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You Can Become Family Fast

Sean Doherty, Participant

Yak of the Week

You can become family faster than you think. This is Mamal, and although we have a hard time communicating, come from completely different backgrounds, and only have known each other for a week, we are brothers. You may be thinking that is a bit......Read More

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Huacaria

Becky Nielsen, Participant

We arrived in Huacaria 3 days ago and it is one of the most interesting places we’ve been so far.  My homestay mom’s name is Carmen Rosa, and she has a 4-year old daughter named Kasandra. We all sleep in a one room house with a roof......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Hiking Barefoot

Orestes Rellos, Participant

It was a cold foggy morning as the group set out on our second day of hiking. As we left the hostel, our instructors informed us that we would be walking in silence to better appreciate the nature all around us. Passing through brooks filled with......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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The Overnight Train

Remy Sorensen, Dragons Admin

Hey friends and family following the dragons via Yak posts, I apologize for the late post. We are currently in Hemu right now, and have had some trouble with wifi, or ways to post. As you all may know, the 15 of us all took an overnight train from......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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Gratitude

Abbey Ende, Participant

Gratitude possesses the power to bring smiles and joy, yet on this trip I have found that it is really the one way that I am able to begin to give back to the inspirational people I have met in Ladakh. On Trek 2, in the gorgeous Markha Valley, our......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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Bounce Back

Abbey, Participant

Last night ate some beans but tonight I fart in tents yeah Wake up every morning with milk tea I fart in tents yeah Knew that lunch was real when I ate it, low fat yeah You ain’t getting that yeah yeah Last night ate some cake but tonight I......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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Milk Tea in the Mornings

Pia Scharfenberg, Participant

We all have our systems and preferences in the morning on trek: how we pack, how long we lie in our warm sleeping bag before we get up, how we take down our tent, and how prompt we choose to be to breakfast. One thing we all have in common on these......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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On Impermanence

Penelope Thornton, Participant

I am of earth and rock, Wind and sky, River and ocean I am of everything the world Creates and destroys When the wind ceases to blow My last breath will have been drawn When the mountains turn to valleys, My body will return to dust I am of the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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The Present Moment

Penelope Thornton, Participant

Until we are able to live here, right now, we are incapable of truly living. We’re always planning for the future without enjoying the present. The only thing we will ever experience is the present moment. Ten minutes from now, where will you......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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The end of our trek

Elliott Blom, Participant

When trekking, we are focused on what lies ahead; the next mountain, slope, step, breath. You are focused on the future and instead of looking to the past, you look to ahead for beauty. Often times, people try to escape and forget but as you reach......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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Trek

Jonny Weiss, Participant

Unlike the first trek, on the second trek I felt truly isolated and immersed in nature. The weather we experienced on the trek was very abnormal for Ladakh in the summer. On 6 of the 7 days we got rained or hailed on. On the second day of the trek......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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The End of Trek

Justine Corrigan, Participant

When we reached the top of the pass, we were level with the clouds. I was so grateful to be able to see mountains for miles in either direction. Christy bought us all Snickers bars to eat at the top, and chocolate has never felt more rewarding.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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Mountain River

Claire Brady, Participant

Driving along the curving mountain roads in the classic Leh taxis on the first day of our second trek, I looked out the window and down the rocky cliff. Hundreds of feet below, the river raged against the dark red mountain canyon. I expressed my......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: Mandarin Language Intensive (6-week)

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Onto Kunming

Caleb Gabriel-Deveau, Participant

Onto Kunming! X-Phase is over. Now it’s time to move onto the city! Kunming is the capital of the Yunnan Province of The People Republic of China. This is where we will be spending the next 11 days learning, living and getting to know are way......Read More