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(Sorry this post is way overdue)
I am Isabel Aptman but normally go by Izzy. I am finishing up my sophomore year of high school and live in New York City. I have spent a lot of time travelling with my family, and after this trip, I will have visited almost 30 countries. Though I have travelled a lot, I have never spent more than 2 weeks in a country and never been more than a tourist with a camera, so this trip will be a new experience for me.

When I’m not consumed with academics, I like to sleep, eat, and exercise. I play varsity field hockey and varsity lacrosse for my school and I am also really into biking. At my school, I am a member of JCC club, one of the leaders of the community service organization, and run the pen pal/Skype relationship between my school and a school in South Africa. I also like spending my time volunteering at The GO Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving extra classroom time and individual tutoring to children from underprivileged areas in NYC.

I am so beyond excited for this trip and to meet everyone. I would say the thing I am most anxious about is the homestays and nervous viewing the miniscule packing list. I am a notorious over-packer, and the packing list frightens me.

Other than the scary packing list, I am so excited to go an adventure to somewhere new. I have been to Asia once before when I went on a trip to Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, but I have no exposure to Myanmar. I can’t wait to meet you all in California in 14 days, and begin our adventure!!!
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Isabel Aptman ,Burma Summer 4-week

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Hey Everyone! (Sorry this post is way overdue) I am Isabel Aptman but normally go by Izzy. I am finishing up my sophomore year of high school and live in New York City. I have spent a lot of time travelling with my family, and after this trip, I will have visited almost 30 countries. […]

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06/16/13

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Isabel Aptman

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    [post_content] => Hello travelers! Along with the rest of your instructor team, I'm in the beautiful Sierras, where Dragons instructors from all over the world are currently converging. Just wanted to chime in on Kara's last yak and touch on a couple more questions that some of you had on our introductory phone calls.

Footwear - We recommend you bring one pair of decent hiking shoes and one pair of sandals or flip flops that can be easily aired out, put on and taken off. You won't want to wear shoes and socks in the rain if you don't have to - sandals are usually more comfortable when not hiking. Bear in mind that people never wear footwear indoors in Myanmar, so you don't want shoes that you have to wrestle with every time you visit someone's house. Break all footwear in as much as possible before departure!

Sleeping bags - No need to bring sleeping bags or pads. Everywhere we go, bedding will be provided.

Gifts - Gifts are a very common way to show appreciation in Myanmar. If you can find a few small, lightweight trinkets to gift to your host family and other new friends, feel free to bring them as long as they don't weigh you down at all.

See you very soon!

Jess
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Gearing up to get going!

Jessica Olney,Burma Summer 4-week

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Hello travelers! Along with the rest of your instructor team, I’m in the beautiful Sierras, where Dragons instructors from all over the world are currently converging. Just wanted to chime in on Kara’s last yak and touch on a couple more questions that some of you had on our introductory phone calls. Footwear – We […]

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06/16/13

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Jessica Olney

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Greetings All! It has been a great pleasure, and incredibly exciting(!), to read all of your introductions. It is a wonderful to get a sense of who you are and what has led you to this Dragons course in Myanmar this summer. For those of you who haven't had a chance to post please do! We look forward to hearing from each and every one of you. As June winds to a close and our departure date draws nearer your I-team just wanted to give a heads up on a few things. Packing: We will be touching down in Myanmar in the middle of monsoon season. Come prepared to get wet! Don’t plan on bringing any clothes you wouldn’t feel comfortable taking a bath in, and that includes footwear. Quick dry clothing/towels/socks etc. is advisable given the humidity and our busy schedule and modesty is important. Don’t be the lone traveler in the soggy t-shirt, low cut top or inappropriately short shorts! Finally, be mindful not to over pack. We will be making a special trip to the market to outfit everyone in longyi/pasoe, beautiful sarongs that are commonly worn across Myanmar and are the clothing of choice when visiting pagodas, monasteries and meditation centres. Health: The most common health complaints among travelers visiting new countries/communities for the first time are stomach issues. There are many natural ways you can strengthen your digestion and intestinal health. Ask a health professional for suggestions on what you can do to prepare yourself. Phones/ipods: You are about to embark on a powerful learning adventure. Come prepared to be present! Leave your phones and ipods at home and dive into the summer ready to explore and go deep. If you need to phone home at any point during our journey your instructors will assist you. Parents and friends, if you need to contact your loved one please call Dragons main office in Boulder and Admin will advise you on the easiest and quickest way to reach us. Cameras: Remember – monsoon season! If you plan on bringing expensive camera equipment with you keep in mind that we will be trekking, traveling in open-air trucks and generally navigating a tropical country in the rain. There is a risk that your equipment may get wet. Prepare accordingly. Bring a dry back or whatever you need to keep you equipment safe. Communication: This Thursday, June 13th your Instructor Team is departing for the Sierras for Dragons Staff Orientation. We will be camping up until June 26th and will have only periodic access to Internet and phone networks. If you need to get in touch with us please email us at any of the following addresses and we will respond as soon as we can. You can also try reaching us on Adrian’s mobile phone: 781-296-7823 Self-care: This summer is going to be intense and likely one of the most powerful learning experiences of your life. Enjoy these last few weeks with your family and friends, eat well, rest up and build your excitement. The adventure is about to begin! Looking forward to meeting you all soon. Adrian, Jess, Kara & Khine Thet Tun Myanmar 2013 – Instructor Team [post_title] => The Road to Mandalay - the adventure begins! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => the-road-to-mandalay-the-adventure-begins [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-15 08:18:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-15 14:18:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=86106 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 229 [name] => Burma Summer 4-week [slug] => burma-summer-4-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 229 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 62 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 229 [category_count] => 62 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Burma Summer 4-week [category_nicename] => burma-summer-4-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/burma-summer-4-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Burma Summer 4-week )

