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Our group has landed in Miami!! Everyone said their goodbyes and they will be with you in a few hours,

The instructors
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Arrival in Miami!

The instructors,Peru 4-week

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Hello everyone, Our group has landed in Miami!! Everyone said their goodbyes and they will be with you in a few hours, The instructors

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    [post_content] => Growing up I always saw myself as another leaf in a tree. I never thought I had much significance compared to the people surrounding me and that I would just grow the same way as others and eventually fall off. My image of myself has changed over the years and it has never been more clear than in Peru that I was not just another leaf. Throughout the course it was evident to me, with the guide of the instructors, that I had a strong voice and influence among the group. Though at first I did not hone it in the most positive way, after learning that I had this quality I decided to change. It never occured to me before this trip that other people actually paid attention to the things I say or do and so I never had a filter. I now know that I actually have a leadership quality about me. I did not have to be just a leaf; I could be a trunk, the main support of a tree. Realizing this, I ran to be the leader of the Expedition phase and the group voted me in. Although it was more responsibility than I had anticipated and often times stressful, the Expedition was strong throughout and was successful. It actually shocked me how much support I received from the group, even though I was their leader. We relied on each other to make a working system. Much like a tree, the trunk and the leaves support each other in their own way to make a living thing. This is how I see my experience, especially as the Expedition leader. I will be sure to take these things home with me; I am a leader, but most importantly leaders are nothing without their supporters.
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Tree

Chi Kwok,Peru 4-week

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Growing up I always saw myself as another leaf in a tree. I never thought I had much significance compared to the people surrounding me and that I would just grow the same way as others and eventually fall off. My image of myself has changed over the years and it has never been more […]

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07/27/14

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Chi Kwok

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5200 meters. 171060 feet. 205920 inches. That's how far up I've hiked up this month. It's weird thinking about it now, the myriad of steps and stumbles it took to get to the top, the cold air burning my lungs with every breath. All I can focus on is I was at the summit of the Andes with the whole world at my feet. At the peak of Ausungate I watched the rest of the world continue forward, as if I was God's shoes. I felt like a superhero.   Then I looked around and saw my fellow dragons around me. I noticed their similarly dirt-covered faces and awestruck expressions. I couldn't have climbed up that menacing mountain without their support, their push, their trust. It was then that I realized that I wasn't the only superhero on top of Ausungate.   Back in Parque de la Papa I learned one thing: every action should always have a purpose. However, it wasn't until I was at the summit of Ausungate that I learned one crucial lesson: every person has a purpose. 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Vu Mather,Best Notes From The Field, Picture of the Week, Peru 4-week, Trekking and Wilderness Exploration

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5200 meters. 171060 feet. 205920 inches. That’s how far up I’ve hiked up this month. It’s weird thinking about it now, the myriad of steps and stumbles it took to get to the top, the cold air burning my lungs with every breath. All I can focus on is I was at the summit of […]

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07/27/14

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Vu Mather

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Yesterday we wrapped up our course with activities to prepare our students to come back home to you. Students ended the course on a high note, reflecting on everything they have seen and learned over the past month.

There is a lot of nostalgia in the group as many people formed new friendships that will last for many years to come. At the same time, excitement is high to see family and friends at home.

The instructor team has enjoyed getting to know each of the students, and a highlight of course for us was talking individually to each of them about how meaningful being in Peru has been.

We will shortly board our plane from Lima to Miami. We will post another yak upon our arrival to the United States.

Here in the Lima airport, we begin to say our goodbyes to Annelies, one of the instructors, and Wanting, one of the students.

As we go our separate ways and disperse across the world, we will carry many things we have learned from each other during this journey.

