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Island Time

Will Kalis, Participant

Whether it be on a tropical island in the Bahamas, or a narrow slice on the muddy Mekong, life moves at its own pace. The sun’s oppressive heat and muggy air melt away any fear tardiness and breaking schedule. The constant buzz of bustling crowds......Read More

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A Language Lesson

Ariel Fromm, Participant

Three weeks into our stay in Laos, Gai and Som decided it was time to inform us that the Lao word for “I” sounds very similar to the Lao word for “penis”, and we may have all been saying the wrong word this whole time. Ariel....Read More

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Family night

Daria, Participant

Yak of the Week

The other night, I was rolling on the floor of my host family’s porch playing gymnastics games with my host sister, Boah. At one point we were resting and my host mom pulled an ant out of my hair. She proceeded to say something about my hair......Read More

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My Birthday

Daria, Participant

My birthday this year (on the 27th of October) was one to remember. Though, it wasn’t until I met up with the group at 9:00 am for our morning lessons that I was reminded that it was my birthday. In the afternoon, we walked up to the far end......Read More

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

Daria, Participant

On one of our first days on our homestay island, we were all given ice cream sandwiches (on Dragons 🙂 ) because it was so hot out. When I opened the packaging, I was surprised to find ice cream stuffed between two pieces of frozen white bread! I......Read More

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Deedo

Ariel Fromm, Participant

I think I have finally found a dog my mom would let us have. My little sister has been asking for a dog for years. My mom isn’t totally opposed. We can have a dog, as long as the dog doesn’t poop, bark, shed, or smell bad. And I’ve......Read More

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The Leeches

Edward Meyer, Participant

Yak of the Week

[Note: This is merely a parody of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches, and it is therefore not an instance of copyright infringement. At least, I hope not. I should really look that up.] [Other Note: I meant to post this about two weeks ago, and I......Read More

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Group on the way to Thaket

Jessica Armstrong, Dragons Admin

Hi everyone, Just letting you know that the group are currently on route to their second homestay on the island of Baan Dohn Don which is situated near the town of Thaket in Laos. The group are on a 8+ hour bus from Vientiane now. They will arrive......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt

Eleanor Fitzgibbons, Participant

Hello! This is Nina, Alden, and Eleanor reporting live from our scavenger hunt in Luang Prabang. Our first stop this morning was Baan Xieng Maen, and our guest house receptionist directed us to the river. Upon our arrival, Alden’s bike broke......Read More

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Memorandum

Riley Smith, Participant

Once upon a time, in a far away kingdom… So yeah, remember that Yak where Ariel and I talked about so!e nice photos? To actually get to the photos we mentioned, go to said Yak, click photos, and go backwards. I understand how counterintuitive......Read More