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Hair is a Big Deal

Nicole Williams, Participant

In honor of Black History Month and all of the Black Women out there… One aspect of Senegal that I have admired since the day I got here is the plethora of black women. If you are not black, you might be thinking, “why on earth is this......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Bridge Year China 2017-18

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Setting off on Our Midyear Retreat

Ben Dodge, Participant

Tomorrow we’ll be waking up to a conductor’s shouts and the rumbling of train wheels slowly turning beneath our feet. Hopefully we’ll have gotten enough sleep, for immediately after disembarking in Lijiang we will be hopping from bus to bus,......Read More

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Dakar Travels #1

Benjamin Roberts, Participant

Yak of the Week

This new year, I’ve taken a lot of time to explore Dakar, and I wanted to share some of my stories with you. Some experiences have been profound, some not. Some fun, some uncomfortable. Sometimes I do touristy things like a local, sometimes I......Read More

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The Implications of Tongue Color

Owen Matthews, Participant

“Stick your tongue out” the doctor directed. The patient, a pocket-sized septuagenarian, obediently let her mouth flop open. “So, what do you notice about her tongue?”, the doctor asked as she motioned for us to take a closer look. Each......Read More

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Thursdays

Kisara Moore, Participant

Since childhood, I’ve had a special fondness for drawing. I would spend hours on end with pencil and paper, bringing to life adventures that played out in my imagination. Art was my gateway into a virtual world that knew no bounds. Little did I......Read More

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Daily Commutes

Owen Matthews, Participant

Recently, during a commute to work, I heard a loud bang to my right. I turned to find two tipped motorbikes and two men sprawled on the ground, one with bloodied knees. I braced myself for the argument I was sure would ensue. However, there was no......Read More

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Friday

Francesca Block, Participant

296, 297, 298 … oh shoot, where was I again? My heart drops; I lost my place. The large pile of small, engraved silver beads that once sat in my right hand now sits in the plastic bag in front of me, the ultimate count unknown. I pause for a......Read More

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The Last Mango

Ariadne Kertsikof, Participant

One of the first habits I adopted after moving in with my homestay family was drinking mango juice. Being used to the ordinary taste of oranges, I found myself exhilarated at the prospect of indulging in what was previously a scarce and exotic fruit......Read More

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New Horizons

Jiwon Yun, Participant

We recently got back from a two-week hiatus in Northern Sulawesi, another one of the many sprawling islands that make up Indonesia. Not only was it a much-needed time of R&R, but it was also a time of many firsts for me as well. It was the first......Read More

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The Old Man and the Ugly Man

Zandra Campbell, Participant

One of the ways in which ethnic groups and families maintain peaceful relationships is through the “joking cousin relationship.” Certain families and ethnic group can tease each other immediately after meeting because they’re......Read More

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An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Zandra Campbell, Participant

This post was meant to be dedicated towards our two-week long excursion during which we spent four days trekking and four days experiencing the peace of village life in Timanto Samba. However, due to some recent commentary by President Donald Trump......Read More

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Makar Sankranti

Joshua Eastman, Participant

Snapshots of two and three thousand diamonds dart into the clouds, enemies in the sky though friends at the end of the lines. Dotted sky blue but dying red, ready? If not, go below the din made of music and lanterns that soar while slashing strings......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Sama Baay (My Dad)

Sophie Slutzky, Participant

Yak of the Week

My father here is blind. He wasn’t always, but—I don’t know how long ago—glaucomas took his sight away. In a society that so completely revolves around human interaction and community, I can only imagine how isolating blindness can be. One......Read More

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Photos from Winter Excursion

Jenny Wagner, Instructor

Dear Friends and Family, Please enjoy some photos from the BYSenegal’s winter excursion. The group successfully completed their trek from Bandafassi to Dindefelo. They now are in Kolda where students will have the opportunity to do a rural......Read More

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Stories

Jiwon Yun, Participant

Recently our group watched a video called “The Danger of a Single Story” by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In it, she discusses the danger of underrepresenting certain cultures (here’s a link to the video if anyone wants to check it......Read More