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A Walk to Phyang Monastery

Jacky Li, Participant

This 16th century monastery on a mountain top was founded by a lama from Mount Kailash, who came to Ladakh to cure King Tashi Namgyal from Leprosy. The view is breathtaking and grand. My personal desire to share daily photos with the Yak readers has......Read More

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Ceci’s yak 9/25

Ceci, Participant

Today, Sonam showed me her flowers. She beams as she names each flower in English — Poppy, Dahlia, Zinnia. Sonam knows exactly which plants have to be taken inside during the winter and which ones can survive the bitter cold. She lovingly......Read More

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Sol and JJ yak 9/23

Sol and JJ, Participant

Tonight is the second to last night of our first homestay. Everyone has settled into their familes and has been growing used to the various Ladakhi customs. In our home there is our host brother, father, mother, and sister in-law.  Our host......Read More

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The First Days by Sophie 9/20

Sophie, Participant

The first couple of days have put some stress on my body because of the plane ride, time change, and altitude. On the first night in Delhi I could not sleep at all. The second night was great because I slept like a rock and did not wake up once. In......Read More

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Rachel wolf yak 9/20

Rachel, Participant

I can read in ladakh. This is a big deal for me because normally ive never had the right environment to really think about the words and stories. Let me tell you- reading is amazing. I was sitting at the bottom of a mountain yesterday on a monastery......Read More

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Sol’s yak 9/20

Sol, Participant

I am beginning to settle into the Indian culture and feel more comfortable. The first days were challenging, sleep was hard, the food upset my stomach, and I began my process of letting go of the things that made me happy in New York. This was a......Read More

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Matthew’s Yak 9/20

Mathew, Participant

It’s been a strange past few days full of overwhelming sights, sounds, tastes, and emotions. Phyang has been so relaxing aside from my not feeling great; there is something about the mountains that makes me feel really secure. Watching the......Read More

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Daniela

Daniela, Participant

Believe it or not writing yaks makes me more nervous than any other thing on this trip but Ill do my best. These past few days have been incredible. Arriving to the airport and meeting everyone, getting to the overwhelming city of Delhi, meeting our......Read More

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Rach’s Yak 9/20

Rach, Participant

I’m not a morning person. At home I am constantly running around, grabbing things I need for school and dashing out of the house so I’m not late. Here I’ve been waking up at 4:30ish due to the time change and I love it. I wake up......Read More

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JJ’s yak 9/20

JJ, Participant

I really appreciate how slow the mornings are in Ladakh. I feel Ladakhi’s in general live much slower lives, it is something I appreciate especially after walking around the monastary. I also appreciate how open to sunlight the rooms are.......Read More

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Adeline’s yak 9/17

Adeline, Participant

At home the ground is mostly a place only our feet touch. We walk and run and explore by foot, we stand and we wait. We lift our food high off the ground using a table that we sit at on chairs that sometimes make our feet dangle. We sleep in beds......Read More

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India group back in Leh

India Administrative Team, Participant

Hi India family and friends, The India group has returned to Leh after a really fun time in their Ladakhi village homestays. All students and instructors are happy and healthy! They are enjoying being back in an urban setting before setting off on......Read More

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Moving To Our First Homestay

I-Team, Participant

Namastey and Julley Family and Friends, Himalayas to the Ganges River group is just finished the beautiful orientation in phyang and very happy and healthy as we set out for our big Himalayan Homestay today. We are going to have very limited......Read More

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India Group settling in homestays

Dragons Administrative Team, Participant

Hello India family and friends, The India group has left their cozy orientation site close to Leh and traveled along the Indus River to their homestays, where they will spend the next 5 days. During this time, they’ll be continuing to rest and......Read More

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Community Agreement

I-Team, Participant

After re-affirming Dragons’ red rule container, out students went to work to create their own community agreement. They drew a map of India and talked about things that they would want to keep in and leave out of the group. We finished it off......Read More

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On the way to Leh

India I-Team, Participant

Namastey families and friends, We write from the Delhi airport, where students are all checked-in and waiting to board out flight to Leh, Ladakh. We couldn’t be more thrilled to transition from the verdant foothills to the high Himalayas of the......Read More