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Cricket wicket

Rachel Nahirny, Participant

My host brother Omesh loves cricket. He runs around our small house, hitting a rubber ball with his plastic bat while shouting the names of his favorite players. When a match is on tv he jumps on our grandmother, mataji’s, bed and yells......Read More

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Sunday Rewind: SECMOL

I-Team, Participant

Hard to believe this was only two weeks ago! Time is flying on our semester. Daily responsibility: milking cows Helping in the kitchen Where SECMOL is located English conversation class An example of the genius architecture on campus Daily speech by......Read More

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Diwali Delights

JJ, Participant

Today’s the ‘Festival of Lights’ all o’er; A joyful day for minds and hearts and souls; And people throng the Temples to offer, Prayers, resolving to take better roles. And most of them are richly clad and clean, And eat such dainty......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Everybody poops

Rachel Nahirny, Participant

Today I pooped my pants. For those who aren’t fortunate enough to have had this great life experience I would recommend you try it at some point in your time on earth. Knowing that my digestive system can cleanse its self without my command......Read More

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Reflections from Another World

Cecilia Yearsley, Participant

Yak of the Week

A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.” -Stephen Crane It is easy to feel adrift here. Sometimes, when this place overwhelms me, I focus on......Read More

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Yo yo yo from Varanasi

Rachel wolf, Participant

Varanasi reminds me of the garden of earthly delights. Everything I see is bizarre and people are absolutely everywhere. Actions that exist here do not exist there. There is a sense of privacy though within yourself and your very physically intimate......Read More

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Happy Dipawali (Festival of light)

I-Team, Instructor

We are in the final stages of cleaning our house of the grime and the negative energy, the diyas (small oil lights) have been purchased and the markets are full of idols of Lakshmi and Ganesha. We are all set for Diwali! Diwali is the five-day......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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A New Window

Matthew Martignoni, Participant

I have always loved learning languages. For those of you who don’t know me, I took French for 7 years, started learning Mandarin over the summer, and look forward to learning many more languages over the course of my lifetime. Today was our fifth......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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A World of Extremes

Matthew Martignoni, Participant

We were lucky enough to have last week with our incredible program director, Christy. At one point, she mentioned something that has been on my mind quite a bit: India is a world of extremes. Many of my experiences so far have confirmed this......Read More

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Bike Ride in Ladakh (October 8th)

I-team, Instructor

On our last Sunday in Ladakh, Team India went for a leisure bike ride in the villages on the outskirts of Leh. We took in the gorgeous mountain views for one last time, meandering through the countrysides and crossing the Indus River. Upon arriving......Read More

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Reflections from on top of the World

India I-Team, Participant

Yak of the Week

As the sun disappears behind these mountains in Ladakh that have nourished and protected us the past three weeks, we are trying desperately to make the final moments last: to remember to be present and not get caught up in what the next moments will......Read More