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Princeton Bridge Year India 2018-19

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Thomas Earl, Participant

Atop a skyscraper in Mumbai, Bridge Year India 10.0 enjoyed the panoramic views of the city skyline. This was to be the first of 14 fantastic days spent on our student-lead Winter Excursion, during which we visited Pune and Goa, after leaving......Read More

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Shilpgram Utsav

Julia, Participant

We were already experiencing the chaos of Shilpgram long before we arrived – traffic to enter the fair was backed up several kilometers. Logan and I weaved our bikes through cars and scooties, walking them at times, and took shortcuts through......Read More

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The Dreaded Doosra

Thomas Earl, Participant

Bridge Year, as it turns out, is a lot like batting in a game of cricket. (Or maybe that’s just me?) Throughout our innings we continuously face new challenges, with each being slightly different to the next. Batting, just like existing in another......Read More

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Meet Ginger: Our Program House Pup

Julia, Participant

Hi all, I’d like to formally introduce you to Ginger, our beloved puppy. She is an Indian Mutt with lots of personality, adopted by us after she was found lost on the street without a mother. She is about three months old and rapidly growing.......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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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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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

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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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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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

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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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Breakfasts of Champions

Leila Owens, Participant

As our merry band of travelers stepped (or in some cases sleepily stumbled) off the overnight train that had taken us from Uttarakhand to Jaipur, there was a lot to greet us. While the shouts of delight may have tipped me off, it wasn’t until......Read More

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Monkey Business

Logan & Joe, Participant

The Monkeys in Uttarakhand provide a wealth of entertainment. Whether it’s a langur spying on you outside your bathroom, or a rhesus macaque trying to steal food out of your room, we’ve all had our fair share of monkey business!...Read More