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WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Trekking for the Week

Instructors, Participant

Dear Friends and Family, Our group will be headed to Sham Valley tomorrow for the final leg of our journey: a week-long trek in the Himalayas. During this time we will not have internet access and will not be posting Yak’s. We will be......Read More

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Return from Rural Home-Stays

We-Team!, Participant

Our group has just returned from Tar, a remote mountain village where we have lived for the past week. This has been an amazing time for our group to slow down, take time to ourselves, and move our bodies. Our days were spent helping home-stay......Read More

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Jack Kicks a Football

TTTWJ&T: EPISODE #8, Participant

Tiny Table Talks with Jack & Tio: Episode #8 Jack Kicks a Football: VIEW HERE A chat about Mai Gang and Jack kicks a football. Enjoy!...Read More

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Chengdu

TTTWJ&T: Episode #7, Participant

Tiny Table Talks with Jack and Tio: Episode #7 Chengdu, Sichuan: Filmed on April 8, 2018   Notes from the Chengdu subway as we head to Songpan and the Tibetan Plateau.  ...Read More

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Hiking Check-In

TTTWJ&T: Episode #6, Participant

Tiny Table Talks with Jack and Tio: Episode #6 (Filmed on April 1, 2018) Hiking Check In: VIEW HERE After leaving the pottery workshop in Jinhong, we were ready to fill our new Dai-style tea cups with all kinds of Puer! After a five hour hike......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Julley from Tar!

Madison Beveridge, Participant

Nestled between large, earth-toned rocks, filled with trickling streams and smiling faces, is Tar village. Above the mountains, the sky is clear and bright, speckled with birds and void of the noises we have come accustomed to. After a morning of......Read More

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Visit to the coca fields

Group B, Instructor

Coca, the sacred leaf of the Andes has been a central theme throughout our course. Contested and criminalized for its distant connection to cocaine this leaf plays a crucial role in Andean traditional belief systems and in modern day society.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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7 Beautiful Things

Sophia, Participant

Pre Incan cave paintings. On the last day of our ToroToro trek closer to the end Don Mario showed use a wall of the paintings. Befor this I thought art from the reneasance was the most beautiful art in the world. My Tikipaya homestay mother Rosa.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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To Enter or Not

Devan, Participant

What directly preceded our entrance sparks an interesting conversation in itself. We saw the event taking place inside a building and of course I wanted to go in and see what it was about, but two of us four insisted we shouldn´t out of respect.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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On the Amazon Homestay

olivia klugman, Participant

Yak of the Week

Yonathan is laughing with his mom, Berta, on plank board they use as a bed. She is braiding seeds into a string as jewelry to sell to the growing tourism project in the Amazonian pueblo of 120 people; Huacaria. The kids, 3 & 5 years old, make......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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How Do I React To Andean Ceremonies?

Joe LaRocca, Participant

On many occasions during our trip, we’ve helped perform a ceremony that is known in Andean cosmovision as a coa. A coa is an offering to the Pachamama, or Mother Earth, made up of coca leaves, seeds, and many other decorations, each one......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Potatoes

Eliza Cochran, Participant

As a kid eating dinner, my close friends and family always guilted me into (trying to make me) eat all of the food on my plate. They talk about kids that do not have food to eat, and how lucky you are to have that extra food on your plate. But, it......Read More

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Pottery in Jinhong

TTTWJ&T: Episode #5, Participant

Tiny Table Talks With Jack and Tio: Episode #5 Filmed on March 31, 2018 VIEW HERE Episode #5 details the final weeks in Kunming, Thailand adventures, some fun dances, and our trip to Xishuangbanna....Read More

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EPISODE #4 IS NOW VIEWABLE

TTTWJ&T, Participant

TINY TABLE TALKS WITH JACK AND TIO [APRIL 18, 2018] EPISODE #4: VIEW HERE (from March 18th) A note from the producer (Kristen): Well, it’s been over a month since you last heard from Jack & Tio… However, the beautiful tea hills of......Read More