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The Road to Mandalay – the adventure begins!

Kara Wong,Burma Summer 4-week

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Greetings All! It has been a great pleasure, and incredibly exciting(!), to read all of your introductions. It is a wonderful to get a sense of who you are and what has led you to this Dragons course in Myanmar this summer. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to post please do! […]

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06/15/13

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Kara Wong

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I'm fascinated by Burma's rich history and the interesting issues that we will be exploring. This quote by Wendell Berry pretty much sums up my feelings about this trip:

“Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is the ancient fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into.”

This fear of the Unknown doesn't scare me away from trips like these, especially since I know that I won't be truly alone. To be honest I haven't done hours and hours of reading about Burma, but I've watched several documentaries and will have many opportunities to do more research these next two weeks.   I really  love clothes and am known to be a severe over-packer, so it would be really helpful to know how much stuff everyone is bringing! I'm super excited to meet all of you and I hope that we all have an unforgettable experience next month. :)   Also I'm super hard to find on Facebook but if anybody wants to talk to me feel free to email me. (Kakifernandez97@gmail.com). [post_title] => Yak [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => yak-3 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-12 12:28:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-12 18:28:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=86066 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 229 [name] => Burma Summer 4-week [slug] => burma-summer-4-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 229 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 62 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 229 [category_count] => 62 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Burma Summer 4-week [category_nicename] => burma-summer-4-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/burma-summer-4-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Burma Summer 4-week )

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Claudia Fernandez,Burma Summer 4-week

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06/12/13

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Claudia Fernandez

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    [post_content] => Greetings All!
I echo Jess' excitement. June already!? Wha?

As our departure date draws nearer I am sure your excitement is only rising. No doubt there is a little nervousness mixed in. New country, new friends, new language, new challenges...

To both whet your excitement and quell your nerves I wanted to share this link to my all time favourite event in Yangon - the Yangon Photo Festival! The festival is an incredible initiative that offers Myanmar youth the chance to tell a story (their story, Myanmar's stories, any story) using photography. When you have a moment, browse through these powerful photo essays. They are a beautiful, visual introduction to the spirit and people of Myanmar. So captivating! So inspiring!

http://www.yangonphoto.com/photo-stories/

If any of you are interested in photography and would like to explore it as a potential ISP topic let us know! We can try and link you up with some interesting photographers and art activists during our travels. Photography not your thing? No worries. Myanmar provides a wealth of rich and interesting topics to explore.

Counting down they days will we rendezvous in LA.

kara
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Kara,Burma Summer 4-week

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Greetings All! I echo Jess’ excitement. June already!? Wha? As our departure date draws nearer I am sure your excitement is only rising. No doubt there is a little nervousness mixed in. New country, new friends, new language, new challenges… To both whet your excitement and quell your nerves I wanted to share this link […]

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06/10/13

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Kara

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    [post_content] => Dear Dragons Students & Parents 2013,

Your journey is right around the corner! This note is full of important reminders. Please take the time to thoroughly read this letter detailing your final departure instructions, as well as your Course Preparation Manual and Parent Support Kit.