Hasta Miami,

Annelies, Michaela and Matt
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Leaving Peru

Los instructores,Picture of the Week, Peru 4-week

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Dear families, Yesterday we wrapped up our course with activities to prepare our students to come back home to you. Students ended the course on a high note, reflecting on everything they have seen and learned over the past month. There is a lot of nostalgia in the group as many people formed new friendships […]

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07/27/14

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Los instructores

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    [post_content] => Waking up in my final day in Peru, I had a sudden rush of emotions fill my head. All the memories, good and bad, flooded my mind and I began to reflect on my journey. I realized in that moment how much I had learned about the enviroment that I was suddenly placed in not much more than a month ago. I remebered the heart-warming kindness and openess that my home-stay family greeted me with. I knew, after leaving them five days later, that I wanted to carry with me their generosity and willing/ acceptingness. They have inspired me to want to create more meaningful relationships at home and also to become less attached to material objects. My host family has served as a corner stone in the devolpment of my life and they will be a memory that I will carry with me for the rest of my time.
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Bitter-sweet Reflection

Oscar Sarkes,Peru 4-week

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Waking up in my final day in Peru, I had a sudden rush of emotions fill my head. All the memories, good and bad, flooded my mind and I began to reflect on my journey. I realized in that moment how much I had learned about the enviroment that I was suddenly placed in not […]

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07/26/14

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Oscar Sarkes

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Peru 4-week

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“The source of our greatest joy lying awkwardly close to those of our greatest pains.” - Alain de Botton Breathing Pisac´s buoyant and warm air, absorbing the warm sunshine, and gobbling the melt-in-the-mouth lemon cheesecake, it seems surreal that the 6-day Ausangate trek has come to an end. Before the trek, I had foreseen the physical challenge that would occur, and I always mourn about it when the date came close. Our trek started with path that necklaces the sacred Ausangate Mountain. On the first few days, I always complain about having to wear multiple layers of clothes to fight against the eternal snow, being freezing at midnight, having to rise up at 5 every morning, and of course, hours of strenuous walking every day. I did not come to an appreciation of the spectacular view around me, but rather, I complained about every minor negative aspect of it. Luckily, on the third day, something changed. After four hours of walking, in a state of extreme exhaustion, I reached the peak of the path. I could not stop glazing at the breath-taking views surrounding me. To the south, the massive and terrifying glaciers; to the east, layers of hills covered by the setting sun and shadow; and to the north, where we just passed by, terra-cotta-colored mountains. It was hard not to smile, for no particular reason, for just being able to see such beauty, and an extraordinary feeling that I was able to reach the roof of the world. That moment, all the mist ceased, and I kept reflecting back to what a German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche had said, “it was impossible to attain a fulfilled life without feeling miserable some of the time.” The thousand painful steps before reaching the high point was completely worth it. Mike, my roommate in Boston Hostel once introduced me the theory of multiple intelligences. Our trek guide, Fabian, managed to play the flute while I grew breathless walking; Condori, who was in charge of our luggage, wore a pair of sandals for walking, while I was barely able to feel my toes, with a pair of hiking boots and mid-weight wool socks on me; and our cook, Don Victor, was able to make every meal as enjoyable as one could have ever asked for, without the involvement of meat, which amazed a meat-lover like me. Although the trek has ended, the image of Mt. Ausangate and the aquamarine-blue glacial lakes would always remain in my mind. [post_title] => Ausangate trek [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ausangate-trek-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-02 11:48:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-02 18:48:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=107040 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 30 [name] => Picture of the Week [slug] => picture-of-the-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 30 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 483 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 1 [cat_ID] => 30 [category_count] => 483 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Picture of the Week [category_nicename] => picture-of-the-week [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/picture-of-the-week/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 173 [name] => Peru 4-week [slug] => peru-4-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 173 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 254 [count] => 96 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 8.1 [cat_ID] => 173 [category_count] => 96 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Peru 4-week [category_nicename] => peru-4-week [category_parent] => 254 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2014/peru-4-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, Peru 4-week )
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Wanting Huang,Picture of the Week, Peru 4-week

