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    [post_content] => The group has landed safely at LAX, along with instructors Luke and Marina.

Wishing everyone a safe and smooth final leg of the journey home and happy reunions!

If you are meeting your son or daughter at the airport, please wait outside the exit to Customs in the International Terminal.

-Dragons Administration
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Arrived Safely in LA

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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The group has landed safely at LAX, along with instructors Luke and Marina. Wishing everyone a safe and smooth final leg of the journey home and happy reunions! If you are meeting your son or daughter at the airport, please wait outside the exit to Customs in the International Terminal. -Dragons Administration

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08/8/17

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Jody Segar

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Andrew was the first to go a couple of weeks ago when his journey parted from the journey of the rest of the group. We wish him joy, belonging, and growth.
Next, during the student-led section of the trip, Joanna departed to prepare for college, which she begins in just under two weeks. We wish her knowledge, comaraderie, and meaningful work.
In the early morning today, Gali departed, headed back to Israel after a short layover in Beijing during which she hopes to see and climb Great Wall. We wish her confidence, belonging, and further challenges.
Gong separated at the airport on his way back to his home in Yunnan. He wished himself challenge, change, and higher self reliance as he seeks to live in a way that honors his principles.
Finally, the main group boarded the flight to Guangzhou. Piers enjoyed the first coffee of his 30-hour birthday. Others are re-read letters they wrote to their future selves at the beginning of the course. Others napped. Still others wrote personal messages in notebooks (or "yearbooks") that each student will receive. As we wait to depart, we wonder what adventures we are headed into next, and we wonder how we will take the objects, ideas, lessons, and memories we gather on the Silk Road with us into future travels.
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一路平安 Farewell

Instructor Team,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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Andrew was the first to go a couple of weeks ago when his journey parted from the journey of the rest of the group. We wish him joy, belonging, and growth. Next, during the student-led section of the trip, Joanna departed to prepare for college, which she begins in just under two weeks. We wish […]

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08/8/17

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Instructor Team

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    [post_content] => Good news! The group is now in Guangzhou and ready to board their original flight to LA, China Southern #327, which was delayed, allowing them time to catch it.

#327 is now scheduled to depart Guangzhou at 10:40 PM, 8/8 local time and arrive in LA at 9:04 PM, 8/8 local time (about 90 minutes later than their originally scheduled arrival). After reviewing onward travel information from LA (for students) we don't anticipate that the delayed arrival in LA will prevent any students from catching their flights onward and home.

For the most current updates on flights, we recommend: flightaware.com

If you have any urgent travel questions, please call the Dragons Travel Line at 303-921-6078.

Wishing the group a safe arrival in LA and smooth travel onward.

-Dragons Administration
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Group ready to depart in Guangzhou

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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Good news! The group is now in Guangzhou and ready to board their original flight to LA, China Southern #327, which was delayed, allowing them time to catch it. #327 is now scheduled to depart Guangzhou at 10:40 PM, 8/8 local time and arrive in LA at 9:04 PM, 8/8 local time (about 90 minutes […]

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08/8/17

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Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Hello Families & Friends,

Unfortunately, the group's flight from Xi'an was delayed considerably and they are now in the air on their way to Guangzhou, expected to arrive at 9:10 PM local time. This means it's very unlikely they'll be able to make it to their scheduled flight onward to LAX. As soon as we have more information about when the group will be able to depart Guangzhou and arrive at LAX, we'll post again here and reach out to families directly so that domestic travel onward from LAX can be rearranged as needed. Both instructors Luke and Marina are flying with the group, so will be able to help communicate onward travel information to students without phones.

More once the group has landed and updated in Guangzhou.

-Dragons Administration
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Group Delayed Leaving Xi’an, now en route to Guangzhou

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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Hello Families & Friends, Unfortunately, the group’s flight from Xi’an was delayed considerably and they are now in the air on their way to Guangzhou, expected to arrive at 9:10 PM local time. This means it’s very unlikely they’ll be able to make it to their scheduled flight onward to LAX. As soon as we […]

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08/8/17

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Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Hello Families and Friends,

The group is waiting to board their flight from Xi'an to Guangzhou, China Southern #3212, scheduled to depart on time and arrive in Guangzhou at 6:54 PM 8/8 local time.

From Guangzhou, the group will board their flight for LA, China Southern #327, scheduled to depart Guangzhou at 9:30 PM, 8/8 local and arrive at LAX at 7:30 PM, 8/8 local.

For the most current updates on flights, we recommend: flightaware.com

If you have any urgent travel questions, please call the Dragons Travel Line at 303-921-6078.

