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Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year India 2019-20

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We’re Halfway There

Pia DiCenzo, Participant

Monday, January 13 marked an important day for Bridge Year India.  It was the exact halfway point of our program. On the day I write this, Monday, January 20, we have 132 days until May 31, 2020.  That is: 4 months and 11 days 19 weeks 3,168 hours......Read More

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The Monsoon Palace

Tejas G, Participant

On Saturday, the cohort adventured to Udaipur’s famous Monsoon Palace, built in honor the king of the region Maharana Sajjan Singh. Situated at the top of a hilltop overlooking Udaipur, we hiked about an hour and a half up, relaying stories......Read More

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2020

Max, Participant

I think it’s safe to say that spending the New Year away from our friends and families back home was a challenge for all of us in BYI. Celebrating the New Year is not a huge thing in Udaipur; in fact, many of our NGOs remained open on New Year’s......Read More

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Krishna Ranch

Anna Pinkerton, Participant

Yak of the Week

I groaned as we hit yet another bump that sent a jolt straight up my spine. I didn’t remember the road leading up to Krishna Ranch, the farm on the outskirts of Udaipur where we had spent our very first week in India, being quite so rough. But......Read More

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Christmas Day!

Dani, Participant

After sleeping in to sleep off our fatigue from the Midnight Mass, we awoke to a breakfast of Poha, Goan bread, and three kinds of marmalade:  Guava, Mixed Fruit, and Orange, from our hotel. Post-breakfast, we facetimed Shweta, our Program House......Read More

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First day in Goa

Anna Pinkerton, Participant

On Friday, December 20th, we woke up bright and early to catch our 5:50 train from Mumbai to Goa. We arrived in Goa in the early afternoon and spent several hours exploring the public bus system. In the evening, we went to our first event at the......Read More

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Mumbai Day 2

Pia DiCenzo, Participant

After a day of exploring an ISKCON Temple and Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai, we stopped by Yazdani Bakery for apple pie, bun maska, and chai.  As the fresh bread was baked and cooled all around us, we discussed the unique and intriguing nature of......Read More

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Mumbai – The beginning

Sijbren, Participant

This morning we visited the Keneseth Eliyahoo synagogue, one of the oldest Synagogues in Mumbai, dating back to the early 20th century. Then we visited the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales museum,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year India 2019-20

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Winter Excursion: Mumbai X Goa

Sijbren, Participant

For our winter excursion, we’ll be traveling to Southern India for the first time to explore Mumbai and Goa. We arrive in Mumbai on December 17 by train. Mumbai is India’s largest and most metropolitan city. We start with a walking tour of the......Read More

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W̶i̶n̶t̶e̶r̶ Wonderland

Fernando Aviles, Participant

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens; Brown paper packages tied up with strings; These are a few of Julie Andrews’ favorite things. With Christmas fast approaching, I am making sure to get in......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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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