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I try my hand

Eva Ury, Participant

I try my hand and in the right palm: brightly painted concrete buildings cut in half to share with family, western culture’s left hand influx makes the people doubt their nature, courtesy is earned in elsewhere here respect is given freely. I......Read More

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Dust

Laura Berry, Participant

Blue meets brown. Quickly I turn my eyes down To weathered shoes on cracked pavement. I want to melt into this city, Stand on the curb and watch traffic go by. Instead traffic watches me. The dust covers every crack, every crevice, It mingles among......Read More

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Sitting by myself

Paula, Participant

I’m in what looks like a really small mall, a few streets away from my I.S.P, killing some time before my dance class starts. I’m sitting on a blue bench that faces a business that, for what I can tell, it’s a model agency.......Read More

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Questions–Answered and Unanswered...

Charis Boke, Instructor

Just over a week ago, Him A students and instructors arrived in Kathmandu to begin the urban homestay and Independent Study Project portion of our program. They’ve offered amazing reflections on the differences and similarities between village......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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Rice Paddies vs Dusty Ring Road

nils skattumn, Participant

The simple and evident difference between Balamchur and Kathmandu is that one is a village and one is a city. But within this difference lays an incredible chasm that even I was not prepared for. If you start in Balamchur, you look instantly at how......Read More

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Early Morning Tea with Aamaa

Haven Johnson, Participant

Each Morning I awoke to the sudden beeping of my watch. Taking a few moments to fully wake up, I’d get dressed, take my vitamins and do some much needed stretching. After gathering myself, I’d emerge from my room through the loud and......Read More

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Balamchur

TDS, Participant

Balamchur: Balamchur is a once in a life time experience, Balamchur is a little village in Nepal, Balamchur is waking up at 5am to howling dogs and crowing roosters, Balamchur is the smell of fresh and warm buffalo poo, Balamchur is the smell of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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The people of Bhalamchour

maxime staleman, Participant

The people of Bhalamchour when the sun rises and the rooster shouts they will awaken out of their slumber following their daily routes   when the sun stand high above they are working for their families with nothing but love   when the sun......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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Bhalamchour

Michael Tang, Participant

The stay in Bhalamchour was one of the most challenging things I have ever done. While the physical activities I tried were difficult, it was small, seemingly trivial situations that brought me out of my comfort zone. I had hour long conversations......Read More

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1st yak!!

Emma Curchin, Participant

The first morning in Bhalamchour, I woke up with a delightful surprise of food poisoning. We had come in late the night before and I must have consumed something my stomach didn’t particularly like along the journey. Going back and forth......Read More

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Laura Berry, Participant

In the past 72 hours I’ve danced to a Nepali pop song on stage in front of a group of people that were once strangers. I gathered around a pot of embers with my ama (mother) and dai (older brother) grilling chicken. I received blessings and tikka......Read More

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Bhalamchour

Nick Brooke, Participant

We spent 10 days in Bhalamchour, a Gurung village 6-12 hours (traffic dependent) northwest of Kathmandu Valley. It was beautiful beyond belief. On the first morning I awoke early after a restless sleep and was greeted by the most stunning mountains......Read More

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Happy Vijaya Dashami!

Instructor Team, Participant

These last few days have seen us celebrating one of the most important festivals in Nepal, Dashain. Here is a photo of Griffin, Paula, Laura and Nils all decked out in Gurung dress by their homestay families to celebrate the occasion!...Read More

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Balamchaur reflections

Griffin Haag, Participant

I find an old Gurung man waiting by a water spout. He looks up at me then returns his gaze to the silvery jug that the spout struggles to fill. The flow of water slows, sputters and eventually stops. The jug only half filled, the man looks at me,......Read More

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Dasain festival in Balamchaur village

Paula Garcia, Participant

Today was one of those days when you take the familiar epiphany that life can be so simple, and so happy, and beautiful. And even though sadly I know I am not always going to see life so simple and beautiful, I hope I always look back at this day......Read More

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My first yak

Nils Skattam, Participant

Just a minute ago, I woke up from a nap on a rock, at the top of a hill, next to a village shaded by the Himalayas, and shrouded in mist. For three seconds my mind whirled. The mist from the mountains swirling inside until a ray of light cut......Read More