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WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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Contentment and Cow Poo: Lessons from Laxmi

Joshua Eastman, Participant

22 Sept. Kausani – Uttarakhand Today has been an incredible day. In one peculiar way, I’ve come into a new and profound freedom. I will attempt to explain this new sense of freedom as I walk through the day, and doubtless you will find......Read More

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Digging In

Peter Scharer, Participant

“Are any of you familiar with eutrophication?” Zanskar asked, glancing at each of us for an answer. Just beyond our teacher lay Mesar Kund, a small pond whose placid surface was pierced at several points with boulders and logs.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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Knitting

Christine Cho, Participant

The first step of knitting is casting on. My hands fumble over the the needles and the thread tangles over the twists and turns that magically form the first loops. Every few seconds, my eyebrows furrow in confusion as I forget the next step in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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Food

Jacquelyn Davila, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I was preparing to live in India for nine months, my first fear was not getting run over by a rickshaw or contracting Japanese encephalitis, but missing the food back home too much. Considering that just riding my bicycle through Varanasi’s......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Princeton Bridge Year Bolivia 2017-18

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1 Month Reflection

Nina, Participant

Everybody and their mama knows that hiking is NOT my ideal activity. The feelings of physical exhaustion test my limits in ways that are highly uncomfortable for me. It just seems like the nature scene that should be appreciated as one hikes is......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2017-18

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Keluarga (Family)

Jiwon Yun, Participant

The sunlight sweeps over the rocky dirt ground, igniting my path as I make my way towards my new home, a small, bright yellow house that looks like it’s been set on fire in the evening light. My new father is next to me, a solemn backlit figure,......Read More

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Peter Taylor, Participant

“Hey, Dad, did you eat all the cookie dough?” “No, there’s still some left.” “Where? I’ve been looking everywhere in the freezer, and it’s not there.” My Dad walks through our kitchen to look......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Mornings in Ndioukhane

Fernanda Romo, Participant

I’m not a morning person. Mornings are usually times when I have to muster all of my strength and put it to the seemingly impossible tasks of getting up, forcing my brain to start functioning like that of a reasonable human being, and making......Read More

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The Night Aminata Took My Purse

Zandra Campbell, Participant

One night every weekend, my sisters Mimi and Diebalay go for a walk, usually accompanied by Diebalay’s one-year-old daughter, Aminata, along la rue de l’aeroport, one the main roads in Dakar. Our walks tend to look something like this:......Read More

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Mes uno

Sarah Brown, Participant

Bolivia forces me to be present on the land, within the air, and with the people. Each time I pass a clear expanse I am reminded of the mountains’ powerful presence dividing the sky from the ground. Hiking high into these ranges, we pull the thin......Read More

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Namaste

The Dragons Administration Team, Dragons Admin

Friends at Harpeth, How wonderful it is to welcome you to your Harpeth Hall and Where There Be Dragons Yak Board for “India: Gender and Empowerment.” It may seem like the fall semester just began, yet December is fast-approaching! In just a......Read More

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A Tale of Two Cities

Marissa Michaels, Participant

When you arrive in a new country, everything seems novel. This was certainly my experience arriving in Indonesia. The language was unfamiliar, the makeup of people was different from what I was used to, and rice at every meal was a foreign concept......Read More

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When I Get Home…

Nicole Williams, Participant

After a tiring evening of Wolof class, I am ready to relax, but before I even open the front door, I hear the calls of my name, “Fatou, Fatou” from the roof. I knew at that moment that my aspiration of rest would have to wait until much later in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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On My Renaming

Fama Sarr, Participant

Yak of the Week

My name is Fama Sarr. We were all given Senegalese names by our homestay families, and that is mine. I became Fama after unpacking the gigantic fifty-pound backpack that was my only constant sense of home during our four weeks of travel. I became......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Finding a Rhythm

Felipe Mendoza, Participant

I am writing this Yak sitting at the program house, drinking some cold water out of the fridge as it is about 33 degrees Celsius outside. I am used to the Celsius scale and I am glad that they also use it here in Senegal. I thought it was about time......Read More