- Dragons Administration
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The Group is ready to depart Xi’an

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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Hello Families and Friends, The group is waiting to board their flight from Xi’an to Guangzhou, China Southern #3212, scheduled to depart on time and arrive in Guangzhou at 6:54 PM 8/8 local time. From Guangzhou, the group will board their flight for LA, China Southern #327, scheduled to depart Guangzhou at 9:30 PM, 8/8 […]

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08/8/17

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Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Over the past week, the group went from “the rooftop of the world” to the ancient dynastic capital, Xi’an. There, students completed their last challenge—five days of completely student-planned activities. Finally, we took the public bus from the city to suburbs then to farmland and finally up to a mountain retreat in the mountains south Xi’an. The Zhongnanshan area is known for the large numbers of Buddhist and Daoist hermits who have sought attunement with nature and self-cultivation in the mountains . This is where we finish our course—hiking around the lakes and hills, eating our final meals together, and saying thank you to China and to the community we created as we traveled through it. As part of this transition from the course back to life at home, we asked students to reflect on their challenges, high points, low points, and goals. We asked them to consider the lessons they learned and ones they are just beginning to learn.

The truth is, these young people have gone through a rite of passage. Each of them faced anticipated and unanticipated challenges, risked much as they shared deeply of themselves, and interacted with difficult realities. It’s crucial that their joys, disappointments, realizations, confusions, successes, failures, and growth be acknowledged seriously. Some will come home and slip easily back into old routines; others will struggle to do this. All will slowly discover that their perspectives of China and their homes has rotated and that they cannot help but to view things and feel things from a slightly different angle than they did before.

The process of coming back together with your loved one will mirror the process the students went through at midcourse on this trip; as the individuals within any group change, the entire structure of the family, the friend group, the community must rearrange to accommodate who these individuals are now. When one person shifts, all the relationships she or has are strained and must shift to accommodate this new relational position. When the participants in this process of re-forming as a group are able to be vulnerable, emotionally available, communicative, and loving, the new family or group can be so much better than the old one.

To this process of redefining your relationships together, the students created an anonymous letter to you. The letter offers not only individual messages to each of you but also insight into the range of emotional experiences these young people are engaged in. There is a lot going on inside of them.

We hope the messages are enlightening, and we hope you will enjoy having your loved one back at your side in just a matter of days; they are wonderful people, and we thank you for giving us the opportunity to know them.

Lastly, please feel free to post similar messages of your own; you have also been on a journey this summer, and it’s just as important for the students to acknowledge your journey as it is for you to acknowledge theirs. After all, you are their most loyal and most important traveling companions on the much longer journey of life.

Dear family and friends, I need you to know...

…that I am not the person who left on June 28th

…that I don’t feel particularly changed in any way. Maybe just a bit older and wiser and more worldly—coming back may be a bit weird

…that I would like to spend more time with you and travel more often

…that I’m still alive and kicking

…that I’ve been living out of a bag for six weeks! I’ll probably sleep for a day. Give me time to share my experiences

…that I have a long list of foods that I’ve been craving for a long time

…that I want to be able to talk for a while. And that I am mentally and physically exhausted. And that I need food so badly

…that I am coming home early in the morning and I will be tired…I will need American food

…that I have always been way more confident than you give me credit for

…that I have changed. Same person on the outside but different on the inside. The trip has made me mature in ways you may not know. Just keep an open mind

…that I really appreciate you giving me this opportunity to travel and explore the world
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Transitions and Redefining Who We Are

Instructors,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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Over the past week, the group went from “the rooftop of the world” to the ancient dynastic capital, Xi’an. There, students completed their last challenge—five days of completely student-planned activities. Finally, we took the public bus from the city to suburbs then to farmland and finally up to a mountain retreat in the mountains south […]

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08/6/17

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Instructors

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Dear Parents,

You probably don't know me, but hopefully I'm not your worst nightmare. I haven't written a Yak in the 5 or so weeks that we've been here. Whoops.

     

We came up with the idea of posting a Yak about the picture you'll see attached. This afternoon, we officially completed x-phase with a lesson about religion and a reflection on what we have picked up about the Silk Road along the trip. We each drew pictures like the one attached to represent what we have learned on our journey.

