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Kunming Farewell

Team Mekong, Participant

It was with full hearts, tears in our eyes, and plentiful laughter that our group said goodbye today at Kunming Airport. As instructors, we are feeling very blessed to have been a part of this cultural learning and creative living opportunity. Until......Read More

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“Moments of Being”

Rob Walker, Participant

Yak of the Week

Apologies in advance to Virginia Woolf. *** Thunder rumbles. The rain falls in sheets on the tin roof above my bed. I glance at the mosquito netting hanging fifteen inches from my face and listen to the storm. The door to my room opens and my......Read More

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Naxi Dance Troupe

Myles Haigney, Participant

Yak of the Week

Shade, Kaia and I trudged up the windy cobblestone hill, our feet morphing into heavier and heavier stone slabs with each step. Having just played ultimate frisbee on the local school’s concrete basketball court/playground and with the last rays......Read More

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Kopiak recipe

Izzy Arrendell, Participant

As we continue our journey through China, I have been spending time reflecting on our time in Laos. Thinking back to things that made me love Laos so much. There is too much for me to put in one yak post. So instead I will share something small but......Read More

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First Days in China

Shade Kimball, Participant

Yak of the Week

Since arriving here in the Eastern hemisphere, I have felt hesitant to share my personal experiences on a public forum, fearing that it would detract from their meaning. Living in rural cattle communities and rice farm villages has distanced my......Read More

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How to Pay Attention

Angelica Calabrese, Participant

Yak of the Week

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, How to fall down into the grass, How to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, How to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me,......Read More

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The Lights in Luang Prabang

Julia Souza, Participant

Once the clean blue water from the waterfalls had dried from our bodies and the sun had started to set, we got ready for the lights. The moonlight, the artificial light, the light shining from people’s hearts and glimmering in their eyes,......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt

Myles, Sarah & Rob, Participant

Sabai dee! To whom it may concern, we are writing from a travel agency’s internet cafe in Luang Prabang. We would like to share a photograph and a short story from our scavenger hunt today. We began our hunt prowling the dark alleyways of the......Read More

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Rice Cake Chat

Shade, Wilson and Julia, Participant

Hello! The Mekong group is in Luang Prabang, the ancient capital city and the Buddhist capital city of Laos, and during an exploration in city we ran into some street vendors, all from different backgrounds and selling a variety of products in their......Read More