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Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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A Wild “Güs” Chase: A Scavenger Hunt in...

Sam, Gustavo, and Phoebe, Participant

We left the lodge sprinting down the road, with Sam in the lead. Sam thought we had much less time than we actually, hence her sprint. It was already half way through the hunt when we realized that we actually had an hour and 10 minutes left not......Read More

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Midcourse in Gangtok

Hilary LeBlanc, Instructor

Today marked the official half way point of our course! This morning the fog lifted the clouds parted enough for us to get a brief glimpse of the Himalayas! We spent the past few days in Gangtok, which the the capitol of Sikkim. A few highlights......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Gold

Annabelle Creech, Participant

Our time at Rumtek monastery was very special for me because it included my eighteenth birthday. I never could have imagined a birthday like this one. We spent the day in silence meditating, eating with the monks, attending a puja and touring the......Read More

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Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Rumtek Monastery

Aiden Yip, Participant

For two and a half days, we were given the opportunity to experience the Rumtek Monastery. We got to learn many aspects of Buddhism from two monks named Khempo and Karma. Being a monk is a huge sacrifice, so I was inspired by each and everyone of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Rumtek

Abe Chabon, Participant

I normally don’t believe in ‘magic’ or whatever you want to call it, but I swear I felt something at the Rumtek monastery. When the world’s nicest man, the monk Karma let us into the backroom of the Golden Stupa, a place where monks and......Read More

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We have arrived in Rumtek

Hilary LeBlanc, Participant

Yesterday morning the students said their final goodbyes to their homestay families and as a group we loaded into jeeps, crossed the border from West Bengal to Sikkim, finally arriving to Rumtek monastery where we will be doing our Buddhist retreat.......Read More

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Goodbye Kalimpong

Sophie Reeves, Participant

Yak of the Week

Today was different, in the absolute best way possible. I don’t know if it was because I began to realize all that India has to offer me and my understanding of the world, or if I was simply in a good mood, but nevertheless I am grateful. Tomorrow......Read More

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Happy Birthday to the Dalai Lama!

Hilary LeBlanc, Participant

Today after Nepali class we ventured into town to celebrate the 83rd birthday of the Dalai Lama at a Tibetan School in Kalimong! Here are a few photos of the group watching the performances. What a memorable for all of us! Afterwards had lunch......Read More

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Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Kalimpong!

Sophie Reeves, Participant

Hi everyone! I am writing to you all form Kalimpong, West Bengal. We have just started our homestays and mine is absolutely wonderful. I have a mother (aama), father (baba), younger sister (bhahini), older sister (didi), and a grandmother (buju).......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Homestay Reflections

Sam Felder, Participant

Hi Yak Board, I really love Kalimpong, especially compared to Kolkata and Siliguri. Kalimpong seems different than Kolkata in almost every way. While Kolkata was noisy, hot, and smelly, Kalimpong is quieter, cool, and misty, and full of natural......Read More

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Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Our First Homestays

Eleonora Padovan Formenton Gomes, Participant

India is beautiful, I can relax, think and learn more about here. My host family is cute and I have a bhaini (little sister) and she has a very very cute face. I just want to say thank you for my father, mother, and sister. For giving me this travel......Read More

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Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Kalimpong Homestays

Gustavo Ribeiro de Andrade, Participant

Namaste, mero nam Gustavo ho, thats was the first phrase that I’ve learned in Nepali. I’ve been here for almost a week. I’m already going to miss my homestay family and i’ve just met them! For me the hardest thing is not being able to......Read More

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Here Comes the Sun!

Hilary LeBlanc, Participant

After a few days of rain and fog, the weather finally cleared and we got a better glimpse of the hillsides and villages surrounding Kalimpong. Despite the beauty and mystery of living in the clouds we all appreciated a bit of sunshine (and dry......Read More

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Hi from Kalimpong!

Sam Felder, Participant

Hi Yak Board, We are in Kalimpong still and we started our homestays last night. I really love Kalimpong, especially compared to Kolkata and Siliguri. Kalimpong seems different than Kolkata in almost every way. While Kolkata was noisy, hot, and......Read More

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Homestays

Aiden Yip, Participant

Last night I had my first night with my homestay family in Kalimpong. There are many of my friends in my program that live right near me. My family is great! They kept on asking me if I was comfortable and not to be nervous as I am now part of their......Read More

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Urban Homestay

Abe Chabon, Participant

Hey Mom and Dad, I had to hand write this so that’s why it is so short. I’m having a pretty good time so far, the kids/community are super cool. Me and Aiden have been doing some meditation shenanigans and are planning to continue. I am enjoying......Read More