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Itinerary Updates

elly, Instructor

Hello dear family and friends! Greetings from Sucre where the sun is shining and we are settling into a city that offers a lot of history and new perspectives to our travels in Bolivia. We have processed a lot of moving pieces in our group these......Read More

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To Ivan of Teatro Trono

Danielle Mullings, Participant

Abby, Lyla, Jesse and I headed to Teatro Trono a few weeks ago. We took the teleferrico up to El Alto watching fireworks reign in the closing performance of the setting sky. As we walked on the street with Teatro, Ivan´s warm smile contrasted the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group A

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Bits & Pieces from the Amazon

Allyson, Participant

Yak of the Week

Tuesday, March 26, 6:34 PM Left Guanay this morning around 8:30 and boarded a boat that will be taking us down offshoots of the Amazon River and all the way to Asuncion de Quiquibey, the rural homestay where we will be staying with host families,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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The Devil’s Miner

Sara Khorshidi, Participant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZlpBQh_0jc Today, we had the honor of meeting Basilio Vargas, the man who starred in this documentary 14 years ago called La Mina del Diablo (The Devil’s Miner), which we watched last night.  La Mina del......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Potosí

Andrew, Participant

Our Journey continues in Bolivia as we arrived in Potosi, a historical landmark in the development of South America. We landed on Dia de Potosi and found ourselves immersed in parades and music around the central plaza. Founded on April 1st, 1545,......Read More

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Amazon Photo Dump!

Jesse, Participant

Hi everyone, We have arrived safely to Rurrenabaque and our only a few days away from finishing up our time in Bolivia. 🙁 I’ll let students fill you in on the details of this last week but for now I just wanted to share some photos for you......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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On the Ocean

Babette Kania, Participant

The ocean feels different here. There’s a part of me – the part that still hopes that I’m the long-lost demigod daughter of Poseidon – that tells me it’s because there are different gods in these waters. My father (Poseidon, not......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Buddha’s poem

Diego d'Anselme, Participant

What is the difference between I like you & I love you Beautifully answered by Buddha: When you like a flower you just pluck it But When you love a flower you water it daily One who understands this, understands life – Gautama Buddha...Read More

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Update from Ale Gaun

Instructors, Instructor

Hello dear family and friends, Our group has made its way to Ale Gaun, the location of our rural homestay. Early Wednesday morning we got on a bus and travelled 12 hours and about 300 kilometres to Waling, the closest town to Ale Gaun. We unloaded......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Arrival to Luang Prabang!

Caroline Strom, Participant

Hello! We have all just arrived to Luang Prabang after a scenic bus ride from Vang Vieng. We will be here exploring the city until April 3rd! We are staying alongside the Mekong and are going to the night market for dinner. We are looking forward to......Read More

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Laos

Maia Zelkha, Participant

Coconut black bean ice cream and crying on buses. Little girls sticking cicada shells on their smooth faces. Warm sticky rice and lips burning from spicy papaya salad. Sweat that drips down my torso. Amy Winehouse songs, slow motion dance parties of......Read More

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First Week In Patan

I-Team, Instructor

Our group has settled into home-stays for the month here in the ancient of Patan. Students have begun their independent study projects, are learning to cook Newari meals with families, and taking Nepali lessons. We are feeling grateful to finally be......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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370 Words

Meredith Levin, Participant

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but since I have no pictures, words will have to do. During the first day of our trek, I found that my camera would not work. It complained of “insufficient battery” (it had been at......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Andes Amazon

South America: Andes & Amazon - Group C

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A Million Stories

Abi Genser and Eoin Schnell, Participant

This past December as I was scrolling through possible Dragons courses to join, I asked myself “What could Bolivia have to offer.” I had heard of Carnival in Brazil, the Patagonia mountains of Chile, but nothing about Bolivia. Thankfully......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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X-Phase Update

Babette Kania, Participant

Hello! ‘Tis I, Babette! I am this week’s journalist, which means that I’ll be the one bugging everyone to please please please post yaks. As is only fair, I myself am going to (hopefully) be posting a few yaks in the next couple of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Diners, Drive-ins and Monastaries

Clare Brady, Participant

During our one week at Namo Buddha, I sadly did not reach enlightenment – but I DID fall in love with Tingmo, a steamed Tibetan bread.  It was slow at first; I remember hesitantly taking the smallest piece and eating it plain, so I was unsure......Read More