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    [post_content] => Dear China Comp, China Internship and Thailand Families,

China South Airline Flight 327 has just landed in LAX. The flight was delayed by 2 hours and students are just now going through customs with their instructors. We are going to try our best to rush everyone to their connecting gates, but it is likely that a few students will not make their domestic flights home.

Parents will have to help rebook flights, but please call me at 720-363-9661 if you need assistance getting in touch with your child. I am happy to help coordinate.

Best,

Eva

Boulder Administration
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2 hour flight delay

Eva Vanek,China Comprehensive 4-week, China Internship 4-week, Thailand Summer 4-week

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Dear China Comp, China Internship and Thailand Families, China South Airline Flight 327 has just landed in LAX. The flight was delayed by 2 hours and students are just now going through customs with their instructors. We are going to try our best to rush everyone to their connecting gates, but it is likely that […]

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    [post_content] => Internship program is boarding on the flight to Guangzhou and on our way home!

Safe travels! 一路平安,祝大家开心!

 
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On the way home!

Alyssa Li,China Internship 4-week

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Internship program is boarding on the flight to Guangzhou and on our way home! Safe travels! 一路平安,祝大家开心!  

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Alyssa Li

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    [post_content] => Dear China Intern Students & Families,
This weekend marks the end of our China Intern program and students will soon return home to share 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 delays.
We wish all students a great trip home. 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:
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The students are traveling home on the following China Southern Airlines flight:
Returning Flight:
July 28th, 2013
China Southern Airlines #3408
Depart: Kunming (KMG) 4:55pm
Arrive: Guangzhou (CAN) 6:40pm

July 28th, 2013
China Southern Airlines #327
Depart: Guangzhou (CAN) 9:30pm
Arrive: Los Angeles (LAX) 7:00pm
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Dragons Admin,China Internship 4-week

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Dear China Intern Students & Families, This weekend marks the end of our China Intern program and students will soon return home to share 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 […]

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Alyssa Li,China Internship 4-week

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So a few days ago (going to say four), we went to Shang-Gri-La.  It was supposed to be a 12 hour sleeper bus ride.  It inevitably stretched out to 20 hours.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.  I actually had a great time with my window seat enjoying the scenery (and the breeze)  as we sped through the country side.  However, 17 hours into our bus ride our bus broke down.  We had bumped into something on the country road and some car part, probably the combustionator (yeah ladies, I know cars),  broke down.  There was a large bang and a lot of smoke.  We all got out, got our bags, and got pretty muddy.

 

Also, a note to my parents: If I get any cavities from this trip don't blame me, blame sleeper buses.  I was hungry and had some Birthday Cake Oreos as a snack throughout the entire bus ride (these ones have sprinkles inside!!)

 

After lunch and a three hour van ride, we finally arrived.  Shang-Gri-La.  The Lost Paradise.  It was raining.  We made our way to the hotel and then immediately started shopping exploring the culture.  We had some Yak Butter Tea, some Tibetan Hot Pot, danced with the locals, and in general just explored a lot.

On our last day we went to the Tibetan Temple.  We experienced 30-foot golden Buddhas, the biggest giant prayer wheel in the world, and a deeper understanding of a new outlook in life.

When we made our way around the temple, the bald-headed monks chanting a mantra, I felt calmer than I had in a long time, regardless of the loud noises just outside.

 

The ride back was 12 hours.
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Rajan Varma,China Internship 4-week

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Hey Everybody,   So a few days ago (going to say four), we went to Shang-Gri-La.  It was supposed to be a 12 hour sleeper bus ride.  It inevitably stretched out to 20 hours.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.  I actually had a great time with my window seat enjoying the scenery (and […]

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07/25/13

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Rajan Varma

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    [post_content] => What is up my fellow peeps. I am just writing this yak to give you all a bit of a recap of how our trip has gone so far. With the trip winding down, all the students are lost in a mixture of emotions by being tired, excited to leave, sad to leave, so super busy, and a little bit constipated. Anyway, I would like to dedicate my yak to recapping our most recent trip from a students perspective.

