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Peru: Sacred Mountains 4 week, Summer 2011


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Dear Annie, Abbie, Robert, Zoe, Claire, Comfort, Liam, Ihna, Ivan, Charlotte, Abby, and Michelle,

A week has now passed since we departed from Cusco. There, sitting atop the Temple of the Moon, the world was a place charged with hope; a world filled with possibilities and where every single strand of our lives was interconnected to the grand fabric of the universe. It sounds profound and a little absurd, but I believe it.

And perhaps more importantly, I believe that those strands continue to weave through our lives. What matters now is what kind of a fabric we choose to weave in the looms to come.

As you now share stories with your parents, friends, and family, please be sure to give them a deep, heartfelt thanks from all of us at Dragons. Without them, this journey would not have been possible. And thank YOU, for your courage, bravery, and boldness in choosing to embark on a journey that was always uncertain, but always rich with possibility.

I hope that you all keep in touch in the years to come and I look forward greatly to our next crossing of paths, whenever that moment comes.

Until then, here is a small gift to celebrate every winding trail and daily meeting.


I'm a 10.

And a 3.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
- John F. Kennedy


Abrazos fuertes,
Japhy

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Gratitude — A Video Tribute to Dragons, Parents, and Peru

Japhy Dhungana,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4 week, Summer 2011

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Dear Annie, Abbie, Robert, Zoe, Claire, Comfort, Liam, Ihna, Ivan, Charlotte, Abby, and Michelle, A week has now passed since we departed from Cusco. There, sitting atop the Temple of the Moon, the world was a place charged with hope; a world filled with possibilities and where every single strand of our lives was interconnected […]

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08/3/11

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Japhy Dhungana

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Hello Families and Friends,

We have received confirmation that all students have safely landed in Miami and are checked-in for their connecting flights home. Be ready to welcome them with open arms, ears, and hearts!

Best,

Aaron

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Students Leaving Miami

Aaron Slosberg,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4 week, Summer 2011

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Hello Families and Friends, We have received confirmation that all students have safely landed in Miami and are checked-in for their connecting flights home. Be ready to welcome them with open arms, ears, and hearts! Best, Aaron

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07/28/11

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Aaron Slosberg

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TodayI am in front of the TV watching the new peruvian president Ollanta Humala taking charge of our country, many doubts and anxiety in my mind, how will the future of Peru will be?

ButI also start to think about this last month and remember just few hours ago after leaving this amazing group of young people in the Cusco Airport, I went back to my real life, my family and my duties as owner of a lodge and a restaurant, reflecting on life and how this course has changed me over a month, sharing experiences and daily life with 12 really unique teenagers.

Life is that, just writing many stories on your own book of life, and learning from the poeple that surrounds you and the experiences we live, life goes on, but always with a smile because life is good doesnt matter the challenges.

I must say I am very proud of all the achievements of each one of the participants of this course, including us the instructors. Watching everyone work together as a team into many challenging situations, always with laughter and a nice vibe, helping each other and pushing ourselves into succesmade me reflect on my own life and is giving me the strengh to continue working and creating my own path with strong steps towards the future.

Thanks Zoe for your deep thoughts and groundedness, Liam for your endless energy and jokes, Claire for having such a beautiful person inside of you, Robert for your strenght and support for the group, Inha for your deep heart, Michelle for being such a strong person, Ivan for being there always for the group with good vibes and your strenght, Annie for being so strong and determined, Abbie S for your deepness and curiosity, Comfort for just being yourself, Charlotte for your deepness and passion, Abby G for your eternal laughs and good vibes, Annelies for your endless patience and love, and Japhy for all your strengh and wisdom.

I will have all of you in my heart and will never forget this amazing adventure through my beloved country PERU.

