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Princeton Bridge Year Bolivia 2018-19

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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 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

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Re: Does Your Love Float?

Liam Seeley, Participant

Sometimes, as I might have expected, the mountains don’t have much to say. Their presence is enough in these moments, just as I hope is mine. But I’ve also learned that other times I just need a heap of patience and a desire to wake up at 4am to......Read More

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Tocaña: Una Comunidad Afroboliviana

Nicole Martin, Participant

Yak of the Week

When we first arrived to Tocaña the only vestiges of human life were the paintings and pictures on the walls. I was admiring a picture of Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, and Peter Tosh, when Pulga, the first Tocañeno I met, came out. With his short......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Princeton Bridge Year Bolivia 2018-19

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Entre Las Calles

Liam, Anna, Harry, Athena, Participant

Yak of the Week

There’s a saying that there is no winded road. We are only walking zigzagged on a straight road. When it rains, it’s not the clouds that are crying, but rather the sun, and the clouds cannot keep the sun’s tears from falling. As we......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Princeton Bridge Year Bolivia 2018-19

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Two Chinos and One and a Half Gringos

Cody, Natalie, Miguel, Nicole, Participant

Equipo celeste Two chinos and one and a half gringos, a poem: Walking down the street Looking for a traditional Bolivian dish to eat Trying to check tasks off the list Is a great feat It started to hail We didn’t think we could prevail But......Read More

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Headed out on our first trek!

Matt, Instructor

Hello friends and families, Tomorrow morning, we will head out on our first trek in the Cordillera Real. This is one of the most stunning mountain ranges in all of the Andes. We will spend four days in this magical range. Here’s our trek plan: Day......Read More

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Homestay en El Alto

Natalia y Athena, Participant

Luciana is seven years old and contains more energy in her fingers than we do in both our eighteen year old bodies combined. When we met her for the first time she grabbed our hands and jumped up and down and spun herself around and around.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Princeton Bridge Year Bolivia 2018-19

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Ciudad Satelite

Liam & Miguel, Participant

We have landed ourselves in a wonderful casita. (You know it´s meant to be if it´s where you take your first hot shower in Bolivia). As per reponsibilty and in temporary break of our Wifi fast, here are a few snippets of our experiences in El......Read More

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On the Bolivian Hour

Nicole, Cody, Anna, and Harry, Participant

Live from El Alto, where we are currently rushing to write a Yak on a crowded bus, this is Nicole, Anna, Cody, and Harry. We could attribute our failure to complete this Yak on time to ‘la hora boliviana’ (the “Bolivian hour”). Bolivians are......Read More