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    [post_content] => Team Myanmar has arrived at LAX! Students are currently clearing customs and immigration before going to pick up their bags. Those students traveling onto their final destinations will transfer to their respective terminals and flight check-in counters, while those meeting parents in LA should be emerging from the baggage claim area in the next hour or so.

Thanks for your patience and support. It was an incredible summer!

Best,

Justin

 
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Arrival in LA

Justin Kiersky,SUMMER: Myanmar

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Team Myanmar has arrived at LAX! Students are currently clearing customs and immigration before going to pick up their bags. Those students traveling onto their final destinations will transfer to their respective terminals and flight check-in counters, while those meeting parents in LA should be emerging from the baggage claim area in the next hour or so. […]

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07/29/16

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Justin Kiersky

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SUMMER: Myanmar

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    [post_content] => Team Myanmar is in the air. You can keep updated on their travels through Hong Kong to LAX on the flight aware website here. We'll update you when students arrive in LA tomorrow. Have a nice evening!

Justin
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BKK Departure

Justin Kiersky,SUMMER: Myanmar, Uncategorized

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Team Myanmar is in the air. You can keep updated on their travels through Hong Kong to LAX on the flight aware website here. We’ll update you when students arrive in LA tomorrow. Have a nice evening! Justin

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07/28/16

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Justin Kiersky

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    [post_content] => Summer Myanmar 2016 students are on their journey back home. They say bye to Myanmar today at noon 28th. However they are continuing their trip and challenging their self for life jouney with amazing things they learned from Myanmar. Myanmar will miss them.
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Journey Back Home

Ei Shwe Sin, Regina, Chealsea,SUMMER: Myanmar

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Summer Myanmar 2016 students are on their journey back home. They say bye to Myanmar today at noon 28th. However they are continuing their trip and challenging their self for life jouney with amazing things they learned from Myanmar. Myanmar will miss them.

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07/28/16

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Ei Shwe Sin, Regina, Chealsea

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SUMMER: Myanmar

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    [post_content] => Dear Thailand and Myanmar Students & Families,

Thailand and Myanmar summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and 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:

July 29th, 2016

Cathay Pacific #616

Depart: Bangkok (BKK) 6:40 AM

Arrive: Hong Kong (HKG) 10:30 AM

 

July 29th, 2016

Cathay Pacific #84

Depart: Hong Kong (HKG) 12:55 PM

Arrive: Los Angeles (LAX) 11:15 AM

Should you need any assistance during student travel days, please call our Admin cell phone for assistance: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Dragons Administration
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Return Travel Information

Eva Vanek,SUMMER: Myanmar, SUMMER: Thailand

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Dear Thailand and Myanmar Students & Families, Thailand and Myanmar summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and 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: July […]

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07/26/16

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Eva Vanek

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    [post_content] => Friends and family of Myanmar summer students,

After posting the second edition the Myanmar Video Project, I have received a host of emails in recent days asking about the location of Part I. Evidently, the video got lost in the mix of images and writings. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, and those who would like to watch it again, please click on this link.

You can also access it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amfb_KJTf-0&feature=youtu.be

An update: Students are making their way down the coast of Myanmar for Student-led Expedition Phase and Transference on the languid beaches of the Bay of Bengal. They are having the time of their lives, soaking up every moment, every smell, every realization, knowing that time presses on and the journey ends...only to begin again...

Hope this finds you well.

Justin
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Video Part 1 (revisited)

Regina Kruglyak,Summer 2016, SUMMER: Myanmar

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Friends and family of Myanmar summer students, After posting the second edition the Myanmar Video Project, I have received a host of emails in recent days asking about the location of Part I. Evidently, the video got lost in the mix of images and writings. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, and […]

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07/25/16

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Regina Kruglyak

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    [post_content] => We are heading into our expedition phase, where students plan, organize and facilitate the entire experience. More photos and videos to come but for now here is a video from our midcourse and homestays (sorry for the lower quality, it is difficult to upload)

https://youtu.be/M-2hTV3tZh4

 
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One More video

Instructor team,SUMMER: Myanmar, Picture of the Week

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We are heading into our expedition phase, where students plan, organize and facilitate the entire experience. More photos and videos to come but for now here is a video from our midcourse and homestays (sorry for the lower quality, it is difficult to upload)  

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07/21/16

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Instructor team

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    [post_content] => At home in the mountains, mud and forests of Myanmar...

P1040152 P1040191P1040218 P1040212

...the student group takes to the road on a two-day trek out of the Shan Hills toward Inle Lake.
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Images from Shan HIlls

iTeam,SUMMER: Myanmar

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At home in the mountains, mud and forests of Myanmar…   …the student group takes to the road on a two-day trek out of the Shan Hills toward Inle Lake.

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07/20/16

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iTeam

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Sometimes when you think you have seen it all, life surprises you. There are simple pleasures that the "western world" skips over; living in a multigenerational home has opened my eyes to what I have been missing out on. After trekking into Sinleh, a Dunu ethnic minority village of 80 homes, I headed up the staircase past the family water buffalo into a bamboo thatched home. I met my host grandparents, dressed in traditional longyi and radiating warmth.

We communicated mostly through smiles and dramatic P1040106choreography. My sleeping mat happened to be  near the family shrine and at dawn I see my grandmother kneeling down beside me prostrating. I smile up at her and she takes my hand and holds it. I does in and out of sleep but she remains unchanged: smiling, holding my hand and looking up at the small illuminated buddha above my head. I focus on the contrast of our two hands, both touched by the sun but hers much tougher. You could feel the thousands of bundles of wood they must have had to carry. The harsh P1040117climates they have had to endure and the 12 children they have mothered. They are 75 years old, but they are the only part of her that show the toil of the years on her.

