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China: Language Intensive 4 week, Group "A", Summer 2011


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Time Yak

Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana. A proverb, I don’t know which one, said this, so it must be true. No. I think that time tumbles fairly crooked as an apple does. They are inextricable, tumbling fruit and flying time. Fruit goes flying when I throw it, quite literally since I’m on a plane, through time and space,” I think to myself and chuckle as I toss the red fruit up to flirt with the oxygen mask stored above my head. Catching it, I bite in and open the blind the stewardess slapped shut hours before, seeing nothing but the blinking indicator light of the wing. A white mote against the pitch sky. I gaze and gaze watching the black pretty much pointless void of the interim. Save the twinkling reflection on wings taking us home, there is no thing, not time, not place, before me because I cannot conceptualize the visible future. So, for now, I muse in bewilderment and pleasant fancy on the past. More specifically, I try to make sense of our month in China and what it means. More of that later.

Plane rides, especially long ones, are quite a funny phenomenon when pondered upon. They come in between. In between times and places planes themselves do fly. In between the time our group, together as one, was in a place called China and the time when our group, separated into individuals each, will be at a place called Home. This is the end of the trip, the itinerary says, and at the end of things we say goodbye. I could say that I hate goodbyes, but that would be trite. It would also be false because I don’t believe in goodbyes . When someone, a friend, a stranger, tells me goodbye, I don’t know what to say. I usually respond, “Have fun.” This is because I don’t think that ends exist, and thus, I do not believe in saying goodbye.

So today, I tell the itinerary that there is no end, but it doesn’t hear me because of its paper nature. Dates are dates and as dates they are set in stone. Calendars are set in stone and never stray from their true form, original and inherent in sequential progression. Date in and date out, days come and days go. We look at time as progression and movement onward forward into infinity and ourselves as segments on that line with point end and point beginning. Check in, check out. Fly here, fly there We’re born, we may die, so they say. Trips’ve begun, trips end, they say. I tell you, this one doesn’t end and neither does any other. They are mere stints in a vast continuum that never hesitates a moment.

I’ve never cared for calendars and I’ve never even taken kindly to ideas of ends, beginnings, lines or segments, so how could I ever understand so longs? People don’t understand this. My friends ask: “when are you going to China and when will you come back?” I answer in the only way I know how to without sounding ridiculous: “June 28th and July 27th.” Simple enough. This makes apparent sense…

I think not. Let me explain. Flying now, during this interlude, I sit and try to make sense of the past month and its greater significance to time, place, life, journeys, friendship, and or whatever else have you. I have condensed it to this: Lizzie, Nate, Doug, Josh, Ariela, Ashley, Westerly, Nick, Taylor, Adrian, Louis, Naomi, Lauren, Sheila, Zhouyu and even Cherry too, I love you. I love all of you and the times and places we’ve spent and been; moreover, I love the times and places we will spend and will be.

Lizzie, do you remember when you sat us in a circle on the floor and we meditated from our heart to our feet on all matters wonderful and peaceful? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Nate, do you remember when you recounted your China-squat mishaps and we shared laughter full and fantastic? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Doug, do you remember when we came to your house and you were sitting with a group of Chinese men so involved that you wouldn’t even speak to us in English? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Josh, do you remember when we were crossing a river in China and we grasped arms as brothers do? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Ariela, do you remember when we were sitting sheltered under an overhanging rock gazing out to Chinese mountains and bantering with the rest of the caboose? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Ashley, do you remember when I explained the Chinese bus system to you and you went out and did it and talked to your mentor about feng-shui? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Westerly, do you remember when I didn’t even know where we were going and you lead us through the Chinese subway without a hitch? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Nick, do you remember when we made it to the imaginary village on the mountain top? I don’t, but I do remember when you subsequently coined the term “impov hiking,” and I love that time and that place.

Taylor, do you remember when we were on the long wall in China and I read that poem and we were both moved to near tears? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Adrian, do you remember when kicked the group’s butt into hiking high gear in that beautifully rainy gorge in China? I do, and I love that time and th at place.

