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WTBD yaks from Mekong

Mekong: The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Scavenger Hunt

Eleanor Fitzgibbons, Participant

Hello! This is Nina, Alden, and Eleanor reporting live from our scavenger hunt in Luang Prabang. Our first stop this morning was Baan Xieng Maen, and our guest house receptionist directed us to the river. Upon our arrival, Alden’s bike broke......Read More

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The Dust of Kathmandu

Charlie Lowell, Participant

The dust of Kathmandu settles in small piles on the streets, and as I walk, I hold a scarf to my mouth and nose. It is loud here, and in some moments I feel like I might just dissolve into the noise of this city. Motorcycles and tuk-tuks weave......Read More

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Darjeeling

Hilary LeBlanc, Instructor

This morning we arrived in Darjeeling. Despite a bit of rainy weather the trek was a blast. We arrived in our hotel unpacked, showered, and after a delicious lunch in the hotel we headed into town to explore. We visited the Himalayan Mountaineering......Read More

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The infamous busses

Katherine Roundy, Instructor

Yesterday we spent a long day on the infamous “chicken busses” of Guatemala, known locally as a camioneta. While their first experience on the camionetas was a quick hop from San Lucas to Santiago de Atitlan, but yesterday was a whole different......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Identity in Exile (6-week)

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Monsoon Season in Delhi

Priya Subberwal, Participant

Sometimes, travel can be overwhelming. The constant hustle and bustle, the weight of a heavy pack, blisters on your feet, and a powerful need to shower can bring out the pessimist in even the most experienced globetrotter. In India, a country pushed......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Driving in Nepal is an extreme sport

Julian Masciocchi, Participant

My first experience in a motorized vehicle in Nepal was the bus ride from the airport to Bhaktapur Guest House. That wasn’t too notable beyond seeing some of the buildings around us, since, due to the darkness of night, I wasn’t very aware of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Humbled by the Delhi Belly

Lily Cunningham, Participant

“What are you doing on your gap year?” Well, I say to almost every relative and friend, I’m going to India for three months. “What! Why would you wanna do that?” Here we go. “Are you ready for some good ol’......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Our last week in Varnasi

Madison Beveridge, Participant

As our time here in Varanasi comes to a close, and we begin our second, more urban half of the course, I find myself reflecting on the hesitations and fears I have felt about leaving and moving to new places while in India so far. When we initially......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Laborious Fruits

Ruthie Colburn, Participant

I’ve always known that I’ve hated bananas. I can remember examining them with confusion, perched atop the engraved ceramic fruit bowl, smugly smothering the apples, oranges, and my favorite – mangoes – from the ripe age of 4. Why did......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Welcome to the Jungle

Mara Kauffman-Puchall, Participant

Yak of the Week

I’ve put together some pieces from my journal about our time in and around the Katambe Jungle on Sumatra, and our first experiences with Indonesia. This yak is like 3 weeks late, sorry. I’m here, and it’s stunning. We took an 8......Read More

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Confessions of a Dragons Instructor

Julianne, Instructor

Yak of the Week

“The ethnosphere, a notion perhaps best defined as the sum total of all thoughts, beliefs, myths and intuitions made manifest today by the myriad cultures of the world. The ethnosphere is humanity’s greatest legacy. It is the product of our......Read More