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WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Cusco: off the wall

Michela, Participant

Cusco is truly a remarkable place.  Even after five hundred years, the mark of the Incan empire is still evident on the city.  La Plaza de Armas, for example, has always been the central plaza, and even though cathedrals now dominate the plaza,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Arrived in Cusco, starting x-phase

Zack, Instructor

X-phase or more formally titled Expedition Phase is my favorite part of any Dragons course. In my personal definition of x-phase, this part of the course is designed to reflect adulthood. X-phase is the time in our students’ “lives” when they......Read More

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Fun in Sucre

Lydia and Jane, Participant

Hello everyone!! Wednesday night we left Potosi and boarded a bus to Sucre, the colonial capital of Bolivia. We are staying in a lovely hostel close to the city center. So far we have taken a walking tour of the city with Condor Trekkers, done a lot......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Recipie & Reflection

Hannah, Participant

Yak of the Week

Resounding church bells over terracotta tiles. Cries of “¡Churros!” and “¡Masajes!” in cobbled plazas. Six AM sunrises over the glaciated peaks of Auzangate. This is Cusco. Sitting in this internet cafe, licking the......Read More

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Halfway Through Patan

I-Team, Instructor

Our second week of Patan is leaving us with all the feelings that come with spending extended time in one place: excitement, comfort, sickness, curiosity, tiredness, familiarity, and grounding. This week started off with a Challenge Day. The......Read More

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US/Latin America Relations

Zack, Instructor

Since the creation of the United states in 1776 there have been 56 official US interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Many of these interventions such as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic (to name just a few) resulted in actual US......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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4 Days

Lyla Stettenheim, Participant

Asuncion de Quiquibe. A pueblo of 33 families. 40 years old. Accessible by boat and walking. And I think the most different place I have ever visited in my life. At night, stars light every part of the sky, forming a dome that feels as if it encases......Read More

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Itinerary Updates

elly, Instructor

Hello dear family and friends! Greetings from Sucre where the sun is shining and we are settling into a city that offers a lot of history and new perspectives to our travels in Bolivia. We have processed a lot of moving pieces in our group these......Read More

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To Ivan of Teatro Trono

Danielle Mullings, Participant

Abby, Lyla, Jesse and I headed to Teatro Trono a few weeks ago. We took the teleferrico up to El Alto watching fireworks reign in the closing performance of the setting sky. As we walked on the street with Teatro, Ivan´s warm smile contrasted the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Bits & Pieces from the Amazon

Allyson, Participant

Yak of the Week

Tuesday, March 26, 6:34 PM Left Guanay this morning around 8:30 and boarded a boat that will be taking us down offshoots of the Amazon River and all the way to Asuncion de Quiquibey, the rural homestay where we will be staying with host families,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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The Devil’s Miner

Sara Khorshidi, Participant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZlpBQh_0jc Today, we had the honor of meeting Basilio Vargas, the man who starred in this documentary 14 years ago called La Mina del Diablo (The Devil’s Miner), which we watched last night.  La Mina del......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Potosí

Andrew, Participant

Our Journey continues in Bolivia as we arrived in Potosi, a historical landmark in the development of South America. We landed on Dia de Potosi and found ourselves immersed in parades and music around the central plaza. Founded on April 1st, 1545,......Read More

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Amazon Photo Dump!

Jesse, Participant

Hi everyone, We have arrived safely to Rurrenabaque and our only a few days away from finishing up our time in Bolivia. 🙁 I’ll let students fill you in on the details of this last week but for now I just wanted to share some photos for you......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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On the Ocean

Babette Kania, Participant

The ocean feels different here. There’s a part of me – the part that still hopes that I’m the long-lost demigod daughter of Poseidon – that tells me it’s because there are different gods in these waters. My father (Poseidon, not......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Buddha’s poem

Diego d'Anselme, Participant

What is the difference between I like you & I love you Beautifully answered by Buddha: When you like a flower you just pluck it But When you love a flower you water it daily One who understands this, understands life – Gautama Buddha...Read More