And some advice: you may have heard about Where There Be Dragons from others. If possible, set aside those predictions and descriptions. The experience varies from person to person, and from journey to journey. We have never had a group like yours. So, please, allow yourself to be known. Getting to that point may require some courage. We all have our own ways of letting ourselves be known: some will plunge right in, energized by the group experience; others will be more comfortable listening and getting to know others one-on-one. Discovering the best ways of letting others know you will be an important part of your adventure. For now, take the time to relax, read through this letter, and get prepared. We can’t wait to meet you.

Final Departure Instructions: Burma

I. Pre-Departure Checklist

The checklist below details all final pre-departure steps. Please submit your forms and paperwork as soon as possible. Our summer staff will be out of the office from June 16th-28th at Instructor Orientation. It will likely take course-specific Program Directors a few days to respond to pre-course questions during this time. Any planning/packing that you can accomplish now will help you, and it will help us too. The Yak board is also a great forum to post any pre-course questions that you may have.

 Submit your final domestic flight itinerary, including:
 Airline
 Flight Number
 Arrival Date
 Arrival Time

Information may be submitted via:
 My Dragons: http://mydragons.wheretherebedragons.com/my.php
 Fax: 303-413-0857
 E-mail: info@wheretherebedragons.com.

If you are unable to submit this information via one of the methods suggested above, please call the office and ask for Shannon, 303.413.0822.

 Review the Packing List
The Course Preparation Manual sent to your home in hard copy, or available as a PDF on MyDragons, details all clothing/equipment required for your trip. If you have a question, please call the Boulder Office or post your question on the Yak board. Other students will likely appreciate the response as well.

Important Details.
 CARRY YOUR PASSPORT ON YOU. Also, please make sure you have 3 photocopies of your passport (front page only) packed separately in both your checked and carry-on baggage. Your instructors will hold onto one copy on course; you will be responsible for the other two.
 Pack your Lonely Planet guide book, Phrasebook and Course Reader (unless otherwise directed by your instructors). Some groups of students may receive these course materials when they meet the group. If you have any questions, please call the Boulder Office, 303.413.0822.
 We generally recommend students bring cash or a VISA card (Visa is the only card that will work) with access to $50-$75 a week for the duration of the trip. Please do NOT bring Traveler’s Checks. For more details on the specifics of your program packing list, please refer to your Course Preparation Manual.
 We also recommend that students bring a couple photos from home or small gifts to share with their home-stay families and future friends.
 Visit Dragons’ Yak board to double check for last-minute packing instructions/advice from your instructors. The Yak board can be accessed at, http://wheretherebedragons.com/yak-yak/

 Review the Parent Support Kit. Parents, please take a moment to review the Parent Support Kit prior to program departure. This document was mailed in hard copy to your home in a pre-course “Welcome Box”; it can also be found online on your child’s MyDragons account. This document contains an overview of your child’s Dragons experience, a flow chart of your role and relationship to Dragons, detailed information on family expectations regarding student communication, advice from past parents, and FAQs.

 Review Dragons’ Drugs and Alcohol Policy
 In short, the use of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited on all Dragons programs. Dragons’ insurance policies, including our evacuation and medical coverage, will not honor claims if drugs and/or alcohol are involved. We cannot accept the risks presented by students’ consumption of drugs and/or alcohol and will terminate a student’s participation if drugs and/or alcohol are consumed at any time during the program, from arrival at the student’s international point of departure to his/her return to the international point of arrival at the end of the program. If a student is asked to return home under these circumstances, the student and his or her family will be responsible for all costs incurred by the student’s early departure, which will likely include a new plane ticket and all logistics required to safely return the student home.

 Review Connecting Travel Instructions
 Read through the remainder of this document with your child. Review all travel steps and make sure that he or she clearly understands the steps required to meet the rest of the group.

II. Day of Departure
 Carry your passport with you.
 Locate the wallet-sized info card with connecting travel instructions and pack it with your passport/boarding pass so that the information is easily accessible.
 Wear your Dragons T-shirt for easy identification! Dragons staff can also be identified by their Dragons t-shirts.

III. Connecting with Your Dragons Group

For Students arriving by Air:
When you arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, please proceed to Baggage Claim and gather your bags. Once you have retrieved your bags, please go outside and waiting under the red sign for Off-Airport Shuttles to Hotels. Board the Hacienda Shuttle bus to the Hacienda Hotel. Your Dragons instructors and fellow group members will be waiting for you on the other end, wearing their Dragons T-shirts. Should you have trouble locating the group, please call our central Boulder office at, 303.413.0822. We will be on call to help you connect with the group.

