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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group A

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Nepal has been…

Instructors, Instructor

Yak of the Week

At the mid-point of every course we set aside an intentional time to reflect on all that we have learned and experienced so far and all that is to come. As part of a reflection activity, we had students write down their thoughts on what Nepal has......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Perfumes

Diego d'Anselme, Participant

Smells reminiscent of moments Memories of which I feel the scent Stunning aromas A sweet scent can become bitter, remembrance Flashback, smell of greenery First feeling of freedom, a little clean air From Chisopani to Nagarko I walk along two paths......Read More

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while my sarangi gently weeps

Inga, Participant

Picture of the Week

I come up the the roof most days, playing sarangi until the sun goes down. Watching the peaks of the Himalayas turn pink as the sun sets over Patan is the most serene experience. I’m leaving Patan and this is something I will miss the most.

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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ॐ मणि पद्मे हूँ

Melanie Leider, Participant

Golden hour fades away as the sun melts into dusk. A vibrant orange glow permeates through the sky as I sit in awe, admiring Boudha Stupa.   Om mani padme hum. Om mani padme hum. The prayer wheels spin.   Akasha, vayu, agni, jal, prithvi.......Read More

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ISP Presentations!

Instructors, Participant

Today we had the pleasure of learning more about what the students have been upto making and learning every afternoon of our time in Patan at their Independent Study Project sites. Spoiler alert: We were totally blown away! During our time in Patan,......Read More

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Goodbye Patan

Maria Rendon, Participant

We’re leaving Patan in two days. This chapter of our Nepal trip is closing and a new one is opening. This moment for me is characterized by a mixture of emotions. I’m sad to be leaving my family and the comfortable routine I’ve......Read More

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She was wearing my dress, and I was wearing...

Guinevere Pandolfi, Participant

Dark blue and gold, beautiful in its form and more meaningful to my family as their eyes lit up in joy. I was wearing their traditional attire for a wedding, but the clothes that I had on, the clothes that I had just purchased, were not mine at all.......Read More

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Cooking

Louise, Participant

On Friday we finished our ISPs, and I am going to miss cooking class.  In Patan I fell into a comforting routine of heading home everyday after lunch to where my homestay mom, who was also my ISP mentor, was waiting.  The next two hours would be......Read More

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My Reflections on a Nepali Wedding

Frances McMillan, Participant

In an article titled, “Why We Travel” by Pico Iyer, he refers to travel as, “a heightened sense of awareness in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity, and ready to be transformed”. I’m fond of this......Read More

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Routine Vs Rituals

Instructors, Instructor

One of our students mentioned at check-in one morning that “routine has begun to set in”. The Urban Homestay portion of our semester can feel a bit tedious at times, it is one of our longest stays (~3 weeks!) in one place after all.......Read More

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Learning to use the Buses

Louise, Participant

Last week I learned how to use the buses.  The group was returning from Bouhda Stupa and I ended up with another passenger between me and the rest of the group.  I didn’t notice when the rest of the group got off to transfer.  I looked up......Read More

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my late yak

sav, Participant

I found a cafe that has cats. I obviously get milk tea there. I enjoy the sun, admire the plants all around and the cute cats i’m very tempted to pet…i’m also taking cooking as my ISP so when I get home I’ve planned to feed......Read More

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Janma Din

Clare Brady, Participant

The dust has definitely settled in Patan, where we’ve been living with our homestay families for almost two weeks now.  Most of us, all wrapped up in our shawls, have had the opportunity to explore Durbar Square after cooking breakfast and......Read More

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The City

Mario Salazar, Participant

Through the dust and smog The City holds a genuine emotion. People give when it seems better take and love when it seems easier to hate. This city is vibrant with chaotic love; I’m beyond happy to be a part of this harmonic chaos....Read More