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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group A

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Holi

Him A Team, Instructor

Holi, the festival of colors, is one of the oldest Hindu festivals, which signifies the triumph of good over evil. It is also celebrated to welcome the colourful spring season and the spring harvest into our lives. We decided to spend the day at our......Read More

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At Home

Aaron, Participant

At the third and fourth floors of the building, our family of eight resides and overlooks the tall Bangalamukhi Temple. Ma takes care of the home and family, Da is a Newar priest, Rochani Didi runs a beauty parlor just underneath our home, Dipu Dai......Read More

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Homestays

Emilia Diaz, Participant

My home stay dad is always singing, from Bob Marley, to Celine Dion, to his own melodic creations. It is his humming that I tilt my ear to after ringing the doorbell; it’ll tumble out through his workshop assuring me that someone is home. And in......Read More

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Nepal

Silas, Participant

Here is a song I wrote one night when my host family had gone off to a wedding on their motorcycles and I had some alone time: There’s a soft sun setting on Kathmandu Sittin on the roof top thinking bout you Smog is clearing but it’s not through......Read More

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What Did I Expect Coming To Patan?

AnnaB, Participant

What did I expect coming to Patan? Well, I did not expect a toilet (i was told it would be a hole in the ground) or five different lights in my room (including one which changes from blue to purple to melatonin-producing yellow). I didn’t......Read More

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Patan

Shenandoah, Participant

Yak of the Week

To my family and friends, and alike beings, I am writing to express my journey in Patan thus far. To bring Patan to life, one must be able to visualize an area with a small town vibe with the busyness of a big city. As you walk past fruit vendors,......Read More

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Patan

Choochy, Participant

The day was beautiful and sunny, hardly a cloud in the sky, and the streets of Patan were significantly quieter than would be expected for a Monday afternoon. My mind was feeling clear and my appreciation for the moment was sky high now that my gut......Read More

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Patan

Aditya Shrestha, Instructor

After our brief stay at Hasera permaculture farm, where we were introduced to food systems and sustainable practices of agriculture we travelled down to Patan on 02/17/2018. Patan, a separate kingdom in the past, today is a flourishing city within......Read More

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Namaste!

Team Him A, Participant

Today we are bidding adieu to Dhulikhel the place that has given us refuge for the past six days. We have finished our orientation and are now headed to Patalekhet. Where we will be for the next few days living and learning about permaculture....Read More

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Orientation

Shenandoah Bolding-Smith, Participant

From the time we stepped off the airplane in Kathmandu we were swept away in the hustle and bustle of the big city. As we drove, weaving in and out of cars and people, we could take in the sights and smells as we passed. We arrived to the hotel to......Read More

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In Nepal

Choochy, Participant

It’s crazy that it’s only been 4 days. We’ve already begun Nepali lessons and put those lessons to action in the town of Dhulikhel. Many people spoke some English so with their help and our minimal Nepali vocabulary we made communication with......Read More

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Nepal

Benjamin, Participant

I sit in a hotel on a hillside outside of Kathmandu. There is a good amount of nature that surrounds which pleases me. There is a lot of pollution coming over the hillside from Kathmandu, so much so that you cannot see where the city should be. This......Read More

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Dhulikhel

Jacqueline Bengtson, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear loved ones out there, I am sending all of my light across the majestic Langtang Himalayan mountain range from which I am viewing as I write this. May it already have reached you by the time you are reading this. In this passage I wish it was......Read More

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Nepal

Carolyn Cheng, Participant

Yak of the Week

Though we have been in Nepal for only five days, there is already a kaleidoscope of images and sensations and impressions in my memory. Here are some: Red Today being Shivaratri, a holiday celebrating the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva, people old......Read More

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Nepal

Zanna, Participant

We arrived in Nepal less than a week ago. I think. I have nothing but an outdated, plastic alarm clock to anchor myself to the concept of time. I remember the clock as I left my hotel room in New Mexico: a sharp, red message of 4 am. I remember the......Read More

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Orientation in Dhulikhel

Emilia, Participant

These past five days have already felt so much longer. Nepal is such a vibrant country, from the chaotic dusty streets, to the multiple pink and red clad women on the streets, to the mixture of bird chatter and that trumpeting horn from the nearby......Read More