Louis, do you remember when we were frantically searching for a Chinese cab driver to go play ping pong and couldn’t find one for ages? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Naomi, do you remember when you were walking with your Chinese nai-nai and we ran into you and couldn’t understand a word she was saying? I do, and love that time and that place.

Lauren, do you remember when we couldn’t stop laughing about corn ice cream and how I’m still laughing and how our A team is indescribably fantastic? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Sheila, do you remember when you never said noodles but Lauren said you did and it was hilarious forever? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Zhouyu, do you remember when ate all of the la-jiao that grows in Lashihai? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Cherry, do you remember when you fell asleep on the bus with your mouth hanging wide open and someone took a picture of it? I do, and I love that time and that place.

Do you all remember the month we spent in China and these times and these places? Do you remember the ceremonies and the Chinese class and the homestays and the hikes and the food and the people and the group and the hard times and the easy? I do, and I love all of the times and the places therein and too many specific instances more to count. I am eternally grateful for each and every one of you and for what you’ve done and will do. I hope that there are truly no goodbyes for China Language 4 A Team. For now, continue your journeys through time and space as I will mine. Have fun.

-George

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George McGinniss,China: Language Intensive 4 week, Group "A", Summer 2011

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Time Yak “Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana. A proverb, I don’t know which one, said this, so it must be true. No. I think that time tumbles fairly crooked as an apple does. They are inextricable, tumbling fruit and flying time. Fruit goes flying when I throw it, quite […]

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07/29/11

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George McGinniss

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Hi Moms, Dads, Brothers, Sisters, Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Neighbors, Friends,

The group set off at appx. 3:25 pm China time today for Hong Kong. All are well, I believe full of noodles. Drinking plenty of H2O.

Wow. It's been an amazing month. Last night we celebrated this time and could not believe how quickly it went by, but simultaneously we learned and experienced so much in this place. We, even the instructors, GREW in the past 28 days. Immensely.

I have determined that this escalated growth is possible through one of two ways: one, we have discovered a wormhole that allows us to experience a form of slowed time while regular time passes by (i.e. Narnia time). Two, this was an incredible group of people with a lot to share, a desire to seek, a desire to learn, an in-general lust for life and adventure, and boundless sense of compassion.

You tell me.

Take care,

Lauren

ps- George will be posting again to update soon!

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Lauren Callaway,China: Language Intensive 4 week, Group "A", Summer 2011

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Hi Moms, Dads, Brothers, Sisters, Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Neighbors, Friends, The group set off at appx. 3:25 pm China time today for Hong Kong. All are well, I believe full of noodles. Drinking plenty of H2O. Wow. It’s been an amazing month. Last night we celebrated this time and could not believe how quickly it […]

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07/26/11

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Lauren Callaway

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Dear NepalStudents & Families,

This weekend marks the end of our Nepalprogram and students will be arriving back home soon to share their tales with each of you.

We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day and we will be in contact if there are any suspected any delays.

We wish all students are great trip home and please leave us a voice message on extension 30 if you are not able to reach us during office hours. We will be checking our messages throughout the evening.

Sincerely,

BoulderAdmin

To check on the status of the groups international flight, please refer to:

http://www.jetairways.com/EN/GB/PlanYourTravel/FlightStatus.aspx

The students are traveling home on the following Cathay Pacific Flight:

Returning Flight:

July 27th, 2012

Jet Airways #261

Depart: Kathmandu (KTM) 3:45pm

Arrive: Delhi (DEL) 5:10pm

July 28th, 2012

Jet Airways #230

Depart: Delhi (DEL) 2:35am

Arrive: Brussels, Belgium (BRU) 7:55am

July 28th, 2012

Jet Airways #226

Depart: Brussels, Belgium (BRU) 10:05am

Arrive:New York(JFK) 12:15pm

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Dear NepalStudents & Families, This weekend marks the end of our Nepalprogram and students will be arriving back home soon to share their tales with each of you. We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day and we will be in contact if there are any suspected any […]

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07/25/11

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Dragons Administration

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I have never liked American bus drivers more. One minute you'll bezooming along the road at some unknown speed and the next the bus driver will have slamed his foot onto the break causing you to jerck forward and crash into the person in front of you unless you're holding on tightly enough (which usually you're not). The drivers also like to honk thier horns every so often and seem to have a thing for speeding up and honkingevery time they see someone trying to cross the street. I've had some pretty interesting bus ride expeeriences, but I think there is one that I don't think I'll forget.

