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Greetings from the La Paz airport!

I can´t believe the trip is over already, it was such a wonderful adventure. We had a wonderful day yesterday exploring the city and buying gifts to share with friends and family back home. The students are so excited to share their experiences!

It was an early morning today (we left the hostel at 3.30 to get to the airport in time), but Iwanted to let you know that the students are on their way home! They are all healthy, happy, and looking forward to seeing their families, friends, and pets.

Thanks for an amazing trip Nueva, we will miss you! Hasta pronto!!

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Buen Viaje

Emy Gelb,Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012

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Greetings from the La Paz airport! I can´t believe the trip is over already, it was such a wonderful adventure. We had a wonderful day yesterday exploring the city and buying gifts to share with friends and family back home. The students are so excited to share their experiences! It was an early morning today […]

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07/4/12

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Emy Gelb

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¨The sovereign freedom of traveling comes from the fact that it whirls you around and turns you upside down, and stands everything you took for granted on its head... The first lesson we learn on the road, whether we like it or not, is how provisional and provincial are the things we imagine to be universal [normal]. When you go to North Korea, for example, you really do feels as if you´ve landed on a different planet -- and the North Koreans doubtless feel that they´re being visted by an extra terrestrial, too (or they simply assume that you, as they do, receive orders every morning from the Central Commitee on what clothes to wear, and what route to use when walking to work, and you, as they do, have loud speakers in your bedroom broadcasting propaganda every morning at dawn, and you, as they do, have your radios fixed so they can recieve only a single channel).¨

- Pico Iyer


Normal - a word that cannot be defined universally. There is really no such thing as normal. What we call normal is shaped by our daily expierces and culture. Normal is defined but what we see, hear, and do everyday of our lives. What may be normal to an American, is most likely completely strange to a North Korean. We travel to redefine our personal idea of what is normal. And by traveling, we can redefine what the locals think is normal. Normal is something that is constantly changing. Anything can be normal to someone, somewhere, even if it may not appear so to us. We travel to learn all the different types of normal, and how effectivly there really is no normal.

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Why We Travel

Morgan, Sam B, Shreya, Elena, and Lina,Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012

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¨The sovereign freedom of traveling comes from the fact that it whirls you around and turns you upside down, and stands everything you took for granted on its head… The first lesson we learn on the road, whether we like it or not, is how provisional and provincial are the things we imagine to be […]

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07/3/12

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Morgan, Sam B, Shreya, Elena, and Lina

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For this assignment, we have chosen to relate to the following quote:

"I remember in fact, after my first trips to south-east asia, more than a decade ago, how I would come back to my appartment in New York, and lie in my bed, kept by something more than just jet lag playing back in my memory over and over all that I had experienced, and pageing whistfully through my photographs, and reading and rereading my diary, as if to extract some mystery from them. Anyone whitnessing ths strange scene would have drawn the right conclusion: I was in love."

-- Pico Iyer

We when reading this quote, we were all struck by the truth of this statment, thought not in the context written above. We found ourselves in the same position thought sprawled on our beds in Santiago de Okola. We thought it immensely helpfull to reflect on our experiences in the shorter term; flipping through our photos and reading our journals directly after our experiences allowed us to savor the moment in a more complete way. Instead of just reflecting at the end of the trip, we think that we can reflect more clearly still surrounded by that experience. Though we know we will have the above experience word for word when wy reach our own beds, for now we feel ever closer to our experiences if we reflect on them while our memories are still fresh.


Sam M, Maya, and Olivia

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Refelction on Pico Iyer Article

Sam M, Maya, and Olivia,Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012

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For this assignment, we have chosen to relate to the following quote: "I remember in fact, after my first trips to south-east asia, more than a decade ago, how I would come back to my appartment in New York, and lie in my bed, kept by something more than just jet lag playing back in […]

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07/3/12

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Sam M, Maya, and Olivia

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Here is our haiku:

Our 12 hour flight

To Bolivia and back

We help the people

We are having a great time! Thanks for everything to our instructors!

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Our haiku

Elena Gray, Kevin Penner, and Sam Beames,Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012

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Here is our haiku: Our 12 hour flight To Bolivia and back We help the people We are having a great time! Thanks for everything to our instructors!

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06/24/12

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Elena Gray, Kevin Penner, and Sam Beames

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Haiku 1:

We are having fun

We are in Bolivia

We love this country

Haiku 2:

¡Bienvenidos!

Bolivia es muy bien

Estamos feliz.

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Olivia Morgan George Haiku

Olivia Morgan George,Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012

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Haiku 1: We are having fun We are in Bolivia We love this country Haiku 2: ¡Bienvenidos! Bolivia es muy bien Estamos feliz.

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06/24/12

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Olivia Morgan George

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We are in Bolivia

Machete-ing coca fields

We enjoy culture

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Hi from Tim and Shreya and Sam

Tim Isaacs,Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012

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We are in Bolivia Machete-ing coca fields We enjoy culture

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06/24/12

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Tim Isaacs

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Hello to all, first of all sorry for not posting a yak before, but there was a shortage of electricity in the town we are at. Everything is going well, we are at Coroico at the moment (the yungas) in a nice spot surrounded by trees and nature.