For Students arriving by Car:
Please meet your group at the Hacienda Hotel, located at 525 North Sepulveda Boulevard, at 12pm on June 28th. Your instructors and fellow group members will meet you in the hotel lobby at 12pm, wearing Dragons T-shirts. Should you have trouble locating the rest of the group, please call our central Boulder office at 303.413.0822. We will be on call to help you and your family connect with the group.

Should you have any other problems on the day of travel, such as flight delays or cancellations, please call the Dragons office at 800-982-9203 or 303-413-0822 ext 30. The Dragons Admin team will in regular contact with instructors and will be in touch with you as quickly as possible.

IV. After Program Departure

I. Communicating with your Child in the Field
i. The Yak board
Each Dragons group has a dedicated Yak board located on our website. Instructors and students will post notes from the field on their course-specific Yak board throughout the course. While instructors frequently encourage students to ‘Yak’, the course itinerary and/or poor internet connections (while out on trek, in rural homestay villages etc.) may intermittently limit communication. In that vein, we ask for your continued patience and dedicated readership over the course of the summer. We expect news from each program every three days, unless otherwise noted by instructors. To read group updates, click on the Yak Yak button, located on our homepage, or follow the link below:
http://wheretherebedragons.com/yak-yak/

ii. Direct Student Communication
Dragons students will have fairly regular access to telephones and to e-mail. Per the notes in your Course Preparation Manual and Parent Support Kit.

II. Note on Program Itinerary
A basic part of Dragons pedagogy is to maintain flexible and dynamic itineraries so that students and instructors can take advantage of special opportunities that come along, and when necessary, respond to varying levels of group fitness, health and group safety. Program itineraries, though fairly well mapped out, will change throughout the course of the program. If you are following the course itinerary, please refer to the Yak board for any deviations from the proposed itinerary. All updates from the field will be posted here.

III. Emergency Response Protocol
i. Dragons Administrative staff will be on-call 24/7 to respond to emergencies or evacuation needs form the field. Our overseas taff will be able to contact Dragons US staff at all hours. Parents seeking emergency assistance are asked to contact our office. If no one is available, or if you call outside of regular office hours (8:30-5:30 MST), please leave a message at ext. 30 and we will return your call as soon as possible.

To Call Dragons Office: 303-413-0822 / 800-982-9203 x 30
To E-mail Dragons Office: info@wheretherebedragons.com

ii. If parents intend to travel during the program, please email or fax us a copy of your itinerary with phone numbers for emergency contact. Our fax # is 303-413-0857. Please also note that if you are overseas, you will not be able to use our #800. From overseas call 001-303-413-0822.

Parents, thank you for the support you've given your child in making this opportunity available. Students, thank you for stepping out and joining us; we’re so excited to meet you in person!

Best,

Susie Rinehart
Director
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Airport & Arrival Details

Boulder Administration,Burma Summer 4-week

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Dear Dragons Students & Parents 2013, Your journey is right around the corner! This note is full of important reminders. Please take the time to thoroughly read this letter detailing your final departure instructions, as well as your Course Preparation Manual and Parent Support Kit. And some advice: you may have heard about Where There […]

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06/7/13

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Boulder Administration

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Camera

Natalie Rice,Burma Summer 4-week

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Okay so if we want to bring a professional camera to take nice pictures what do you recommend bringing it in or is it just a bad idea altogether to bring a nice camera. What do people usually bring on the trip to take pictures and are they ever damaged/stolen?

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06/7/13

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Natalie Rice

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Hey guys! Wow, it's June - everything gets started THIS month! It's so exciting to read all of your introductions. What a diverse, lively group we will have! Many thanks to the fabulous Kara for posting the itinerary. She's been working hard on it and we are confident that it features some of the best that Myanmar has to offer. As take-off draws near, we want you to be able to get in touch with us should you or your family have any questions as you prepare for the trip. I am currently visiting family and friends in the states - I'm not here often and don't have a U.S. phone number, so the best way to get in touch is to email me at jessica.olney.1@gmail.com. I'll do my best to help you get ready. [post_title] => It's getting closer! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => its-getting-closer [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-04 15:07:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-04 21:07:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=85502 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 229 [name] => Burma Summer 4-week [slug] => burma-summer-4-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 229 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 62 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 229 [category_count] => 62 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Burma Summer 4-week [category_nicename] => burma-summer-4-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/burma-summer-4-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Burma Summer 4-week )

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It’s getting closer!

