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Where There Be Diarrhea

Melanie Leider, Participant

Your host mom cooks up a heaping plate of dal bhat. You are gracious, of course, like always, but don’t know if your stomach can handle any more. You muster up all the digestive strength you possibly can, and somehow manage to finish, but......Read More

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Missed Parents

Uttara Pant, Instructor

This past Saturday, a day off for all students and instructors, I took myself on a breakfast date. I woke up early, the streets of Patan sleepily coming to life. I walked to a nearby cafe that serves an overflowing plate of delicious food. Literally......Read More

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Second Week Update from Patan

Instructor team, Instructor

Dear parents and well wishers, Since our congregation as a group almost two weeks ago, students have been delving deep and gathering local experiences in Nepal. It has been such a delight for us to see them engage deeply here. In our first week at......Read More

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Cooking with my Homestay Mother

Frances McMillan, Participant

A few typical conversations during the process: Mother (motioning to a bowl): try this Me: achaar? (pickle?) Mother: yes Me: piro? (spicy?) Mother: no spicy, you don’t like spice ~ Mother: grab me an onion! Me (picks one up): yo Nepali maa ke......Read More

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Sounds

Louise, Participant

My first week in Nepal has excited all of my senses.  New sensations have surprised them, familiar sensations have comforted them, and the combination of the two has made me more aware of all of my senses than I have been in a long time. Sound, in......Read More

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Wake up at dawn

Diego d'Anselme, Participant

As the Sun rises up in the earliest hours of dawn, the ghastly mantle fades gradually. Soon, roofs slowly followed by houses, make their appearances, as if the fog was allowing its secrets to be uncovered. There, in this oppressed valley surrounded......Read More

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First Nepali Yak

Maria Rendon, Participant

Nepal is different from any other place I’ve ever been to. It’s beautiful, colorful and unique. I’m still getting to know the country and my experience is just starting, but I love taking a walk down the streets near our guest......Read More

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Yak Number Ek

Clare Brady, Participant

Our guest house for orientation sits on a steep hill in Bhaktapur, a district outside Kathmandu.  Snow capped mountain peaks overlook the array of colorful houses and stacked rice fields (when it’s not clouded by fog). Here we’ve been......Read More

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Monkey Business

Guinevere, Participant

I saw a monkey. Earlier in the week, one of my peers shared his tail 😉 of spotting a monkey. I was in awe. A monkey, unencumbered by the bars and shackles usually keeping monkeys from the trees and forests in the states, I had to see it. Days......Read More

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Music

Harry Gregorie, Participant

Above coffee and family, I miss music more than anything else. Thankfully, along with the constant comforting noises of nature are the melodies of my guy, Mario. Hopefully, throughout the trip, my thirst for music will be satiated by my surroundings......Read More

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Senses

Frances McMillan, Participant

I immediately smelled spices and incense as we exited the Bhaktapur Guest House and made our way to a temple. I noticed bundles of straw tied with ribbon and strings of flowers decorating a few of the houses we passed. A woman on her porch holding a......Read More

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First Impressions

Melanie Leider, Participant

It still has not hit me that Nepal is real, and I’m not sure it ever will. I feel like I am living in a dream world. I could not believe my eyes as I looked out the plane window: the colors overwhelmed me, and I felt the vibrant tones enliven......Read More

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walking to the temple

Vivian Zofia, Participant

with every step my body is warming against the cool mountainous air sounds of the busy street below – still present – fades away with our ascent every face I  meet shines with a childlike joy smiles that meet the eyes  ...Read More

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i love milk tea

savannah, Participant

Uncountable cups of milk tea. four days in and I cant get enough! I’m pretty sure the group agrees as well. As I am writing this I am next to a cat, I have named Tea tree while drinking my third cup of delicious milk tea. Bout to have my forth......Read More

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Students have arrived!

Instructors, Instructor

Hello from Nepal! The students are here! After a very rainy morning, the sun came out just in time to greet them. 🙂 We are on our way to Bhaktapur, where we will be for 6 days doing our orientation. More updates to come, but for now, we’re so......Read More

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Nepal Group A is Ready for Take Off!

Carin, Dragons Admin

Nepal Group A is at their departure gate at JFK and ready to board their first flight to Doha! Friends & family members, please look out for a yak post from the instructor team once the students arrive safely in Kathmandu the morning of February......Read More