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It is hard to believe that we have been with our home-stay families in rural Nan Yao for eight days already. Even stranger is the fact that in just two days we will saying goodbye to the village that so graciously hosted us to embark on our X-Phase. Although the slower pace of life here has been an adjustment from bustling Kunming, we are all learning to appreciate the peace and quiet that the village provides. Days have been filled with classes in the morning, lunch at our home-stays, then returning t the program house in the afternoon to see what activity the day has in store. These activities have included going into Lijiang, helping pull out weeds and trim bushes at the local village community center, and picking up trash that tourists and construction workers littered near the source of Nan Yao's water supply.

Yesterday, after another regular morning of language classes we set off in two vans (one of which was driven by my host dad to, Zhi Yun Si, a Buddhist temple. We were lucky enough to arrive just in time to witness the 3:30 pm chanting of the sutras, where all the monks gathered in one room of the temple adorned with vibrant tapestries to recite sacred Buddhist texts. The low hum of the chanting, beating of the drum, and echoing of the horn evoked a feeling of holiness that left us mesmerized, transfixed on this ritual and completely unaware of the passing of time. The monks' ages ranged from what looked like to be about twelve to sixty years old, and while the older ones clearly had this ritual ingrained in memory, the younger ones could be seen looking down at their texts or to the side in an attempt to match the chanting of their elder. The chanting was intermixed with fascinating hand gestures, that were subtle yet so intentional in their movements. Before we knew it, forty minutes had passed and the chanting had come to an end, leaving the room filled with silence.

 

After the ceremony, we circled up as a group outside to reflect on what we had just experienced. We learned about the Buddhist concept of merit: by reciting sutras aloud for others to hear a monk gains merit that goes toward ensuring his next life will see even more happiness and fulfillment. We learned that the reason we had to walk up what seemed like never-ending steps to get to the temple was because one had to endure this challenge to prove his dedication and sincerity. We learned that most of these monks were left at the monastery as orphans, and that they live on these grounds in special dorms.

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Nanyao & Zhiyun Temple

Isabel Garfinkel,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 6-Week

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It is hard to believe that we have been with our home-stay families in rural Nan Yao for eight days already. Even stranger is the fact that in just two days we will saying goodbye to the village that so graciously hosted us to embark on our X-Phase. Although the slower pace of life here […]

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07/27/16

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Isabel Garfinkel

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    [post_content] => Students and instructors arrived at Pudong International Airport this morning, ready to take off for many corners of the world.

The group said goodbye to Jeffrey after a family member met him at the airport. Karla headed through security ahead of the group flight. Joaquin and Chris are currently waiting to check into and board their respective flights. Arik, Asher, Ejaz, Eliot, Olivia, Sophia, and Will are currently through security waiting out the slightly delayed group flight. The group flight's transfer in Hong Kong should not be affected.

They are looking forward to seeing loved ones very soon!
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Students Departing Shanghai

Instructors,SUMMER: China: Yangtze River

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Students and instructors arrived at Pudong International Airport this morning, ready to take off for many corners of the world. The group said goodbye to Jeffrey after a family member met him at the airport. Karla headed through security ahead of the group flight. Joaquin and Chris are currently waiting to check into and board […]

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07/27/16

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Instructors

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    [post_content] => Dear Loved Ones: we are through security and about to board our plane to Shanghai. Grace has already met up with her father and Emanuela is back in the airport waiting for her flight to Milan. Sam will leave us in Shanghai for London.

We will update again once back in the U.S.
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Through Security

Instructors,SUMMER: China Language Intensive 4-Week

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Dear Loved Ones: we are through security and about to board our plane to Shanghai. Grace has already met up with her father and Emanuela is back in the airport waiting for her flight to Milan. Sam will leave us in Shanghai for London. We will update again once back in the U.S.

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07/27/16

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Instructors

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    [post_content] => Dear Dragons friends and family,

We have been in touch with the instructor team, and the group has wrapped up a powerful 4 weeks of learning and adventure through some of the most beautiful and diverse parts of Peru.  It has been quite a journey, and the students look forward to sharing stories with loved ones very soon.  They are currently boarding their plane in Cusco, and will have a 4 hour layover in Lima before departing for Miami at 1:05 am local time.  We will send an update as soon as the group has landed safely in Miami tomorrow morning.

Thank you for your support in making this journey possible!