Shangri-La..
Shangri-La was most definatley something special. The trip was an adventure to say the least. Starting with a 20 hour sleeper bus ride that drove across dirt rodes in misty mountains and also got hit by a boulder and broke down 3 hours away from our final destination. As our intrustors all told us, "You haven't really traveled in China until you have thought you were going to die on the sleeper bus". hahah makes me laugh. Post-arrival we were all given time to shop and explore the city which most of us used effectively. Within the two days I was there I made countless friends and bought so many braceletes and gifts for my family.

Something I particularly liked about Shangri-La was the weather. It was something like a giraffe farting. The randomness of the weather kept me and my friends on our toes and there were countless times when we would leave our hotel with shorts and a t-shirt on and we would come back drenched in water.

Although the weather was nice, my favorite thing about Shangri-La and my favorite thing about this trip in general was my personal experience in the Tibetan Temples. Coming from America, recent studies show (2012), that 73-76 percent of Americans are Christians. I personally have never been too religious of a person myself, but I believe it's because I have never truly found a religion that I can really identify with. But, thanks to my counselor who has provided copious amounts of information about Daoism and Buddhism, my perspective on life has slowly began to change. From both the Chinese and Tibetan temples I have been to during my time in China, I can't help but feel extremley grateful and blessed to be able to enjoy such a unique experience.
And last, but certainly not least, Shangri-La simply strengthened the already strong bonds I have with my friends here. The time we spent feeding each other noodles (wierd I know), dancing in the central park with the authentic tibetan dancers, staying up late and cuddling while watching movies, adventuring through ally ways and backstreets in Shangri-La, and sharing umbrellas that clearly aren't made for two people, is not time I will ever forget and these memories are the memories I cherish and will hold onto when I think about my trip to China.

P.S. I wrote this in like 25 minutes. WASSSUP ;)

 
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Play with fire? Expect to get burnt homeboy!

Wesley Sadler Greason (also known as 'Big Daddy'),China Internship 4-week

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What is up my fellow peeps. I am just writing this yak to give you all a bit of a recap of how our trip has gone so far. With the trip winding down, all the students are lost in a mixture of emotions by being tired, excited to leave, sad to leave, so super […]

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Wesley Sadler Greason (also known as 'Big Daddy')

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    [post_content] => What to say about Kunming? After living in this city, there are many words I could use to describe it. It is both modern and ancient: construction is a constant background sound to the city, yet buildings stand on every street as representations of China's great history and culture. The city is both modern and rural, as skyscrapers dominate most areas yet carts can still be seen being pulled down the street. As a city, Kunming cannot be summed up in one word. However, to me, the best comparison I can make is to my host family's dog, Naonao.

 

Now, I know what you're thinking: Okay. Hold up. Who is this chick comparing a highly populated city to a small, furry creature? Well, give me a chance! I'll introduce you to Kunming, then Naonao, and then (hopefully) you'll see what I mean. If not, that's 5 minutes of your life you'll never get back (sorry).

 

In Kunming, I have been to beautiful places, seen unlawfully low prices, and met wonderful people. One of my favorite places has got to be Green Lake. This time of year, the lotuses are in full bloom and there are always tons of people exercising and walking around. I run there every morning, and I base my pace off of this old grandpa who runs around the lake at about 6:30am every day...I'm kind of a stalker. Old Chinese people are wicked tough. And the prices! Ooh la la! Let's just say some major shopping has gone down. Wang Fu Jing is the major mall in the area, and I think Yena agrees with me when I say a mall is a girl's best friend! However, I'm not very good at bargaining (I'm kind of a pushover and I get freaked out about making a mistake with my Chinese). But, this leads me to my next point: the people here are so nice and eager to help. A lot of pointing and gesturing is involved, but we can eventually figure out whats going on. Plus, a smile is universal, so when in doubt, "just smile and wave, boys". (I'm impressed if you got that movie reference)