I was on my way back from the Program House to my host family's APT with some friends. The bus was pretty crowded and people were pushing one-another all trying to get on at the same time.We found a spot near the back door and held onto the pole. A few stops later this lady gets on and comes to stand near us. She does a Chinese squat right there on the bus facing away from us. A few stops later, one of my friends says "Aww s****, someone was sick." I look over and the same lady who had been squating near us was gone, but in her place was a puddle of sick. It wasn't pretty. Then, later getting out at our stop I saw anotherpuddle on the ground. Now everytime I get ontoor off the bus I always watch where I step, just in case.....

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Ariela Farnham,China: Language Intensive 4 week, Group "A", Summer 2011

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07/24/11

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Ariela Farnham

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HALLO.

WELCOME TO BEIJING.

WE PROVIDE TOURISTS INFORMATION.

Hello is the first thing we ever learn to say in a new place.

1. I am here. HALLO.

Remember when we first arrived in China, waited tired and confused in the customs line only to land ourselves in a nightmare of a taxi ride? It took a while, but we finally exited the cab outside the little alley near our hostel, and heard that wonderful phrase: "Hallo, Welcome to Beijing! We provide tourists information." Not only was this among the first utterances we heard on the streets of Beijing, but it was also something we heard consistently throughout the remainder of our time in the capital, perhaps even the last thing we heard before getting on the plane to Yunnan.

2. You are here too. Ah-la-la-lei.

Remember when we got to Lashihai, the Nan Yao Village, and learned the quirky greeting "Ah-la-la-lei?" For nearly two weeks we fumbled and bumbled communicating with heavily accented (or non-existent) Mandarin speakers. As outsiders who initially could not be more outside, we used this phrase to give respect to and express interest in the community and lives of our hosts.

3. Thank you. Ni Hao.

Finally, Ni Hao. In Kunming families arrived to a batch of dirty, tired, but nervous and elated students, smiling at them and greeting them with these two routinely spoken words. Here, I saw something new in the Ni Hao, and it shed light on the other Hellos we've encountered. Families came to pick students up, accept care of them, and dedicate time and energy to them. In the students' Ni Hao, I think I saw them ask for this care and inclusion, and say thanks for it.They've grown to expand their Hellos to this...going from excitement to nervous acknowledgement of their own presence in a new place, and then to gratitude... I think their time in China has allowed them this space to experience life on others' terms, to ask for entry, and to be happy and thankful for the opportunity to have been given this. I feel lucky to have been a witness to this change, and will think of it long past our too quickly approaching goodbye.

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HALLO. Ah-la-la-lei. Ni Hao.

Lauren Callaway,China: Language Intensive 4 week, Group "A", Summer 2011

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HALLO. WELCOME TO BEIJING. WE PROVIDE TOURISTS INFORMATION. Hello is the first thing we ever learn to say in a new place. 1. I am here. HALLO. Remember when we first arrived in China, waited tired and confused in the customs line only to land ourselves in a nightmare of a taxi ride? It took […]

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07/23/11

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Lauren Callaway

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My ISP is Buddhist Meditation. At first, I was only interested in the meditation part; but after more research, I wanted to know more about Buddhism itself. Lauren, my ISP mentor, suggested that I go the Yuan Tong Si temple and eat dinner with the monks (it is open every night to the public). That sounded like a pretty good idea, so I arranged to go at 5:00. Right before I was going to leave, I assumed Lauren was going to go with me, either to help me translate or show me what to do because I had absolutely no idea. When I asked her, she said that I was going alone. After all, I'm doing an independantstudy project. I had no idea what to expect going alone, but I just went with it.

