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    [post_content] => A little less than a week ago, we arrived by boat to Panajachel where we had 3 hours of free time. In other words, we had 3 hours of shopping time. There, in the touristy town of Pana, bargaining isn't only done, it's required. And we quickly learned to master it. To see how far I've come, I remembered a time last summer when my parents and I went on a trip to Italy. My mom and I were looking at some stores when my mom found a tunic she wanted. Not knowing any Italian, my mom took out a pad of paper and proceed to bargain with the store owner by moving a pen and paper of numbers back and forth. I stood there shocked and uncomfortable, because, in Tennessee, that simply isn't done. I had never seen that before. A store, to me, was a place where you paid whatever price was on the sticker, but here my mother was bargaining successfully with a woman over the price of a tunic.

And here I am now. One year later and one year wiser. It took a lot of careful observation of a born expert, Arielle, to play the game of bargaining successfully. The goal is to buy something at 40% of the original price. To get there, you must look uninterested and unsure of your item, say a starting price much lower than you are willing to pay, tell the seller the price "another store's owner" told you, and be willing to 'walk' if you don't get a good deal. you know you were successful if the seller looks unhappy when you leave.

Needless to say, I think I have at least learned the basics of bargaining. Now we are in the shopping city- Antigua. where you will be ripped off in a minute if you don't know how to bargain. I love bargaining because it's a language in itself. But there are no conjugations, no grammar rules, and no strict pronunciations that matter. It is simply an age old ritual where a buyer and seller go back-and-forth with numbers. It is amazing to watch and is very rewarding when done right. Maybe I didn't acquire the skill of a native speaking Spanish speaker, but I can say that I have learned the language of bargaining.
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The Language of Bargaining

Dasha Didier,Guatemala 4-week A

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A little less than a week ago, we arrived by boat to Panajachel where we had 3 hours of free time. In other words, we had 3 hours of shopping time. There, in the touristy town of Pana, bargaining isn’t only done, it’s required. And we quickly learned to master it. To see how far […]

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07/28/15

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Dasha Didier

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We have started to say our first goodbyes.

This has been an incredible trip.

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Final Photo

Annika,Guatemala 4-week A

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We have started to say our first goodbyes. This has been an incredible trip.

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07/28/15

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Annika

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    [post_content] => Dear family and friends of Guatemala students,

Were thrilled to report that the student group has arrived safely in Miami. They are on American Airlines flight #1182. It should take them anywhere between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to go through customs and immigration. If you're meeting the students at the airport, please arrive around 1PM in order to meet them at the International Arrivals hall.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us the office at 303.413.0822 ext 130.

All the best,
Dragons Admin
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Safe Arrival in Miami

Ariel,Guatemala 4-week A

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Dear family and friends of Guatemala students, Were thrilled to report that the student group has arrived safely in Miami. They are on American Airlines flight #1182. It should take them anywhere between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to go through customs and immigration. If you’re meeting the students at the airport, please arrive around 1PM […]

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07/28/15

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Ariel

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    [post_content] => The group has boarded the plane in Guatemala City and will be heading to Miami shortly. We'll post another yak when they have landed and made it through customs.
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Group has Boarded!

Ariel,Guatemala 4-week A

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The group has boarded the plane in Guatemala City and will be heading to Miami shortly. We’ll post another yak when they have landed and made it through customs.

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07/28/15

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Ariel

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    [post_content] => After a wonderful day of transference activities and a beautiful final ceremony, our students awoke at 3 am this morning and we all made our way to the Aurora Airport in Guatemala City.  All the students have boarded their outward bound flight back to Miami and onward.  For any questions regarding arrival and onward travel please contact the Dragon's office.

With deep gratitude,

Luis Alvarado
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Student Flight to Miami

Luis Alvarado,Guatemala 4-week A

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07/28/15

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Luis Alvarado

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Experience

ANDEL CAMBRIDGE,Guatemala 4-week A

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THIS IS ONE OF MY BEST TRIP EVER. MY EXPERIENCE IS LIKE A WAVE, IT IS UNPREDICTABLE. FUN IS LIKE A SNAKE, UNPREDICTABLE.

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07/26/15

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ANDEL CAMBRIDGE

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    [post_content] => Vaya ya casi le voy a tener que decir adios a mis amigos. This past month I did not just learn a lot about my own culture I learned about other youth cultures. I am glad I had the group I had I was exposed to a lot of different personalities and ways of life. I am very shocked of everything I learned but will forever cherish these memories. I believe that dragons courses have a deeper meaning to them and I definately have a lot to share. Los quiero muchoooo
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Hasta Luego

Nena,Guatemala 4-week A

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Vaya ya casi le voy a tener que decir adios a mis amigos. This past month I did not just learn a lot about my own culture I learned about other youth cultures. I am glad I had the group I had I was exposed to a lot of different personalities and ways of life. […]

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07/26/15

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Nena

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yak

Griffin Brugger,Guatemala 4-week A

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Im so sad to leave Guatemala but it has been such a life opening expierence and i cant wait to share more when im home.

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07/26/15

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Griffin Brugger

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    [post_content] => Im so grateful for this experience. Looking back on everything that I´ve overcome, and the challenges I faced, it all feels so long ago, but at the same time it feels like yesterday. Waking up every moring for the last week, in easily one of the most beautiful places, makes me never want to go home. Lake Atitlan is such a magical place. The people there are so kind. It was very sad to leave this morning, but even more, im more sad to leave Guatemala on tuesday, and say goodbye to all of the wonderful people i had the opprotunity to meet.
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Lake Atitlan

Stephanie Jewett,Guatemala 4-week A

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Im so grateful for this experience. Looking back on everything that I´ve overcome, and the challenges I faced, it all feels so long ago, but at the same time it feels like yesterday. Waking up every moring for the last week, in easily one of the most beautiful places, makes me never want to go […]

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07/26/15

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Stephanie Jewett

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    [post_content] => Throughout my time in Guatemala, the rest of the group and I have had several cakes. Each cake we had not only tasted delicious, but also marked important times in the trip. Our first cake was a celebration for Andel`s eighteenth birthday, the second day of the trip. It was nice to share a cake with stangers who I would come to know so well over the course of the next month. The next cake was for Griffin´s birthday, at about the midcourse of the trip. We celebrated our friendship and making it through the first half of the course. Our third, although I did not realize the reason for the cake when I bought it, was a farewell cake for Clarise. We shared the chocolate and carmel cake to say goodbye to Clarise, who had to leave us almost two weeks early. The fourth cake that we all shared was a celebration of the end of our course. We traveled to Panajachel just to enjoy the fact that we were now finished with all of our projects, language study, and homestays. Although the last two cakes were rather bitter-sweet, I am still happy to have been able to enjoy all these cakes in great company for the best reasons.
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Cake

J.T. Karis,Guatemala 4-week A

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07/26/15

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J.T. Karis

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