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In the Shan Hills

iTeam,SUMMER: Myanmar

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07/20/16

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iTeam

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SUMMER: Myanmar

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    [post_content] => Hola familia!

Hoy es el primer día que consigo internet y por fin puedo escribir un mensaje. Si leéis esto es que he logrado subir a internet el mensaje.

Hemos estado en ciudades hermosas como Mandalay o regiones como Bagan. El cursillo está siendo interesante y lo creáis o no, estoy aprendiendo a rezar de lo lindo. Ahora mismo estoy en Inle, una ciudad hasta la bandera de turistas situada junto a un lago enorme. He dormido 4 noches en una casa de campesinos perdida en medio del campo, por si os parece poco, he plantado arroz y sí, tras salir de los arrozales tenía 5 sanguijuelas en el pie derecho.

Nuestro plan es partir mañana a última hora de la tarde para empezar un desafío que hemos elegido nosotros en el que la palabra trekking se escucha mucho...

Este desafío dura 3 días y cuando acabemos este desafío volvemos donde empezó todo: Rangún hasta nuestra partida a nuestros respectivos países.

Por cierto, el grupo en el que estoy es extraordinario. Tengo unos compañeros asombrosos y tenemos unas charlas únicas y muy interesantes.

Os contaré más cuando vuelva!

Hi!

I am really enjoying Myanmar and I'm having a great time! We started our trip in Mandalay and then we went to Bagan. We've been traveling through the country on a very exhausting but fun way through the country. Our home stay was awesome and I don't regret coming to this trip. My trip colleagues are awesome, we share a lot of opinions and I think that's great!

Right now we are in Inle nut we are leaving tomorrow on the evening! I'll keep you on!
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Enjoying Myanmar!

Carlos Jover,SUMMER: Myanmar

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Hola familia! Hoy es el primer día que consigo internet y por fin puedo escribir un mensaje. Si leéis esto es que he logrado subir a internet el mensaje. Hemos estado en ciudades hermosas como Mandalay o regiones como Bagan. El cursillo está siendo interesante y lo creáis o no, estoy aprendiendo a rezar de […]

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07/19/16

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Carlos Jover

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    [post_content] => I left my homestay with both a full and hurt heart. It's a bittersweet feeling: knowing I will always have the memories but also that I'll never be able to capture them all into words, let alone give these precious moments I've lived the justice they each deserve. My family welcomed a stranger into their home with open arms and expressed this not with words, but through awkward laughs of misunderstanding, warm smiles, hand gestures to the coffee pot, gifts each morning by the side of my bed, and an unfathomable sense of acceptance.

After watching my father more and more, he turned out to not be the quiet and aloof man I sat in silence with in the candlelit kitchen while I ate and he starred on my first night. He is a smiley, loving, and patient grandfather who sits on the porch with the two babies and loves making me repeat Burmese words after him.

I finally accepted my mother will always be the straight-faced and serious woman who's smile is worth working for and earning. Although she never taught me how to properly wash my muddy clothes, bathe in a longyi, cut the cauliflower or peel the garlic, she would always sit and watch In silence and nod when I'd do it correctly.

There was a brief moment with them that can only be captured vaguely through my unworthy words and I hope to always remember: It was quiet and still; only the faint sound of laughs and chatter broke the silence and misty afternoon rain. My mom sat on my right and my dad on my left, each holding a cloth-wrapped, sleeping baby in their laps. We sat in silence on the bamboo porch with only their occasional converse in Burmese to stir the stillness of the moment. In my head I told myself, "remember this moment right now" because sitting on that porch with them was a privilege few have been graced with and it was the purest form of happiness and gratitude I've experienced. My mom looked over her shoulder at one point, caught me starring at my sleeping niece, and smiled-2it was a prize I happily accepted.

My little sister has given me more smiles, understanding, and inside jokes than I ever expect with such few words exchanged. Our fights over who washes the dishes, walks to the Pagodas to pray, picking each other flowers every evening, laughing and playing with the two babies in our family, discovering she can't whistle and giving her a hard time, giving me way too much rice even when I tell her I'm full, and communicating through awkward laughs and gestures has absolutely made me more heart-happy than communication with words could ever do.

Although they would never take me farming, let me cook, or eat any of the gifts I'd offer, they'd laugh at my poor attempts at speaking Burmese, never fail to make me coffee when I first woke up, humor my questions of pe-yull-la (are you happy?) or le-goo-sah-me (can I help?), and gave a stranger not only a space on the floor to sleep, but a second family and something to miss dearly.

Some people would not find charm in trekking to an outhouse and slipping in the mud, bathing in a longi with a bowl of cold water, being fed heaping plates of rice three times a day and sometimes more, poorly planting rice in the mornings and finding a leech on my leg, waking up at 4:30 to make sure you'll be taken to the fields but somehow left behind anyways, having to use a candle for light after 7, or sleeping on a bamboo floor and finding a spider on your pillow, but I see it differently.

With all these precious moments in a house that became my home, charming is the only word that comes to mind. My family taught me more about community, selflessness, and happiness than any class or professor could ever begin to explain in a lecture- and for this I am privileged.

With love, Meg

 
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Home Away From Home

Meg Cooksey,Best Notes From The Field, SUMMER: Myanmar

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I left my homestay with both a full and hurt heart. It’s a bittersweet feeling: knowing I will always have the memories but also that I’ll never be able to capture them all into words, let alone give these precious moments I’ve lived the justice they each deserve. My family welcomed a stranger into their […]

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07/19/16

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Meg Cooksey

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