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    [post_content] => The group has landed safely in Los Angeles where instructor Joe is helping students make connections onward! Welcome back home to all students! Thanks so much to Instructors Joe Goldes, Li Mingjiu (Ming), and Ding Xin for all of your hard work! Many thanks as well to Program Coordinator Annie Jiao, who manages Yunnan home-stays, language teachers, an adorable new baby boy, and more. Thanks also to our wonderful Chinese language teachers and our home-stay families in Kunming and Lashihai. Thank you all students and families for a wonderful four weeks in China!
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Group Landed Safely in Los Angeles (LAX)

Jody Segar,China Language 4-week B

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The group has landed safely in Los Angeles where instructor Joe is helping students make connections onward! Welcome back home to all students! Thanks so much to Instructors Joe Goldes, Li Mingjiu (Ming), and Ding Xin for all of your hard work! Many thanks as well to Program Coordinator Annie Jiao, who manages Yunnan home-stays, language […]

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07/28/15

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Jody Segar

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Hey all, the student group and I (save Hannah, who is en route to Beijing) are currently waiting to board our international flight from Guangzhou (CAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) after having smoothly passed international customs and security. This will be the last in-field yak. As you have likely read in the posts from the last days there have been many new stories created from our ISP, days in Kunming, and through the transference process in 猫猫菁 village outside of Kunming. As someone who has re-entered life in the United States many times I have empathy for our students who will see you for the first time and be hit by the feeling of wanting to say everything all at once, but also being at a loss when trying to express the deepest and most abstract emotions. These are the ones built when one studies language for four hours each day, treks in one of the world's deepest gorges, lives in a stranger's house and, over the course of a week, becomes a member of the family.

Becoming a global citizen means taking the lessons learned in these situations back home and applying compassion, honesty, responsibility, and respect to one's day to day life. To use a road biking analogy: Being on a Dragons course is like building a wheel. It takes quite a bit of time and patience to place each spoke in a round and to be able to enjoy a smooth ride. The adventure does not stop there however, for that wheel must be tuned with small regular actions that keep the values that one learns abroad alive for years. The good news is that you, our parents, friends, and family can help. Outside of telling stories about what we did, who we met, what we ate, we wanted to give our students a space to anonymously say what they want the world to know about them before they return back into their normal routines. Each student has contributed a line. Keeping these ideas in mind and in the forefront of conversation makes it that much easier to keep the magic of a Dragons trip alive. Our students need you to know:

I need you to know that over the past four weeks, I have not only become more responsible, I have become more independent.

I need you to know that I think I was changed by this trip and I will be more mindful of what I need and my impact on others.

I need you to know that I need a little break from Chinese food.

I need you to know that I could use a squat toilet in my sleep. I also need you to know that there is a part of me that will forever be here in China, and I have had the most amazing four weeks of my life.

I need you to know that when I come back I will be more knowledgeable than before. I have also learned to be more open minded and not prematurely judge people.

I need you to know that I feel proud that I adapted to life in China, and that I will always remember this experience. I also need you to know that I am excited to go home and tell people about my trip.

I need you to know that the memories made that on this trip won’t be forgotten.

I need you to know that I had the best experience I could have ever had here in China. I feel like I have grown as a person throughout this course and I couldn’t be more thankful for the memories I will forever cherish.

I need you to know that I am more independent and more open to interaction with strangers, and when I come back, I will still be used to the way I was living in China, where we traveled more, and lived in a large open space.

I need you to know that sometimes I just want you to support me, instead of giving me advice or trying to get information out of me- I will tell you everything in time. Also, I want to take a gap year…even though I know it will take a lot of convincing for you to let me.

I need you to know that I have changed over the course of this trip. I’ve become more independent and learned so much more about China as a country and the culture here.

I need you to know that I was safe and well taken care of throughout the trip, and that I now feel like I have a greater understanding of how other people who share the same world with me live.

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Thank you so much for letting us take your kids to China for a month, we return them to you with a few scabs, a couple of sniffles, and generally quite tired. But, as we board this flight, I cannot help but feel thankful for the experience and the trust that you as parents have bestowed upon us and for the pleasure it has been to see their effort and requisite transformation over the past month in these students.

