting all of you so soon and to start this amazing journey! I’m originally from Boston, MA, but moved to Palo Alto, CA, just one week ago … so things have been pretty hectic. I’m really […]

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02/6/13

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Louisa Kane

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