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Images from Shangri La

Parents and Friends,

Yesterday we went to a village on the outskirts town to learn about Tibetan culture through the art of cooking. We made traditional pancakes, bread and pasta from scratch. For first-timers, the students looked like naturals and grandpa, who only speaks the Kham dialect of Tibetan, was awfully impressed. We were honored guests in their house for lunch and learned about local marriage customs and ceremonies and the practice of sharing seeds as a way to symbolically link families together.

There will be more regular updates to the Mekong Yak board in the weeks to come. For now, the team is returning to normal programming goals and getting ready to head south to Jinghong, in Xishuangbanna prefecture. They’ll situate themselves in an ethnic Dai village near the frontier of Southeast Asia, where the Mekong grows wide and slow.

We hope this finds you all well,

Justin