To Archer, Dan, Ellie, Hannah, Katie, Lea, Marcus, Max Horne, Max Rosenberg, Nick, Juno, and Paloma, thanks for the great midnight birthday surprise and a great month.

一路平安

Joe

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About to board! (We’re coming home)

Joe Goldes and Students,China Language 4-week B

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Hey all, the student group and I (save Hannah, who is en route to Beijing) are currently waiting to board our international flight from Guangzhou (CAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) after having smoothly passed international customs and security. This will be the last in-field yak. As you have likely read in the posts from the […]

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Joe Goldes and Students

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The group and their instructor, Joe, are now in the air on their way from Kunming to Guangzhou (where they'll connect for their flight to Los Angeles). Wishing everyone safe travels and happy reunions!

Best regards,

Dragons Administration

 

 
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The Group is in the Air!

Jody Segar,China Language 4-week B

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Dear Family and Friends, The group and their instructor, Joe, are now in the air on their way from Kunming to Guangzhou (where they’ll connect for their flight to Los Angeles). Wishing everyone safe travels and happy reunions! Best regards, Dragons Administration    

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07/28/15

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Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => It is hard to believe that our stay in China is coming to an end after all we’ve been through together, the amazing people we’ve met, and all the wonderful places we’ve seen. This past week went by so fast between working on my ISP and having fun with my homestay family.
We were in Kunming for a week, and during that time I got to know the huge, noisy city of eternal spring, by taking public transportation to and from school, riding my bike, and being shown around by my homestay family. I wish we’d had more time to go around and explore but we were on a pretty tight schedule with ISP work and classes.
For my ISP I learned about minority dances and took several dance classes. It was a very interesting topic because there are so many different minorities just in Yunnan and all have their own respective dances. I had a lot of trouble narrowing down. The most well-known dance worldwide is the Peacock dance which originates from the Dai minority.
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This weekend we have also been given the chance to reflect upon our entire stay here and think about what we’ve learned. I have to say that I’ve learned a lot. I learned to check my ego and accept that there isn’t just one way and that my way is not necessarily the best. I’ve learned to be more open-minded and come in with a blank slate and leaving my preconceptions behind. And most of all, I’ve learned to differentiate between need and want from my rural homestay who were very hard working, lived simply by American standards but were always very happy and generous.
There have been countless hellos and goodbyes during this trip. From families to places and people we’ve met along the way, this one is going to be the hardest because it is goodbye to everywhere we’ve been and everyone we’ve met. Recounting our adventures in China will be thrilling. Drinking boiling water, squat toilets, getting lost, karaoke with my homestay family, I will always carry these amazing memories with me and I will make sure to come back to China to revisit these places and people and also explore some more.
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The Hardest Goodbye of All

Juno Adams,China Language 4-week B

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It is hard to believe that our stay in China is coming to an end after all we’ve been through together, the amazing people we’ve met, and all the wonderful places we’ve seen. This past week went by so fast between working on my ISP and having fun with my homestay family. We were in […]

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07/27/15

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Juno Adams

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    [post_content] => Over the course of this trip, I really feel like I've adapted to life in China. What I realized yesterday, after we had been at this hotel for a day, was that I was no longer phased by squat toilets as I had been at the beginning of the course. I no longer minded the fact that all the potable water available was hot, in fact I was happy to awaken to a warm drink as we waited for the chilly mountain morning to give way to a sunny day. These little things symbolize a larger sense of my adaptation to life in China. I am now very comfortable greeting the local people in the morning when I see them. I no longer speak sentences in Chinese very slowly, trying not to make a mistake, rather I speak at a natural pace, knowing that if I mess up I can just try again. Here in China, I now feel more comfortable with the way of life. When I get home, I am so excited to share so many stories from China. From monasteries and temples to taking walks down to the scenic Lashihai lakeside, I feel like I will carry these memories of beauty and serenity with me wherever I go. I'll smile when I think of the villagers who heaped piles of tasty food into my bowl to make sure I had enough to eat. I'll happily think of the woman at the baozi shop who memorized my daily order. And lastly, thank you to Ming, Joe, and Dingxin for giving us a way to meet those food giving villagers and sit by the lakeside as the sun set. I will surely miss you!
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My Last Day Waking up to the Beautiful Yunnan Mountains