Jessica Olney,Burma Summer 4-week

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Hey guys! Wow, it’s June – everything gets started THIS month! It’s so exciting to read all of your introductions. What a diverse, lively group we will have! Many thanks to the fabulous Kara for posting the itinerary. She’s been working hard on it and we are confident that it features some of the best […]

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06/4/13

Author

Jessica Olney

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Hey guys, what's up! My name is Naren Sareday, and I'm from San Jose, Calfornia. At the moment, I'm a Junior in High School (Class of 2014). A bit of background information about me, I'm originally from India. I lived there until I was 9, at which point I moved to the United States. Sadly, I don't speak my native language fluently, and consider myself more of an American than Indian. I don't do any sports, but I'm still very physically active. I bike and go to the gym. The most exotic places I've been to, are Singapore, which is very urban, and the more rural parts of India, which are more like Burma. My favorite activities are gaming (PS3 and a DS), reading and not sleeping (they go hand in hand) Right now, I'm finishing up the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I'm part of my school's Tech Theather department, which is basically behind-the-scenes kind of stuff, and I'm also joining the school paper next year, so hopefully Burma will inspire me to write something meaningful. Anyway, I can't wait to go to Burma this summer! I'll see you guys in LA! Feel free to MySpace me!  (Just kidding, no one does that anymore)   [post_title] => Hey! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => hey-23 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-03 11:25:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-03 17:25:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=85448 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 229 [name] => Burma Summer 4-week [slug] => burma-summer-4-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 229 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 62 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 229 [category_count] => 62 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Burma Summer 4-week [category_nicename] => burma-summer-4-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/burma-summer-4-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Burma Summer 4-week )

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Hey!

Naren Sareday,Burma Summer 4-week

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Hey guys, what’s up! My name is Naren Sareday, and I’m from San Jose, Calfornia. At the moment, I’m a Junior in High School (Class of 2014). A bit of background information about me, I’m originally from India. I lived there until I was 9, at which point I moved to the United States. Sadly, […]

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06/3/13

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Naren Sareday

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Okay i'm not going to lie i'm pretty nervous for this trip but in that I'm so excited/scared kind of way. My name is Natalie Rice and I am from San Diego, CA. I am a junior but am already feeling like a senior due to early-onset senioritis. At school i started a club called Global Relief that does service projects all around San Diego but mostly focuses on tutoring refugees in El Cajon which is a low income community about 30 minutes away from where I live. It's something that I am really passionate about and am in the process of spreading it around to the San Diego district after getting multiple schools involved in the programs. At school I like eating and taking extended "bathroom breaks" that consist of leisurely walks down the hallways. I also like English I guess. When I am not being forced to take a standardized test or studying for a standardized test I like to sleep as I am sure all of you enjoy. But also like me I am sure you guys don't get enough and try to play catch-up on the weekends which never actually works because life just always seems to get in the way. But i digress. Other than sleep I like hanging out with my friends and all the typical things. When i am not doing any of the above I am most likely doing yoga or soccer. I have been playing soccer for 13 years now so that is my first passion but I am also super into yoga so I am really excited about learning Buddhism and visiting with the monks. They seem like cool people. Soooo.......what else. Lets see travel wise i am not as experienced as the girl below me but i have had cultural adventures. I went to Japan in like 7th gradeish which got me really into geishas but that faded away fast just because i lose interest in things fast and because they have too much powder on their face. other than that i have only been to Mexico and done that whole typical American trip. this will be my first authentic trip living as a native. I'm not used to this whole backpacking thing but am really excited to be put out of my comfort zone and try something new. I am excited to see how other people live and am really looking forward to the service projects because i am such a hands on learner and it just sounds really cool. both of my older sisters have done a dragon trip over the summer (one to Guatemala and one to Peru) and they both loved it so much that it has now become a family tradition to ship away the children every summer. they have both told me stories of their experiences and they get so excited when they recount on their journeys, travels, and memories made during those times which makes me even more excited for this trip. i look forward to meeting all of you guys and cant wait to DO THIS THING! [post_title] => hihihi [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => hihihi [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-03 11:24:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-03 17:24:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=85434 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 229 [name] => Burma Summer 4-week [slug] => burma-summer-4-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 229 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 62 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 229 [category_count] => 62 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Burma Summer 4-week [category_nicename] => burma-summer-4-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/burma-summer-4-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Burma Summer 4-week )
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hihihi

Natalie Rice,Burma Summer 4-week

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Okay i’m not going to lie i’m pretty nervous for this trip but in that I’m so excited/scared kind of way. My name is Natalie Rice and I am from San Diego, CA. I am a junior but am already feeling like a senior due to early-onset senioritis. At school i started a club called […]

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06/3/13

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Natalie Rice

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