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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

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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

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More Lakshmi Ashram Moments!

Instructor Team, Instructor

We thought you might appreciate a few more glimpses of Bridge Year 10.0 at work at the Lakshmi Ashram: Julia chopping vegetables Joe cleaning the cow stable Tom shelling peas Lena sowing seeds in the garden A contemplative Leila (after helping to......Read More

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Dispatches from the Mountains

Instructor Team, Instructor

Greetings, family and friends- Bridge Year India 10.0 just rolled into Kausani, Uttarakhand after a long day’s drive from the alpine town of Munsiyari. We had a wonderful week of homestays, replete with knitting and weaving tutorials from our......Read More

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Heading to Uttarakhand!

Sarah, Uttara, and Hemant, Instructor

Dear family and friends, After a whirlwind train trip through Jaipur, we are heading up to the far North (Uttarakhand) for the next few weeks. During this time, we will have very limited access to our phones and devices. We hope you appreciate (as......Read More

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Tom and Betty: An Evening Reflection

Bethelihem Tebase, Participant

Hi guys, welcome to the inaugural typecast of Tom and Betty. Unlike Tom and Jerry, or Ben and Jerry’s (Vermont’s finest), we have less violence and less calories, but are just as sweet a combination. Today we’re summarising our experience......Read More

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Our first days in India

Sarah, Participant

A welcome with orange marigold malas. Exploring Lodi Gardens in Delhi and wandering through a cluster of Mughal-era tombs. An adventure through the nation’s capital in green and yellow autorickshaws. Learning how to eat dosas and idlis (and......Read More