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Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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Public Transportation and Me

Svetlana Johnson, Participant

I feel absolutely no shame admitting that one of my reasons for going on Bridge Year, was to get an up-close look at functional public transportation. To anybody who knows me, it is no secret that I love the idea of public transportation. Growing up......Read More

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Snow globes in Puzhehei

Lauren Aung, Participant

After lunch, our group consistently falls into an afternoon lull. Lethargy follows our full bellies like an over attatched puppy, and last Sunday, in Puzhehei, was no different. Reflecting the pace of the off-season tourist town we were spending the......Read More

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Trains

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

Near my house, there’s a lonely railroad. Word on the street is, a train passed through it a couple of years ago. No one saw it coming, but those who did moved out of its way. Legend has it ran for a couple of months. It chooed its choos and......Read More

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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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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

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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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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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

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Guilty Consumption

Jesse Millett, Participant

What did we do for last Friday’s global climate strike? We littered the Chinese countryside with garbage. While the world has embraced the climate change strike, with a reported 7.6 million people mobilizing, we were bunkered up in a small......Read More