Best wishes,

Julianne
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Peru 4 group boarding their flight in Cusco

Julianne Chandler,SUMMER: Peru 4-Week

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Dear Dragons friends and family, We have been in touch with the instructor team, and the group has wrapped up a powerful 4 weeks of learning and adventure through some of the most beautiful and diverse parts of Peru.  It has been quite a journey, and the students look forward to sharing stories with loved […]

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07/27/16

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Julianne Chandler

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    [post_content] => Hello Families,

This is an update to let you know that it appears the flight leaving Abu Dhabi was delayed by an hour and so the new scheduled arrival time at JFK is now 10:39 AM.  Hopefully this won't affect student domestic travel too much and we'll be in touch again when the group lands.

Dragons Administration
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Nepal Flight Slightly Delayed

Admin,SUMMER: Nepal A, SUMMER: Nepal B

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Hello Families, This is an update to let you know that it appears the flight leaving Abu Dhabi was delayed by an hour and so the new scheduled arrival time at JFK is now 10:39 AM.  Hopefully this won’t affect student domestic travel too much and we’ll be in touch again when the group lands. […]

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07/27/16

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Admin

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    [post_content] => Dear Jordan Families,
This is an update to inform you that the Jordan group flight will be delayed 4 hours and 45 minutes. The flight will now be departing Amman in 6 PM (Jordan time, which is 9 AM EST) and will be arriving in New York at JFK at 11 PM (EST).
For those families students who may miss their domestic flights as a result of this change, we have followed up with you directly to check in about alternative arrangments. Please contact anne@wheretherebedragons.com if your son or daughter will need a hotel room for tomorrow night. We will be making all hotel bookings tomorrow afternoon.
With Care,
Jenny & Dragons Field Support
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Jordan Group Flight Delayed

Jenny Wagner,SUMMER: Jordan

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Dear Jordan Families, This is an update to inform you that the Jordan group flight will be delayed 4 hours and 45 minutes. The flight will now be departing Amman in 6 PM (Jordan time, which is 9 AM EST) and will be arriving in New York at JFK at 11 PM (EST). For those families […]

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07/27/16

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Jenny Wagner

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SUMMER: Jordan

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    [post_content] => I was pretty darn homesick for about half of the trip. Time passed reasonably slow toward the middle of the trip. But, as time progressed the days really did get shorter and shorter. Now I´m not ready to go. I´m not ready to leave without seeing the salt flats -- who knows when I´ll be back... I´m not ready to say goodbye, goodbye to my homestay family and I haven´t soaked up enough of the Andes´magic.

That being said, I´m very content with the experience I´ve had. It´s been so very different from what I expected. Different on many levels. The land. The food. The cities. These differences and the insuing suprise, was, of course, almost to be expected. The more suprising surprises involved the difficulties I had during the course. I was challenged in ways I did not expect to be challenged. At the same time, I was a lot more comfortable than I expected to be with some things.

Lastly, I´d like to share a haiku I crafted in reflection after our transference experience on the way back from Copacabana

Reflect, change and be

travel like a traveler

 To live and to learn

                        SBC July 2016

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Fin

Simon Caplan,SUMMER: Bolivia

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I was pretty darn homesick for about half of the trip. Time passed reasonably slow toward the middle of the trip. But, as time progressed the days really did get shorter and shorter. Now I´m not ready to go. I´m not ready to leave without seeing the salt flats — who knows when I´ll be […]

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07/27/16

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Simon Caplan

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SUMMER: Bolivia

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I signed up for this course looking for new friends, a new country, and an adventure. I didn´t realize until close to my departure how much the experience would have the ability to change me. When this hit me, I was ridiculously scared. A few nights before leaving to meet my group in Miami, I reached out to an old friend in panic. I felt weak, scared, and alone. I knew they trip would change me, and I wasn't sure if I was ready for that. But my friend reminded me that this change was an opportunity and a good thing for me, not something to be afraid of.

I knew that what my friend said was true within our first few days of Orientation in Candelaria, and my fears dissipated. I was ready to grow, and I became confident that that change could be healthy and good for me. Our group of twelve tied ourselves into a closely-knit web of support. With each interaction we had with each other, our web got tighter and stronger.  With each interaction we had with local Bolivians, my heart grew kinder and more open to love. With each interaction with the land (or the Pachamama, as they call it here), my soul found more peace. With every minute in this beautiful country, I grew and changed, and, contrary to my previous fears, I changed in the best kinds of ways.