Walking over, I ran through all the possible scenerios in my head. Im not going to lie and say I was confident going into this; I was actually extremely nervous. Just "picking up a conversation" with any monk is not easy. Maybe in English I could, but I didn't think I could in Chinese.

When I got to the temple, I went up to a person that seemed to know what she was doing. I asked where dinner was, and she gave me some long answer in Chinese. I nodded and said thanks but I had no idea what she said. The next person I went up to said, "Women mei you wan fan." (We dont have dinner). Honestly, her reply made me a little happy. In that moment, I was so uncomfortable and unsure that I was ready to call it a day and give up. I was going to use her answer as an excuse for me not to go through with this and not feel awkward. But then I thought back to that morning when we were talking as a group about how awkward it is being in China. Lauren said, "Embrace the awkwardness," and I decided to do just that in the moment because there is no way of escaping it, and I might have lost a great opportunity. I ignored the woman who told me there was no dinner, and I explored the temple looking for a place that might look like some kind of dining hall. The monks were still in prayer, but next to the service was a picnic-like setup.There were only 2 people sitting at one of the tables, so I went up to them and asked them, "Wan fan zai nali?" (Where is dinner?), because that was the only thing I knew how to say. I thought that was sufficient, and it was, because they responded and told me it was right where I was. I had found it!

They invited me to sit down with them and wait until the service was over. They didn't speak a word of English, so we just talked in Chinese for about 45 minutes. They were curious about why I was there, where I was from, and all about America. People came over to watch the American speak Chinese. Chinese people are different from Americans in the sense that they don't have the mindset of, "If you come to our country, speak our language." Unlike Americans, they don't think that everyone should or can speak English. In fact, they are usually impressed when they see us speak Chinese.

Anyway, once the service ended, the monks all filed out. I stood and greeted them with a bow. They were really friendly and started conversations with me. They were interested in why I was at their temple, so I had a conversation with a few of them. Then the couple that I was talking to at the picnic bench called me over. They brought me up a flight of stairs into a small, cramped room. There was one monk in the room, who I later learned was the head monk of the temple. Apparently, the people I had made friends with were friends with the monk. He handed me a bowl of food, and for another 45 minutes, me, two strangers, and a monk ate dinner together. I had no idea what they were saying 90% of the time, but occasionally, the monk would ask me questions and I to him. But mostly I just observed.

Finally, when we were finished, he dismissed me to go home. I walked away feeling numb, trying to remember everything that happened over the last hour and a half. I realized I had spoken only Chinese for the entire time. It was as much a cultural lesson and a religious lesson as a language one. I felt very accomplished, especially after how unsure I was going into the whole process. I was actually about to give up! That dinner was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had.

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Lizzie Frieder,China: Language Intensive 4 week, Group "A", Summer 2011

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My ISP is Buddhist Meditation. At first, I was only interested in the meditation part; but after more research, I wanted to know more about Buddhism itself. Lauren, my ISP mentor, suggested that I go the Yuan Tong Si temple and eat dinner with the monks (it is open every night to the public). That […]

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07/21/11

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Lizzie Frieder

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    [post_content] => I started my Independent Study Project (ISP) earlier this week and it's going great. I chose Kung Fu along with Nate. We take the classes together and practice together. Our teacher is a Master at Kung Fu and seems like he is quite compitent. It's a lot different than I thought it would be. It's not so flashy, instead our teacher is teaching us a more practical way of basically just fighting. It's nice having Nate also doing Kung Fu, becasue on the days where we don't actually have a lesson, we can practice together. For example: yesterday, we both went to a college campus and got stared at by a bunch of people as we brawled in a very public place.
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ISP

Taylor Eth,China: Language Intensive 4 week, Group "A", Summer 2011

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I started my Independent Study Project (ISP) earlier this week and it’s going great. I chose Kung Fu along with Nate. We take the classes together and practice together. Our teacher is a Master at Kung Fu and seems like he is quite compitent. It’s a lot different than I thought it would be. It’s […]