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“The source of our greatest joy lying awkwardly close to those of our greatest pains.” – Alain de Botton Breathing Pisac´s buoyant and warm air, absorbing the warm sunshine, and gobbling the melt-in-the-mouth lemon cheesecake, it seems surreal that the 6-day Ausangate trek has come to an end. Before the trek, I had foreseen the […]

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07/26/14

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Wanting Huang

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    [post_content] => This morning, our penultimate in Peru, we discussed the values or percieved values of the United States as a country and its citizens. Some seemed universal, some debatable, some negative, and others conflicting with our own personal values. What the discussion did make clear was, values are not the same for every country or population. After spending a month in a place like Peru, it is easy to see the foreign values, dismiss them, and be ready to get back into your comfort zone in the United States. That being said, after a month immersed in another culture, a great opportunity is presented to come to terms with other cultural values and use them to improve your own life.

More specifically, two Peruvian values that stuck out to me were community and thrift. The displays of the the aforementioned values weren't always spelled out, but display after display left a lasting impression on me. From the big cities to the small villages, community was a reoccuring theme. The vendors at the market in Cuzco would lend each other change and help each other sell rather than creating a viciously competative environment. The natives of Paru Paru would share land for harvesting food, keeping animals, and were, overall, exceptionally tightly knit.

Meanwhile, thrift was prevalent in Paru Paru as well. With few material possessions, the people managed to make the most of volley balls and soccer balls, emptied pools as playgrounds, and books as window curtains. Meanwhile, clothes, household items, and silverware were treated with great care and responsibility. This is something I believe I can take home with me as I go back into everyday life in the U.S. In a society in which materialism is everything, an concerted effort to reuse and not always need more or what's new could benefit everyone and myself.
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Peruvian Values

Griffin Bader,Peru 4-week

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This morning, our penultimate in Peru, we discussed the values or percieved values of the United States as a country and its citizens. Some seemed universal, some debatable, some negative, and others conflicting with our own personal values. What the discussion did make clear was, values are not the same for every country or population. After […]

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07/26/14

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Griffin Bader

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Peru 4-week

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    [post_content] => After time in Peru, I have begun to value the impact we have on the environment. Before coming to Peru, I didn't think that I really had an impact on the environment, and therefore did not pay attention to my impact on it. After visiting the Amazon Rain Forest, I quickly realized that I and everyone else has a huge impact on the environment. I plan on bringing an enviornmental sense into my Daily Life by cutting down on my food waste and recycling materials. Overall, my environmental sense was a large value I took away from Peru.
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Peru Value

Benjamin Berger,Peru 4-week

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After time in Peru, I have begun to value the impact we have on the environment. Before coming to Peru, I didn’t think that I really had an impact on the environment, and therefore did not pay attention to my impact on it. After visiting the Amazon Rain Forest, I quickly realized that I and […]

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07/26/14

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Benjamin Berger

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Peru 4-week

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Peruvian Values

Janis Broder,Peru 4-week

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During this past month in Peru, I have noticed a few Peruvian values that I would like to bring back with me to the United States. These values include working hard, determination, and respect. While travelling in Peru these past 4 weeks, I have noticed that these three values are shared amongst both people who […]

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07/26/14

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Janis Broder

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Peru 4-week

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    [post_content] => This past month has lead me to places and people that have challenged my way of thinking and the way I see myself in this world. The people I have met in our travels have exposed me to different ways of life. During the homestay in particular I really noticed the simplicity of life.  Observing their daily life made me admire how every family member found joy in the most simpilest of things. I think that is one of valuable traits in life, finding joy in daily tasks.  When I go home my goal is be able to be present and find the joy in life's most simple things. 
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Final Yak

Sarah MUllins,Peru 4-week

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This past month has lead me to places and people that have challenged my way of thinking and the way I see myself in this world. The people I have met in our travels have exposed me to different ways of life. During the homestay in particular I really noticed the simplicity of life.  Observing […]

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07/26/14

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Sarah MUllins

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Peru 4-week

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