Thanks to you all and dont forget to keep finding your own path, you are all great and you have all what you need inside of you, lets keep in touch

Francisco ;)

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Life goes on

Francisco Seminario,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4 week, Summer 2011

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TodayI am in front of the TV watching the new peruvian president Ollanta Humala taking charge of our country, many doubts and anxiety in my mind, how will the future of Peru will be? ButI also start to think about this last month and remember just few hours ago after leaving this amazing group of […]

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07/28/11

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Francisco Seminario

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Dear Peru families,

Just a quick note to let you know that our group is nowin the airport of Lima boarding their flight to Miami with Japhy. They will beverysoon close toyou again.As an in-country instructor, Ihad tosay goodbye to the groupthis evening, as Istay in Lima where I live. It was with tears in my eyes I hugged everybody goodbye,ithas been such a profound experience totravel with such an amazing group of individuals. We have seen everybody grow so much over the course and it has been very beautiful. I know all the students are ready to go home now and share all their experiences with you! We are looking forward to stayingin touch with you all!! Abrazos!

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Hasta luego amigos!

Annelies Hamerlinck,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4 week, Summer 2011

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Dear Peru families, Just a quick note to let you know that our group is nowin the airport of Lima boarding their flight to Miami with Japhy. They will beverysoon close toyou again.As an in-country instructor, Ihad tosay goodbye to the groupthis evening, as Istay in Lima where I live. It was with tears in […]

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07/28/11

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Annelies Hamerlinck

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On a surprisingly difficult 5 hour solo in the Andean wilderness, we reflected on a few questions the instructors prompted us with. Among inspiring quotes andprompts about the meaning of life, one of these questions was "What does wilderness & wild spaces mean to me and why are they important to my life?" This was not something I had ever thought about. The wildernessis always there, a mile or so from my backyard. It{s there if I have the hankering to go for a hike or decide to take my dog for a walk. That was about the extent of my thinking on the subject, at least before I was left out on a hilltop with absolutely nothing else to do but think.

So what does the wild mean?

The wilderness means freedom to me. The freedom to go any direction I please.This means awhole 360 degrees, not just left, right, or straight. The freedom to think and wonder. To take as much time as I please and just ponder things, with only the sun as a watch. The freedom to live alongside of Earth and not just tocope with it. To give and take. It means the opportunity for authentic adventure, not virtual or industrial. It means taking chances and learning to deal with the outcome. It means living only with needs for survival, not apparent needs dictated to us by billboards and TV commercials. It means being an animal like we were born, not a human who has learned to separate himself from the natural world. Wilderness provides an escape that, without, we would be trapped by expectations, brand names, and to-do lists. In our everday lives, we are constantly being influenced by friends, family, and society in general. We are told what to think, wear, and become. We are always either striving for something or rebelling against it. All of these influences push us farther and farther away from our natural self.However, in nature we are only driven by needs of survival and the beauty that surrounds us. We are able to look inwards and discover what our natural thoughts are, uninhibited by society that usually encroaches upon our every thought. Of course, our minds are still blurred by memories of the past, worries of the future, and trivial things of the present, but wilderness at least gives us the option to reflect back on our natural self. Maybe it{s purely the fact that nature gives us time, something that is so hard to find in our hectic lives. Without appointments, schedules, and due dates, we have a freedom so rare.

This time was so completely foreign to me, I was at a loss of what to do. For one of the first times in my life there were no outer distractions excpet for the natural beauty surrounding me.

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Foreign Wild Spaces

Annie Miller,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4 week, Summer 2011

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On a surprisingly difficult 5 hour solo in the Andean wilderness, we reflected on a few questions the instructors prompted us with. Among inspiring quotes andprompts about the meaning of life, one of these questions was "What does wilderness & wild spaces mean to me and why are they important to my life?" This was […]

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07/25/11

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Annie Miller

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Traveling is like plucking a chicken. You begin with an animal fat with the volume of its richly textured feathers. Immediately you are struck by the colorful appearance. Stripping away the layers one by one, you begin your search for the substance and meat. The finished product is bare; not beautiful and decorated, but raw and with a purpose.

