Dirt and Delirium

Two days in, covered in sweat, mud, leeches, and blood, we rolled into a quiet mountain village greeted with smiles from our friends, inquisitive stares from the locals, and a delicious and much needed lunch. Even though exhaustion might have slightly overshadowed it, the feeling of accomplishment made it so we couldn’t help but smile back. A fast rinse in a pool of a stream… Read more

‘Ohana’ in Vietnam

Sisters on our Southeast Asia Semester share their perspective on the group’s time in North Vietnam, as the group re-calibrate after two students were dismissed, and the planned student-led section was impacted…   Staring out the window on our drive into Hanoi, I took it all in – the flashing lights, the big bridges, the constant honking. We had just gotten off a plane, sat… Read more

A brief bio on the amazing Echidna

One of the oldest mammals on earth, the Echidna (E-KID-NA), are also one of the three species of mammal that lay eggs. Differing greatly from many of the later-formed sexual relationships of most mammals (for example female quolls gain much weight and fat tissue around their necks, so that the males may bite their necks and hold them in place); the female echidna is the… Read more

Whanganui (pron ‘funganooey’)

Saying I wasn’t excited to go on the Whanganui river excursion was an understatement. I didn’t even care enough to learn how to pronounce Whanganui (the name of the river we would be spending the next 48 hours on.) My instructor Karlee had to correct me when I called it the “wanguhnooey”, when its actually pronounced “funganooey.” I was feeling particularly homesick. I was, as… Read more

Moments of Mindfulness

I wasn’t sure if took a wrong turn up the muddy path and walked into a seance or a romantic proposal set up, until a retreat leader, clothed in the same gauzy white pants and top that I wore, walked through the back door with our cushions. Yes, this was the evening meditation session in Center Hall, the stilted glass box surrounded by thick greenery…. Read more

A day in the life of a Pacific Discovery instructor

I would like to write about today. Because this is the only life I am ever going to live. As each day flows by that I call mine, it’s one of a kind, it kneads into those soft lines under my electric green eyes, it’s magic dust and music that will never be played again, it’s a brilliant equation of Mother Earth and human birth,… Read more

Transforming in Tawharanui

Kia Ora Welcome to New Zealand! We said goodbye to Australia and crossed the Tasman sea to Auckland. Once we were all through customs we got our new van and trailer and made our way north to Tawharanui National Park. We spent the next week camping with no showers helping the park rangers with various environmental projects. We had to set up our tents in… Read more

Lake Titicaca – Photo Journal

Lake Titicaca is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. We stayed in homestays at Llachon, a small Quechua community overlooking the lake. This was the view from our homestay. The Llachon community uses much of their farmland to grow potatoes. They also own pigs, sheep, donkeys, and chickens. Here is the view from our hike. In the distance, you can see… Read more

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Cusqueno Tales

On Friday evening, we coasted into Cusco for our first night in the sprawling city. Our hostel, Wara Wara, had beautiful views of the city and a cozy feel. Dinner was had at the hostel, and we settled into our rooms in preparation for a long day. The next morning, we had a delicious breakfast prepared by the hostel owners. Then, we were released into… Read more