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Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year India 2019-20

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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

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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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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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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