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May 22, 2015

Some Final Thoughts

Our time in London is, unfortunately, coming to an end. We are all hard at work finishing our final projects and getting ready for our presentations tomorrow morning. These last couple weeks have been a whirlwind! It’s hard to believe that it’s already been three weeks! We have experienced everything from the quiet countryside of Avebury to the insane traffic of central London. While we continue to go to arts events in these last couple days, here are some highlights (at least for me) from the trip: War Horse –> This involved amazingly realistic, life-sized horse puppets that I forgot…

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May 21, 2015

Day 17

It’s day 17 and all of the students have been working extremely hard to finish up their independent projects, while also enjoying our last few days in the city. My final project included photographing locations that were important to the branding of London/the greater England area. Although pictures never seem to do them justic… I hope you enjoy these beautiful landscapes, architecture and baby sheep as much as we did! Leah Stebly

May 21, 2015

Salisbury Adventures

This post is a little bit out of order, but here’s a short summary of the first part of our field trip on Tuesday- to Salisbury! Before we even got to the town, we could see the spire of the Salisbury cathedral towering above everything around it. This spire is actually the tallest in all of Britain (I saw the Guinness World Record certificate at the top!). Once we were there, the group split up to do things like admire the cathedral, explore the town, buy a lot of cheese at the market, frolic in the countryside, walk to Old…

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May 21, 2015

Ellie

Ellie Schertz writes about her experience birding at Yachana Lodge: This may-term class has been a really valuable experience for me in many ways—one of those being the connections I’ve made between knowledge I gained in the classroom at GC and reality here in Ecuador. I was able to make one of these connections when part of our group went birding in the early morning at Yachana Lodge. Our guide, Kevin, was really good at picking out birds in trees at a distance and we were really impressed with his ability to identify each bird before we could even locate…

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May 20, 2015

The second half of our second field trip was spent roaming about the ruins of Avebury. Avebury is a beautiful ride from Salisbury, full of gaping spaces and lush yellow fields. After two and a half weeks spent in the city, it was a much needed time to breathe and appreciate the landscapes that are full of history. Avebury is Europe’s largest neolithic stone circle. It is similar in comparison to the iconic Stonehenge, which we supposedly passed (though I saw NO stones). These stones are situated on the perimeter of the quaint village. Our allotted time was short so I spent time…

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May 20, 2015

This past Saturday, our group had the unique experience of being groundlings at the Globe Theatre for a performance of Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It”. For those of you who do not know, the Globe sells £5 groundling tickets as a way to make Shakespeare more accessible to the general public. The only catch is that you have to stand for the duration of the performance! Doug prepared us well by suggesting we wear two pairs of cushy socks and our best shoes. Our feet were tired by the end, but being a groundling was well worth it (for “As…

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May 19, 2015

Ben

Ben Weibe writes about our visit to the training center created by the Yachana Foundation: On our fourth day at Yachana Lodge we were able to tour the occupational school that the Yachana Foundation is able to run with proceeds from the lodge. In addition to teaching students very practical skills such as culinary and industrial arts, the school also has a large focus on environmental sustainability. They have installed composting toilets, solar panels, an aqua-phonics system and a garden using permaculture strategies. Some of these practices can be applied by students in their home communities and thus benefit their…

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May 19, 2015

Vasanth

Vasanth Palanisamy writes about a snake he encountered outside his cabin at Yachana Lodge: One fine evening, I and two more students were walking back from the dining hall in one of the lodges we stayed at. The lodge was on the top of a mountainous area. There were a lot of trees and wildlife around the lodge. Due to environmental reasons, the lodge did not have street lights so all of us were asked to carry a torch light with us. When I got close to my room I saw something slipping through the grass. It was yellow and…

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May 19, 2015

Hanna

Hanna Hochstetler shares her thoughts about preparing chicha in the village of San Juan de Rio Bueno: There are many things that make up the rich culture of Ecuador, but one defining characteristic is chicha. Chicha is a fermented drink that is made of usually yuca or chonta. Many places we have traveled have had hospitable people who offer us the traditional drink. I wouldn’t necessarily say it tastes good, but the experience of all drinking it together, usually by sharing a bowl, has been interesting and meaningful. My most memorable time drinking chicha is from when we stayed in…

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May 19, 2015

Cecilia

  Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus was one of several students who wrote about the experience of making chicha from yuca (also known as manioc or cassava root).  Here is her description: We stayed overnight with San Juan del Río Bueno, an indigenous Quichua community of about 70 people that is accessible by floating down river for 3 hours in a canoe. While with the community, we tried to learn through participation, which meant that we started our day at 5am to the sound of the roosters. We began our day in the traditional way by spending the pre-dawn hours drinking wayusa,…

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