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The Great Wall

Jackson DaPuzzo, Participant

Hello Yakkers,  Get comfortable, because you’re in for a story. We have been in Beijing for two days, and have just recently finished our 5/5 rugged travel trek to the Great Wall. You may be wondering, “Why is the 6-week language......Read More

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Beijing

Ulysses Atkeson, Participant

你好, We are now in 北京! Our first 2 days were spent in a nice hostel 1-2 hours out of the city. There was only one guy who cooked for all 14 of us and kept the place very clean. We enjoyed eating with him and hearing his stories.......Read More

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Wo men dao le Beijing!

Ross, Participant

After saying goodbye to our homestay families and language teachers in Kunming, we rose at the crack of dawn to board an early morning flight to Beijing. We arrived around noon and will begin the final phase of our journey: transference....Read More

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The Cliff’s Edge

Arman Abrishamchian, Participant

Picture of the Week

I’ve been blatantly ignoring writing a yak post. Truthfully, at some points I felt that writing one would be more of an assignment than something I would want to do. At others, I believed that writing a post would both limit any experience I had or diminish it in some way. See, I would never be able to describe these experiences in a way that could provide all the details, all my feelings, and all my perceptions of what happened. I felt that only my own memory would be able to contain those important pillars of any one experience.  … Read More

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Onto Kunming

Caleb Gabriel-Deveau, Participant

Onto Kunming! X-Phase is over. Now it’s time to move onto the city! Kunming is the capital of the Yunnan Province of The People Republic of China. This is where we will be spending the next 11 days learning, living and getting to know are way......Read More

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Update from Charlotte

Charlotte Feagin, Dragons Admin

Hi everybody! It’s Charlotte here. A lot has happened in Kunming so far. After arriving via bullet train (officially ending the x-phase), we met our host families one by one at the school apartment. Benjy was also there to send us off, which I......Read More

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Hiking 鸡足山

Morgan Foster, Participant

Greetings from Dali! In this post I will wrote about our experience hiking Dali’s famous “Ji Zu Shan” which translates in English to “Chicken Foot Mountain”. *one American dollar is about 6.5 Chinese yuan or......Read More

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The Rest of X-Phase!

Ulysses Atkeson, Participant

Hey All! X-Phase has been very eventful and we still have 3 days left! On the 18th we had the opportunity to visit local artisans in Dali. Kyle set up 2 activities for us to choose between. Most of us went to a local cloth dying location. They use......Read More

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Photos from Xizhou

Emilie Faracci, Participant

Hi all, these are some of the photos from our day in Xizhou ! The cover photo was taken in the market, the second is of Joey making the local cheese, the third was of the baba we made at the Linden center, the fourth is of the rice dough factory,......Read More

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Starting our X-Phase!

Ines Im, Participant

Hi All! To start our first full day of X-phase in Dali, (the part of this trip that is being completely planned and orchestrated by the students), we visited the old town of Xizhou. This trip/tour was planned specifically by Jackson and Arman, who......Read More

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Leaving Jixiang : first day of X-phase

Emilie Faracci, Participant

As we wrap our minds around the fact that we have left the small village of Jixiang, the bittersweet memory of adjusting to the slow paced local life mixes with the many wonderful memories we leave behind. Reflecting on our time with our host......Read More

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The Busy and the Beautiful

Kyle Trefny, Participant

Starting this Yak, I’m not quite sure how to begin; there’s so much to say. We’ve now been with our Jixiang host families a full week, and that puts us a third of the way through this trip. I’m thrilled to be able to start with the answer......Read More