Max Horne,China Language 4-week B

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Over the course of this trip, I really feel like I’ve adapted to life in China. What I realized yesterday, after we had been at this hotel for a day, was that I was no longer phased by squat toilets as I had been at the beginning of the course. I no longer minded the […]

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07/27/15

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Max Horne

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As the trip comes down to the final day, I feel a mix of emotions. I'm ready to go home (to America, the best country in the world) but also sad to leave this amazing place. On the trip, I feel like I've not only learned more and improved upon my Chinese, but also learned a lot about myself and China as a country. I don't want to get all emotional and what not on here, so I'll provide some details of the end of my Kunming homestay:

Kunming, a scary, big, fun, exciting, and different city... I loved it. First of all, for my ISP, I was given the opportunity to explore the various roads and areas of the city on my bicycle, which was awesome. Being involved with locals and talking to them for both my ISP and our student-planned day was very helpful. As for the rest of my homestay, I loved getting to further know my family and will try to come back and visit them again (or see them in NY).

On Saturday, we arrived here after our student-led day. Yesterday, we presented ISP's, which was inspiring and informative, then went on to have a great karaoke party. After our party, we waited till midnight and surprised Joe for his birthday. Today has been good so far, as we've been reflecting on our time here. I know this Yak is short; however, I'm tired and want to get back out to China so I can soak up my last few hours!

Catch you later,
Nick
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Final Yak… written from the outskirts of Kunming

Nick Fleisher,China Language 4-week B

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Hi all, As the trip comes down to the final day, I feel a mix of emotions. I’m ready to go home (to America, the best country in the world) but also sad to leave this amazing place. On the trip, I feel like I’ve not only learned more and improved upon my Chinese, but […]

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Nick Fleisher

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How do I say goodbye when I feel as though I have only just said hello? How do I leave people that I have formed such a strong bond with in just one short week? How do I transition back into my comfortable, Western home after a month in China?

These are all questions that I have been pondering for a little while now. It is hard to fathom that in 36 hours, I will no longer be with the 14 people who have been my family for the past four weeks.

We left our urban home stays in Kunming this past Saturday. My words won't do it justice, because it was such an amazing experience. I got really comfortable taking the public bus to and from school, and I had conversations with three different strangers while riding the bus. I used my Chinese language skills with people on the bus, and we talked all about our families, where we lived, what job they had, and what they liked and disliked about Kunming. Mom and dad - I have the phone number of two different people who live in Kunming, so if we ever need a place to stay, don't worry! I realize that I have been a little MIA on the Yaking front, so you have heard no news about my ISP project. We worked on them all throughout our week in our urban homestays, and presented them to each other yesterday. I am so proud of the work that I put in, and the result that I got. I created a recipe book, complete with pictures of the foods and biographies of the three people who influenced my cooking the most. I felt so dedicated to creating this book, and although I could have made it a little easier on myself by doing fewer recipes, or creating a zine instead of an actual book, I had a vision in my head and I went for it. The book I now hold in my hands is not only one of my greatest achievements from this trip, but also an amazing way to take my trip home with me. I will cook my Shui Zhu Rou Pian in my well-furnished kitchen at home, but I will not just taste the burn of the spicy chili peppers. I will taste the sizzle of the huge wok at my home in the village, and my aunt's gentle, labor-filled fingers. I will taste the laughter of my dad in Kunming as he watched me learn how to cook. I will taste my own tears, as I said goodbye to not one, but two different families. I will taste food and I will taste memories.

