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Arrived at LAX

Jody, Dragons Admin

All students on the group flight with Zack have landed safely in LA and are headed onward home this evening or tomorrow. With thanks again to all involved! – Jody...Read More

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On the Way Home!

Team Silk Road, Instructor

All students on the group flight are now with Zack, departed from Urumqi, landed in Beijing, and now on their way to Los Angeles!  Felipe, Beatrice and Laura are also en route home! Wishing everyone a happy reunion with family and friends!...Read More

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Living Between The Cracks

Laura Hoffmann, Participant

Yak of the Week

Up until two years ago, I had grown up in Asia living in Singapore and Japan. My entire life I was surrounded by different cultures and religions, eating some of Asia’s finest foods, and being exposed to the wealthiest and poorest parts of the......Read More

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INTERNATIONAL RETURN GROUP TRAVEL INFORMATION

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost six weeks have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously......Read More

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Transference: Day 1

Team Silk Road, Instructor

We spent the day reflecting back on these past 6 weeks together and went exploring around Bishkek. After dinner we went out bowling to celebrate.  ...Read More

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Arrived in Bishkek

Team Silk Road, Instructor

After about 12 hours in a bus we have finally arrived in Bishkek where we will be wrapping up our course with something we call Transference. Transference is a time to reflect back on the past 6 weeks and prepare for transitioning to life back home.......Read More

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Looking Back at Our Final Homestay

Corvus, Participant

Staying in Kyrgyzstan is a starkly different experience from the oppressive heat and government of Xinjiang. The air seems lighter. The people, naturally, seem happier. Driving across the border and into the mountains over a week ago, I commented to......Read More

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Time is Just a Construct

Melanie Leider, Participant

Time has always eluded me. It is simply a construct used to mark moments passing by, yet people are fascinated by it, myself included; every birthday is a celebration of another year of life. Some are obsessed with mortality, the longevity of life.......Read More

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Reflecting While Traveling

Corvus, Participant

The train ride from Turfan to Kashgar is fifteen hours long. I sat down in the crowded car and threw up my lunch within two hours, so needless to say, I was not having the time of my life. However, I am grateful that the people on the train with......Read More

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A Rock’s Journey

Makayla Romanus, Participant

The other day I was sitting by the river here in Kyrgyz Ata looking at a bed of rocks. I began thinking how each rock is unique. No two rocks have the same texture, shape, color, or size. Each rock has its own history and marks that tell the story......Read More

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The Fragility of the Human Form

Melanie Leider, Participant

“The root of cruelty lies not in the ability to dehumanize a person but the very opposite–to see someone as human.” – The Root of All Cruelty?, The New Yorker Foreword: This article mostly draws from the atrocities of the Holocaust......Read More

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Video from our rural homestays

Team Silk Road, Participant

Our students are having a great time here on the outskirts of Osh in their second  homestay. Here’s a link to a video of our first, rural homestay....Read More

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Leaving rural homestay for urban stay

Team Silk Road, Participant

We have just returned to the outskirts of Osh where we’ll stay with Uzbek families until August 3rd. On the third we’ll head to Bishkek to do a couple days of reflection before the course ends. Here are a few photos from our time in our rural......Read More

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The dream of Kashgar

Zack, Instructor

The two regions of modern day China that draw the most controversial global news are Tibet and Xinjiang, two regions that we have visited on this course. For many of us in the West over the age of 30 we grew up in the age of the “Free Tibet”......Read More

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A Message from the Universe

A Believer, Participant

To the Silk Road Travelers, You CAN make a difference in this world.  You are the future.  Visualize and move in that direction. Go forward and conquer.  The world is counting on it! — The Universe...Read More

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A Hard Pill to Swallow

Melanie Leider, Participant

“If they won’t assimilate, chew it harder, and then you can swallow.” – Noam Xinjiang is definitely a hard pill to swallow. I had heard murmurs about how the Chinese government oppresses the Uyghurs, but to what extent, I wasn’t sure, nor......Read More