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WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2018-19

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Ramadan

Oscar Platt, Participant

Yak of the Week

The fasting month of Ramadan has finally arrived, and here in Jogja, everything seems to be moving at a more relaxed pace.  People wake up later, the streets are quieter, and life just seems to be slower. During Ramadan, the day starts at 3:45 am......Read More

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Instructor Introduction :)

Ben Daley, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Dear Students! Today, I write to you with anticipation from Little Gibson Lake in Northern Wisconsin. I’ve been here seeing friends and family, sharing stories of a recent road trip in the Western US, and reminiscing about memories of these......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Study Abroad Nepal: Passages & Peaks of the Himalaya

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IDGC From Forming to Performing

Lara, Participant

Yak of the Week

At the beginning of this trip, we were told of the ways in which Dragons students tend to form relationships with their peers. We start by forming, first getting to know each other, being friendly and (at times) uncharacteristically kind. After this......Read More

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Such A Sampela Moment

Anna M., Participant

Yak of the Week

“Sampai nanti Ibu!” I call as I tiptoe across my porch and down the precarious and wobbly steps of our stilted home. I set out towards rumah Andar (our program house in Sampela) tiptoeing, eyes glued to the boardwalk, trying to remember......Read More

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An Ode to Nepal

Hope Murphy, Participant

Yak of the Week

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” -J.R.R. Tolkien I came to Nepal looking to learn and to expand my......Read More

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Montañas que Escalamos

Elly, Instructor

Yak of the Week

“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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A Letter to Myself

Maria, Participant

Yak of the Week

My experience in Nepal is coming to an end. For my last Yak, I want to write a letter to myself to help me remember all the things I have learned from this trip and to help me make sense of this experience as a whole. Maria, As the city of Patan and......Read More

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Broken Boardwalks

Nicole Jehl, Participant

Yak of the Week

In the U.S. (and other mega-developed, mega-polluter countries), we live separate from our impact and our ecological footprint. We throw away our waste, old fashions, leftover foods, and clutter we bought but never needed without thinking of where......Read More

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Machhapuchhre

Mario, Participant

Picture of the Week

This Mountain speaks through cold, sharp breezes. This Mountain out shines Annapurna South directly to its west. This Mountain is held sacred. This Mountain looks down on me.

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Que Mundo Maravilloso

Lila Singh, Participant

Yak of the Week

“The colors of the rainbow / So pretty in the sky / Are also on the faces / Of people going by” -Louis Armstrong For the past three weeks, I’ve had the privilege of painting in Cochabamba with Mario Rolando Vargas Cuellar. Mario, amongst other......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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Reflecting on Q’eros

Lila Singh, Participant

Yak of the Week

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” -Nelson Mandela We came to N’acion Q’eros in a wooden truckbed bordered by blue walls. We sat on our big bags, talking,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Teachings in Sampela

Lila Brady, Participant

Yak of the Week

A little excerpt from my journal in Sampela (the village we are staying in in Wakatobi National Park on the Island of Sulawesi. We are staying with Bajau people, the “sea nomads,” who live on houses on stilts over the ocean. Most people here are......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Mind & Body

Allyson, Participant

Yak of the Week

I´ve always been a kind of idealist. Daydreamer, romantic, nose always buried in a book. My mom would say it´s my artistic nature. My friends would say it´s because I´m a Pisces. Myers-Briggs says it´s an INFP thing. Most of the time, I believe......Read More

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Sunset

Nicole, Participant

Yak of the Week

The sun begins to lower in the sky. The bright, hot light turns golden, and we take to the sea. Bare feet running across the sand, hair trailing in the golden wind, bodies plunging into the waves. Waves that reflect the sky’s light like an......Read More