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Some pics from the village

Instructor Team, Instructor

Here’s a little taste of village life! Olivia’s stunning sketch of the village Eva standing in front of a giant stack of corn A view of Balamchour Maxime hard at work painting the outside of her house, readying it for the upcoming......Read More

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Mountain Time

Laura Berry, Participant

This is my fifth full day in the village of Balamchaur, yet this is the first time I’ve taken a moment to write. There is so much to take in! Even now as I sit on the front porch, there is so much going on… my Ama is cooking dinner over......Read More

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Washing away worries

Eva Ury, Participant

The breaking of boundaries is what made me most comfortable. I had previously been feeling a lot of stress as a result of my breathing difficulties, making an originally challenging hike a near impossible one. But then I took a bath in a mountain......Read More

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There Is No Ground

Instructor Team, Instructor

It is with a sense of joy and deep purpose that the Nepal Himalayas A team will leave Bhaktapur Guest House tomorrow morning (Saturday, Nepal time) and head to Balamchaur, west of Kathmandu, in Lamjung District on the edge of the Annapurna......Read More

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Bhaktapur Scavenger Hunt

Teo, Griffin, Paula, Participant

Our warm welcome to Bhaktapur was when we got ripped off for three bars of soap and some nuts. It was tragic, our bargaining skills had failed us. We roamed the blisteringly hot and wet streets of Kathmandu in an absurd search of a lost STD shop (a......Read More

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First Impressions

Nick, Olivia, Haven, Michael, Participant

So we came to Nepal to get out of our comfort zones, and today we really did. Up until today we’ve been having an amazing time, but within the comfort of the Bhaktapur Guest house. Past days have been spent bonding with the group, learning the......Read More

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Bhaktapur Scavenger Hunt

Emma, Nils, Eva, Participant

It started with us saying namaste to a man in a doorway. He put his hands together, bowed, smiled, and invited us in. With heavy hiking boots we trudged inside, and were greeted by a beautiful mandala hung on a white wall. Our scavenger hunt had......Read More

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Ju Ju Dau

Maxime, John, Laura, Participant

Bhaktapur. A city with over four centuries of history. When we walked into Durbar Square we were met by ancient temples. Some were piles of rubble and others were supported by beams. These were constant reminders of the megaquake that struck just......Read More

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How about that buffalo curd

Nick Brooke (posted by Charis Boke), Participant

I’ve been in Nepal for 48 hours, and it says a lot that the buffalo curd is not one of the three best things on the trip so far. In fact, let me tell you what the three best things are. The people! I have never met a group of more interesting......Read More

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Walk to Siva temple

Laura Berry (posted by Charis Boke), Participant

Today we ventured beyond the gates of Bhaktapur Guesthouse, where we’ve been living the past two days. We made our way up a gravel hill in single-file silence. To our left was forest, to our right sprawled the city. I’ve heard many things about......Read More

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Safe Arrivals!

Charis Boke, Participant

Everyone in Nepal Himalayas Group A has arrived safe and sound, if a bit tired from the long trip! We were greeted with malas made of marigolds at the Bhaktapur Guest House where we’ll do our orientation, and we’re so excited to be beginning......Read More

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At the Departure Gate!

Carin, Dragons Admin

  The Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group A has made it through security at JFK and is currently at the departure gate getting ready to board their flight!  Flight to Abu Dhabi is on time. Safe travels everyone! Parents & Families,......Read More

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Hello!

Teo De Schutter, Participant

Hello everyone, my name is Teo and I am really looking forward to meeting you guys!  I am half Belgian half Swedish but I have lived all my life in Belgium.  I graduated from high school in July and spent most of my summer in Sweden visiting......Read More

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Guidebook and Dragons Shirt Response

Charis Boke, Instructor

Laura, thank you for your questions! Yes, please be sure to pack your Dragons t-shirt–in addition to being asked to wear it when the group meets at JFK, we’ll ask that you have it available in-country at different times. There are......Read More

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Intro

Griffin, Participant

Hello everyone! My name is Griffin. I’m really looking forward to meeting all of you in just a few short days. I spent the first half of my life in Los Angeles and the other half in Portland, Oregon. I gradated from high school last June with......Read More