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Borderless Indulgence

Harry Polsky and Jack Holmgren, Participant

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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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Feet on the ground, head in the clouds

Brooke, Participant

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Inhale. Exhale. I can barely contain my rapture as I step out of the bus onto the white-lined pavement. Our guide Tiger la tells us that this is the highest elevation most of us have ever been, 3000 meters. I breathe in the cleanest air in the world......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Xi’an to Xining

Team Silk Road, Instructor

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Our journey to the west has begun! Xi’an, the first capital of China and terminus of the Silk Road was a perfect spot to start our adventure but we are excited to get out of the big city and get more off the beaten path. Our next stop is Tianshui,......Read More

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Anti-Personal Landmines

AnnaRose Craig, Participant

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Today we visited Apopo, an NGO that uses a certain breed of rats to detect and eventually clear land mines throughout Cambodia. Following the conflicts of the country’s past (bombings and wars), there are still an immense amount of land mines that......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Our intentions for the course

Claire, Tsering, Rishi, Instructor

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On Day 2 of our course we asked the Bhutan student group a series of questions about their expectations for the course. Here are a selection of their answers (anonymous, and in a random order):   1. Why did you choose to come on this trip?......Read More

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Chefchaouen Day 1

Phil, Participant

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The day started earlier than usual. We woke up at an ungodly 4 AM as the first call to prayer rang throughout the streets of Fez. The purpose of was simple: stuff up on food before the sunrise. As one of the “Five Pillars of Dragons,” we decided that we would fast for a whole day. The group fasted not only from food but also from communicative habits, such as “like” or “wicked.” We then took a 4-hour bus ride up North to the blue city of Chefchaouen. We were introduced to the city with a Dragons hallmark scavenger hunt… Read More

WTBD Yaks from Indonesia

Princeton Bridge Year Indonesia 2018-19

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Ramadan

Oscar Platt, Participant

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The fasting month of Ramadan has finally arrived, and here in Jogja, everything seems to be moving at a more relaxed pace.  People wake up later, the streets are quieter, and life just seems to be slower. During Ramadan, the day starts at 3:45 am......Read More

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Instructor Introduction :)

Ben Daley, Instructor

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Dear Students! Today, I write to you with anticipation from Little Gibson Lake in Northern Wisconsin. I’ve been here seeing friends and family, sharing stories of a recent road trip in the Western US, and reminiscing about memories of these......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Study Abroad Nepal: Passages & Peaks of the Himalaya

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IDGC From Forming to Performing

Lara, Participant

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At the beginning of this trip, we were told of the ways in which Dragons students tend to form relationships with their peers. We start by forming, first getting to know each other, being friendly and (at times) uncharacteristically kind. After this......Read More

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Such A Sampela Moment

Anna M., Participant

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“Sampai nanti Ibu!” I call as I tiptoe across my porch and down the precarious and wobbly steps of our stilted home. I set out towards rumah Andar (our program house in Sampela) tiptoeing, eyes glued to the boardwalk, trying to remember......Read More

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An Ode to Nepal

Hope Murphy, Participant

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“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” -J.R.R. Tolkien I came to Nepal looking to learn and to expand my......Read More

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Montañas que Escalamos

Elly, Instructor

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“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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A Letter to Myself

Maria, Participant

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My experience in Nepal is coming to an end. For my last Yak, I want to write a letter to myself to help me remember all the things I have learned from this trip and to help me make sense of this experience as a whole. Maria, As the city of Patan and......Read More

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Broken Boardwalks

Nicole Jehl, Participant

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In the U.S. (and other mega-developed, mega-polluter countries), we live separate from our impact and our ecological footprint. We throw away our waste, old fashions, leftover foods, and clutter we bought but never needed without thinking of where......Read More