I write to you now from Maomaojing Cun, a small village on a mountain above Kunming. This is where the last three days of our trip have been taking place. There is a popular saying that goes, "you should walk a mile in someone else's shoes." This trip, if nothing else, has taught me that the most important shoes to walk in are my own. If you had told me two months ago that I would be using a squat toilet, I would have smirked and shook my head. If you had told me that I would be using a bucket of cold water to wash my face, that I would be hiking up the Great Wall of China, that I would be creating my own recipe book, I would have laughed at you. I was so nervous going into this trip, and I had no idea what to expect. It is safe to say that whatever expectations I may have had have been easily exceeded. I pulled out my hiking shoes, and I walked a mile in my own shoes. I opened myself up to whatever came my way, and learned to adapt. I know that as I return to America, I will be conscious of my cultural and environmental impact. Every two extra minutes in the shower (with a shower head, not a bucket) uses over 10 gallons of water. As you revel in the hot water pouring over your shoulders, my aunt in Jixiang Cun will be grateful for her cold bucket shower every couple of days. I don't know why I got lucky. I don't know why I will be able to return to my hardwood floors and my air conditioning, while my homestay families will continue the cycle in which I was a mere visitor. For me, it was a humbling experience. For them, it is life. They have no escape option, no place to run to when they get tired of using the bathroom outside. I can marvel at my experiences from the comfort of my multiple-storied house. But as I use my western toilet and open my fridge full of food, I will not be any happier than the people in the village who have next to nothing. The happiness that I felt this past month was real and raw. It was not masked behind fancy things. It was pure joy, and I hope that I can feel this joy again. I have a home here in China. Not only with the places I have been, but also with the people I have met. I am leaving a piece of myself in Jixiang Cun with my A'Yi and Shushu, and at the Great Wall, and Tiger Leaping Gorge. This is a bit of me in Beijing, and Kunming, and in Maomaojing Cun. There is a part of me that now lives in China. I will see her again. I will come back. So as a response to my earlier question about how to say goodbye: I am not saying goodbye, I am merely saying see you later.

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Grappling with Goodbyes

Hannah Adler-Levine,China Language 4-week B

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How do I say goodbye when I feel as though I have only just said hello? How do I leave people that I have formed such a strong bond with in just one short week? How do I transition back into my comfortable, Western home after a month in China? These are all questions that […]

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Hannah Adler-Levine

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    [post_content] => As I sit here writing this yak I think about what an amazing experience this trip has been for me. I’ve made so many amazing friends that I will never forget, had so many incredible experiences, memories, and learned so much.

When reflecting on this trip, specifically my homestays I realized something. This isn’t their life. Homestay students will come and go but in the end, this isn’t what they do. They go the fields, they work, they make dinner, and they provide for themselves. When I reflect on my homestay I realize that the whole time I kept trying to help them and thinking that this isn’t how life should be when I realized, it is. There are some people in this world that will work every day as hard as they can, and some won’t. These people are happy and that’s really all you need. When I write this yak I consider how much I’ve changed over this trip. I’ve become independent, appreciative, and I’ve realized how much you actually need.

For my ISP I taught a couple of classes at an orphanage about an hour outside Kunming. When I started my ISP my goal was to bring them happiness, maybe inspire them, and most importantly give them something that they can use forever, however, once I got to the orphanage I realized something much different. These kids are happy. They have people who love them, a roof over their heads, food, and most of all, each other. I challenge you to consider how much you actually have, because these kids have pretty much nothing but each other. After this we will return to the US with our air conditioned homes, fresh water, iPhones, drying machines, but these kids, they won’t. They stay. If they want water, they can get it from the well and boil it. If we want water we can go to our sinks. Every time you leave the shower on for even 2 minutes 10 gallons of water are wasted. I didn’t write this yak to preach about water conservation, however, I do challenge myself and others to consider how much we have.

Through this trip I’ve grown so much, made so many amazing friends, and incredible memories. I’d like to thank my homestay families, instructors, friends I’ve made, teachers, and the people I’ve met who’ve made such an impact on me. My rural homestay sister Muli helped me realize that having the most stuff doesn’t lead to the happiest life. I hope my homestay families continue to live their lives as they do, simply. I hope that the people I’ve met don’t change because who they are is just who they need to be. And most of all, I hope that this trip has affected others as much as it has me.

Tomorrow we leave to go back home, and we return to our families and friends. I know that I will remember this trip and take the lessons I’ve learned home with me, and I hope others do as well.

I know that I titled this yak “the end of our journey,” but I think that the right thing to say is the end of the beginning, because in reality this isn’t the end. Our travels and journeys will continue and I know that I will remember this trip forever.

