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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.

When eggs hatch…

Happy first day of spring from Bolivia!

As the days go by and the daunting, yet exciting “trek” looms ahead, we quickly scurry around camp to prepare for the departure. In these moments of forgetfulness and fear, we are often overwhelmed by the responsibilities that seem to come so fast and hit us so hard.

That is why it is with such relief that we are able to stop to express ourselves and our emotions at moments such as morning check-in and dinner. Since we were assigned our first roles, we have very quickly molded this adventure into our own, crazy odyssey. Not even two days after the transition of our new jobs, we have developed unique activities to share our thoughts, from the Moodimeter to sharing our “rose and thorn” of each day.

These moments truly define the mindset of a Dragons hatchling, marking the evolution from the egg to the chicken. As we slowly become more responsible, we take time to build our flock into one entity, so that we may all fly together as condors when the time comes.

As for now, with our orientation/skill-building phase behind us, we look to the future with nothing but hope (and a little anxiety) for things yet to come.

Much love to the family, and best wishes to all of you back home, as I’m sure you’re all gnawing your teeth between each of these Yaks. Let it be known that we are all safe and no one has reached a 10 on the poop scale yet. >knocks on wood<

Until next time, Louis.