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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

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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Homestay Reflections – Bangdong

BYP China Students, Participant

Yak of the Week

After leaving Bangdong village and transitioning into urban life in Kunming, Bridge Year China participants reflected on their two-week rural homestay experience through writing prompts. We shared these reflections gallery-style upon arrival in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Bolivia

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year Bolivia 2019-20

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I’m reminiscing a little

Chiara, Participant

I want to go back on two things: a moment during our first day of trekking and our ride back from Calientes After we arrived at our cabin, Don Felix suggested to anyone that was up for it that we go on a short hike. Fully prepared for a nice little......Read More

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Exploring Jaipur

Sijbren, Participant

After coming from rural homestay’s in majkhali – helping our homestay mothers gather hay in the fields, living without running water and quietly contemplating the natural surroundings, the dust and bustle of Jaipur was shocking. For me at......Read More

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The Start of a New Era

Tejas G, Participant

Udaipur: the City of Lakes! The eleventh Bridge Year India cohort has just arrived in their home for the next seven months. After being placed in our homestay, our cultural immersion is accelerating at a rapid rate. We moved into our new families on......Read More