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Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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BYIndia Group Safely on Flight

Elizabeth Johnson, Instructor

Dear Friends and Families, We received notice from staff that the BYIndia group has successfully boarded their flight in Delhi and is headed back to the US. Just a note of gratitude for your support throughout this amazing and transformative......Read More

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Group Safely Arrived in Sonapani

Elizabeth Johnson, Participant

Hello Families and Friends, Just a note to let you all know that the BYIndia group has successfully completed their travels from Ladakh to Delhi. We heard from staff this morning and the group has landed (via train and bus) in the rural community of......Read More

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Trekking in Ladakh: A Daily Diary

Christine Cho, Participant

May 7 We triumphantly finished the first day of our trek. Equipped with significantly lighter bags than the ones we initially brought to Ladakh, we embarked from Likir village in the morning snow to Yangthang village. Feroze and JD–two......Read More

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Remainder of Ladakh Itinerary

Elizabeth Johnson, Participant

Hello Families and Friends, Below is the remainder of the BYIndia’s Ladakh Itinerary: As previously noted, from April 30-May 6, the group will be at SECMOL (the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh) in Phey. On May 6th......Read More

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BYIndia to Ladakh!

Elizabeth Johnson, Instructor

Hello Families and Friends! Just a note that the BYIndia group will be traveling to Ladakh on the morning of April 26th. They will proceed to Jigmet Guest House in Leh and will stay there for April 26-April 30. From April 30-May 6, the group......Read More

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Reading in Unexpected Places

Jane Mentzinger, Participant

A couple of months ago, as I was walking down the main road in Lanka with Rebecca Ji, my instructor, I mentioned that I like it when everything is calm, quiet, and organized. Taking in the cars honking, rickshaws rushing by, and cows sitting in the......Read More

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How to Wrap a Sari

Jane Mentzinger, Participant

The first time I wore a sari was when I was celebrating Diwali. My host family was out of town so I spent the day with Dolly Ji, our instructor. After nine years of wrapping saris on helpless Bridge Year students, she has it down. In about five......Read More

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How to Build a Map

Joshua Eastman, Participant

We have been traveling through Rajasthan for the past month and a half. That’s a month and a half spent exploring new cities, meeting new people, eating at different restaurants, sleeping in different beds, navigating new terrains, and......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

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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

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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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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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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