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WTBD Yaks from India

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Responses to big questions

Chisom O., Participant

What is development? How do you see it represented in India? Development is progress. This progress does not necessarily have to be positive or negative as long as there is change. A lot of the time, development is connotated with positive change......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

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Fathers Day Quotes from Students

Regina Kruglyak, Participant

Happy Fathers Day Dad! I wish I could be there to give you the biggest hug and tell you what a great dad you’ve been. All of the times you have given me advice and talked to me about life have truly helped me while travelling in India and really......Read More

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What is development?

Regina Kruglyak, Participant

What is development? We asked the students to ponder this very question.  As we drove around the ancient city in our tuk tuks,  And as we walked along the ghats, and as we floated in the Ganga, and as we explored Banaras University, this was the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

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Why should you go to India/ Why should you not go...

Dechen Lama, Vicky Gutierrez, Participant

India is a place rich with culture, and the people who populate it have very busy lives. Traveling in India allows us to understand the lives of the Indian people and fully immerse ourselves into the culture. The streets are full of beautiful......Read More

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Varanasi is an adventure

Anna, Kennedy, Daisy, Chisom, Participant

Varanasi is a hectic and HOT place! Walking across the street is an adventure in itself and you never know what you’re going to see or come across. For example, many times we turned the corner and ran into small herds of cows and water......Read More

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Varanasi is hectic

Molly, Dechen, Saga, Lizbeth, Participant

Varanasi is hectic, with bustling streets that are filled with tuktuks and cows. There are vibrant colors on every building, along with fun ads and friendly faces in each little shop. The hotel is beautiful, with pink walls and a view of the Ganges.......Read More

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Varanasi is wild and full of life

Will, Vicky, Keira and Joy, Dragons Admin

Varanasi is wild and full of life. We’ve been wandering around the city (in intense heat) unsuccessfully attempting to complete our scavenger hunt. Everywhere we walk, there are cows and smells of cow manure. Many times we have encountered......Read More

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The city of light

Regina, Instructor

We have successfully made our way through one of the worlds largest metropolitan areas along twenty hours of Indian railway to the city of light-Varanasi. After settling into our ashram stay we will continue our orientation and take time to explore......Read More

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Exploring Delhi

Regina Kruglyak, Participant

While dealing with the inevitable jetlag, we explored Delhi to the best of our abilities. We bought traditional clothing, ate south Indian food, meandered the busy streets of Canought Place and rode in tuk tuks to the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. While......Read More

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Safely together in Delhi…

Regina Kruglyak, Participant

Just a quick hello to let you know that the group is together in Delhi. We will be heading to the hotel for some rest and then adventures with updates!...Read More

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Getting Ready for Take Off!

Regina Kruglyak, Participant

Dear Dragons Parents and Community, Students should hopefully be packing eagerly awaiting to arrive into the rich culture of India. As they come please trust them and allow them space from their immediate connections to the world they know in order......Read More

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Namaste!

Aditya Shrestha, Instructor

Hello fellow travelers, I am writing to you all from Kalimpong, a small Himalayan town nestled on a ridge at an altitude of 4,800 ft in West Bengal, India. It is a pleasure to be traveling with you all in India this June. It takes a lot to step out......Read More

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Introduction

Daisy Galgon, Participant

Hello, my name is Daisy and I am one of two rising sophomores on the trip. In the picture above, I am on the right, next to my younger sister Maria. I am from Seattle Washington where I grew up in the city with my three sisters, Edel (20), Libby......Read More

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Hello :)

Molly Silberberg, Participant

Hi! My name is Molly (on the right), and as you probably know I am a rising junior at Thacher. I am so excited to share this experience with you all, and form new connections to people and places. I am originally from Jackson, Wyoming, but have been......Read More

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Introduction

Will Harding, Participant

Hello, everyone! I’m Will, a rising senior at Thacher and, as Uncle Jake pointed out, the only male student on this trip.  I’m from Kentfield, California (just north of San Francisco), where I live with my parents, my sister Lily, and......Read More

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Meeting me (Lizbeth)

Lizbeth A Velasco, Participant

Hi Regina, My name is Lizbeth, some basic info about me is – I originally live in New Jersey, – I love animals which is good because I want to be a veterinarian, and – I like to sing so there might be a lot of singing during the......Read More