By removing ourselves from our home, family, and friends, we undergo a similar transformation. We live covered in the bright plumage of the things that define us in our daily routines at home. Our appearance, aquantainces, and education are the things that people see and internalize first. We depend on this, almost entirely forgetting about the core substance beneath the layers of embellishment. Throughout the course, we slowly shed the feathers. We find ourselves in completely unfamiliar places, anonymous to the cities and mountains surrounding us. We begin to stop thinking of ourselves in terms of where we come from or our accomplishments. The only thing left which we can focus on is the meat. We realize that this is the only constant we can rely on; the core that doesn´t change no matter where or when we are. We try to feed this by pushing ourselves into the unknown and the uncomfortable, testing the boundaries of our ability. We write in our journals and take pictures so that when we return, we can recall this raw sense of independence. With three days of the trip left, we cling to this as tightly as possible. When we return, it´s understood that our layer of feathers awaits us. However, now we have the ability to look beyond this.

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Plucking the Chicken

Charlotte McCary,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4 week, Summer 2011

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Traveling is like plucking a chicken. You begin with an animal fat with the volume of its richly textured feathers. Immediately you are struck by the colorful appearance. Stripping away the layers one by one, you begin your search for the substance and meat. The finished product is bare; not beautiful and decorated, but raw […]

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07/25/11

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Charlotte McCary

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    [post_content] => July 25th, how time flies, how ones changes, how one grows. I knew this would go fast, but not this fast. My ISP presentation is done, and my 3 on 1 is done. Our group is soon to be split up in Miami airport. Goodbyes are hards. Saying goodbye to peru will be just as hard assaying good bye to my instructors andgroup members. When a cardiologist cultivates acolony of heart cells it will beat by itself, but once two coloniescome in contact witheach other they will sync up and beat together. One can continue to add cells and they will alwayssync up. Humans do not pocess this quality, we pocessenvy, greed and other deadly sins. However between our group members, instructors, and Peru, our hearts have all been beating in unison. There isbond that cannot be built any where, that the 16of us share. There is a saying that home is where the heart is, my heart is inPeruwith my fellow dragons. I can feel that it doesnt want to leave, and even afterI leave and we split upin Miami.A part of my heart will stay her andbeat withPeru, and 14 other peices will go with each of my fellow dragons.
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The 25th

Robert Francalangia,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4 week, Summer 2011

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July 25th, how time flies, how ones changes, how one grows. I knew this would go fast, but not this fast. My ISP presentation is done, and my 3 on 1 is done. Our group is soon to be split up in Miami airport. Goodbyes are hards. Saying goodbye to peru will be just as […]

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07/25/11

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Robert Francalangia

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As our trip is coming to an end we can look back and see what an amazing and life changing experience it really was. from failing miserably at bargaining in a market, to doing a ritual with fabian high in the andies, to swimming in the amazon, we all will all remember some part of our time in peru.

see you all soon

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Liam Daly,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4 week, Summer 2011

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As our trip is coming to an end we can look back and see what an amazing and life changing experience it really was. from failing miserably at bargaining in a market, to doing a ritual with fabian high in the andies, to swimming in the amazon, we all will all remember some part of […]

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07/25/11

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Liam Daly

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This 7 days of wilderness exploration around one of Peru's most sacred mountains gave our students a chance to practice hard expedition skills like: trip planning, gear management, self care, staying warm, altitude concerns, water, food preparation and fostered a heightened sense of cultural awareness, curiosity and stewardship in the natural world as well as making environmentally mindful choices in the backcountry.

We feel so proud of each and every student in our group. We have seen people pushing themselves over the several high altitude passes, through the cold, wind, and snow without any complaint, with a smile and an encouraging and helping hand to others. The most beautiful thing to see was that through this physical challenges in times of “hardship” exceptional bonds were formed, that only we, the people that were there, can understand.

Trekking gave us the chance to look more closely not only at the physical environment around us, but also our “internal environment” and our personal development. Lots of solo time and one-on-one conversations during the trek gave us time to think, to breathe, and to process the many complex issues which have been introduced throughout the program. It allowed time to be silent and provided space to re-orient before diving back in.