 

So there's Kunming for you. An amazing city full of life and vitality. Now, for Naonao. Naonao is my host family's dog. That tiny, annoying, yappy dog that never stops barking. Yeah, you know the one. At first glance, she looks like your average, evil, tiny dog. However, as you get to know her, you come to appreciate her cuteness as well as her annoyances. Despite the constant barking, Naonao slowly wormed her way into my heart. At dinner she sits on my feet (sounds weird, but my toes get cold and she's warm), she sits beside me while I watch TV, and she's always excited to see me. But she's still a tiny dog, and so must still be annoying. For instance, if I leave my bedroom door open, Naonao will pee in my room. No matter what. Without exception. And she likes to bite my toes. And she tries to steal my food.

 

Now I promise, this isn't just some long rant where I get out my stress about the dog. There is a point. Just as I looked at Naonao as just another tiny dog, so too did I look at Kunming as just another city. As I got to know Kunming, I found both endearing and frightening traits, as I did with Naonao. As I said before, my favorite things about Kunming are the places, the prices, and the people. However, I've also had some unsavory experiences, just like with Naonao. First off, squat toilets freak me out. They're so different from what I'm used to and it's a serious calf workout!

 

However, just like with Naonao, the good, adorable qualities out-number the unfortunate instances that I've encountered. I've realized that while Kunming is different from my city, it also has its similarities. In the end, Naonao is just the same as most other tiny, annoying dogs. The only difference is that, after my time here, Naonao has found a special place in my heart, and similarly so has Kunming. I will miss Kunming when we leave. I will miss the people and the places and the food and I will even miss the squat toilets (kind of). Because even though I've faced many challenges in Kunming, this has been an amazing experience. And I will definitely miss the tiny ,yappy dog.
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Yappy Little Dog!

Kate Richardson,China Internship 4-week

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What to say about Kunming? After living in this city, there are many words I could use to describe it. It is both modern and ancient: construction is a constant background sound to the city, yet buildings stand on every street as representations of China’s great history and culture. The city is both modern and […]

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Kate Richardson

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To the success of our Thank You Soirée!

Alyssa Li,China Internship 4-week

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07/25/13

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Alyssa Li

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Dajia hao!
I'm writing after a lovely weekend in northern Yunnan's town of Zhongdian, also known as "Shangri-La." After a long sleeper-bus ride to get there (our students are now sleeper-bus pro's!), we spent the weekend breathing in the thin air at 10,000 feet, wandering the old town's cobblestone lanes, and consuming delicious amounts of yak yogurt. Towering above the town is China's largest prayer-wheel, and we joined the crowds of Tibetan pilgrims and Chinese tourists in struggling to spin the behemoth wheel (it takes at least 20 people to move it even slightly). We also got a crash-course in Buddhism from the amazing Professor Nina LaFerla and lit incense at the grand temple next to the prayer wheel. At night, the town square was filled with Tibetan music and a huge dance circle into which our students threw themselves enthusiastically.
Arriving in Kunming this morning, we found the city under a bright sun, looking unscathed by the weekend's heavy rains. The students have a big week ahead of them: finishing up their internships, saying goodbye to their host families, and planning and performing in their own charity talent show! I know they're up to it, as they continue to impress me with their maturity, their work ethic, and their fun-loving attitudes. They have made this trip amazing and a real pleasure for me as an instructor. Thanks, guys!
Zaijian,
Jackson
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Shangri-La!

