The One With the Farewells

Today was a day of raw beauty. Of joy, of sorrow, of wordless emotions that transcend cultural heritage, ethnicity, and are shared by all. Today was a day of tears. Of honoring the memory of adventures shared together, and days that will last through the falling sands of memory. Today was a day to honor […]

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Rock Climbing and Chamonix Olympics!

Wow! Our last day was jam-packed with action. We woke up with a morning hike through the gorgeous town of Chamonix to our crag for the day at Les Gaillands, where we got suited up in harnesses and helmets and split into three groups. Our guides were amazing and really went the extra mile to […]

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Via Ferrata

Update from students Luke D, Anna, Rhea, and Arseniy: Today we woke up with big smiles on our faces at 6:45. We had a wonderful breakfast of scrambled eggs, fruit, toast, and sausage. After that our guides picked us up and took us to a Via Ferrata, (aka “Iron Way”) traversing across a cliff. After […]

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A Birthday to Remember: A Blog Written by the Birthday Girl

Update from student Perri: Today was my 16th birthday, and it was really the best 16th birthday yet. I promise. No, seriously, it was pretty amazing! 🙂 Well, I woke up at 5:45 to prepare my favorite breakfast for everyone, French toast, but was first sent on a scavenger hunt which led to an elaborate […]

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The Beginning of the End. The Last of Many.

We awoke to Cahill commanding us “Humans” to wake up at 6:40. Breakfast was composed of bread, cereal, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Upon the end of breakfast we played another game of Trekking Pole in which Cahill barely won over Wes. We then started our trek until upon our final hike. During the beginning […]

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A Reunion With France

Update from students Rhea, Anna, Luke D, and Arseniy: Bonjour la famille et les amis! We are back in France, but wait – let me tell you how this happened. First, we woke up at 6:15 and had (as usual) an amazing breakfast prepared by the wonderful Michelle, and then we played a game called […]

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Bold Earth > Mundane Adventures

Update by Perri, Turner, Michael, and Wes: Hello friends! We mean buongiorno amici… we mean mean bonjour amis! So hard to keep track of all these countries. This morning we woke up at the lovely hour of 6 a.m. Arseny refused to get out of bed until he had to… halfway through breakfast. Today, Lauren […]

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Glacier Time!

Update by Ansleigh, Jacob, Bogdan, Luke J, Lauren: After spending the night all together in the same huge room, we woke up in an Italian mountain hut called the Refugio Bonatti! For breakfast, we had plenty of bread, jam, cereal, and fabulous tea. We followed this hearty breakfast with a quick game of trekking poles and […]

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Hottie Bonatti

Update by Luke D, Rhea, Anna, and Ansleigh: We woke up early on July 20 at 6:15 a.m. in our campsite in Italy! Then Ansleigh, Turner, Rhea, Bogdan, Arseny, Lauren, Luke J, Cahill, and Bernard (“Nard-dog”) rode the city bus to Courmayeur or, as we called it “Kumbaya.” They were the only ones to make […]

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Cheesin’ at the Cheese Factory

On July 19, we woke up bright and early to the splendor of mountain vistas from our gorgeous hut at Col du Bonhomme! After a breakfast of homemade bread, jam, porridge, and hot drinks, we started the climb to the highest point of our trek at over 2,700 meters! Tramping through snow on the way, […]

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