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Journal Entry #1

Simon Rosen, Participant

For the past couple of weeks I’ve noticed I haven’t been using my time in Indonesia to the full extent. Sure, I’m learning a lot, and I’ve been seeing a lot, and experiencing so many new wonderful things, but I haven’t......Read More

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My Homestay Family

Hector Betanzos, Participant

Bapak Indarto: He’s the goofy, funny one. He always greets me with a smile, and constantly asks me about my day. As little kids do, we often chuckle for no reason from simple glances at each other. The sculptor also knows martial arts and can......Read More

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Stepping out of Comfort Valley

Francesca Block, Participant

I’m sitting here in Kunming, China on a chilly day, enjoying the warmth of “The French Cafe” on Wen Lin Jie (Often referred to as “Foreigner’s Street”) and sipping on my hazelnut latte while a relaxing, jazzy version of “Don’t Worry,......Read More

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Winter Excursion Itinerary

Matt, Participant

Hello friends and families, In just a week we will be heading into our much anticipated winter excursion. The excursion comes after a busy holiday season, and will serve as a time for us to come back together as a group. We will use this......Read More

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Counting Down the Days

Marissa Michaels, Participant

Before I was shipped off for Bridge Year, I scoured my mind for a great idea for a going away present for my parents. I finally settled on a matching pair of necklaces for me and my mom and a personalized calendar for both of them. I spent hours......Read More

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Fish in the Mandi

Ariadne Kertsikof, Participant

Yak of the Week

Oh God! There’s a fish in the mandi. That was the first thought that crossed my mind as I entered the shower area of my then-new home here in Kotagede, ushered by my Ibu (mom) who was showing me around for the first time. I wasn’t scared, nor......Read More

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From Varanasi to Rajasthan

Jane Mentzinger, Participant

On Monday, December 11th, we left Varanasi. It was two weeks before our expected departure and one week after we found out we would be leaving Varanasi for two months, rather than three weeks. The pollution levels in Varanasi had been hazardous for......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

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Winter Excursion Itinerary

Christine Megariotis, Participant

Dear Friends and Family, The group is about to set off on our winter excursion to the island Sulawesi! We have been enjoying our time in Yogyakarta, but with over 17,000 islands to explore adventure is calling us. From December......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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Rajasthan Student-led Expedition

Peter Scharer, Participant

For the next three weeks, we will be traveling around Rajasthan, visiting the cities of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Pushkar, and Jaipur as part of our student-led expedition. We hope that the summary of our plans below gives a good sense of what we will be......Read More

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梦想 – meng xiang – Dream

Ryan Sung, Participant

When I entered the commons of the Jiaxin Children Assistance Center, a much-anticipated ambush of children charged at me with smiles and laughter, each child eager to be the first to show me his/her new toys. Cheerful as the children were, their......Read More

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Group Update from Rajasthan

Elizabeth Johnson, Instructor

Dear friends and family, So far, the BYIndia group’s time in Rajasthan has proven to be a very pleasing adventure. They are currently in Kotri village where they will be based until January 21st. Staff report that everyone is in good spirits.......Read More

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自己 zi ji Oneself, One’s own

Francesca Block, Participant

Since day one, the belief that I am a unique being has been ingrained in me. I entered an ice rink at the age of 2 years old and discovered on my own a passion that has stayed with me ever since. At age 6, I learned how to perfectly tie my own......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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Rajasthan Itinerary through 12/22

Elizabeth Johnson, Instructor

Dear Friends and Family, After a long train journey from Varanasi, the BYIndia group arrived safely in Udaipur, Rajasthan on the evening of 12/12. We will encourage students to begin posting reflections on their Rajasthan adventures here on the yak......Read More

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Foreigner

Owen Matthews, Participant

Yak of the Week

As I enter the courtyard, I lock eyes with a boy. No one else has noticed me. After a moment of shared recognition, a scream erupts from his small frame, “WAI GUOOOOO RENNNNNNN.” One thousand heads snap in my direction. The news of the foreigner......Read More