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PICTURES

Brenda Li,Brazil: Sustainable Future, Summer 2011

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Because I am short on time (´cause we´re going to the beach!), here are some pictures of the trip, which I´m told we´re lacking.

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08/3/11

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Brenda Li

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The air was thin and dry as we reached our destination. The group struggled for oxygen-rich breathes as we entered the danger zone. Birds chirped in unison to create a morning orchestra. We enjoyed the music while flora below tickled our heels. The group continued through the thick and luscious rainforest; with every step forward the surface slipped from beneath us. Without warning, the light struck our eyes and immediately caused our pupils to dialate. We reached a rock wall which blocked our path. It provided a view - unlike anything I had ever seen - of both valleys. I knew we had to be close. We treaded onward around the rock wall. I paused and the group came to a complete halt in the face of fear. "Todo mundo façem silencio agora" commanded Flor, our fearless and possibly superhuman guide.

Our speechless group stood still with jaws dropped. We reiterated the guidelines and continued. At appx 1:07 p.m. we plunged into the mouth of Castelo Cave, and into the deepest layers of darkness. We walked forth until the only lights that were seen were those on our heads, and the only sound that was heard was the dripping of water. The group was in complete and utter silence, for the slightest soundwave could collapse any cluster of rocks. At this point Flor turned off his light and the rest of us followed suit. One by one we were approaching extraordinary tranquility. Words can only limit the sensations felt inside the cave, even bliss would not satisfy or accurately depict the way we felt inside. In the depths of nothingness I felt as if my body was transcending it´s physical barriers and entering a whole new realm. This sensation alone is enough for you to seek out The Castelo Cave and its liberating qualities.

Live from Lancois

Fernando Castillo

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Darkness falls

Dr. Fernando Castillo,Brazil: Sustainable Future, Summer 2011

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The air was thin and dry as we reached our destination. The group struggled for oxygen-rich breathes as we entered the danger zone. Birds chirped in unison to create a morning orchestra. We enjoyed the music while flora below tickled our heels. The group continued through the thick and luscious rainforest; with every step forward […]

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07/29/11

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Dr. Fernando Castillo

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The Castle

Maximilian Heering,Brazil: Sustainable Future, Summer 2011

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07/29/11

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Maximilian Heering

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Yes, believe it or not, after all the perilous grounds we have traversed and the slippery slopes we have climbed, we are alive.

So all the parents who are holding their breath waiting for the Yak, or call, or email letting them know their child is safe can breathe, beacuse we made it.

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A yak yak

Sophina Khan,Brazil: Sustainable Future, Summer 2011

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07/29/11

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Sophina Khan

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Pictures for you all

Samuel Ghazey,Brazil: Sustainable Future, Summer 2011

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Here`s just some pictures I forgot to post. sorry

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07/29/11

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Samuel Ghazey

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After we dropped our backpacks off we made our way to a waterfall. It was rather hilly as we had to walk for an hour and a half before we arrived. The waterfall was tall but not particularly powerful. It fell into a pool of water that you could tell

was freezing as it was completely in shadow. As the waterfall crashed into the water, beneath it there was a tiny space where you could sit and breathe. It took a while to muster up the courage necessary to enter the icy water but eventually I did and it was defintiely worth it.

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Waterfall

Emily Dann,Brazil: Sustainable Future, Summer 2011

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07/29/11

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Emily Dann

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This whole trip we have been jumping around from place to place, experiencing different forms of living in completely different environments both culturally and physically. Beginning at the beach, moving to the city, then to the desert, we find ourselves now in an amazing, lush green valley that is surrounded by different masses, plateaus and rock formations that mimick giants, we have never seen the same thing twice. The same goes for the people as well, the people of Diogo were warm and rich in life, the people of the Sertao were quiet and humble, and the people of Capao and Chapada were funny and extremely outgoing. The people of the valley`s way of life was one of their own, this is mainly because of the fact that leaving the valley was usually a pretty difficult task, and would only be done if it was necessary. Though it was a little easier for people of Capao to be in and out, the few residents that resided in Chapada were virtually stuck there.

Having been born and raised there their whole lives, these people did not grow up with the ability to go to school filled with hundreds of other kids, and didn`t have the opprotunities to visit other towns or states with their family because there is not major road or highway that went right by their house. These people had been stuck in this valley, only going to the small town that is a six hour walk from their house to buy supplies to get them through the week. The foreign experiences they had were with tourists of whom were just backpacking through the valley and needed a place to stay for a night or two. By not having real relationships outside their family, they grew to become very close, and experienced very little family troubles that many of us are familiar with because they knew that all they really had was eachother.

Though many of the kids have now moved on to living in major cities and left the valley to start lives of their own, there is still a handful of them who stayed decided to keep the tradition and this way of life growing. A way of life that very few are familiar with, a way of that does not thrive on materialism and popular culture, but a way of life that lives off of the richness a strong family bond can hold and by living with only what you truely need to stay alive. Though many may look at this as a simple, dull and almost devo way of living, and might think that humanity should all live by seeing everything they can, and understanding everything they can from a young age, I believe that this is one of the only ways that can work if we want the human race to last. By learning to love only what you need, and only what you have, and not be blinded by the desire to always want more , then you can be a whole person.

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Chapada

The Sam Ghazey,Brazil: Sustainable Future, Summer 2011

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07/29/11

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The Sam Ghazey

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We are now back in Lencois, where there are cars, shops, and civilization again. After a six day trek, simple luxuries like a warm shower and a laundromat are cherished by all.

But the trek wasn´t as exhausting as I thought it would be. There were no moments of near exhaustions, nor did we have to camp out in the rain. In fact, during the nights, we´d stay with families who made their living by opening up their homes to backpackers and trekkers like us. We were also fortunate with the weather, as it had only rained for one day. Some days, we arrived at where we were staying early in the day, so we left our stuff behind, and hiked to waterfalls, or to the top of cliffs. Another day, we stayed at the family´s house, and helped plant grass for their donkeys.

A big reason for the ease of the trek was our amazing guide, Flor. Right from the first day, he helped make the trek as comfortable as possible for everybody. He carried the heavy med bag up the steep climb on the first day, even though his pack was already laden with all the food and materials we needed for the trek. That night, he impressed us all by making us a delicious dinner. He helped us cross rushing rivers by tying ropes across, and bringing each one of us across when there was nothing the hold on to. He even baked a cake decorated with a candle and flowers for Cassandra when it got to her birthday.

So here´s a shoutout of thanks to Flor and his awesome-ness, for making our trek as wonderful as it was!

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Back in Lencois

Brenda Li,Brazil: Sustainable Future, Summer 2011

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We are now back in Lencois, where there are cars, shops, and civilization again. After a six day trek, simple luxuries like a warm shower and a laundromat are cherished by all. But the trek wasn´t as exhausting as I thought it would be. There were no moments of near exhaustions, nor did we have […]

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07/29/11

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Brenda Li

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Castelo

Emily Chi,Brazil: Sustainable Future, Summer 2011

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So here I am, lounging on a rock in this peaceful river, straining my neck to see the top of Castelo, the mountain we climbed just yesterday. Had I seen this mountain 4 weeks ago, I could have never imagined myself reaching the top of it. Trekking? Me? Really? Just the thought of it makes […]

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07/29/11

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Emily Chi

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Fumaca

Allie Phocas,Brazil: Sustainable Future, Summer 2011

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We were told: its about an 40 minute hike, and its worth it. When we got to the bottom of the trail that changed a bit. It was a two hour hike, the first hour was uphill, and the second was over a plateau; but it was worth it. We first felt the water being […]

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Allie Phocas

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