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A movie of our time in the Q’ero Nation

Regina Kruglyak,Peru 4-week

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08/15/15

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Regina Kruglyak

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Peru 4-week

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    [post_content] => Greetings families,

The group flight has landed safely in Miami.  The group will need to go through migration and customs, and then re-check their bags for connecting flights.  Taylor will accompany them to the security check point for connecting flights, and make sure everyone is orientated to their gates.

Thank you for your support from afar throughout this journey!  The students will be eager to share stories and connect with loved ones.

We wish you a joyful reunion,

Julianne and the Boulder admin
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Group flight has landed in Miami

Julianne Chandler,Peru 4-week

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Greetings families, The group flight has landed safely in Miami.  The group will need to go through migration and customs, and then re-check their bags for connecting flights.  Taylor will accompany them to the security check point for connecting flights, and make sure everyone is orientated to their gates. Thank you for your support from […]

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07/29/15

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Julianne Chandler

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Peru 4-week

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    [post_content] => Dear families,

The group's flight has departed from Lima and is scheduled to arrive in Miami at 7:50 am local time.  One of the instructors, Taylor, is with the students and will accompany them through migration and customs in Miami, and to security for their connecting flights.

Your children are on their way home!

Best ,

Julianne
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Group is en route to Miami!

Julianne Chandler,Peru 4-week

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Dear families, The group’s flight has departed from Lima and is scheduled to arrive in Miami at 7:50 am local time.  One of the instructors, Taylor, is with the students and will accompany them through migration and customs in Miami, and to security for their connecting flights. Your children are on their way home! Best […]

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07/29/15

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Julianne Chandler

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Peru 4-week

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    [post_content] => Dear families,

The Peru group has arrived in Lima and are awaiting their flight to Miami that is scheduled to depart at 1:05 am local time.  The students should be landing in Miami at 7:50 am tomorrow morning.

Your children are en route and will be home soon!

 

Best wishes,

Julianne
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Group has arrived in Lima, awaiting flight to Miami

Julianne Chandler,Peru 4-week

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Dear families, The Peru group has arrived in Lima and are awaiting their flight to Miami that is scheduled to depart at 1:05 am local time.  The students should be landing in Miami at 7:50 am tomorrow morning. Your children are en route and will be home soon!   Best wishes, Julianne

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07/28/15

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Julianne Chandler

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Peru 4-week

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Dear parents and friends, Less than an hour ago I got a chance to say good bye to Haley, Molly, Elizabeth Paige, Betsy, Sydney A, Sydney R, Julia, Gabe, Nathan, Scott and Juan. They have all boarded their flight to Lima with Taylor and Ben. They will spend a few last hours together in the airport before departing on their final journey together. In Miami Taylor will help everyone make their way to the individual journey each student will then partake. After a month together we have grown close... Last night we stayed up until almost 2 am giving gratitude towards each other and generally recalling memories. It has been an incredible month and after many internal and external challenges your kids may have faced some transformations. Be gentle with them, it will take some time to over come the initial reverse culture shock. We want to thank you for allowing us the opportunity to spend this time with your children. With much gratitude and appreciation, Regina (on behalf of Ben and Taylor as well who are in flight) [post_title] => On our way home [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => on-our-way-home-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-28 17:17:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-28 23:17:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123682 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 74 [name] => Peru 4-week [slug] => peru-4-week-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 74 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 93 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 74 [category_count] => 93 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Peru 4-week [category_nicename] => peru-4-week-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/peru-4-week-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Peru 4-week )
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On our way home

Los Instructores,Peru 4-week

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Dear parents and friends, Less than an hour ago I got a chance to say good bye to Haley, Molly, Elizabeth Paige, Betsy, Sydney A, Sydney R, Julia, Gabe, Nathan, Scott and Juan. They have all boarded their flight to Lima with Taylor and Ben. They will spend a few last hours together in the […]

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07/28/15

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Los Instructores

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Peru 4-week

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    [post_content] => Over the past four weeks, i had the opportunity to explore the green lungs of the earth, the high and sacred snow covered peaks of the andes, an untouched and beautiful community that is part of the Querros nation, some of the most highly revered ruins in the world, metropolitan cities, and so many other incredible places with fourteen people who i am so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet. Together we struggled up the mountains, peeled potatoes, drank hot chocolate under the milkey way, explored markets, tried delicious Street food, and formed bonds that i will never forget. While this trip allowed me the opportunity to explore so much of peru, it also granted me the opportunity to learn so much about myself, my limits, and ultimately showed me that I am a much stronger person than ive ever realized. Although at multiple points throughout the trip i felt i was at my limit, I made it over every mountain pass, ate every potato when my stomach was telling me i couldn´t, spoke spanish to locals even though i felt rediculous, and started to feel like i was someone who can accomplish anything i put my mind too. Dragons has taught me so much about the world i live in, cultures, spirituality, social, political and environmental issues, languages, self-awareness, and more than anything has given me a much greater sense of self than ive ever had before. While im so sad to be leaving peru, i know that im leaving with a new perspective, fourteen new amazing friends, and the ability to tackle any challenge that college will throw at me.
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Adios Peru ;(

Haley Schusterman,Peru 4-week

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07/27/15

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Haley Schusterman

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Peru 4-week

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    [post_content] => As minutes go by I realize how close to the end of this trip we are, I realize I am finally going to be home again, I'll be back to my daily routine.

