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Lutfi’s Introduction

Lutfi Handayani, Participant

I am a curious person who loves to meet people. I wonder what will happen in the end of this adventure. I hear adolescents talking, laughing, and arguing. I see young people growing strong. I want the adventure of my senses before it passes me by. I......Read More

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Gulliver’s Travels

Isaac Wills, Participant

Whack! “Kamu memukul kepalamu lagi?” (Did you hit your head again?) “Ya, seperti biasanya.” (Yup, as usual.) I had indeed rammed the back of my head into my host brother Amar’s birdcage … for the fifth time. The......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2018-19

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Kya Baat Hai

Lena Hoplamazian, Participant

क्या बात है Kya Baat Hai. Literally translated, the phrase means “what a thing.” Kya baat hai, we were told, is used to express great amazement. Specifically, we were later told, it is used by old men at classical or......Read More

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Sunday Morning

Naomi, Participant

Sunday morning, I received one of the worst wake-ups of my life. I got up, brushed my teeth, showered, picked out an outfit, and eventually decided to check my phone. I immediately was hit with a flood of messages, my lock screen completely covered.......Read More

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The Jungles of Jaipur

Bethelihem Tebase, Participant

The dawn of meaning breaks outside the precincts of the humble Hathroi Fort. Lo, the sun! It stretches life into every disgruntled crevice of the defunctionalized…the dehumanized. Two minutes into my walk, and I’m already preparing to take a......Read More

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It’s so rafeet na!

Kate Macakanja, Participant

Yak of the Week

Upon our arrival in Yoff-Layenne, our home for the next eight months, our group is tasked with completing a scavenger hunt in our new neighborhood.  We descend solo into the winding alleys to search and explore, equipped only with paper maps and......Read More

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Udaipur from a Bicycle

Joe Becker, Participant

Honk!  As the moped to my right alerts me of its imminent overtake, the sound is lost in a cacophony of other similar squawks, rings, and shouts, as the perpetual melee that is morning traffic in Udaipur arises from the tranquility of the dawn. We......Read More

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Transpacificism

Dennis Fer, Participant

Today, October 23rd, marks the 27th month since Ashley and I first began our relationship. Since July 2016, Ashley and I have been in a long distance relationship, stretching from Houston, where I lived, to the small town near Los Angeles where......Read More

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Ibu’s Care

Jon Charette, Participant

Boy getting sick sucks; the annoyance of our unwelcomed houseguests, illness and injury, only escalates knowing that they seem to creep up at the most inconvenient of moments. This is all the more true on a trip like Bridge Year where it seems like......Read More

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Evacu-cation

Oscar Platt, Participant

Sitting in my hospital bed in Singapore, recovering post-surgery, I feel a million worlds away from my friends, teachers, and family in Jogjakarta.  I was evacuated here yesterday with Christine after I fell off my bike and fractured my elbow. The......Read More

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Ohana Pt. 2

Ashley Cao, Participant

Hello again! I couldn’t fit all the pictures that I wanted to include in my last yak about family, so this is a continued yak only with photos of my house here in Kotagede (i.e. what it looks like, the layout, and all the art in it). Enjoy! (:...Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Bridge Year India 2018-19

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Jugaad and the Art of Letting Go

Julia Garaffa, Participant

It’s a day after arriving in Delhi, about 2 in the afternoon (4am back home), and we’ve been informed multiple times that jet lag is a myth. Nevertheless, I find myself slowly sinking into the couch of the hotel lobby, the room spinning slightly......Read More

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Ohana Means Family

Ashley Cao, Participant

In Kotagede, I live with a family of cat-loving four where art is quite literally in the name. My father, Bapak Indarto, is a sculptor, currently working on a bronze komodo. He is perhaps one of the silliest people I know, constantly making jokes......Read More