I am really grateful to have been able to be a part of this amazing experience as a Dragon's instructor. And I want to go back to the students now because I can hear them laughing and singing nice songs outside with the guitar and dinner is almost ready, the kitchen where Liam and Ivan are cooking starts to smell very nice!

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Ausangate trek

Annelies Hamerlinck,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4 week, Summer 2011

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This 7 days of wilderness exploration around one of Peru’s most sacred mountains gave our students a chance to practice hard expedition skills like: trip planning, gear management, self care, staying warm, altitude concerns, water, food preparation and fostered a heightened sense of cultural awareness, curiosity and stewardship in the natural world as well as […]

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07/25/11

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Annelies Hamerlinck

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"Paras chayay, paras chayay
Tinkuna chanchi paraschapi..."
Days later, the lyrics of Quechua song remain in my head. The sounds of the trek are still fresh, as if it was just a few hours ago that we were there, trekkng around Mt. Ausangate: Fabian playing the flute, the swoosh of the rivers and streams swiftly flowing, the soft rustling of the chilly Andean winds, the neigh of the horses and our synchronized steps and stomps. It seems so unreal that it´s over, that I can never go back and relive every moment once again, to savor the memories and learn from the experience some more.
Seven days of high altitude, cold temperatures and hiking. Many snow-filled mornings and sometimes even hail. Ocassional stomach and head aches. Hours away from civilization. Yet, our trek meant so much more than just a physically and mentally demanding trip; it was a journey involving self-discoveries, new friendships, beautiful sceneries and countless new knowledge. It was exciting and rugged, a fun yet challenging trip, an unforgettable trek.
During our hikes, there were instances when I had to push myself more than I ever have before. With the encouragement of "el tropa" (as our group is nicknamed), I was able to push through two 17,000 feet passes, snow, hail, strong winds and a headache. Along the way, I tripped quite a few times and stepped on mud and animal poop. Just when I was about to give up, at that moment when my legs just seemed to be paralyzed and my stomach aches (brought upon by the altitude) seemed to be pulling me down like a heavy weight, the cheers of el tropa, the music from Fabian´s flute and the thought of the view at the top of the pass motivated me. And everytime I reached the top, it felt as if I can conquer anything.
Another aspect of the trip are the bonds and relationships we formed and solidified. Despite the differences in hiking abilities and athleticism, our whole team proudly stayed together, patiently waiting for others, joyfully encouraging and pushing each other. The instructors and students became more alike, sharing stories, playing games and singing songs together. During this period of time, we grew stronger as a family as we worked our way through several challenges.
We also made some new friends like Fabian, our guide and his son, Juan Carlos; our horsemen, the Condori brothers; our cook, German; and the musically-talented David. We learned from them and they learned from us. The language and age barrier were inexistent, as we discussed issues concerning daily life, Peruvian history, Andean traditions and even popular culture. It was as if we were all speaking one language - the language of compassion. Whenever we couldn´t communicate through Spanish, a smile, a tap or a laugh were enough to understand each other.
The trek provided me with so much knowledge and wisdom. My brain and my heart are now bigger - my brain from all that I have learned about glaciers and Andean culture and my heart for the new friendships I made. The trip might be over but I will forever cherish the images of the clear blue glacial lakes, the wild llamas roaming, the endless valleys and the majestic Mt. Ausangate.
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A Trek, and So Much More

Ihna Mangundayao,Peru: Sacred Mountains 4 week, Summer 2011

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"Paras chayay, paras chayay Tinkuna chanchi paraschapi…" Days later, the lyrics of Quechua song remain in my head. The sounds of the trek are still fresh, as if it was just a few hours ago that we were there, trekkng around Mt. Ausangate: Fabian playing the flute, the swoosh of the rivers and streams swiftly […]

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07/25/11

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Ihna Mangundayao

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