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For My People

Lucy, Participant

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(This yak was written a few weeks ago in La Paz, Bolivia.) Something that has characterized my semester is the crazy amount of love and gratitude I have for my friends and how much easier they have made my transition away from home. When I try to......Read More

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What Koshi Homestay Looks Like

Shruti (Eugenia), Participant

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Entering a rural village with limited knowledge of the language or culture is a terrifying feat. While my first 24 hours—spent hiding out in my room, silently staring out into the field of marigolds, and failing to maintain any conversation that......Read More

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A Note on Traveling Light

Genevieve, Instructor

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I’ve been thinking a lot about lightness on this trek – what it means to “pack light,” and on the flip side, the things that make life heavy. Sometimes heaviness is an illusion, merely mild dehydration kicking in or the......Read More

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Getting Lost

Austen Money, Participant

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To put it mildly, I’m not the best with directions. One of my biggest worries about spending three months in Urubamba was spending three months without the assistance of Google Maps, which has always been my guiding light, whether I’m driving......Read More

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Moons

Jesus Arroyo, Participant

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Humble me again I ask of Kunming, as I bike through its crowded streets and vacant railroads. Remind me of the person there is still to become before I forget. Teach me of patience I ask 老师. Knowing that time will continue impatiently until we......Read More

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Sketching Morocco

Badr Allouche, Instructor

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Salam Yak. This Badr, the third instructor for the 2019 Morocco fall semester. I may not have been posting on yak under my name, but that’s because I am someone who likes to express himself and his feeling in a non-writing way. This fall, my......Read More

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Cycles

Shane, Participant

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The first night we arrived in Jomsom, Mustang I was thrown into introspection. When nightfall came and we walked outside, we saw the clearest stars of ours lives. I knew this was my first chance to take a time lapse of the stars and I had to take......Read More

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Culture

Eeshani, Participant

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This morning I woke up at 5:20 am to walk down to the village center with the rest of our Dragons group. Upon arriving, we sat just outside of a village home, waiting and watching for something to happen. At 7:00 am, we saw as the villagers brought......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Indonesia: Community, Culture, & Conservation

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Thursday, October 24, Langa

Chris, Participant

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Last night, we arrived at the town of Langa, nestled deep in the forested hills of the beautiful island of Flores. In honor of our arrival here, and in anticipation of all the new experiences our second homestay is bound to bring, I want to reflect......Read More

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Human Family

Nicole Croteau, Participant

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Yesterday afternoon, I went for a walk and found myself at a breathtaking hilltop garden overlooking the city of Panauti. A shady spot surrounded by bright orange flowers was begging me to sit, so I stopped at the patch of grass to journal. As I......Read More

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Wow, I’m lucky.

Ann Yancey, Participant

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I am truly in love with Peru. As much as I miss the comforts of having parents to come home to that understand without me having to explain, being able to take a car to the grocery store, coming home to my own bed at night, and getting to see my......Read More

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SILVER LINING

Eliza, Participant

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Hello all! If you have been keeping up with the Yak board, I’m sure some of you will recognize my name and remember my aforementioned foot injury. An awkward landing on my right foot after coming down some stairs led me to the Azrou clinic, where......Read More

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On Egg Thukpa

Christopher Liu, Participant

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Wikipedia describes thukpa as a type of Tibetan noodle soup, or rather a “generic Tibetan word for any soup or stew combined with noodles.” I am unsure as to the specifics of the egg thukpa served at the Thrangu Cafe at the Thrangu Tashi......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Mothers of China

Carolina, Faith and Isa, Participant

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Carolina/Isa/Faith Yak (Carolina) My first homestay mother was called Zhouma.  When she first welcomed us into her home she seemed beautiful in a quiet, unobtrusive type of way.  It wasn’t until the next morning, when she dragged us out of bed......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year China 2019-20

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Homestay Reflections – Bangdong

BYP China Students, Participant

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After leaving Bangdong village and transitioning into urban life in Kunming, Bridge Year China participants reflected on their two-week rural homestay experience through writing prompts. We shared these reflections gallery-style upon arrival in......Read More