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Melanie Leider, Participant

I was born in Manhattan, New York, raised in the [snooty] suburbs of New Jersey. I went to a private elementary school. I grew up with a dog by my side. I am headed to a four year college in the US. I am white. I am American. I am privileged. For......Read More

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China: The Silk Road

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Corvus, Participant

I haven’t taken many photos during my time in Sakor. The way I want to remember this village is through my own intangible memories: the scent of lavender growing by the side of the road, the smiles of children calling “Hello!!”,......Read More

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Arrived in Kyrgyzstan!!

Silk Road, Participant

After a long day of travel we have arrived in Osh where we will spend 3 days before heading out to our first homestay. Here are a few photos from the beautiful long drive today....Read More

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Heading to Kyrgyzstan!

Team Silk Road, Instructor

A few days in the far western city of Kashgar marks the end of our time in China. Tomorrow we’ll head to the border and than make our way on to Osh in Kyrgyzstan where we’ll spend a few days before entering into our 1st of two homestays in......Read More

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Anicca & Anatta

Melanie Leider, Participant

“Don’t cut your hair, and it’ll be a good one.” This is what my host family in Sakor told me via their phone translator after I showed them photos from home. All my life, I’ve only ever known long hair; long, wavy, blonde locks, spiraling......Read More

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China: The Silk Road

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Arrived in Kashgar

Team Silk Road, Instructor

There is a drastic change between Xining and Turpan. As soon as we stepped off the air conditioned train in Turpan we were hit by a wave of 105 degree heat. The taxi drivers were blaring songs in Arabic. The Uyghur people of Turkic descent look,......Read More

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China: The Silk Road

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Turpan to Kashgar Update

Melanie Leider, Participant

Hello! We are currently in transit, getting hyped for a fun-filled, adventurous fifteen hour train ride to Kashgar. The story of Turpan is still sinking in and will take time to process. We are excited for the next chapter and are eager for......Read More

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Uncontrollable Laughter

Beatrice Hungate, Participant

Annika’s and my homestay brought many laughs and awkward moments, but I definitely have a favorite. One night the whole family sat around the furnace as Annika and I tried to teach them games. I was making paper airplanes and throwing them off......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Village Homestay Reflection

Melanie Leider, Participant

Yak of the Week

My alarm sounds at 7:30 AM. I turn to Laura and shake her awake in our cozy, pink canopy bed. Together we mosey our way outside to brush our teeth and wash our faces by the tap where we can hear our yak grunting from inside the shed. After chowing......Read More

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China: The Silk Road

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Rebgong to Turpan

Team Silk Road, Instructor

We’re on the road again. After saying heartfelt goodbyes to our Tibetan homestay families in Sakor we made our way to the nearby city of Xining. We’ll spend one night here before taking a train to Turfan in Xinjiang Province. Here’s a short......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Thanks for emails

Karin Balsbaugh, Participant

Certainly hope no one sleep walks in Sakor.  Those luscious green hills look pretty steep....Read More

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Ancient Wisdom

Tindy Chen, Instructor

It’s the third day of our homestay in the Tibetan village of Sakor, the strength of the mountains and endless green fields have brought us instant peace, we have been sleeping like babies. We wake to the melody of the summer rain, the smell of......Read More

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Students settling into their rural homestays

Team Silk Road , Instructor

In our daily check in after our first night in homestays our students were full of stories about working the fields with their families, cooking meals with them, playing with host siblings and excitedly experiencing everyday life in the village.......Read More

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Rebgong Monastery

Team Silk Road, Instructor

The Rebgong Monastery is one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist monasteries in the Amdo Tibetan region. In the past it was home to over 1000 monks, today due to new regulations implemented by the Chinese government it can only host 500......Read More

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Photos

Team Silk Road, Instructor

Here are some photos from our visit to the oldest mosque in Xi’an, our calligraphy class and Tianshui (Buddhist carvings into a cliff face)....Read More

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China: The Silk Road

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Xi’an to Xining

Team Silk Road, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Our journey to the west has begun! Xi’an, the first capital of China and terminus of the Silk Road was a perfect spot to start our adventure but we are excited to get out of the big city and get more off the beaten path. Our next stop is Tianshui,......Read More