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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Trek departure

Arvin Singh Uzunov Dang, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Apologies for the belated post, I just found these on my camera and realized they might be worth seeing. Our students got their best and most fiercest game faces on for the morning we left for the trek, courtesy of red tikka and some glitter. Perhaps this is why they set such a fast pace for the whole trek, often leaving the porters and guides struggling to keep up. A big change from when they left you, eh? Transference has been a beautiful and affirming experience for all of us, and we are proud of the young men and women… Read More

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Rolwaling trek

Arvin Singh Uzunov Dang, Instructor

We had some stunning sunsets and hill-side scenery in the lower hills of the Rolwaling valley. The group had to split and I could not continue with them further into the high mountains, but those first 5 days were special enough! Photo 1: some of......Read More

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Elephant Happy Hours

Arvin Singh Uzunov Dang, Instructor

Highlights from Chitwan national park. We spent an incredible afternoon with Shanti, a 60 year old elephant matriarch, who we had sponsored for an “elephant happy hour” where she gets a break from the routine and hard work of carrying tourists......Read More

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Pastoral Sublime part 2 of 2

Arvin Dang, Instructor

“Better to eat rice grown from your own hand than what others have stepped on.” This is part 2 of my earlier post. Photo 1: bits of chaff suspended in the air after a recent throw. Lal Bahadur grinning as usual, possibly because of all......Read More

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Pastoral Sublime part 1 of 2

Arvin Dang, Instructor

“Better to eat rice grown from your own hand than what others have stepped on.” So said Lal Bahadur Tami, farmer in the hills West of Everest, and the only person I’ve met to make farm work look like a dance. If that sounds cute, check......Read More

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Return International Group Flight Information

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Fall 2018 Nepal Semester Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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A Poem for Transference

Julia Sauve, Participant

While reflecting on our coming journey home, I wrote a little poem: “America ramro chha.” A sentiment we’ve heard many a time, But what does it mean? My life is no better at home than here, But maybe that’s because of the......Read More

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X-Phase Day Four: A Surprise

I-Team, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Our fourth day of X-Phase brought us closer to India and deeper into the plains of Nepal as we went to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. We arrived later in the afternoon and only had a few hours to walk around, but we were able to visit the Maya Devi Temple and sit in the large lawn under flocks of birds and learn about Buddha’s lifestory and listen to some visitors from China sing prayers towards the setting sun. The true highlight of the day was stopping to get chiya and samosas at a shop on the way. Although… Read More

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X-Phase Day Two: Where There Be Wild

I-Team, Participant

Our second day of X-Phase brought us into the depths of Chitwan National Park. We spent half a day hearing tales of tigers, watching black rhinos cool off in deep pools, and keeping our eyes alert for elephants. We saw lizards the size of small dogs......Read More

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Yak ( and X-Phase) of the Year

Annabelle Richards and Lauren Forgione, Participant

To celebrate our last week here in Nepal, we went on a little shopping spree in the streets surrounding Chitwan National Park.  As seen in the photos above, unique felt hats were what we left the store with. Sutter the eggplant, Lauren the......Read More

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X-Phase Day One: A Birthday Rhino

I-Team, Instructor

The general summary of our first day of X-Phase can be summarized with: travel on comfortable bus down winding hillsides to the Terai listening to extensive group playlist and napping. The day was relatively uneventful and quite pleasant. Once......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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I Believe in Existential Crises

Leija Helling, Participant

“If everything, all of this, is transient, if nothing lasts forever, if we all leave this world sooner or later, does that mean nothing matters? Assume yes. Now, does that fact actually create meaning? I think so. If, in the grand scheme,......Read More