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MY MOROCCO: A MUSEUM

Lauren, Participant

Yak of the Week

During the group’s mini x-phase, a visit to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum was planned. Michelle was given the task of creating an assignment for the group related to our visit there. Here it is: The exhibit at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum......Read More

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La Amazonía

Raquel, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Back home in Urubamba it is a drizzly Friday morning and I sit with my mate to contemplate our recent adventure to the Amazon. I never thought I would be able to go to the Amazon again after my journey to the Ecuadorian Amazon when I studied during......Read More

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For My People

Lucy, Participant

Yak of the Week

(This yak was written a few weeks ago in La Paz, Bolivia.) Something that has characterized my semester is the crazy amount of love and gratitude I have for my friends and how much easier they have made my transition away from home. When I try to......Read More

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What Koshi Homestay Looks Like

Shruti (Eugenia), Participant

Yak of the Week

Entering a rural village with limited knowledge of the language or culture is a terrifying feat. While my first 24 hours—spent hiding out in my room, silently staring out into the field of marigolds, and failing to maintain any conversation that......Read More

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A Note on Traveling Light

Genevieve, Instructor

Yak of the Week

I’ve been thinking a lot about lightness on this trek – what it means to “pack light,” and on the flip side, the things that make life heavy. Sometimes heaviness is an illusion, merely mild dehydration kicking in or the......Read More

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Getting Lost

Austen Money, Participant

Yak of the Week

To put it mildly, I’m not the best with directions. One of my biggest worries about spending three months in Urubamba was spending three months without the assistance of Google Maps, which has always been my guiding light, whether I’m driving......Read More

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Moons

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

Yak of the Week

Humble me again I ask of Kunming, as I bike through its crowded streets and vacant railroads. Remind me of the person there is still to become before I forget. Teach me of patience I ask 老师. Knowing that time will continue impatiently until we......Read More

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Sketching Morocco

Badr Allouche, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Salam Yak. This Badr, the third instructor for the 2019 Morocco fall semester. I may not have been posting on yak under my name, but that’s because I am someone who likes to express himself and his feeling in a non-writing way. This fall, my......Read More

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Cycles

Shane, Participant

Yak of the Week

The first night we arrived in Jomsom, Mustang I was thrown into introspection. When nightfall came and we walked outside, we saw the clearest stars of ours lives. I knew this was my first chance to take a time lapse of the stars and I had to take......Read More

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Culture

Eeshani, Participant

Yak of the Week

This morning I woke up at 5:20 am to walk down to the village center with the rest of our Dragons group. Upon arriving, we sat just outside of a village home, waiting and watching for something to happen. At 7:00 am, we saw as the villagers brought......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Thursday, October 24, Langa

Chris, Participant

Yak of the Week

Last night, we arrived at the town of Langa, nestled deep in the forested hills of the beautiful island of Flores. In honor of our arrival here, and in anticipation of all the new experiences our second homestay is bound to bring, I want to reflect......Read More

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Human Family

Nicole Croteau, Participant

Yak of the Week

Yesterday afternoon, I went for a walk and found myself at a breathtaking hilltop garden overlooking the city of Panauti. A shady spot surrounded by bright orange flowers was begging me to sit, so I stopped at the patch of grass to journal. As I......Read More