Yesterday we visited the community of Tocana, where we spent time with the local families and went to help them at their coca fields, really interesting day and all the crew had lots of fun.

Tomorrow we will be heading back to La Paz for a couple of days, so we will have more access to internet.

We will be in touch and we will be posting pictures soon

cheers from the field

Francisco

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travel update

francisco seminario,Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012

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Hello to all, first of all sorry for not posting a yak before, but there was a shortage of electricity in the town we are at. Everything is going well, we are at Coroico at the moment (the yungas) in a nice spot surrounded by trees and nature. Yesterday we visited the community of Tocana, […]

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06/24/12

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francisco seminario

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PACKING

--Gina wants to be sure you are prepared for the cold and altitude. We've talked about it before, but don't forget to pack those puffy down jackets, fleeces, and hats/gloves. Also, the sun is strong when you are at a high elevation' don't forget your sun hats and sunscreen.

--It turns out warm sleeping bags might not be a bad thing to have for our night in El Alto with the theater collective. Don't go out to buy one, there will be blankets, but if a majority of our group has bags she said that will just make everything easier.

--Building the pier might mean our feet get wet. If you have a pair of water shoes or old sneakers, bring them. If not, we'll just find a different job for you.

--We won't have electricity at our homestay, so do bring an extra camera battery.

--Emy and Gina will be meeting us at SFO and would really appreciate it if you could wear your Dragon's t-shirt for our travel day so they can get to know you quickly. (Olivia and Shama, I've got yours.)

--We might have a chance to meet with the author of this recent TIme World article about the dark side of Quinoa. Print a copy and bring it in your daypack for plane reading. This New York Times Opinionator article summarizes the political history of Bolivia of in about a page, providing nice context for our trip. Bring it too!


MONEY and VISAS

--Just a reminder that you need three passport pictures (American Airlines is the one who will check for these in Miami) and $135 in an envelope with your name on it for the visa. Please give this to Shama at the airport.

--It turns out the Bolivian banks don't like old, wrinkly bills, or cash with a serial number beginning with CB. (Oh, the details!) Please bring crisp, new-as-possible bills for both your visa fee and spending money. Again, $20s are best.

--No need for the credit card Dragon's mentions in the packet.


HEALTH, SAFETY, and BUREAUCRACY

--If you have not yet submitted your medical form for Dragons, please do so immediately.

--Right now, I only have yellow fever vaccine information (card and/or waiver) from: Ella, Matt, Arden, Sam B, Maya, Zoe, Lina, and Elena.

Just in case we run into a stickler official, we do need documentation for each traveller. If you have not taken care of this, please do so immediately and bring the paperwork with you to the airport paper clipped to your passport. I went to the Adult Immunization and Travel Clinic in the city and they gave me a bilingual waiver AND official yellow fever certification card. Great people there.

--If you are taking Diamox, remember you need to begin the course a day or two ahead of travel. Please bring the Rx to the airport and hand it to Shama with a note about time the last dose was taken so we can keep everyone on track. All other daily prescriptions should be kept in your carry-on and will be collected once we land.

--A couple of people have emailed to say they have purchased steripens. Thank you! We could still use one or two more for a group of our size. I'll also be bringing the inexpensive two-step chlorine drops sold at REI as a back up as well. [post_title] => Packing Reminders [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => packing-reminders [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-06-20 00:00:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 1970-01-01 00:00:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://yakyak.chandigarhsoftware.com/?p=41273 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 308 [name] => Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012 [slug] => nueva-school-bolivia-custom-summer-2012 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 308 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 252 [count] => 12 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 15.1 [cat_ID] => 308 [category_count] => 12 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012 [category_nicename] => nueva-school-bolivia-custom-summer-2012 [category_parent] => 252 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2012/nueva-school-bolivia-custom-summer-2012/ ) ) [category_links] => Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012 )

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Packing Reminders

Liza Raynal,Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012

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Updates and Reminders… PACKING –Gina wants to be sure you are prepared for the cold and altitude. We’ve talked about it before, but don’t forget to pack those puffy down jackets, fleeces, and hats/gloves. Also, the sun is strong when you are at a high elevation’ don’t forget your sun hats and sunscreen. –It turns […]

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06/20/12

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Liza Raynal

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Hola a todos, hope you are starting to feel this tremendous adventure we are going to begin. My name is Francisco, and this will be my 3rd Dragons course, but my first in Bolivia. My expertise is in Peru wereI was born and breed, but I have travelledaround South America a lot, sometimesleading tourists and sometimes just travelling around and connecting with people, and learning from everywhere and everything. This is what i like the most about travelling, to fulfill my curiosity and connect everything I see with my beloved Peru. This helps me understand some problems and issues we live as any south american country.

By the wayI love Bolivia because it is a brother country to Peru, both share lots of history and many common things, but just a little bit different.

