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Introduction

23 February 2018

Yangon, Myanmar

Greetings from a little monastery tucked away on the outskirts of Yangon. My name is Micah and I am so excited to be joining you in India in just a few weeks.

I am writing to you from my little room here at Kuang Su Wai monastery where I am currently working as a guest English teacher and preparing for our time together next month. I have only been in Myanmar for a few weeks but find it to be an incredible place full of laughter and generosity and more birds than I can remember seeing at any one time.

This will be my fourth year working for Dragons and living on the road full time. I have spent most of my time leading courses and living in sub-saharan Africa and Indonesia but have had the privilege of spending time in India and Nepal with Dragons as well. Outside of those places I keep finding myself passing in and out of south-east Asia and occasionally make it back to the United States to visit family and eat sandwiches.

I am unbelievably excited to be returning to India next month and can’t wait to explore more of that magical place with all of you. India is a place of Mesmerizing beauty and infinite complexities and no matter how many times you visit or how many days/months/years you might live there there is something totally new and incredible to see each and every day.

I am originally from Winona Lake, a tiny town in northern Indiana. I grew up surrounded by cornfields and lakes and spent most of my time thumbtacking national geographic maps to my bedroom walls and dreaming about wandering down some dusty road on the other side of the globe. Dragons has been a dream job for me as it has allowed me not only the opportunity to truly discover some of the most far-flung places on the globe but it has pushed me to truly engage with the people and cultures that I have encountered along the way. One of my favorite things about travel is that it simultaneously makes us challenge our ideas and perceptions about the world and ourselves.

I look forward to exploring India with all of you and am excited about our upcoming conversations and discussions and can’t wait to hear your stories and start to get to know you and learn about what matters in your lives.

See you all in Delhi,

Micah