   

On the top left, you will observe some poorly drawn lips and an ear. The ear is me, listening to the people we have met on our journey (and hopefully learning something from them). Just to the right of the ear, is a nose. Under the nose is a bad smell and a good smell. We have smelled some great food, but we have also smelled some trenches that supposedly pass as toilets. Nice. Below the nose is a web that is supposed to be the Silk Road trade routes, with some key words of items traded along the roads. Notable words include: farming, food, spices and religion. Migrate your eyes slightly below the metaphorical web, and you will observe some wheat, some Flintstone style meat, some noodles, some tea, and some samsa (an oven baked Uighur dish composed of lamb, potato, onion, and a dough shell - ill add a photo).  We had lots and lots and lots and lots of noodles and tea. You will also see an ice cube that is crossed out. I miss ice. Ice is underrated. Everything, until you hit a city with refrigerators, is hot. Not ideal in 100+ degree weather. Dad, if you read this, please take me to in n out and get me a shake when you pick me up. I can't eat another noodle. Glance upwards on the drawing, and you will see a stall that sells tourist junk. There's a lot of tourist junk here. I spent a lot of money on tourist junk. I have no money left. There's also a cigarette because so many people smoke. You'll also see a stack of coins, juxtaposed with a ragged shirt. Despite my artistic representation and analytical jargon, I caved and wrote down what the money and the torn shirt are meant to show; rich vs. poor. I have observed large wealth disparity on this trip. This leads me to my last point: You will see hammer and sickle. Good ol' communism.  How ironic. Rich or poor, China seems more materialistic than even my life in Los Angeles. Fake Adidas and Nike pervade in the villages of Tibet, LV purses grace Xi'an with high "fashion" and "taste". Interesting.

That's all for now, folks.

 

Piers

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Ending X Phase with Some Reflections

Piers,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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Dear Parents, You probably don’t know me, but hopefully I’m not your worst nightmare. I haven’t written a Yak in the 5 or so weeks that we’ve been here. Whoops.       We came up with the idea of posting a Yak about the picture you’ll see attached. This afternoon, we officially completed x-phase […]

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08/6/17

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Piers

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Dear Summer 2017 China Silk Road Student Families,
It is hard to believe that almost 6 weeks have already passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long before students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!
Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for eagerly awaiting families (all times are in local time zones):
Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
 
China Southern Flight #3212
Depart: Xi'an Xianyang @ 4:00PM
Arrive: Guangzhou @ 6:45PM
 
China Southern Flight #327
Depart: Guangzhou @ 9:30 PM
Arrive: LAX @ 7:40PM
We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day. Should you need any assistance after regular office hours, please call our “on-call” number at 303-921-6078.
We wish all students a great trip home!
Sincerely,
Boulder Admin
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August 8th Return Information & Reminders!

Miriam Payne,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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Dear Summer 2017 China Silk Road Student Families, It is hard to believe that almost 6 weeks have already passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long before students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return […]

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08/3/17

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Miriam Payne

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We never expected travel with 17 people to be quick and easy.

   

Transporting people from one place to another can go one of two ways; quick and dirty or long and wet.

   

And the Dragons chose long and wet. This time in the form of a 1,000 kilometer bus ride stretched over the course of three days. Destination: Yushu Horse Festival. When we first boarded the royal blue bus, it was warm and dry, and so were we. Tired and sad after parting with our beloved homestay families, our company readied for what was said to be an "off the cuff" adventure, where we would be camping in large tents as we made our way across the Tibetan plateau. After four weeks of getting to know each other, I think everyone expected the road trip to be a sweet combination of both tumultuous and hilarious, so even before we had taken off it had been dubbed the Magical Mystery Tour.

   

The title, we believe, could not have been more accurate. We were all mystified by the sweeping beauty of rolling green hills and the happy power of good seat partners. Every kink in the dirt road brought spurts of laughter and elated yelps from us trusting passengers. We ended the night by sharing an open field with a small herd of yak and a bowl full of Shamkhun's noodles. Yes, the girls had to walk a mile and a half to pee, but the site was ours to make home, and we all found humor and grace in our found camping experience.

   

The next few days begin with the same excitement and determination to knock off a few hundred kilometers. Heads nod off into stirs of sleep, waking every 3 minutes to a new kink in the swirling road. Travel by bus is not an easy task with this amount of people, but there is something to be said about the ambiguous scenery passing by through the foggy bus windows. We shouldn't take for granted the opportunity to see this part of the world so thoroughly. This journey steps into a new light and we all see more clearly why this trip was attracted into our lives.

   

We continue on with growing hearts,  making way for our continued learning and growth. None of us expected travel with 17 people to be so extravagantly rewarding.

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Rugged travel or beloved bus

Alyssa Hilb,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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We never expected travel with 17 people to be quick and easy.     Transporting people from one place to another can go one of two ways; quick and dirty or long and wet.     And the Dragons chose long and wet. This time in the form of a 1,000 kilometer bus ride stretched […]

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Alyssa Hilb

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Cooking crew:



Lesson in the mountains:



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More photos from Yushu

Instructor Team,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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More photos from recent days in and on the way to Yushu, Qinghai Province… On the bus to Yushu: Cooking crew: Lesson in the mountains: Site of the Horse Festival:

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