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Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Nepal Impressions

Delaney Bashaw, Participant

Noises fill the air; the honking of motor bikes, the pounding of feet as people circle the stupa, the beating wings of hundreds of pigeons being fed by locals. Excitement is in the air as new adventures await around every corner. New sights, new......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Everyone likes to stand on the roof

Taylor Goodwyn, Participant

Everyone likes to stand on the roof of Shechen Guest House. You can see so much of the city from up there and it all seems to hit you at once. On our second morning in Kathmandu, Ava Juna and I decide to head to the roof. We were looking around when......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Morning Walk

Raif Wexler, Participant

“I’m taking you guys someplace different today,” Nick says on our morning walk to Boudha Stupa. Only three students joined us for the 6am pilgrimage where we climbed to a roof of a nearby temple. We overlooked the hectic plaza......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Some People Think…

Sophia Sabol, Participant

Some people think that since this is my third Where There Be Dragons trip, I am already accustomed to everything I will experience on this trip. My previous courses, while both in China, were as different from each other as they could be. Your......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Cracked Streets

Kobe Fox, Participant

Culture in Boudha is vibrant; unspoken love and devotion increases in prevalence the closer one looks, specifically at religion. Regardless, sunken eyes & inverse smiles disclose the reality of a people compacted where falling through the cracks......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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My Thoughts On Nepal

Eli Berman, Participant

My thoughts on Nepal are that it is very diverse in religion and ethnicities. From walking around the stupa you see more people of different faces and people doing different religious rituals. Also religion is a huge part of Nepal where everyone has......Read More

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Kathmandu is a very interesting place

Jordan Faragallah, Participant

Kathmandu is a very interesting place. It is a confluence of old and new ideals, a crucible of nature and culture being melted by the fires of Westernism. Phone shops lurk under prayer flags and clouds of incense. Monks on zealous prayer around the......Read More

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Greetings from the Road

Juna Pfeifer, Participant

Nepal is a very unique place. The people are quite religious and friendly too. In the morning that we left, a monk gave a few of us a blessing and it was eye-opening. The people are very accepting of foreigners. Unlike Americans, they are quiet and......Read More

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Boudha Hunt

group 3, Participant

Taylor, Delaney, Eli, Jake We are on a scavenger hunt around Boudha! We are trying to complete/find several things before noon, when we meet for lunch. We are writing this yak from an internet cafe. Some of the things we have completed are; take......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Scavenger Hunt

Jack Holmgren, Jordan Faragallah, Matthew Akin, Sophia Sabol, Participant

Hello all! The four of us are in a small internet cafe in Kathmandu completing our scavenger hunt. The letters are painted on the keyboard, the room is dirty, we are soaking in this moisture. We are about to take a 30 minute bus ride to the Guru......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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A Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Ava Frankel, Participant

Hello, i am on a scavenger hunt along with Juna, Raif and Kobe. We are having a blast in an internet cafe next to the Boudah Stupa and have talked to many monks and others....Read More

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Our Journey Begins…

Instructors, Instructor

Dear friends and family, we are very excited to report that our whole group has arrived safely and soundly here in Boudha neighborhood of Kathmandu! We are all settling into our guest house, tired after a long day of traveling but ready for the......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas, Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas, Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Ready to Board!

Grace Barrett, Dragons Admin

Dear Family & Friends, The Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, and Nepal student groups have all made it through security and are at their international gate, ready to board their flight! Please look out for an updated post from the instructor teams once......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas, Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas, Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Students Together at the Terminal & Getting...

Grace Barrett, Dragons Admin

Dear Family & Friends, The Nepal, Bhutan, and Eastern Himalayas Group have gathered at the check-in counter at JFK and are all getting ready to check-in and proceed through security.  Look for an update once the group has arrived at the gate......Read More

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Dragons 1-Minute Visual-Story Contest

Christina, Dragons Admin

Hello Summer Students! We've just decided to host our first ever "1-Minute Visual Story" Contest in addition to our regular end-of-program Photo Contest. Here's the details......Read More