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Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Road-trips, Lifetimes, and FOMO

Poppy Tans, Participant

I would never have expected a road trip to present itself as a metaphor for life. Incredibly, the cliff-side journey from Thimphu to Bumthang nudged me toward the precipice of existence and, hesitantly, I peered over the edge. As we hurdled blindly......Read More

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More Bagan

Cade Irwin, Participant

To make use of the sunny day in Bagan, we biked around the pagodas of the old city and also had a crash course lesson in Buddhism from Greg while inside one of the ancient temples....Read More

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Borderless Indulgence

Harry Polsky and Jack Holmgren, Participant

Yak of the Week

Surrounded by the buzzing motorcycles of night-time Battambang, we stood before a small, but appealing selection of ice cream. Although the land we stood on profoundly lacked familiarity, the flavors reminded us of our lives thousands of miles away.......Read More

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Day 5 in Madagascar

Soleil, Participant

The past couple of days, our Madagascar team hiked about 7 miles and spent some time in an old palace outside of Antsirabe. There, we learned more of the Malagasy language and history while enjoying the beautiful view of the mountains and......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Sometimes I Wake Up

Maia, Participant

Yak of the Week

Sometimes, I wake up and I’m on an island in the Mekong River. The night before, I saw a shooting star for the first time, And fell in love with a glittering Thai sky. Sometimes, I wake up and I’m lying under a mosquito net, A film of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, and Conservation

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A Train Through The Countryside

Lila, Participant

Does the sky reflecting in shallow fields of rice patties make your legs weaken and your heart feel like it does when you are taking your time to gaze at the moon? Does the sunlight chasing shadows across the speckled pools of water make you want to......Read More

WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Traffic Anarchy

Edward Meyer, Participant

In Vientiane, people drive on the right-hand side of the road. In Bangkok, people drive on the left-hand side of the road. In Siem Reap, people drive on both sides of the road. Okay, so I’m exaggerating slightly, and there are Southeast Asian......Read More