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Humbled by the Delhi Belly

Lily Cunningham, Participant

“What are you doing on your gap year?” Well, I say to almost every relative and friend, I’m going to India for three months. “What! Why would you wanna do that?” Here we go. “Are you ready for some good ol’......Read More

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India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Our last week in Varnasi

Madison Beveridge, Participant

As our time here in Varanasi comes to a close, and we begin our second, more urban half of the course, I find myself reflecting on the hesitations and fears I have felt about leaving and moving to new places while in India so far. When we initially......Read More

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A Week in Review

I-Team!, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Isn’t it incredible how quickly time passes when we are focused on anything but time? This past week has been a testament to that as our group has grounded itself even further into the exploration of India, of our unit of 15, and of global relationships with what has become our current home. Last weekend we had the privilege of visiting Saurabh’s village, Mudahua, which is located just over an hour south of Banaras. As we left behind the noise and bustle of the city, we were met with vast tracks of wheat fields, sporadic outcroppings of rocky hills, and… Read More

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Window seat

Abby Raeside, Participant

What before was just an intermediary between two destinations, a car ride is now a destination in and of itself. Out the window so many people, animals, vehicles completely their own yet coexisting in a well-practiced dance. A window seat has never......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

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A Simple Yak

Ellen Israel, Participant

I’ve been waiting for a perfectly “Yak-worthy” moment for a few weeks now – a moment where something out of the ordinary happens (by “ordinary” I mean this new ordinary, my life in Varanasi, which I never imagined I could get used to),......Read More

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Photos of So Far

Lily Cunningham, Participant

Picture of the Week

View of a Temple from the Gangaji. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. On the Gangaji. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. New Friends at Saurabh’s Village. View of the Himalayas at dawn. Sonapani, Uttarakhand. Showing us how to make clay pots on the wheel. Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh. Buddhist Temple, Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh.  

WTBD Yaks from India

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Laborious Fruits

Ruthie Colburn, Participant

I’ve always known that I’ve hated bananas. I can remember examining them with confusion, perched atop the engraved ceramic fruit bowl, smugly smothering the apples, oranges, and my favorite – mangoes – from the ripe age of 4. Why did......Read More

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Taking a Holi Holiday

We-Team!, Instructor

For the past three days our group has been in Sarnath, a town outside Varanasi, celebrating Holi and exploring Buddhist and Jain temples. Holi, known as the Festival of Colors, began the evening of March 1st and ended the evening of March 2nd. It is......Read More

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Feeling blessed

I- Team, Instructor

We went to visit one of the oldest temple of Varanasi; today it’s known as a Durga Temple. People believe it was built by the Queen of Bengal in the 18th century in North Indian style. People also believed the statue of Goddess Durga is not human......Read More

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Some Thoughts

Gideon Goldhagen, Participant

In the beginning, there was nirakar, Purush a mere facsimile. Varnas the elements, smaller parts of his greater whole. There was Brahman, his intellect, the him closest to it. Ksatriya, the shoulders and hands to protect the brain. The Vaishya, the......Read More

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Ye Sundar Hai

Jessie Cruz, Participant

As the 10 of us are comfortably cramped at a table made to seat 5, we realize occupying this table for almost four hours in a cafe with limited seating, might not be best. And even though we were leaving an ideal Uno playing table, and quick access......Read More

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Home Is Where the Dragons Are

The Students, Participant

Of all the people that I have shared joy and sorrow, hardship and success, the people I am with now will forever join their ranks.  Each one of us has come with a gift to share and knowledge to spread.  And each of us will leave with a piece of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

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The Ceremonies

Riley Slater, Participant

Here in Varanasi there are so many ceremonies, traditions, and festivities. Thus far we’ve had the opportunity to see many different celebrations and ceremonies. One of the first things we got to do once we arrived here is go to a wedding. The......Read More

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Stories

Belle Zhao, Participant

Name anything and chances are, you’d have a single perspective on it. That’s how all the people who told me not to come to India see this country, which is normal. We are all guilty of taking a single story as the only truth. However in......Read More

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Morning Walk

Lily Cunningham, Participant

On my walk to class, to the rising day, I pass a red temple Durga dipped in golden light, still wet from the stars the night before. I swim in it: the morning light whispering salutations to the water. Huge hooved beings galumf and sway Their breath......Read More