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Hooks

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

Beside my homestay home, there’s a river. I go there sometimes to watch it flow. The vacant railroad crosses right over it. If you sit there for a while you start to notice. Listen carefully and you’ll hear the fisherman on the side of......Read More

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Ka Fei Guan Adventure

Ben, Chris, & Julia, Participant

[Dear reader, the following conversations were (mostly) in Chinese.] Julia: Ok so the point of the game is that you want to be the first settler to reach 10 points. You can earn points in a lot of different ways, but they all boil down to getting......Read More

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The Snack Scale

Pia DiCenzo, Participant

When you live in a homestay family as outgoing as mine, you quickly become acquainted with the customs of visiting and hosting friends, relatives, neighbors, and just about anyone else whose gate you can open.  This was especially true on Diwali.......Read More

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Our Upcoming Peru Itinerary

Veronica Fonseca-Maldonado, Instructor

Hello families and friends! As you are likely aware, our group has been temporarily relocated to the beautiful country of Peru due to civil and political unrest in our beloved Bolivia. It has been quite a transition. We all miss Bolivia and hope......Read More

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Suns

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

My mamma taught me about humility, and my dad showed me how to work hard.  I love em both. My brothers taught me a thing or two about perseverance, and my sisters tested my patience. Nguyen said if I used the heart, the words would flow. De Anda......Read More

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Blue City Magic

Fernando Aviles Garcia, Participant

“Hold on, I can’t find my wallet!” Oh no, I thought to myself. This is quite the way to start our Jodhpur excursion. With a feeling of hopeful anxiety, I joined Tejas in his frantic search for the misplaced wallet. “Is it in the bag?”......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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Learning as an ABC

Lauren Aung, Participant

I learned how to write my name,李乐玲(Lǐ Lè Líng), my first day of Chinese class in Kunming. Although given to me at birth, I didn’t know my Chinese name until this summer, when my grandfather wrote down a family tree for me to take to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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Breakfast

Julia Zhou, Participant

I’m starting to really love breakfast. It’s evolved from most neglected to most anticipated meal of the day. Every morning I wake up to a combination of steamed buns, meatbuns, sweet honey, eggs poached in red sugar water, congee, and soy milk.......Read More

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Saddleridge Fire

Elliott Hyon, Participant

Is my house burning? I’m trying to decide whether the universe is cruel or just humorous for this second post to also be about burning. What’s next? Is my third yak going to be about me spontaneously combusting?   October 12-13, I went......Read More

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Diwali

Sijbren, Participant

There was a knocking at the temple doors. The wood was bulging and everyone stepped back in anticipation. Crack! The doors burst open and a stream of enraged bulls, shoulder-to-shoulder, came tearing down the hill and into the street. It was......Read More

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Moons

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

Yak of the Week

Humble me again I ask of Kunming, as I bike through its crowded streets and vacant railroads. Remind me of the person there is still to become before I forget. Teach me of patience I ask 老师. Knowing that time will continue impatiently until we......Read More

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Pyarse

Sydney Eck, Participant

Sweat drips off my nose onto the just tilled soil of the Shikshantar kitchen garden. The temperature is hovering just above 90 degrees Fahrenheit while the Rajastani desert sun beats down from a cloudless sky. The picturesque garden and its short,......Read More

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El campo de té

Luz Victoria, Participant

The alarm clock complained that it was 6:48 am when I heard a multitude of excited voices directly outside my window. It was only our second day in the mountain village of Bangdong, and despite how tired I was from our month-long trek across rural......Read More