 

Katie Stadler
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The End Of Our Journey

Katie Stadler,China Language 4-week B

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As I sit here writing this yak I think about what an amazing experience this trip has been for me. I’ve made so many amazing friends that I will never forget, had so many incredible experiences, memories, and learned so much. When reflecting on this trip, specifically my homestays I realized something. This isn’t their […]

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Katie Stadler

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    [post_content] => I will split this yak into two parts, a before and after. The before part was written on July 23, before the ending of our urban homestay and the X Phase, and before we headed in two Mianbao Che to our transference sight. The after part is written in the present time, July 27, a day before our group returns to America. We have now experienced the ending of our second homestay and the X Phase journey, as well as the first half of transference.

Before:
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the end. So I scribble this sentence in my journal, "I need to come back." It is true in so many ways, and deliberate in its language- something I have learned to do in both English and Chinese. The verb is need not want. I have a hunger for travel now, so it is no longer I want to challenge myself, seek my unknown, interact with those from whom I can learn so much; it is now a need.

There is an implied word in that sentence. The word is "here." But where is here? Is here China? Or perhaps more specific. Is here Lijiang? Jixiang Cun? Kunming? The answer to all the above questions is sure, why not. I would love to come back and visit my homestay families, form new bonds, and re-explore these places. But, really, "here" is a mindset to me. It is the mindset of travel, adventure and complete immersion within a culture. Here is not a place, it is a state of being that leads me along the path of becoming a Global Citizen. Here, right now is my homestay sister's desk in Kunming. In 2 days, "here" will be transference. And then I'm home, back in the familiarity of Western culture, and "here" is gone. So I say it as both a plea and a promise. A plea to the elusive higher power I believe in that soon I can return to this state of mind. And, a promise to myself that I will not lose this precious journey I have begun this month.

I have grown, challenged myself, and learned to reflect on such amazing experiences with people who are so different, yet so similar to myself. I have physically and mentally climbed over barriers and mountains. I have looked down into gorges to see myself daringly close to death, only to appreciate the river below. I have learned to love washing my clothes by hand, the challenges of a squat toilet, and the insistence from my homestay families that I should not, could not help cook. I have gotten lost, and somehow found my way home. And, I have loved every minute, even when I didn't. I found the version of myself that lives in China, and I hope someday to see her again. So, I must repeat myself once more, "I need to come back."

After:
I have never been very good at goodbyes. I am never certain if I am being too emotional, or not emotional enough. It is for this reason that saying goodbye to my Kunming homestay family was so hard. I only stayed with them for a week, but in that short time I became so accustomed to our long walks, deep conversations comparing Chinese culture with American, and their kind smiling faces as they laughed at my over usage of the word hao (good). At the end of the week I found myself saying goodnight by saying, "I love you," three words I don't use lightly. And because my homestay family is too generous, they bestowed me with a box of their favorite tea, something that I will sip on next month as I think of them. So, as my homestay mother drove me from our apartment to the Dragons' program house, I found it hard to convey my emotions of leaving them, especially in Chinese.

Reflecting back upon my goodbyes of the trip, I feel my hugs have not been long enough, my goodbyes not eloquent enough, my gifts not grand enough to convey the gratitude I have towards my two homestay families. After I left Jixiang Cun I quickly scribbled my thoughts into my journal of how I was disappointed with my goodbye, and reflected on why that was. I feel this could apply to both my homestay families now.

"The goodbye was hard, but not for the reasons I thought it would be. As I walked up the road to Er Ge's house I thought about how easy it was to walk away from the house, but how hard to walk away from the people. Tomorrow they will wake up and do exactly same things as they did all last week with me. They don't get to leave, yet they have watched more than 10 foreign students come and go. And although I would love to stay, I would be lying if I said I didn't miss my Western amenities. They never get to "go back" to that, or even travel many places. So, for them this goodbye was just the end of a cycle they have seen many times before; no more special than hello."

