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Taller de Panaderia

Mary Ren Moench, Participant

After reuniting as a whole group in El Alto, we spent the afternoon baking with Doña Tonya, Ivan´s sister, in Teatro Trono. We spent about thirty minutes finding the ingredients for Pay de Limon, Pay de Manzana, y Pancito. After going back to the......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Naxi Dance Troupe

Myles Haigney, Participant

Yak of the Week

Shade, Kaia and I trudged up the windy cobblestone hill, our feet morphing into heavier and heavier stone slabs with each step. Having just played ultimate frisbee on the local school’s concrete basketball court/playground and with the last rays......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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Gratitude from Sampela

Indonesia students, Participant

I am grateful for the women’s panel today. I appreciate them sharing their stories and opinions. I am grateful for the conversation I had yesterday with my Bapak. Although I couldn’t understand what he was saying I really appreciated the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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X-Phase!

Jack Oliver, Participant

Hola! X-Phase has begun! This is a time when students take greater ownership of the course and decide what activities we would like to arrange, as well as where we wish to visit. For the next few days we will return to our homestays in La Paz, which......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Communities That are Cooler than My Own!

Kathryn McLane, Participant

I’ve very much enjoyed my time at the Ashram so far. The kids here love to run free and remind me of the children in Chokati quite a bit. They grow up in this closed community of about 150 people, with structured schedules if they aren’t in the......Read More

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Expedition Phase

Instructors, Instructor

Dear friends and family, After a long hiatus from reliable internet connections, we have returned to the Kathmandu Valley, and are busy this morning with washing some very dirty clothes, taking much-needed showers, drinking always-needed cups of......Read More

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Photos

Team Him A, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Dear friends and families, Here are some photographs which were taken just before we left our village homestay for the trek and some during the trek. We hope you enjoy them! Regards Team Him A

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Perception

Miranda Milunsky, Participant

When I see red, maybe you see blue. If I feel happy, maybe you do too. But how can we know? How can we tell? Am I me? And are you, you? My reality is my own, But is it real? Who can tell me what is right? Who can tell me how to feel? Good and bad......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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My Two Bahinis

Isabella Solimene, Participant

Chokati is a small, remote, rural village that surrounds itself inside the mountains and coiling plains of its region. A village characterized with farmers, fields and livestock, giving off vibrant sights and smells; this is where we settled in for......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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By a Monastery on a Mountain

Izzy Friedland, Participant

What do you say when death talks to you? When her voice is the sound a river makes when it’s a looooooong way down, or a wind that just needs to make you stumble? Do you talk about your family, or how you need to cut your toenails? Do you scream,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Two and a Half Yaks

Izzy Friedland, Participant

I’m not very good at writing yaks. I don’t mean that the yaks themselves are that bad, just that I’ve never been the kind of person who goes, “wow, what an amazing experience I had today, let’s find a way to translate it such that......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Four Haikus

Izzy Friedland, Participant

This is a haiku. Haikus are not Nepali. But, they asked for yaks. From the toilet stall, You hear all of Chokati. It sounds like alone. My homestay brother Can speak no English, except For one word: “Mommy.” This is a haiku. Haikus are not......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Trek Yak of the Week

Kathryn McLane, Participant

I believe that I’m currently experiencing a monsoon, or something close to it. My homestay room has a tin roof, and I thought it was close to blowing off, but then I realized how they go through a monsoon season every year, so I’m sure they have......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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A Tale of Two Slightly Small Cities

Garland Joseph, Participant

As I step off of the jeep and onto the fertile soil of Chokati I was met with the smell of manure and sight of houses dotted in between Nepali fields. The rush of familiar senses into a state of reminiscence on that of my childhood home. Located in......Read More