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    [post_content] => All students have landed safely in the US! Wishing everyone a happy reunion with family and friends. Best regards from the Dragons home office in Boulder.
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All students have landed safely in LA

Jody Segar,China Language 4-week B

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All students have landed safely in the US! Wishing everyone a happy reunion with family and friends. Best regards from the Dragons home office in Boulder.

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07/28/14

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Jody Segar

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All China Language 4B students have cleared security and boarded their flight in Beijing as of this posting. Wishing everyone a safe and smooth trip home after a wonderful four weeks! Many thanks to all of our great students, parents, and instructors Sophie, Mark and Luke! Best regards from Boulder, Jody Segar
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All China Language 4B Students have boarded their flight home with instructor, Luke Hein

Jody Segar,China Language 4-week B

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Hello Family & Friends, All China Language 4B students have cleared security and boarded their flight in Beijing as of this posting. Wishing everyone a safe and smooth trip home after a wonderful four weeks! Many thanks to all of our great students, parents, and instructors Sophie, Mark and Luke! Best regards from Boulder, Jody […]

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07/27/14

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Jody Segar

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Thursday 7/24
2:00 am: Arrive at Jing Ming hotel in Beijing
8:00: Morning meeting
8:30: Breakfast – street vendors serving fried dough (youtiao), baozi, noodles, and much more
9:30: Depart for train station – Beijing South Station (Beijing nan zhan)
10:30: Arrive in Hutongs, which are old, narrow traditional Chinese alleyways – people-watch, journal, and get lunch in groups
2:00 pm: Go to the Morgan Stanley office for a lecture from investment banker Kathy Lu
4:00: Go to 798 Art District Change of plans: go to WangFuJing area to walk around, then get dinner at the night market – featuring fried scorpions, snakes, and more
10:30: Get back to hotel

Friday 7/25
7:30 am: Morning meeting
8:00: Breakfast – more fried dough
9:00: Depart for train station to go to the Forbidden City
10:00: Enter Forbidden City and complete scavenger hunt
1:00 pm: Regroup at the East Gate of the Forbidden City
(1:00-2:00: Get lost trying to leave the Forbidden City, then eventually have a very kind guard help us get out)
2:15: Arrive in Qianmen (area near Tiananmen Square) and get lunch
3:00: Instructor-led lesson on Tiananmen Square
5:00: Walk around Tiananmen, and watch the flag-lowering
(7:00-8:30: Get a little lost on our way to find our dinner restaurant)
8:30: Arrive at a Peking Duck restaurant and have an amazing dinner (for some of us, our favorite meal of the trip)
10:15: Depart to take the subway home, and race to catch the last Line 4 train (our third transfer) which is scheduled to depart at 10:38
11:30: Get back to hotel exhausted

This Saturday morning, we departed for XiangShuiHu, a village outside of Beijing walking distance from a “wild” part of the Great Wall, and our expedition phase ended. After two packed days in Beijing, we returned to the village setting that many of us missed from our rural homestay. After lunch at the farmhouse where we are staying, we went on a Great Wall hike – our last active group activity. We trekked up a steep path through prickly bushes and cicadas to finally reach the wall, and made a few last steps to climb to one of the towers. I can only describe what we saw at the top as unfathomable.
It would be nearly impossible to sum up our day at the Great Wall today: the gasps of laughter and the gasps at the beauty cannot be well translated into words. However, what I will say is that was truly memorable. After walking along the overgrown wall, we had about ten minutes to journal. In those mere ten minutes, our month here in China flashed before my eyes. I was taken back to the Hacienda Hotel, where I was terrified to start our journey; to the youth hostel outside of Kunming where we prepared ourselves with Green, Yellow, and Red Rules; to the Kunming homestay where we were introduced to Chinese urban life; to Nanyao village where we learned to appreciate the fresh food on our table and outdoor squat toilets; and finally, we had arrived here. Here, on a crumbling part of the Great Wall looking between two bushes into the sun setting behind the mountains. Here, after a month of studying Chinese language and culture, after creating such a tight-knit group. During our entire journey, I always struggled to fully realize the amazing places at which we were staying. Here too, I could not wrap my head around the fact that I was truly sitting in this postcard-worthy spot. What I could realize, however, was that this trip has changed me. I cannot say that I am a completely different person, as it is very rare that one turns his or her life around in only a month, but I do know that my priorities and my way of thinking are a little different. All the worries of school and trivial things back at home seemed to roll down the side of the wall along with the loose rocks, and what I am left with is my more relaxed and confident self. This trip has removed so much insecurity and hesitance that used to be inside of me, that I was in fact unaware of before. What I’m left with, or at least what I’m beginning to think about as I reflect on our past month, is a version of myself that is more up to do anything, that is so completely comfortable with the fourteen people with me, and that can appreciate a larger world than merely my environment at home.
I will remember sitting in that spot and soaking in the dimming light for a long time, and I could not have asked for a better end to our trip.
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Student

