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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group A

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What does it mean to be entitled?

Kendall, Participant

Entitlement has extremely negative connotations, and most of us would not like to think of ourselves as entitled. Personally, up until now I would have associated entitlement with someone who is spoiled and has never had to work a day in their life.......Read More

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A Day in the Garden

Olivia Klugman, Participant

Yak of the Week

My first Saturday living in Tiquipaya left me feeling relaxed and connected – to the other students, to my host family, and to the Bolivian soil. We started our day with a 30 minute Trufi ride to the colorful Plaza Colon, where we sat in the......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Tiquipaya!

Brooke, Participant

Greetings, all! I´m settling into my homestay here in Tiquipaya, Bolivia where my alarm clock is a baby sheep and the potatoes are plentiful. It´s been quite the change of pace from our trek in Toro Toro. There, we spent our days climbing......Read More

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Updates From Tiquipaya!

Joe LaRocca, Participant

Hey everyone, Apologies for the lack of yaks so far! It’s not because we’ve forgotten; it’s instead because we’ve been very busy taking in a variety of experiences! Pat described earlier how last week, we went hiking in Toro......Read More

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Nother Day

Paco, Participant

Note:  The Princeton Bridge Year students planned a scavenger hunt and welcome ceremony yesterday afternoon for our semester group, including brownies and a bonfire at the program house farm!  This post was in response to a prompt in the scavenger......Read More

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evo si

Pat, Madeline, Hannah, Kendall, Participant

Soy evo (morales). You may know me from any given wall in any given place–dice “evo si”. Eso es lo que siempre dice. The people all love me. I have inspired absolute unity to the point of discomfort. At this point we bolivianos......Read More

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Hi

Tone lee, Participant

Hey guys. It’s tone. I don’t know how to use this computer keyboard exactly. The last two weeks have been pretty crazy. We just got back from a 4 day backpacking trip. It was the first time i did something like that. I had to dig a hole......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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ToRo tOrO

Pat Macdonald, Participant

For four days we followed a man/spirit named Don Mario like sheep following a shepherd. But we did not act like sheep–that is, we didn’t shirk from challenge and adventure. Instead, we engaged with a truly otherworldly high-altitude......Read More

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Success in Toro Toro!

Instructors, Instructor

Dear friends and family, Our group has successfully completed our first trek! We spent an amazing 4 days in the high desert environment of Parque Nacional Toro Toro in central Bolivia. Over our four days, our hikes covered about 21 miles, climbing 3......Read More

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Update from the trek!

Julianne Chandler, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons friends and family, We have been in regular touch with the instructor team, and the group has been enjoying their first trek in Toro Toro National Park, a little-known jewel located in the remote inter-Andean valleys of Central......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

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Off Trekking!

Parker, Instructor

Our group has spent the last day and a half prepping in Tiquipaya/Cochabamba for our trek in Toro Toro.  We talked through gear, food, packing systems, spacing, and pacing; we met with Don Mario, our trekking guide.  Now we are ready to go. We......Read More

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No hablas Espanol

Kendall, Hannah, and Tone, Participant

Hola, buenas tardas! This is one of the few phrases we can say during our scavenger hunt! With the groups being split based on Spanish skills, us beginners have been thrown in the thick of it! It is really hard to describe the word finger puppet......Read More

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Ready for adventure

Kendall, Participant

As orientation comes to a close, I think we are all feeling a combination of nervousness and excitement for the trek and homestay to come. We are all still panting our way up to the yoga studio every day, but every time it feels slightly easier......Read More

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!!!!

Margo, Devan, Patt, Participant

Today is a wonderful day. We talked to a guy in a yellow hat who told us all about Coroico´s infamous red bird and some history of Afro-Bolivianos. We bought pure chocolate (no sugar) from a man named Federico. ¿We were frightened by our K9......Read More

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Greetings From Coroico!

Joe LaRocca, Participant

Hello everyone! We´re Joe, Brooke and Eliza and yesterday, we arrived in a small town called Coroico, approximately 4 hours north of La Paz. Today, we went on a scavenger hunt that included talking to locals about America, learning a couple of......Read More