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WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Just Some Journal Entries, I Guess (part the...

Julian Masciocchi, Participant

4/4 – I was sluggish getting up again. The trek was a bit rough, but overall good. Lots of great views. I talked with Izzy for a good portion of it as well. There was a little girl sitting at the side of the road, and as we walked by she would......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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What is the Divine?

Garland Joseph, Participant

On my 20th birthday I sat on a god. To be fair I had no earthly idea that I had sat on a god. How was I to know that many years ago a stranger brought a large rock into the home of Ram Badadur ji and stated, “In this rock lies a god.” Unaware of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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What is the Divine?

Lyza Berg, Participant

I am not a Jew. Although I was raised “culturally Jewish,” for the past several years, I have gone from feeling impartial to feeling angry to simply rejecting Judaism from my personal spirituality altogether. And this is not to say that I have a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Just Some Journal Entries, I Guess (1.0)

Julian Masciocchi, Participant

Before anyone reads this, I must insist that you read Izzy’s “Two and a Half Yaks” Yak. It is an absolute necessity to read it before, or at the very least after, reading this Yak. Similar to Izzy, I don’t really have any deep topics to go......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Trek Yak

Jake Wilson, Participant

The trek was a rollercoaster, it pushed me out of my comfort zone for sure and showed me parts of myself I’ve never seen before. The trek started out with an intimidating set of stairs and didn’t get easier from there as I battled a headcold......Read More

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Two Mothers a World Apart

Macy Ryan, Participant

I miss my mom. I miss how she would give me sweaty hugs after she returned from a hike. Or how she has this one red, fleece sweater that is probably older than me but she still wears it all the time. She is confused by my childish love for sloppy......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Sikles

Him A, Instructor

We are currently camped just outside the picturesque village of Sikles as we stare up at the massive Lamjung Himal which towers over us. It is currently day 13 of our 15 days trek east along the southern Annapurna range. Two days ago we left from......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

Macy Ryan, Participant

I knew my legs would be sore, that my back would ache from my heavy pack, and- by the end of the 18 days- I would stink from a lack of shower. I knew all of this; I expected for my physical capabilities to be tested. Maybe it’s because I was......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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The Meaning of Thank You

Maya Parr, Participant

When I was a kid, I was taught to say “thank you.” And not just “thank you,” but “please,” too. And not just “please,” but “pretty please with cherries on top.” And my sister and my friends and my friends friends and my cousins......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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What’s in a Name?

Liza Berg, Participant

Yak of the Week

A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet? That’s what I’m told, but I’d beg to differ. The most major change I have felt in the past few days is a shifting of how I function in relation to the family around me, and this has almost......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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For Mero Aamaa, my Moosh

Kathryn McLane, Participant

I’m sitting in the kitchen of the program house in Chokati, watching Pembadaai make his signature spaghetti to feed us for lunch at 2. Everyone loves pasta alla Pembadaai, in part because it reminds us all of home, the other part being that its......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Nepal Is

Maya Parr, Participant

According to one of our guest speakers, 85% of Nepal’s population lives in rural areas. Having heard that statistic sitting in the beautiful, spacious room of our Kathmandu program house, the truth of what this meant did not set in until being......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Kukura Maasu

Clarke Aron, Participant

I have killed two chickens here in Chokati and have been the only one in the group to do so to even one chicken. I did it in two different ways. The first time, I cut the head off with my khukuri knife as my 13 year old homestay brother held it down......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Mero Chokati Pariwaar

Clarke Aron, Participant

I received my homestay family in Choakti and I couldn’t be more happy. I told them in Nepali to work me like an ox and they haven’t let me down. I’ve spent plenty of time in the fields with them tilling the soil. My family owns a bunch of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Trek part 2 – Jagat to Chokati

Clarke Aron, Participant

The journey from Jagot to Chokati was not as eventful as the first chunk of the trek but I still found it just as interesting. Our campsites were always great and I personally focused more on my connections with my peers as well as our guide Pasang......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Yak of the Week – Trek Edition part 1-...

Clarke Aron, Participant

The trek started out with a ton of stairs (our groups favorite). Who doesn’t love starting your day/days with excruciating uphill stair action only to finish the last 4 hours with “Nepali flat” which is the equivalent of American rock......Read More