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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group A

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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

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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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

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Dazzling portrayal

Diego d'Anselme, Participant

Multicolored… The same colors as the flags dangling in the wind. Multicolored… Flags of the colors of a harmonious rainbow. The same colors as a peaceful sky after a heavy rain. A beautifully enthralling rainbow....Read More

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My experience living in Patan for a week

Maria Rendon, Participant

I breathe in and fresh air fills my lungs. It’s cold and windy. Everything is silent around me except for the sound of the wind or a few words whispered here and there by my Dragons family. There are trees all around me, the sky is a beautiful......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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breathing in…breathing out

Vivian Piasecki, Participant

When people ask I would tell them that reading is one of my hobbies, though back home I can never sit and read for very long before I am interrupted by a zzzz zzzz *gmail notification* “New 50% SALE”… zzzz zzzz *Instagram*......Read More

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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

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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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