Emma Bruce,China Language 4-week B

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Beijing Itinerary (Student-led Expedition Phase): Thursday 7/24 2:00 am: Arrive at Jing Ming hotel in Beijing 8:00: Morning meeting 8:30: Breakfast – street vendors serving fried dough (youtiao), baozi, noodles, and much more 9:30: Depart for train station – Beijing South Station (Beijing nan zhan) 10:30: Arrive in Hutongs, which are old, narrow traditional Chinese […]

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07/27/14

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Emma Bruce

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Anyhow, just today our student led expedition phase came to a close. There were late nights, long hours of travel, sweaty days, fights (oh the fights!) but more than anything, fun. We did a lot more than we probably should have; we went to Tiananmen, The Forbidden City, a night market, a hutong district, and the Morgan Stanley building for a lesson, but somehow we managed to get it all done as a group of 15 in 2 days. We all had a lot of fun, and I learned a lot about leadership from our experiences. I learned about effective ways to communicate with my peers and I feel as though I have gone through a lot of personal growth. I acted as a leader for a most of the trip and it was a job that both rewarding and stressful.
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Expedition Phase

Jack Monness,China Language 4-week B

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w3 w3nt t0 b31j1ng 4nd 1t w4s 4 l0t 0f fun, l0l Anyhow, just today our student led expedition phase came to a close. There were late nights, long hours of travel, sweaty days, fights (oh the fights!) but more than anything, fun. We did a lot more than we probably should have; we went […]

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07/27/14

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Jack Monness

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    [post_content] => Dear China Language Students & Families,

 

This weekend marks the end of our China Language summer program and students will soon be boarding their planes and return home to share their tales of adventure with each of you.  We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

 

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference.  Starting on Saturday, 7/26, should you need any assistance during student travel days (outside of normal office hours), please call our Admin cell phone for assistance: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com. During office hours (M-F, 9:00am-5:00pm M.S.T.) please continue to use our parent line at:800-982-9203 ext. 130.

 Returning Flight: 

July 28th, 2014 

Dragon Air #905

Depart: Beijing (PEK) 8:00am

Arrive: Hong Kong (HKG) 11:40am

July 28th, 2014 

Cathay Pacific #884

Depart: Hong Kong (HKG) 12:55pm

Arrive: Los Angeles (LAX) 11:10am

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China Language Return Flight Reminder (UPDATED)

Eva Vanek,China Language 4-week A, China Language 4-week B

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Dear China Language Students & Families,   This weekend marks the end of our China Language summer program and students will soon be boarding their planes and return home to share their tales of adventure with each of you.  We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!   Below is a reminder of the return group […]

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07/25/14

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Eva Vanek

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    [post_content] => Arriving in Lijiang
off the train, very early,
it was time to embark
the next half of our journey.

Cracking some walnuts
and setting new goals,
we started our homestays
and showered in cold.

Taking in nature
while avoiding the dogs,
gazing at mountains
surrounded by fog.

But back home our parents
were causing a fray,
‘cuz none of us posted
a yak in five days.

But we were distracted
by soul-searching questions,
excursions, mahjong,
and four-hour lessons.

But budgets and hotels
will not keep our group
from dancing with grandmas
or falling in poop.