At this part of my life this is a vacation for me, were I can stop thinking in my business (restaurant and ecolodge in Machupicchu town) and start to know you all, start to discuss life and how to make better this world we live in. And the best of all we will be living our lifes to a full extent, we will be travelling through amazing places with different cultures and ways of life, and amazing people with huge hearts, all this adventure will make us stronger and wiser.

Really excited to start reading about all of you, so we can start to know each other better.

Big hug to all of you

Francisco Seminario

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Hola a todos, bienvenidos a sudamerica

Francisco Seminario,Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012

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Hola a todos, hope you are starting to feel this tremendous adventure we are going to begin. My name is Francisco, and this will be my 3rd Dragons course, but my first in Bolivia. My expertise is in Peru wereI was born and breed, but I have travelledaround South America a lot, sometimesleading tourists and […]

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06/5/12

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Francisco Seminario

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New New.

What an appropriate name for a school.

What an appropriate beginning for a journey.

We begin with an acknowledgement of the new and the unknown.

Yes.

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Hola queridos estudiantes, viajeros, amigos, compañeros!

My name is Gina and I will be one of three instructors for the Nueva course in Bolivia. New course. New school. New group. New journey. New friends. New possibilities. New things to learn, to know, to breathe, to experience, to carry. Whoa. This is pretty exciting. So many new things. When was Bolivia first new for me? When did I first begin this journey, this multi-year love affair with a country in the heart of South America? I began my relationship with Bolivia in January 2007 when I stepped off of the airplane in El Alto as a scared, wide-eyed Peace Corps volunteer. At that point it was all new to me. I remember staring out the windows of the airport and seeing ladies with their big puffy skirts and tiny black bowler hats balanced precariously atop heads adorned with long black braids and thinking...Actually I think I was too overwhelmed to even begin forming questions. All I could think was, "I am here." And I was. Completely, utterly, comprehensively, I had jumped in, and there was no turning back. So my journey began. I lived in Bolivia for almost two years, lived for another year as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador, returned home for three months (just long enough to apply to graduate school), and then returned to Bolivia to lead three consecutive Andes and Amazon semesters with Where There Be Dragons.

How had I even decided to even begin the journey south? Starting points are so hard to define. After college I had worked as a teacher/naturalist at an outdoor education camp in the north bay (yes, my little friends, I am San Francisco born and bred) and then worked as a crew leader with the Montana Conservation Corps. Somewhere along the way one of my bosses shouted out at me, "Hey Gina! Did 'ya ever think of joining the Peace Corps?!" And I thought, "Huh. That's not a bad idea. OK, I'll do it." Really, I had no idea what I was getting into. I had no idea where this simple decision would carry me.

And these days? These days I amuse myself by being a masters student studying Agronomy (agronomy basically means farming) and Environment and Resources at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Most mornings you can find me driving my lab's big red truck to the agricultural research plots where my professor has his experiments. I drive with one arm out the window, listening to classic rock, calmly checking the state of the corn in the fields that I whizz past. Some days we harvest forages. Other days I get to drive the big John Deer mower. Other days we weed, weed, weed. I have fallen into a rhythm with it. However, there are days when driving through the midwest it truly hits me, "This is just as foreign and exotic as anything else I've ever done or experienced." I am a city kid from San Francisco studying forages and cover crops in the heart of America's flatlands. I drive a big red truck and think about corn. And the most ridiculous part is that I am studying agronomy because of questions and interests developed while in Bolivia. The connections and interconnections we make in life are truly astounding.

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Henry Miller writes, "All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience." Friends, we have the opportunity this summer to travel together through the majestic beauty that is Bolivia. We get to move as humble guests through a land graced with some of the most stunning mountains, some of the most wild jungles, and some of the most staggeringly unjust histories in the world. If we tread lightly, if we remember to always acknowledge that every bit of our experience will be new to us, then we have the opportunity to learn, to be filled, with everything that Bolivia can teach us about our place in this world. We have an opportunity to learn not only with our heads and our logic, but also with our hearts and our emotions, and our bodies and our physical experiences. We get to learn both as individuals and collectively as a traveling community. And then we get to take everything we learn back home with us.

This is the beginning friends. And it is oh so very exciting.

As we progress towards time for take off, please keep checking the yak board. We will post news or advice as needed. If you have any questions, feel free to post a yak or to email any of us directly. We instructors are at your service (the only silly question is the unasked one). And please also post a little tidbit about yourself. We would love to start learning a little bit about y'all, who you are and what brought you here.

We get to travel through Bolivia together.

Yes.



Un abrazo,

Gina
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Nueva Nueva

Gina,Nueva School - Bolivia custom, Summer 2012

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Nueva Nueva. New New. What an appropriate name for a school. What an appropriate beginning for a journey. We begin with an acknowledgement of the new and the unknown. Yes. — Hola queridos estudiantes, viajeros, amigos, compañeros! My name is Gina and I will be one of three instructors for the Nueva course in Bolivia. […]

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