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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group B

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sunset reflections

Isabelle, Participant

Walking home after a charla last week, I saw the most incredible sunset. I started to notice it walking out of the Granja Polen— a few multi-colored clouds that looked like they had been pulled straight from a water color painting. As my small......Read More

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Baile en Tiquipaya

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Hello Friends and Family, I want to share a few photos with all of you of a neighborhood festival the students attended yesterday. The instructors sent me these photos of the students getting ready to participate in traditional dances and music with......Read More

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The people gotta dance!

Annika, Participant

it’s wednesday evening, and i walk with Jackson, Owen, and their host family through the streets of tiquipaya, passing the remnants of the blockades that covered the city all day. We walk by plastic chairs turned on their sides, laced with wire,......Read More

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Broccoli Breakthroughs

Reeve, Participant

I have never been a fan of broccoli. I kind of think it’s the worst. But after three weeks of eating the one vegetarian option of eggs and rice for nearly every meal, the sight of something green on my plate was nothing short of a miracle. I......Read More

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Afroboliviana

Gabrielle, Participant

Before coming to Bolivia I didn’t do much research about the black experience or racism in Bolivia. While on other trips and in my own life I expect racism. I didn’t think about it much before making my way down here. But from times in the......Read More

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look mom, i’m fine!

Lia, Participant

piper taught me how to upload photos to internet cafe computers, and I figured it was timely to show us smiling in Tiquipaya among all of the news of protests and violence and such. so look, we’re doing just fine. xo...Read More

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Update on Political Situation in Bolivia

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Families, We are writing to give you an update related to Bolivia. As you may be aware, last Sunday presidential elections were held in which Evo Morals was running for a controversial 4th term. Final votes were counted yesterday......Read More

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!Resistencia en Tiquipaya!

Jac Kovarik, Participant

Allillanchu from Tiquipaya! The students have been attending some amazing academic “charlas” (lectures/workshops) during our time in Tiquipaya, learning about all different kinds of resistance movements in Bolivia and in Latin America......Read More

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master chefs.

Gabrielle, Participant

On Friday morning we arrived to the program house with one mission. To upstage the other spanish class´cooking. And that we did. On Friday morning we did nothing but finesse with our main girl: Professor Delma. Lia and Izzy started making juice......Read More

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Dear Tari,

Izzy and Annika, Participant

We knew Bolivia would be great from the start. Yet we will always be missing something from our shopping cart. Peru you will always have our heart. Is it fair to say Tari was the best part?   Palta, pan, queso for lunch. But do you know what......Read More

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Baile and Bubble Tea: a Lifestyle

Reeve and Izzy, Participant

Last Wednesday, we discovered our new favorite routine. Step one: Meet at the orange flags at 2pm sharp Step two: Spot a 106 Trufi for a bumpy ride to Cochabamba Step three: Pass the palm trees and shout “Vamos a bajar” Step four: Check......Read More

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Getting into the swing of things!

Gabrielle, Participant

It´s only the first week but I think I´ve gotten into the swing of things in Ticchipayu! I´ve mastered the truffey system, learned the currency, learned some different dances at the dance festival last night, found all the best Bolivian snacks,......Read More

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things have happened

Lia !!, Participant

hi! I am the last to yak, which is major thanks to my unappeasable gmail account, so to loves at home im trying to outsmart the computer and ill get back to you soon, hopefully some of you find this update! I don´t really have means to begin to......Read More

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conmutando

annika, Participant

we are finding our routines in tiquipaya- when to wake up, how early to get to the program house to have enough time to make coffee, and which trufis to take to get into town (lots of trial and error and waiting at wrong esquinas). i live the......Read More

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My Update From The First Days in Tiquipaya

Owen Rask, Participant

Bienvenidos families and friends! Today (the 7th of October) is our third night in Tiquipaya and second night with our homestay families. As we are finally settling down from all the traveling, we are getting to know our surrounding area. Our new......Read More

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Mini Successes and Failures

Piper Ackermann, Participant

A couple months ago when I saw the advertised itinerary for this trip I read the word homestay and I wasn´t quite sure  what to expect. Even yesterday before our families arrived I didnt know that to expect, but as soon as my host sister came I......Read More