My goodbye to my urban homestay family was a little more emotional for me. Some slight tears rolled down my face as I hugged my mother outside the program house. After crossing the street I turned back around to face her once more. I hope to see her, my father and sister again, but I know that they will soon have a new student living in their home. Sleeping in the bed I slept in, eating their food, washing their clothes by hand. And that student will also leave. I feel so grateful to both my homestay families. For giving me spaces to occupy, but for also being brave enough to know that each time they let a new student into their home and life, knowing fully well eventually the student will leave. I have grappled with this idea for a while now. That it is so easy to view this experience as just passing adventures, a series of faces and places with only happy, light thoughts attached. But, as I search for a deeper meaning I find myself feeling like I didn't have enough time, my connections were too deep to cut this early and my experiences were only a starting place for what is yet to come. So now, I sit here in the small room in a hostel in Maomao Jing, a village an hour outside of Kunming, writing this yak and knowing tomorrow I will be on a plane back to my home (whatever that vague word means to me now). And, as I said to Hannah, Lea, and Katie yesterday, "the easiest hello is the hardest goodbye." It was so easy to say hello to China, my friends, my instructors, my two homestay families, the cramped rooms in the hostels and the amazing cities and villages. But, to comprehend how to say goodbye at all, let alone a good goodbye, is something that I struggle to deal with, and probably will not fully accept until after my return. I have many hopes for after I land in America; hope is such a powerful thing. I hope I continue to travel, and seek my unknown. I hope to view the world with more appreciation, empathy and gratitude, three lessons I learned on this trip. I hope to get better at saying goodbye and comprehending my experiences. I hope my plea is answered and my promise is kept. Paloma Blandon [post_title] => The Easiest Hello is the Hardest Goodbye: A Plea and a Promise [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-easiest-hello-is-the-hardest-goodbye-a-plea-and-a-promise [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-27 09:13:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-27 15:13:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123409 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 82 [name] => China Language 4-week B [slug] => china-language-4-week-b-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 82 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 85 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 82 [category_count] => 85 [category_description] => [cat_name] => China Language 4-week B [category_nicename] => china-language-4-week-b-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/china-language-4-week-b-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => China Language 4-week B )

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The Easiest Hello is the Hardest Goodbye: A Plea and a Promise

aaron,China Language 4-week B

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I will split this yak into two parts, a before and after. The before part was written on July 23, before the ending of our urban homestay and the X Phase, and before we headed in two Mianbao Che to our transference sight. The after part is written in the present time, July 27, a […]

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Ellie Sullivan

This past week has been a blast! We have done so much this week, for example working on our ISP's, having Chinese classes, spending time with our families, and more. This week we had four afternoons to work on our ISP', and everyone was so busy. In the process of making my ISP, I had a lot of new and fun learning experiences. On Wednesday of last week, I went to a Guzheng class for my ISP topic. It was a ton of fun and I learned a lot about the Guzheng. I interviewed my Guzheng teacher, Wei Wei, and my home stay sister, Rose. They both taught me a lot about the Guzheng. One thing I learned from my project, is that you can preserve culture through music and instruments, such as the Guzheng. The Guzheng has been played since the Qin Period, (206-211 BC). Over all, the whole process of creating my ISP was an amazing experience, and it would be very hard to do something like this again.

This Saturday we left our Kunming home stay families. It was sad to leave yet another amazing host family. My family members were very sweet and kind, they would always feed me new and delicious foods. They took me out to see Kunming the first day I arrived. My home stay dad, his wife, and daughter, took me to swim. It was a blast to hang out with them. We had picnics on the grass and ate really good Chinese snacks. During our picnic, they gave me this red package, and told me to eat what was inside, I was very frightened because I didn't know what it was. But once I tried it, a burst of amazing flavors spread through my mouth, it was amazing. After about my fourth one, they told me it was duck tongue. That was one of my funniest moments with them because after they told me, I didn't eat any more. I had a great time with my host families in both Kunming and the rural village. If I had the chance, I would re-live this whole trip because it was such an adventure.

 

 
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End of Our Trip

Ellie Sullivan,China Language 4-week B

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YAK! Ellie Sullivan This past week has been a blast! We have done so much this week, for example working on our ISP’s, having Chinese classes, spending time with our families, and more. This week we had four afternoons to work on our ISP’, and everyone was so busy. In the process of making my […]

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07/27/15

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Ellie Sullivan

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