Spending all this time in Peru made me get a better idea of what traveling is while learning new skills such as leadership roles and how to interact with locals. Also it was a great time to raise my awareness about social issues happening in other places such as Peru, which we are not really aware of, and if we are, we do not really know how the situation is until you are here and see with your own eyes how locals are been affected.

Seeing locals of the small town Paru Paru be so aware and active in how climate change is affecting their lives made me feel motivated to be a more active person in my community, seen how they are testing their potatoes to see which are more resistant to weather chances and saving those seeds for future needs.

Overall it is hard to look back at all this wonderful memories we all had, and realize that we are two days of its ending, but I rather not to call it over because traveling is never over and life is just like a trip, we are always traveling and closing this door in Peru 4 weeks has just opened another door to an even higher place, so I'm not saying bye to you all but I'm saying hasta pronto! because we do  not know if life would bring us together one more time and salsa together once more.

Nos vemos Dragones, Suerte!

Juan Pozos
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Nos Vemos Pronto!

Juan Pozos,Peru 4-week

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As minutes go by I realize how close to the end of this trip we are, I realize I am finally going to be home again, I’ll be back to my daily routine. Spending all this time in Peru made me get a better idea of what traveling is while learning new skills such as […]

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07/27/15

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Juan Pozos

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Peru 4-week

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As we spend our last full day together in Pisac, we reflect on all the memories that we have made together on this month long journey together. Ever since that first moment when we all finally met in the Miami airport, to the very last moment we will spend all together, and everything in between, is time that we have had endless laughs, happy tears, sad tears, non-stop sweating, itchy mosquito bites, silent moments to just sit and enjoy each other’s company and the support and encouragement that one can only dream to receive. These moments, and many more, are some that I know I will never forget and hope that no one else does. I have spent time getting to know each and every one of these incredible people that I have been lucky enough to call my family for the past month and could not have been lucky enough to receive such an amazing group of student and instructors.

 This past month, I have been pushed out of my comfort zone and have truly seen the way the other half lives. I have been to places and met people that challenge your way of thinking and seeing who you truly are in the world. I have pushed myself and been pushed in physical and mental ways that I did not know I could be pushed. I have learned to focus on being in the present and not worrying about what will be happening one day from now or even one hour from now. I have been inspired to travel in a less materialistic way and become less attached to material things. I would like to thank the instructors, my fellow students, the people I have met for helping me realize these qualities and so much more.

Thank you and goodbye for now,

Elizabeth Paige

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Gracias dragones

Elizabeth Paige Sorrows,Peru 4-week

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As we spend our last full day together in Pisac, we reflect on all the memories that we have made together on this month long journey together. Ever since that first moment when we all finally met in the Miami airport, to the very last moment we will spend all together, and everything in between, […]

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07/27/15

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Elizabeth Paige Sorrows

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Peru 4-week

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    [post_content] => This short passage describes my exact feelings whether it was hiking a steep mountain or doing solo hikes or even hiking up Huaynapicchu, I didnt let fear overtake me.

"I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent,is born of a story we tell ourselves, & so I chose to tell myself a different story. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control,but for the most part, it worked. Every time I heard a sound of unknown orgin I felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it away. I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear.Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasnt long before I actually wasnt afraid." Cheryl Strayed

Now that this trip is ending, I wrote something that related to the start and  beginning of our aduthood whether its your last year of high school or attending college,  or whatever it is.

Now that this journey is coming to an end ,

we will start another

we will say goodbye,

goodbye to our deeper child

its time to take down our barracades

and follow our own path now

its time to spread our wings

spread our wings and fly.
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Machupicchu & The coming of the end

Betsy Aguilar,Peru 4-week

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This short passage describes my exact feelings whether it was hiking a steep mountain or doing solo hikes or even hiking up Huaynapicchu, I didnt let fear overtake me. “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent,is born of a story we tell ourselves, […]

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07/27/15

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Betsy Aguilar

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Peru 4-week

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See you soon Peru, a month has not been long enough.
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See you soon Peru

Sydney Arceneaux,Peru 4-week

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From delayed flights to the ´´dry´´ season in the Amazon to the top of a 16,000 ft plus mountain to smokey homestays to the hustling city of Cusco to white water rafting, our month long adventure in Peru is coming to an end.  The Amazon, Apu Ausungate, the Q´ero nation – Peru – opened its […]

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07/27/15

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Sydney Arceneaux

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