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So long, farewell

Rachel Nahirny, Participant

Dear avid yak board followers, Thank you for being such an attentive audience. You have now learned that I enjoyed the early mornings in Phyang, that I have a complex relationship with sleeper trains and that I highly recommend pooping your pants at......Read More

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Dear India

Sophie Sperduto, Participant

Dear India, My first expectation of you before I came was that I would not like you and feel painfully homesick. I also thought my body would not be able to handle you. The good news is, my expectations were not met. I am very sorry if you were......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Now that we’ve all changed into fully matured...

Liv, Participant

But really, these last 3 months have been more than words can describe. We each wrote a little something to our families about what you should expect from us upon our arrival home. Most of what we have learned will only be obvious to you when we......Read More

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Reminiscing on Goodbyes

Amy James, Participant

I am incredibly grateful for my host family in Tiquipaya, though it was very different from my family back home. In Bolivia, I really appreciated having people who cared for me so much and so quickly and who were so wiling to welcome me into their......Read More

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Fauna Me Forever

Amy James, Participant

Itch. Itch. Itch. Itch. Finally gentle sleep comes. Burning tingles drag me back to consciousness. Itch. Comfort won’t come. Roll over. Scratch. Scratch. Scratch. Furiously. Sweet sleep arrives once more. Passage back into long since forgotten......Read More

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A rainy good bye from Isla del Sol

Doug Williams, Instructor

Saludos desde El Alto! We are oficailly at our last stop of the semester! After three sunny days of reflective writing, goofy theater, and intense individual feedback sessions, this morning, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo  (founders of the Inca Empire......Read More

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Definitions of Progress

Sarah Judd, Participant

If you look up the definition of progress in the dictionary, Merriam-Webster will tell you it means “forward or onward movement toward a destination”. Most people in the West would use an even stronger definition when talking about individual or......Read More

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Final Takeaways

Students, Participant

Yak of the Week

What misconception about Myanmar has been dispelled or challenged over the course? “Myanmar was under a military dictatorship for many years. I expected the people to be exhausted downtrodden victims. I never expected the energy and warmth......Read More

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Moving Through Transference

Instructor Team, Instructor

After a very successful Expedition Phase at the ashram, we have now moved to our final location in Nepal, Bouddha, where we are staying just a few minutes’ walk from the majestic Bouddhanath Stupa, towering over Buddhist monasteries, crowded......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Beginning to share

Reilly Dwight, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear family, As these three months here in Nepal come to a bittersweet conclusion and I look forward to coming home, I’m thinking about how I can share my experience with you. And I don’t know where to begin. I can show you what it......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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a piece of pantone prose

Nora Hyman, Participant

The sky here is incredible. At nighttime, it’s like no other. In Nepal, the stars seem to reach out fragile tendrils and grab for your attention, for your hands. It’s hard not to stop wherever you are, crane your head back as far as it......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Yak Attack: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Yak

Lucas Lepinard, Participant

Collection/compilation of inspired journal entries I wrote during the course: Pt 1   Bhaktapur (mid course), spoken piece: It’s in the air this morning I didn’t know it was there when I woke up and I sure as hell wasn’t......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Traducer

Alessandro, Participant

Resilience blinks throughout reflection. When can reflection reference resilience? Reflection reinstates a reported overlap. Reflection fiddles the quantum. Contemplation rearranges your reward behind the misrepresented originator. Reality builds......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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A Hard Goodbye

Whitney Merriman, Participant

Writing this makes me sad because in only a few days I’ll be leaving Nepal and separating from a group of people I now consider family. Everyone in our group has helped me grow and change my perspective on certain aspects of life. I’m......Read More