Jackson Cooper,China Internship 4-week

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Dajia hao! I’m writing after a lovely weekend in northern Yunnan’s town of Zhongdian, also known as “Shangri-La.” After a long sleeper-bus ride to get there (our students are now sleeper-bus pro’s!), we spent the weekend breathing in the thin air at 10,000 feet, wandering the old town’s cobblestone lanes, and consuming delicious amounts of […]

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07/22/13

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Jackson Cooper

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Since the day our group has arrived in China, we have fielded double takes and stares. Few are rude, mostly they are just looks of confusion. Or surprise. The sort of look you would pull if you saw, say, a toddler driving a car, or a dolphin carrying a briefcase. Of course we were expecting the attention; it's not every day that you see a group of ambitious foreigners in Kunming. But just as Kunming has been surprised by us, we have been equally surprised by it. So now, here are five things I learned from the first half of my trip to China.

1. Leave for everything early. (Be ready to throw some 'bows to get a bus)
The concept is simple, but is difficult in practice. After about a week in China, we met and began to live with our host family in our Kunming loft. The drive back from our modest penthouse passed through narrow roads, but after 20 short minutes, I arrived back at my home for the rest of my time in China. The next morning, I alloted 25 minutes to get to penthouse. This was a mistake. My host father, who was nice enough to drive me on my first day, pulled out of our gated community at 8:34. After approximately 3 second of driving, we slammed into the morning rush hour traffic. I arrived at 9:15, and was told that the next time I was late, I had to clean the penthouse. Lesson learned. Of course I hadn't experienced a Kunming bus on a Monday morning. Next Monday, I was on my game. I left the house with my host brother at 7:30. No way it would even be close today. Bus 234 pulled up as I was opening the door to step out of the car, right around 7:35. We hopped out, and began jogging for the bus. I saw host brother push aside a few people, who didn't seem to mind, but I hesitated in front of a pack of middle aged women. We missed the bus, and were forced to wait another 30 minutes for the next one. By the time we got off the 234 bus and walked to the penthouse, it was 8:57. So, leave early, and (within reason) do what ya gotta do to catch that bus.

2. Never underestimate how spicy things are. (Can a brother get some milk?!)
This one also comes with a pretty straightforward anecdote. Before I get into this, it’s important to know that I love spicy food. I live for it. It had been four or five days since I had begun living with my host family, and we were building a wonderful friendship. That came to a painful halt at dinner last Wednesday. At dinner, I took a healthy portion of what looked like a harmless pork dish. I mixed it with my rice, and dug in. About two minutes into the bowl of rice, I bit down on something that was difficult to chew, and full of seeds. I chewed it a bit and swallowed. Whatever. I was wrong, because for the next 5-10 minutes my mouth was in more pain than I had previously thought possible. Then it went numb for a good 15 minutes. Then, for some reason, it stopped being numb. Then I fell asleep. It turns out I chowed down on a chili that was only supposed to serve as a decoration for the dish, a garnish if you will. Even now the memories this story conjures make my mouth sore. Please, ask before you eat Chinese food. I cannot stress this enough.

P.S, a brother was indeed, unable to get milk.

3.If you don’t try, you’ll never know. (Yolo?)
First things first, I strongly dislike using the phrase, “Yolo”. However, China has a habit of changing a person, and I feel as though it’s the only accurate way to describe the risks I’ve taken on this trip. In any venture out of one’s comfort zone, it becomes impossible to not take some kind of risk. Perhaps you’ve never taken a public bus, maybe you don’t speak a word of Chinese, or maybe (hopefully) you’ve never encountered a squat toilet. Regardless of your previous life experience, travelling to China has its inherent risks. For me, I am put in a potentially life threatening situation whenever I eat. I suffer from a sesame allergy; sesame is a common ingredient in Chinese cuisine. One of the first phrases I learned was how to inform the chef of my allergy, and ask for him to refrain from using any form of sesame. However, if a dish with sesame was cooked in the pot before mine, I could have a serious allergic reaction. So whenever I eat food I am really playing for keeps. I am, as they say, often literally “risking it to get the biscuit”. As hard as I try, my allergy has hindered my experience; I am definitely more cautious when I eat, and have not fully experienced the gamut of food that Yunnan has to offer. So I urge you, non-sesame allergy reader, to try foods; to take risks. Practice your Chinese by taking a taxi, ride a public bus, or use a squat toilet. Or don’t, you’ll probably be okay without the squat toilet experience. But in the end, what’s the worst that can happen? Take it from a guy who sits on the metaphorical sidelines whenever his friends enjoy delicious new foods. Remember: Yolo.

