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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

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Chalo Bachcha Log

Thomas Earl, Participant

  “Chalo Bachcha Log!!” is the cry from Hemant Ji as he runs after our minibus, which has just pulled away from the Centre for the Contemplation of Nature, in the Northern state of Uttarakhand. “Ji” is affixed to a name when we intend......Read More

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Getting Creative

Alex Krauel, Participant

Yak of the Week

“How’s Indonesia?” A simple question, and an inevitable one at that. I can only imagine if my son, brother, best friend, teammate traveled to a distant corner of the Earth, especially one that never crossed my mind save for a fleeting headline......Read More

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When in Jaipur…

Lena H., Participant

When in Rome (Jaipur), do as the Romans (Chippas) do… Hello all! BYI 10.0 wrapped up our last days in Jaipur AND our tour de block printing force last weekend. On Saturday evening, after our final AIIS Hindi class and some shopping, we headed......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2018-19

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Nit, nitay garabam

Paige Silverstein, Participant

Yak of the Week

“Most meals taken in Senegal are eaten with either your right hand or a single spoon… when in doubt, just watch others at the table (or floor) and, again, simply follow their lead and example.” – Where There Be Dragons Participant Manual As......Read More

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Ride Down Penny Lane

Logan, Participant

The gang had set out on a mission to purchase bikes in order to traverse the wild city of Udaipur, when a relic of days long past caught Joe’s eyes. “Oh my god, it’s a penny farthing!” exclaimed Joe. Indeed it was. Although......Read More

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Ayni and Community

Anna, Participant

Yak of the Week

After a month of q’oas, charlas, and scavenger hunts, the vast world of Bolivian culture is opening up and we are starting to make sense of its distinct communities. In doing so, I have found it helpful to think of things in terms of Ayni, a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2018-19

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One Second a Day Video

Oscar Platt, Participant

I took a one (and sometimes two) second video every day for the past month and a half!  Here is the compilation. It’s going to be a lot longer in 8 months… https://drive.google.com/file/d/12vZoWDx0HBo8pdNBcLAWW8GziADdVdtA/view...Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Princeton Bridge Year Bolivia 2018-19

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The Community of San Salvador

Cody Mui, Participant

The town of San Salvador sits atop one of many Andean mountains that surround Cochabamba. As our trufi ascended up the windy, bumpy dirt roads, the dust gave way to the hazy glimmer of city lights. My eyes stayed glued to the lightshow, until we......Read More

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Why fi?

Harry Moross, Participant

Forty days and twelve hours ago, our group had our last meeting in Princeton, NJ. We were told to be ready to leave at 7am the next day to begin our journey to Bolivia. Five days had gone by so quickly in a whirlwind of activities, lectures and......Read More