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    [post_content] => A rooster crows. The pig outside my house snuffles. I open my eyes and sleepily glance at my watch.
5:14 AM.
I lie on the bamboo floor for a few more minutes then step outside, onto the porch of the house I'll be living in for the next three days. Two floors. The first is the buffalo's home. The second belongs to the people and the cats. On the porch, a narrow, charmingly rickety affair, I hear the snapping noise of a fire and follow my ears. A lean-to, somehow built into the second floor of my bamboo dwelling, houses a motley assortment of pans, kittens and my host father.
We sat in silence for a while, the bleary eyed American boy and the already alert Burmese farmer. Then he got up and I followed, for no particular reason other than that there was nothing better to do at 5:45 in the morning in the middle of the Shan State, an agrarian province of Burma. Together we walk down the ladder-like steps to slip into our flip flops and meander around the house to where 450 of water buffalo is waiting.
"Twe," my father says, pointing at the buffalo. Together the two of us and the twe make our way through two alleys, crossing the width of the village in the process, and begin making our way over the ridges that seperate the terraced rice paddies, lines of green on a brown canvas.
I only fell in to the shin deep mud on either side of us once.
Once we had crossed the dip in the landscape that the rice paddies filled, I stood to the side and watched my father draw the machete at his hip and hammer the bamboo stake at the end of the buffalo's line into the ground. Then we stood back and let the buffalo graze as we watched the mists melt off of the Burmeseh hills.
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Burmese Mornings

Owen Yager,Burma Summer 4-week

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A rooster crows. The pig outside my house snuffles. I open my eyes and sleepily glance at my watch. 5:14 AM. I lie on the bamboo floor for a few more minutes then step outside, onto the porch of the house I’ll be living in for the next three days. Two floors. The first is […]

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07/11/13

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Owen Yager

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Quick Update

Naren V.Sareday,Burma Summer 4-week

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I’m alive and well. I might be purchasing some gifts to bring back home, since everything is cheap.

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07/11/13

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Naren V.Sareday

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    [post_content] => so after 3 days and 37 miles I am still alive. Beginning in Kalaw where we last updated from we have covered some of the most beautiful parts of Myanmar. looking back on the sights that we have seen and all that we have experienced in just 2 weeks makes me realize how lucky I am to be here. we had a homestay in Sin Le which was an amazing way to really interact with the people of Myanmar. The people here are so hospitable and often causes me to compare our society and the society that we are now surrounded by. the sights that we have seen are some that many people will never be able to experience which is sad but also makes these experiences that much more special. At the moment we are in Inle and it is the most beautiful place I have ever been. Although it has been impacted by tourism, this place is still able to retain the Burmese charm that we have experienced everywhere during our trip. tomorrow is an early morning because we are taking a 9 hour day bus back to Mandalay to continue our journey through Burma. I will continue to try to keep base!
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Mom I’m Still Alive

Natalie Rice,Burma Summer 4-week

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so after 3 days and 37 miles I am still alive. Beginning in Kalaw where we last updated from we have covered some of the most beautiful parts of Myanmar. looking back on the sights that we have seen and all that we have experienced in just 2 weeks makes me realize how lucky I […]

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07/11/13

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Natalie Rice

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Just posting a photo of the group from our trek to Inle Lake!

More photos to come.

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The Crew

Xenia Viragh,Burma Summer 4-week

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Just posting a photo of the group from our trek to Inle Lake! More photos to come.

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07/11/13

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Xenia Viragh

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This is a check in from Inle Lake. We have just finished our trek and homestays. Though physically challenging, the trek was beautiful. The homestays were awkward but so funny. We learned so much from our experiences living with people we could not communicate with. We are having an amazing time and are anticipating the fantastic adventures that lie in our near future.
xx
Shout out to our followers
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Greetings From Inle Lake

All the students,Burma Summer 4-week

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Hey! This is a check in from Inle Lake. We have just finished our trek and homestays. Though physically challenging, the trek was beautiful. The homestays were awkward but so funny. We learned so much from our experiences living with people we could not communicate with. We are having an amazing time and are anticipating […]

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07/10/13

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All the students

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    [post_content] => After our first full night of sleep in Myanmar, we are adventuring through the city of Kalaw in Shan state right now. We spent the past few days in Mandalay, and this is a nice respite from the heat. We are sitting in an internet cafe, and next to us is a Buddhist monk playing a video game. We certainly never thought we'd see that! We spent the day on a scavenger hunt around Kalaw, speaking with the locals and discovering the city on our own. Tomorrow, we will start our trek through Shan state, where we will stay with two different host families. From mosquito bites, to eight hour bus rides with Burmese karaoke, to using squat toilets, it has certainly been an adventure thus far. We are excited to see where we will go from here!
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Hello From Kalaw

