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A Strange New Normal

Kenna Kuhn, Participant

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A few mornings ago, as Duncan and I crowded around the outlet to read our parents Field Notes on the program house iPad (hi mom and dad!), we found ourselves distracted by Photos of the Week and Field Notes from other students on other courses in......Read More

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Speech and Silence in a Stranger’s Land: A...

Kimberly Liu, Participant

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The Kathmandu valley presents a chasm of a contrast to the world outside of the hills which one can occasionally glimpse from a solitary moment on building rooftops: looming mountains of ragged green and reflective sky-shearing peaks through which......Read More

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Tradition and Modernity

Michael, Participant

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It is said that culture never dies. It only evolves; molds to whatever patterns life weaves. It is constantly being reshaped, re-spun, and recreated. Culture is as plastic as the people who compose it. It can be a thriving garden of heritage in the......Read More

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Practicing – A Disjointed Essay

Anna Maheu, Participant

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I recently read a short book that was given to me on Buddhism, called What Makes You Not a Buddhist. In each section, the author, Khyentse Norbu, repeatedly urged the reader to not simply intellectualize and then shelve the philosophies he was......Read More

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Time in Chokati

Tori W, Participant

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Having never spent time in a rural community before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect last week as our course moved to the quiet mountain village of Chokati. I assumed it would be very different from the busy , dusty city, but I never would have......Read More

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As I leave Nepal, I want you to know…

Instructor Team, Participant

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NAMASTE FRIENDS AND FAMILIES!! During our transference in Bhaktapur, we talked about going home – what it means, what to expect, how to make sense of this semester in Nepal. We want to thank you to all families and friends for your support in......Read More

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Reflections

James Finn, Participant

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     For any U.S. resident as inexperienced with international travel as myself, the thought of traveling to a foreign country such as Nicaragua evokes a diverse range of emotions: excitement, fear, eagerness, and not a bit of trepidation at the......Read More

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Home is anywhere, family is anyone

Lindsay Coe, Participant

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The title of this note is something I have just changed my mind about. I have always passionately thought that home is where I am deep rooted – the foothills of Boulder, the seashore of Cape Cod, the vast Rocky Mountains. The places I have grown up. Nothing can replace those. Nothing can compare to those. The family I have in these places that I have been so lucky to be born into – that is my FAMILY. This is true. But there are so many more people and more places that can become family and can become home, and… Read More

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Apu Ausangate

Emily Smith, Participant

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As I write, I am surrounded by Alpacas, sheep, and horses as they graze. The herders sit on nearby boulders and watch over, dressed in traditional clothes of colorful hand-woven wool ponchos and skirts. We were at camp after hiking for six hours and......Read More

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A Journal Excerpt

Alex Ekey, Participant

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A prayer to the mountain- Do not let it be simple, nor easy, let it be full, full of excitment, full of mystery, full of wonder, full of love, when it comes time to choose a path do not send me down the way of the many, do not send me down the road......Read More

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Definitions of my time here

Pixie Freeman, Participant

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Definitions of my time here Mountains: What steals my breath and holds it. The foreground and the background, what my body leans towards and what my feet ache for, the blesser of clear weather and dry fields and the sender of sleet that slides......Read More

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The Power of Disconnecting

Ashley Moen, Participant

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I feel that each of us students had some sort of fear about leaving our phones, such a big part of our everyday lives, behind. How will we update our friends, speak with our families, and find out what’s happening in the world?  How will we pass......Read More

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San Juan la Laguna

Hailey Olcott, Participant

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I have now been living in Guatemala for a week, and it has been a week full of surprises, challenging moments, and beauty. I remember standing with the other students in front of a group of women who would be our mothers for the next five days, and......Read More

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My Hiking Inspiration

Will LeVan, Participant

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In elementary school, my dad and I decided we would hike all of the fifty-four 14,000+ ft mountains in Colorado by the time I graduated high school.  While I will be graduating high school next June and we’ve only summited thirty of these peaks,......Read More

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INTROSPECTION

Emma Bailey, Participant

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In the past three weeks, I have been flipped in every direction I can imagine. I have pushed my body up the roaring Andes and through the scorching avenues of the Amazon. I’ve created individual relationships with ten students who have taught me......Read More

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SO… WHO AM I?

Nina Saligman, Participant

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Hola from the heart of the Incan Empire. Your favorite Peru 6 week course is currently approaching our midway point, which happens to be hitting a few of us kind of hard. Midway points are a time for reflection, as my 50 year old parents might agree......Read More