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Group on the move

Jessica Armstrong, Dragons Admin

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that the group bid farewell to China and are now safe in Laos. They are currently in Nam Ha National Park completing an overnight jungle trek where they’ll make their own shelter out of banana leaves......Read More

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An Old Lisu Story (typed version)

Karen (Ariel's mother), Participant

I typed up the story Ariel posted on October 6 and thought I would share it. I love seeing all of the posts and pictures! An Old Lisu Story 9/23/2018 Once there was a family with two parents and two daughters. The parents found a beehive, and they......Read More

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Purple hair

Ariel F, Participant

In other news, my hair is now purple. Riley helped me dye it. The first time around, it wasn’t sufficiently purple, so we had to try again. I like it now. He also redyed the ends of his hair, and we tried to give Daria a purple streak, but it......Read More

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Going for a run

Ariel F, Participant

The other morning, I went for a run at 5:30 AM. That’s something I’ve only done once before in my life, and both times I went because I’d given up on sleeping. On this particular early morning, I’d been lying awake for nearly......Read More

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The Bangdong Bloopers

Edward Meyer, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hello, everybody! I’m thrilled to be back on the Yak Board. This evening, we’re finishing our six-day homestay in Bangdong, and we have plenty of stories to tell. Inspired by the spring group’s homestay yaks, I’ve decided to......Read More

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Group Shots!

Instructor Team, Participant

Just some fun shots of the group practicing jumping. Today is our last full day in our homestay. The group is sad to leave but are excited for the upcoming adventures. We will be in Lincang tomorrow then Jinghong the following day (5th October).......Read More

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Temple Truck Ride

Livia & Alden, Participant

Hello there, After sharing breakfast with our homestay families, mostly consisting of rice and leftover dinner,  we piled into a farmers pickup truck and headed to the local temple. Given limited seating, 10 of us stuffed ourselves into the back of......Read More

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China Trek: Falling In Love With Lover’s...

Daria Farman-Farmaian, Participant

Our guide, Abo, scampered ahead and behind me, jumping over the fences that designated the path up the mountain, to gather wild mushrooms. We were hiking out of Lover’s Valley and up a mountain where Chinese tourists flock to see the UNESCO......Read More

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orientation

Livia Ribbink, Participant

I am Livia and I was assigned to be the ‘journalist’ this week, so here we go! We are now in a little village near Kunming (a 1.5 hour bus drive from Kunming), where we are getting to know each other, the instructors and the details on......Read More