I learned to appreciate my surroundings, to demonstrate love to the people around me, to hold myself with confidence, and to act with compassion towards the people I meet. I have grown more than I could have expected, and I´m so grateful to have had this opportunity.

Finally, I´d love to share a haiku I wrote on the bus to La Paz.

 

What describes our trip?

Our respelendent progression.

Also, potatoes.

(There are a lot of potatoes in Bolivia. It´s a staple food.)

Thanks for reading,

MPO 07/27/2016

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A Good Note to End On

Maya Olin,SUMMER: Bolivia, Best Notes From The Field

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Hi all- I signed up for this course looking for new friends, a new country, and an adventure. I didn´t realize until close to my departure how much the experience would have the ability to change me. When this hit me, I was ridiculously scared. A few nights before leaving to meet my group in […]

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07/27/16

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Maya Olin

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As this month comes to an end, we are all spending lots of time reflecting on our experience in Bolivia. I´ve learned so much about Bolivia´s culture, landscape, and traditions. I´ve also learned more about myself. By disconnecting from my life back home, I´ve been able to understand and realize which parts of life really matter to me- strong relationships, forming true connections with individuals, and the beauty of nature and humanity. By meeting such interesting people throughout our travels, including a 100 year old woman healer named Augustina, a world famous weaver named Doña Jesusa, my host family, and of course, our beloved Doña Santusa who housed us for our first few nights in Bolivia, I´ve learned how to really connect with people on more than just a surface level. This is something that I believe is so important in order to experience life to the fullest.

I feel so lucky to have experienced everything that I have. This group of individuals is so unique and special and traveling with them has been such a highlight. Thank you to everyone who has made this experience possible for me and who has supported me along the way.

I´d like to share a haiku I wrote on the bus to La Paz

Guiding, providing

Pachamama sustains life

Unique together

KES July 2016

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Disconnecting to Connect

Keaton Smith,SUMMER: Bolivia

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Hi all, As this month comes to an end, we are all spending lots of time reflecting on our experience in Bolivia. I´ve learned so much about Bolivia´s culture, landscape, and traditions. I´ve also learned more about myself. By disconnecting from my life back home, I´ve been able to understand and realize which parts of […]

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07/27/16

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Keaton Smith

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SUMMER: Bolivia

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    [post_content] => This past month has been one of the most life-changing and arduous experiences of my life. I had the priviledge to explore this beautiful country with my fellow Dragoners with whom I've been able to share moments filled with laughter, sadness, and happiness. It has been a pleasure to visit the many places of Bolivia, some of which were the important cities: Sucre, La Paz, Cochabamba, Potosi. Now, it is time to say goodbye and head back home.

What will I take home? Apart from the normal souvenir that you find in a gift shop in a foreign country, I will also take home memories that I will cherish: Jhasmany breaking Alan's headlamp, Mason telling his stories about the world's hairiest dog, Lindsey casually telling us of how she almost died eight times. I will also take home an improved version of myself, a more conscious and world-aware version, knowing how fortunate I am to be living in such a comfortable home in Spain, with only mere problems that most people would scoff at.  Finally, I will be taking home a new group of friends of whom I have shared both embarrasing and close moments with. My group of friends, whom have suffered the high altitude in Andes, rode long bus rides and shared their candy with me. I hope to stay in touch with them.

What am I looking forward to? For starter, I surely awaiting to seeing the smiles of my parents faces who welcome me home with a bear hug. I also looking forward to seeing my dog, who is patiently waiting by the kitchen door. Finally, I am looking forward to assimilating myself back into my normal Spanish self with my new experiences from this past month. I hope to see if I notice the world any different now that I have been exposed to such diverse parts of the Bolivia culture.

Overall, it has been a great month, making new friends, going on long treks and learning about the Bolivian culture. This once in a life choices in travelling to Bolivia was one of the better selections that I have made in my lifetime. I will be missing you Bolivia. Farewell.
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Farewell Bolivia

James Tejera,SUMMER: Bolivia

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This past month has been one of the most life-changing and arduous experiences of my life. I had the priviledge to explore this beautiful country with my fellow Dragoners with whom I’ve been able to share moments filled with laughter, sadness, and happiness. It has been a pleasure to visit the many places of Bolivia, […]

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07/27/16

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James Tejera

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SUMMER: Bolivia

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