Becky Eder, Natalie Rice, Naren Sareday,Burma Summer 4-week

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After our first full night of sleep in Myanmar, we are adventuring through the city of Kalaw in Shan state right now. We spent the past few days in Mandalay, and this is a nice respite from the heat. We are sitting in an internet cafe, and next to us is a Buddhist monk playing […]

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07/4/13

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Becky Eder, Natalie Rice, Naren Sareday

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    [post_content] => Our group is finishing up the 4 hour scavenger hunt challenge here in Kalaw, Myanmar. It has been a whole new experience trying to navigate a new city with few English speakers. Some of the objectives we've completed include getting the life story of the oldest person we could find, obtaining human hair (not our own), ordering our own lunch from the market and sharing stories with our small group, writing a postcard and mailing it home, and getting a bird's eye photo of beautiful Kalaw. When we first got the challenge we thought it would be extremely difficult, but after getting started we realized that the people here are so friendly that even though there is a language barrier we are still able to communicate and interact.
The land here is beautiful. To get our bird's eye view of the city we walked up to the top of a pagoda. From there we could see the whole city. From the mountains to the children playing on the soccer field to the bustle of the city market, the view was breathtaking.
Being here is teaching us all more about the world we live in and our place in it. We aren't just tourists, but travelers who are walking in the shoes of those we are living with here. It's only been a week and we already have lots of stories to tell when we get back. There is still much to experience though, and the journey has just begun!
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Mingalaba!!

Red Hot Chili Peppers (Izzy, Xenia, Nathan),Burma Summer 4-week

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Our group is finishing up the 4 hour scavenger hunt challenge here in Kalaw, Myanmar. It has been a whole new experience trying to navigate a new city with few English speakers. Some of the objectives we’ve completed include getting the life story of the oldest person we could find, obtaining human hair (not our […]

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07/4/13

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Red Hot Chili Peppers (Izzy, Xenia, Nathan)

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    [post_content] => Only four days into our Myanmar experience, and already--

A three day stay sleeping in the classrooms of a monastic school and meeting the abbott, a nationally renowned education leader. Acclimating our palates and sampling strange new foods at every meal. A spontaneous rooftop dance party under the setting sun. Pilgrimages to two different hilltop pagodas hundreds of stairs high. Learning to become quiet and still, and taking in the serene settings that surround us. A traditional dinner in the cozy home of a local friend's warm and welcoming family.

A night bus blasting Burmese karaoke through the wee hours as we wind up the lush green mountains of Shan. Becoming gradually accustomed to odd new takes on toileting. A scavenger hunt around the former British colonial outpost of Kalaw. Students bursting with enthusiasm and excitement for every new activity, grateful for this opportunity to unplug and reconnect.

All is well thus far, and tomorrow morning we head higher into the hills for a week of trekking and home stays. We will be off the grid until July 12, so please don't expect to hear from us until after that. There is some nervousness amongst students about the week ahead, in regards to the physical and cultural challenges we will encounter. Luckily, the rains are not too heavy at the moment and our local guide (Ko Harri Singh, a Punjabi-Myanmar friend with a wealth of cultural and ecological knowledge) reports that the villagers are eagerly awaiting our arrival. So we anticipate a smooth yet profound adventure.
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Into the green

Jessica Olney,Burma Summer 4-week, Focus of Inquiry, Rugged Travel

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Only four days into our Myanmar experience, and already– A three day stay sleeping in the classrooms of a monastic school and meeting the abbott, a nationally renowned education leader. Acclimating our palates and sampling strange new foods at every meal. A spontaneous rooftop dance party under the setting sun. Pilgrimages to two different hilltop […]

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07/4/13

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Jessica Olney

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scavenger hunt

Burmese Pythons (Claudia, Seba, Charlotte),Burma Summer 4-week

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We’re sitting in an internet cafe in Kalaw, a small town in the mountains, completing one of our scavenger hunt tasks. We’re half way done but we still have to find a human hair which is obviously difficult and awkward since no one really speaks much english. We leave tomorrow for the trek and homestay […]

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07/4/13

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Burmese Pythons (Claudia, Seba, Charlotte)

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We're now settled into our temporary home in Mandalay, Phaung Daw Oo Monastery and Monastic School. As we entered the tall gates, we were instantly surrounded by hundreds of novice monks, nuns and schoolchildren clamoring to nuzzle up and take our hands. Phaung Daw Oo is a school the size of a town, serving 6,000 students - nearly all of whom seemed to be reciting their day's lessons simultaneously at the moment of our arrival. The massive roar of children's high pitched, animated voices flowing out from the tall, wooden shuttered buildings filled us up as an overpowering welcome to this place.
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Entering the gate…

Jessica Olney,Burma Summer 4-week

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Over our 1.5 hour flight from Bangkok into Mandalay International Airport yesterday afternoon, the superhighways and skyscrapers of the Big Mango quickly gave way to new expanses as we descended over the rolling green Shan hills and finally, the sprawling desert and countless pagodas dotting the landscape of the central Myanmar dry zone – our […]

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07/2/13

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Jessica Olney

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