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WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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你要跟我女友见面吗?

Nicholas, Participant

I’ve gotten used to answering a lot of mildly personal questions in China. Sometimes, they’re pretty easy—where am I from? have I ever had this food before? what have I enjoyed about China so far? Sometimes, they’re a little less intuitive......Read More

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Photos from the Choquequirao Trek

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family, I’ve received word from the group that all is well on the Choquequirao trek! There has been limited service but I received these photos over the last few days. This trek has taken them past stunning snow capped peaks,......Read More

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A fish and a bird

Tsering, Instructor

Reflecting on this journey so far, flipping through my notebook, last night I came across some old notes that I had jotted down during our stay at Namo Buddha. As we near the end of this course, I am yet again reminded of the million questions each......Read More

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La Tocaña

Owen, Dragons Admin

Wow! So although our group just finished our x-phase trek through the Cordillera Blanca, I would like to share about our groups true last experience in Bolivia. Before evacuating the country, we spent 8 days (from November 5th to the 12th) in the......Read More

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Sampela Poetry

Shane, Savanna, Eeshani, and Harrison, Participant

Yak of the Week

The group has had an amazing time in Sampela and after reflecting on such a wonderful cultural and personal experience, we are getting ready to say goodbye to a place so unlike our American home. A place where we learned to spearfish, spent a lot of......Read More

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Back together in cusco

The instructors, Participant

We are officially all back together in Cusco, safe and happy and tired and overwhelmed by the beauty of the last 3 days on trek. Here’s a few snaps from the Lares trek (hot spring soak, not captured)....Read More

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Reap What You Sow

Iris, Participant

In the foothills of the Himalayas, we sit. On our right is the 6th tallest mountain in the world, and on our left, are fields of millet. Yesterday, we spent an hour sickling the millet in order to contribute to the harvest of a village family. The......Read More

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Boundless night

Mickey, Participant

“…So everything that you do is like this. It is just a small, brief happening. So [to] surrender is to break this cycle of little happenings and to fall back into the vastness, into the boundlessness of what life is. It is not something......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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In Case You’re Worried That We Don’t...

Eyal, Participant

Being the family member of a dragon, a friend of one, or someone who mistook Yak Board for a boardgame to get your kid off the iPad, you may be wondering if between all of these treks and travels we’re getting enough food in our systems. The......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Consume or be Consumed

Matt, Participant

My time in Patan showed me all consumerism has to offer. Walking down any street I saw at least 2 snack shops and art stores selling sculpted metal, stone or paintings. The first few days were a wild ride of exploring shops and practicing my......Read More

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Some thoughts leaving Patan

gracie, Participant

This past Wednesday night, one of our last here in the chaotic yet captivating city of Patan, we boarded a local bus to see the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. The Pashupati Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is the largest temple in Nepal.......Read More

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End of X phase and Namo Buddha

Rishi Bhandari, Instructor

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to let you all know what we’ve been upto since the last time we posted. The last two days of X phase we did a lot of activities surrounding watching wildlife. We went for a canoe ride along the Dhungre river and saw......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group B

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Patan

Noah, Participant

It’s hard to believe that today is our last full day in Patan, I didn’t know it was possible to become so attached to a place this fast. There is a countless list of things I am going to miss from this great city, starting with the......Read More