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07/21/11

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Taylor Eth

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    [post_content] => A few days ago we arrived in Kunming. The program house is the China equivalent of a bachelor pad. This was a big change from my house in LaShiHai. Additionally my homestay family speaks mandarin which is a huge plus when compared to my LaShiHai homestay. This trip i s awesome im having a lot of fun.
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Kunming

Joshua Schuman,China: Language Intensive 4 week, Group "A", Summer 2011

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A few days ago we arrived in Kunming. The program house is the China equivalent of a bachelor pad. This was a big change from my house in LaShiHai. Additionally my homestay family speaks mandarin which is a huge plus when compared to my LaShiHai homestay. This trip i s awesome im having a lot […]

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07/20/11

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Joshua Schuman

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There is no better way to discover a city than to wander in its sprawl. And despite my host grandfather's best efforts to direct me home, wandering is exactly whatI didyesterday afternoon. In other words, I got lost.

Though for some travelling the same routebetween school and home without fault brings contentment, I find it painfullymundane. Whether unintentional or otherwise, getting yourself lost opens a door to theexploration and discovery of your surroundings. I'm sure this is nothing you haven't been told before, but it doesn't hurt to reiterate, reiterate, reiterate. Though I highly recommend getting yourself lost in the midst of an unfamiliar place, I also recognize that being lost can be a huge inconvenience. I'll try to save you the trouble of losing your way in the most inconvenient hour by sharing three things I learned over the course of my wandering. So in the case that you're ever lost in outer Kunming, keepthesewise words in mind:

1) Don't bother asking police for directions: most of them are away ona smoking break,and besides, their accents are too thick todecipher anyways

2) You'll have to do some walking: some buses only run in one direction, so crossing the street expecting to get a ride to the previous stop is oftentimes pointless

3) It helps to have the address of your destination: plain and simple, know where you're going (I didn't)

I put no fault on my host family for this excursion. If anything, I owe them thanks. I now know the bus system of Kunming city like no other and feel immensely more confident in my ability to be self-reliant. They worried that they may have scarred me, but I assured them "mei wen ti," I'm glad it happened.

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A Word of Advice

Westerly Gorayeb,China: Language Intensive 4 week, Group "A", Summer 2011

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There is no better way to discover a city than to wander in its sprawl. And despite my host grandfather’s best efforts to direct me home, wandering is exactly whatI didyesterday afternoon. In other words, I got lost. Though for some travelling the same routebetween school and home without fault brings contentment, I find it […]

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07/20/11

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Westerly Gorayeb

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    [post_content] => So I began my Chinese adventure in LaShiHai. The floors were cold, the toilet was a hole in the shape of a T, and there were sooo mannny flllies. After a relatively easy trainride to Kunming, my new homestay awaited my arrival. I met them, and they took me to their house/apartment/new amazing improvement that I never would have imagined getting to live in. I have the pictures, but they may be too overwhelming. Diamond chandeliers hang in the living room. I now have a “Wester style" toilet. There is a swimming pool as well as a basketball court just a few minutes walk from our apartment. I quote from my host mother "anything you want, we can give you." When I heard these words, my jaw dropped. (figuratively). But I'm sure if it did actually drop she would have offered to pick it up for me. And to think, I didn't have to do any work to achieve just a drastic change in lifestyle. I accomplished what all adults say is impossible. I went from Rags to Riches, and I didn't even have to work. If you call speaking Chinese work, okay, I don't. Moral of the story, you can achieve the impossible, you just have to believe.
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Rags to Riches

Nick Nelson,China: Language Intensive 4 week, Group "A", Summer 2011

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So I began my Chinese adventure in LaShiHai. The floors were cold, the toilet was a hole in the shape of a T, and there were sooo mannny flllies. After a relatively easy trainride to Kunming, my new homestay awaited my arrival. I met them, and they took me to their house/apartment/new amazing improvement that […]

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07/20/11

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Nick Nelson

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