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Expedition phase

Sydney Beverly, Participant

Today it was our turn to pick where we wanted to go and navigate our way around Beijing. First we had breakfast at 7:30 and we had sugar bread, soup and dumplings. After that we went to a coffee shop to plan our day. The leader for today was......Read More

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Values

John Gregoire, Participant

Today we as a group spent the morning saying goodbyes to our host families, and met to discuss bigger questions raised through our trip to the Naxi village. We went out into the woods and discussed the differences in values between the Naxi and us......Read More

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The Greatest Wall

Benjamin Summers, Participant

We voyaged to Kou’s house at dawn to set a course for the Great Wall of China. After nearly two hours in a bus we were shown our rooms and had a typical Chinese lunch. We then all worked on a brain dump of all the skill we learned and the memories......Read More

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Naxi culture

Virginia Chandler, Participant

Today we explored Old Lijiang for the first time. We split into small groups, and took part in photography projects based on the articles each group was assigned. We talked to Naxi people, and each group delved deep into their topics. We came......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt

Ali Zaidi, Participant

Setting out today Rose, Sammi, Courtney and I decided that if we did nothing else we were at least going to have fun. Energized by our Jikundo(Bruce Lee’s Style) training and power naps, we set out into the vast town of Kunming. The sidewalks were......Read More

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Ni hao Kunming!

Courtney Kilduff, Participant

After arriving in Kunming early in the morning, our Dragons instructors lead us around the city to taste traditional street food. Then we all set out for a lesson in jeet kune do at Mr. and Mrs. Zeng’s music and martial arts school. Informative......Read More

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Back in Beijing

Sammi Jacobs, Participant

Today was a travel day from Kunming to Beijing. Once we arrived in Beijing and checked into our hotel, we went to lunch and had great dumplings. After, we had a much needed rest time to help us recover from our early flight. Then, we had a meeting......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt: Team “Pretty Little Friends”

Sydney Beverly, Participant

Hi, it’s Sydney here. Today we had a scavenger hunt and in my group was Morgan, Jasmine, and Ben. We had to find many different things. One in particular is that we had to watch or take a class at Dangsters, which is a dance class place. I......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

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Scavenger Hunt

Kacey Cooper, Participant

Today, our group of Anthony, Guil, and Kacey ventured through the bustling city of Kunming on a scavenger hunt. We were given a list of objectives to complete. Our bolded objectives on the list were indicated as mandatory. We gave ourselves goals,......Read More

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A day in Nanyao

Morgan Aufenger, Participant

Today we had the morning to spend time with our family and help them around the field and around their home. Some of our families didn’t have work for us so they sent us to the field to pick plums. We used giant sticks to whack the plums off the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

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Pausing for reflection

Jasmine Brown, Participant

For me, today was one for reflection. Although there was misinterpreted body language, we put away our differences and truly bonded with meaningful conversations about the day before, but that is just my opinion. But more interestingly, we went to......Read More

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First full day in Nanyaocun

Courtney Kilduff, Participant

Today we all woke up in our home stay families for an early breakfast and then set out to meet with the rest of our group. We reconnected at the house where our directors are staying, and our meeting here consisted of reflections over the previous......Read More

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Home stays in Nanyao

Natasha Naujoks, Participant

This afternoon we enjoyed a warm welcome from our home stay families in Nanyaocun! We’re looking forward to spending the next three days with them and exploring the village....Read More

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Meeting my home stay family

Rose Steingold, Participant

Today we started off the day with a meeting about the cultural etiquette of the homestay village. Then we began the last part of our hike downhill to the bus. We arrived at the homestay village and dispersed to our respective families and had an......Read More