4. Shop till you drop. (Bargain with your jargon)...(Sorry)
Fasten your seatbelts everyone, this one’s a metaphor. It is immediately apparent that things are cheaper in China. Not only is the dollar equal to 6 yuan, but the equivalent fee in U.S. dollars is almost always cheaper. My shopping highlights thus far include 1 belt ($6.50), 1 pair of ear buds ($3.50), 2 dress shirts ($42), 1 poster of Wyclef Jean (just kidding, though I’d like to find one. Also, who’s Wylcef Jean?) 1 handmade, tailored suit ($51), at least 20 meals (under $60), a luxury ink pen for my boss ($25), and luxury ink ($0, it came with the luxury pen). The only things in China that cost as much or more than they would in the U.S. are fast food (Micky D’s, KFC, etc.), and cars (they’re expensive because their imported). Things become even cheaper when you consider that any time you’re thinking of purchasing anything, you can bargain. The vendors are making a living off of what you buy, and they make more if you buy it for cheap than if you don’t buy it at all. Except at McDonalds, where as hard as I try, they won’t lower the price, you can pretty much always cut the store price in half.
Now for the metaphor. This one has a “When in Rome” vibe to it. Essentially, take advantage of being in China (this one’s kind of bringing them all home). Take the bus and enjoy the rush of sprinting after a vehicle or occasionally leveling a middle aged woman, or small child. Try new foods. Even if they’re spicy, when are you going to feel that level of pain again? In the states? Not on my watch. Buy Chinese things. Come on man, buy something nice for your folks, or your siblings, or maybe your friends, relatives, barber, rabbi, or out-of-shape third grade gym teacher. Just think, when are you going to be China again? What if they go back to the closed door policy? Then you’ll probably say, “That guy who wrote that way to long yak was actually really smart. I should have listened to him and helped him find out more information about who Wyclef Jean is.” And let’s be real, you never want to find yourself saying that.

5. People in China are really nice; the language barrier is no match for a good charades player. (Can a brother get a translator?!)
Congratulations on making it to number 5. Unfortunately for you, I’m all out of metaphors. Here goes. Coming to China without a day of Chinese lessons, I have often felt fully overwhelmed. Some common side effects of not speaking the language include: not knowing where you are almost all of the time, not knowing where other things are in relation to you, not knowing if the food you’re about to eat is clean/will have sesame, and most commonly, not knowing what the person you have been listening to has been saying. However what I lack in verbal skills I make up for in charades, and a positive attitude, and the people of Kunming make up for in friendliness. Whenever I’m in a shop, office, penthouse, or home stay, I am constantly reminded of how nice the people are. Though many have lived poorly, or have currently fallen on hard times, they are always willing to high five my friends and I, or take photos of us. They keep a positive attitude that is infectious, something that is lacking in large cities in the states. What I will miss the most about Kunming is not the food or prices, but rather the people.

But seriously, could someone hook a brother up with a personal translator or a phrase book or something. I’m always lost.

In conclusion, remember that you also have great instructors to turn to in case of emergency. You can also look to your friends to help you out. So with that, enjoy the remainder of your trips, try new things, and, as my fellow intern Wes always says, "You've got to risk it to get the biscuit."

-Ryan
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Risk it to get the biscuit

Admissions1,Best Notes From The Field, China Internship 4-week

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Dear Yakers, Since the day our group has arrived in China, we have fielded double takes and stares. Few are rude, mostly they are just looks of confusion. Or surprise. The sort of look you would pull if you saw, say, a toddler driving a car, or a dolphin carrying a briefcase. Of course we […]

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07/15/13

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Admissions1

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