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A New Family

Delaney Bashaw, Participant

Every meal that we have had at our homestay has concluded the same way; with out homestay mother and grandmother commenting on how little we eat. While attempting to plop more food on our plates, they say that if we don’t eat we will get thin......Read More

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The Village of Weaving

Raif Wexler, Participant

The prayer wheel and wool spindle both turn clockwise. After being introduced to our host families, Delaney and I sit on the neighbor’s lawn joined by a few dogs and a cow. Our homestay mother is cleaning and pressing tufts of sheep’s......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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10 New Foods in 4 Days

Ava Frankel, Participant

Intro: Hi my name is Ava Frankel. I’m 15 years old and I’m a picky eater. My whole life I have been a picky eater and have been scared to try new things. Especially food. I have distinct memories from my childhood of stuffing unfamiliar......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Homestay

Jake Zivkovic, Participant

Life is very different here. The day starts just before 6:00 AM in the morning. Everyone works together to make breakfast. It is very much unlike the United States. Back home we usually wake up, eat, and go about our day on our own. They all eat......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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5 Things my Bhutanese Family Thinks about...

Jack Holmgren, Participant

5 Things my Bhutanese Family Thinks about Americans: 5. We play soccer: Some of the first icebreakers my homestay brother has in store for us were “Have you been following the World Cup?” and “What is your favorite soccer league team?” In......Read More

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Halfway Through Homestays

Jack Holmgren, Participant

Since we are roughly halfway through our homestay, I made a list of 5 achievements I have had and 5 goals for my remaining time here. Achievements: 5. Rounded up 4 baby cows with Jake and Norbu’s help 4. Weeded potato fields in the rain 3. Played......Read More

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Homestay

Eli Berman, Participant

If I were to say anything about the homestays I would say that they feel like home. The family is so generous and welcoming and treats us as their family. They give us a place to sleep and food and tea. When you enter the room, they offer every time......Read More

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The Girl in Paro: Intro to Bhutan

Jack Holmgren, Participant

Yak of the Week

What do you remember? Here I speak to the Dragons within us all. I speak to the adventurer. I speak to the risk-taker. I speak to those who seek connection. I speak to those who search for a greater purpose. What do you remember? We’ve done so......Read More

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Bhutan Fan Club

Raif Wexler, Participant

Yak of the Week

Bhutan Fan Club. I’m a full blown member. I know what you’re thinking; we’ve only been here for a day and a half. Nonetheless, I’m convinced of how special this country is and would like to proclaim myself as Bhutan’s......Read More

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First day in Bhutan

Instructors, Dragons Admin

After settling into Bhutan a bit yesterday evening, and after everyone’s first taste of butter tea with breakfast (!), we spent the morning visiting nearby Kyichu Lhakhang monastery, which was the home of the highly revered Tibetan Buddhist......Read More

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Welcome to Bhutan!

Jessica Armstrong, Instructor

Family and friends! This is just a short note to announce that the student group is now officially in Bhutan. More Yaks and pics to come, but everyone is safe and sound. This is a funny shot of the team in their almost empty plane.    ...Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Our Journey Has Started….

Matthew Akin, Participant

Our journey has started off very well and Nepal has been a terrific place to start. It has been an incredible experience and I have felt an extremely potent and present flow of spirituality and happiness wherever I have been. In particular, the......Read More

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We began walking…

Juna Pfeifer, Participant

We began walking around the stupa and peace washes over me. In the near distance a massive flock of pigeons takes flight, swarming through the air in unison. Feral dogs sleep quietly as people rush around and motorcycles blare their horns. In the......Read More