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WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Reflecting…

Team Him A, Participant

In Nepal I learned……. How to plough a field properly, to strike a solid curve into silver, to fill my pack lightly and efficiently, to navigate an unfamiliar city alone, to talk to strangers in broken language and to put a studied......Read More

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Trek Yak

Maya Parr, Participant

Journal entry: Monday, March 26, 2018, 8:24pm Simi Guai, Nepal. Today I woke up at 5am, packed my backpack for the third time this week with everything I will need for the next 18 days, and got into a landcruiser with two Nepali men I had just met.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Dear Future Student

Himalayan Studies Group B, Participant

Hello fellow Dragons student. You are about to embark on the wildest journey you could imagine. I’m so excited for you! You’ve just made an extremely brave decision, choosing to spend the next several weeks in a country you probably know......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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On Change, Or, Dear Carl

Izzy Friedland, Participant

Hi, coz. It’s been a while. 83 days, actually, give or take a few depending on when you read this. You called me the night before I left, remember? Well, I do. So it seemed appropriate to write to you the day I leave again. That night, we......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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some things i have seen in nepal

Kathryn McLane, Participant

I have seen many baby goats. I have seen the beauty of the snowy and baren mountains of Nepal. I have seen the fog that blankets dawns. I have seen baby monks yell through long prayers. I have seen every monk that served us food at Namo Buddha. I......Read More

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Mama Kalong: Voices of the Tides

Romina Beltrán Lazo, Participant

Yak of the Week

The first time I walked into that stilted house, right in the corner of the floating village, north and east in conjunction before the horizon of the sea, I had a feeling that the stories that rested inside the bamboo walls would change and distort......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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The Power of Language

Anna Harris, Participant

One morning during X-phase I sauntered down to the dining area where Jeremy was managing away at his computer. “Apa Kabar, Jeremy?” I asked. “Baik” he replied, tousling his frosted tips. Language is such a beautiful thing. Jer is one of the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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The Storm

Anna Harris, Participant

I was startled awake by a clap of thunder. My timepiece read 4:00 am. A fusillade of fat raindrops smacked incessantly against my window. I felt sick. A violent thrashing of ache and unease plagued my stomach. The previous night’s nasi goreng......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Reflection from Mai Gang

Jack Kreisler, Participant

At one point during our stay in the Tibetan village of Mai Gang, we did an exercise in map-making and creativity. Below is what I wrote as I walked around the village, observing and reflecting. I wrote this without using my eraser. We sat in a......Read More