Despite disagreements
or failing to G.R.R.I.P.
there’s nothing that a few
plates of jiaozi can’t fix.
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A Poem About Lijiang

Noa Hines,China Language 4-week B

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Arriving in Lijiang off the train, very early, it was time to embark the next half of our journey. Cracking some walnuts and setting new goals, we started our homestays and showered in cold. Taking in nature while avoiding the dogs, gazing at mountains surrounded by fog. But back home our parents were causing a […]

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07/24/14

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Noa Hines

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    [post_content] => The Fly

I tried
I gazed at the valley
Thought of the people
Heard the wind through the trees
But I could not sustain
The fly tore me from this place

I tried
I remembered the past
Contemplated the future
Returned to the present
But I could not sustain
The fly dragged me from my thoughts

I tried
I wrote down my woes
Catalogued my plight
I laid my ideas down in ink
But I could not sustain
The fly pulled me from the page

I tried
A friend out of an enemy, why not?
Ignore the nuisance
And find peace
But I could not sustain
The fly did not go away

I am the fly
And the fly is me
Restless
Condemned to wander
Never knowing why
And what to do
Or who we are

I will forever remain the fly
And the fly me
Until I find who else to be
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The Fly – A Poem

Diego Blandon,China Language 4-week B

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The Fly I tried I gazed at the valley Thought of the people Heard the wind through the trees But I could not sustain The fly tore me from this place I tried I remembered the past Contemplated the future Returned to the present But I could not sustain The fly dragged me from my […]

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07/24/14

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Diego Blandon

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    [post_content] => After our first Chinese class in Nan Yao village it was time to return to our host families for lunch. Three of us who lived nearby were heading back together. Although the village is extremely small, all of the homes seem to look the same. Naturally we got lost within a few minutes of walking. Tired, hungry and confused I was about to give up looking and call the instructors, when out of nowhere my homestay dog appeared. In a crazed and desperate attempt to find my way home I very politely asked him to show me the way back. And that is exactly what he did. He quickly took off and I sprinted after him for a few minutes until we arrived home. This was an extremely memorable experience and one of my fondest thus far on the trip. I will always remember that dog and how he miraculously saved me.
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The Miracle Dog

Logan Matthiesen,China Language 4-week B

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After our first Chinese class in Nan Yao village it was time to return to our host families for lunch. Three of us who lived nearby were heading back together. Although the village is extremely small, all of the homes seem to look the same. Naturally we got lost within a few minutes of walking. […]

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07/24/14

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Logan Matthiesen

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    [post_content] => I’ve devoted a significant amount of thought to the idea of preconceptions over the past few days. This idea came about due to the I-Team’s presentation about quick judgments, but it’s been one person that I’ve met in Nanyao village that has driven the point home. I often refer to him by his pungent aroma, which I use as his name because I cannot remember it despite him telling me multiple times. This is his story.

I met him on our first day here. While I rolled rebar with people I’d met 2 hours earlier, I made some judgments. The first judgment was based on his speech. He speaks in such a thick Naxi accent that I scarcely knew if he was speaking Mandarin. That led me to believe he might be some kind of hired labor. For some reason, my second judgment about his smell added to this theory. I thought that he would not appear the next day.

But I was wrong; he was there. And he was funny. He even ate dinner with us. We joked and laughed together. But there was another person there, too. Perhaps they were just helping out a fellow villager for a few days. The other man certainly was. He hasn’t been back for a few days. Maybe the banana man was the same.

But, again, I was wrong. He’s here when I wake up and doesn't leave until after I go to sleep, for the most part. My sister and I visited his house the other day to see the water buffalo (which is his favorite word) that inexplicably wasn’t there. He has a family, a wife, and a house not unlike the house I live in. So he’s made some sacrifices to help my family. And he’s deeply caring about what’s going on around him. He’s the first to ask about America, he’s always trying to share something I barely understand about agriculture or construction, and he’s always up for a joke.

Times in the village are tough, or so I gathered from him. It’s clear he’s a stalwart friend and I’ve learned a great deal from him. But the most important thing I’ve learned from him is to stop making judgments. You never know whom you might be shutting out.
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The Banana Man

Diego Blandon,China Language 4-week B

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I’ve devoted a significant amount of thought to the idea of preconceptions over the past few days. This idea came about due to the I-Team’s presentation about quick judgments, but it’s been one person that I’ve met in Nanyao village that has driven the point home. I often refer to him by his pungent aroma, […]

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07/24/14

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Diego Blandon

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