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Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012


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Namaste Dear Friends and Family,

We want to thank you for all the love and support you have given us these past three months. You have been there throughout this wondrous adventure that has taken our group to rural and urban homestays, a Buddhist retreat, and into the mighty Himalayas. You have followed the Yak board, watched our YouTube videos, and offered up encouragement from afar. We want you to know that we have felt it throughout and are incredibly moved and grateful for the love. Without you this course would not be possible, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

To parents, you have taken the ultimate leap-of-faith this semester in entrusting your sons and daughters to us. We want you to know that we recognize how difficult it is to say goodbye to your most precious loved ones for three months, send them off to strangers in a foreign land, with little communication other than an occasional Yak or email here and there. You took a huge risk allowing your children to come on this course, and in so doing put a lot of trust in us as instructors. We recognize that and thought of your children as our own for the past three months, putting their safety and well being first. We hope that as you meet your sons and daughters shortly, you’ll realize that fortune truly does favor the bold. You and your children have been so bold and daring in embarking on this journey, and for taking that uncertain step we thank you.

As for the return journey, in a short while you will be greeting your children at the airport, welcoming them with open arms of embrace and ears to listen to their stories. We know you’ll take the time to help guide them through the often difficult transition back home, being patient and understanding as they take this next step forward. They no doubt have grown and changed in many ways over their time in Nepal and are hopefully returning home to you more curious, adventurous, and ultimately, global citizens. We as instructors have seen incredible growth in all ten of our students that we hope you recognize it too. Throughout the course they pushed their growth zone, embraced new opportunities for learning, and made friends and family in Nepal that opened their eyes to another way of living. We are humbled to be a small part of that process of personal growth. Once again, thank you for trusting us and your children on this journey. They most certainly did not let you down!

With palms folded,

Amrit, Germaine, and Derek

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Amrit, Germaine, & Derek,Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012

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Namaste Dear Friends and Family, We want to thank you for all the love and support you have given us these past three months. You have been there throughout this wondrous adventure that has taken our group to rural and urban homestays, a Buddhist retreat, and into the mighty Himalayas. You have followed the Yak […]

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12/7/12

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Amrit, Germaine, & Derek

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Namaste Dear Friends and Family,

We want to thank you for all the love and support you have given us these past three months. You have been there throughout this wondrous adventure that has taken our group to rural and urban homestays, a Buddhist retreat, and into the mighty Himalayas. You have followed the Yak board, watched our YouTube videos, and offered up encouragement from afar. We want you to know that we have felt it throughout and are incredibly moved and grateful for the love. Without you this course would not be possible, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

To parents, you have taken the ultimate leap-of-faith this semester in entrusting your sons and daughers to us. We want you to know that we recognize how difficult it is to say goodbye to your most precious loved ones for three months, send them off to strangers in a foreign land, with little communication other than an occasional Yak or email here and there. You took a huge risk allowing your children to come on this course, and in so doing put a lot of trust in us as instructors. We recognize that and thought of your children as our own for the past three months, putting their safety and well being first. We hope that as you meet your sons and daughers shortly, you’ll realize that fortune truly does favor the bold. You and your children have been so bold and daring in embarking on this journey, and for taking that uncertain step we thank you.

As for the return journey, in a short while you will be greeting your children at the airport, welcoming them with open arms of embrace and ears to listen to their stories. We know you’ll take the time to help guide them through the often difficult transition back home, being patient and understanding as they take this next step forward. They no doubt have grown and changed in many ways over their time in Nepal and are hopefully returning home to you more curious, adventurous, and ultimately, global citizens. We as instructors have seen incredible growth in all ten of our students that we hope you recognize it too. Throughout the course they pushed their growth zone, embraced new opportunities for learning, and made friends and family in Nepal that opened their eyes to another way of living. We are humbled to be a small part of that process of personal growth. Once again, thank you for trusting us and your children on this journey. They most certainly did not let you down!

With palms folded,

Amrit, Germaine, and Derek

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Amrit, Germaine, and Derek,Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012

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Namaste Dear Friends and Family, We want to thank you for all the love and support you have given us these past three months. You have been there throughout this wondrous adventure that has taken our group to rural and urban homestays, a Buddhist retreat, and into the mighty Himalayas. You have followed the Yak […]

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12/7/12

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Amrit, Germaine, and Derek

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AND E
Andy is my name and I like to fly planes, so
just hit me up if your
feelin' kinda lame.
I'll tell you life is awesome,
Kathmandu is awesome,
Life gives me lemons and I
turn 'em into possums.
BIGGIE STOOS
We got
Andy on the mic spittin rhymes
make you like us.
See the ten of us, we be
growin like a ficus
My name is Biggie stoos and I
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Watch where you step you be
in my dahlbaat zone.
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I'm goin' home.
Down with the culture but you
gotta let me kill it.
Talkin' to my Amas while
beatin lots of millet
EMEN EMS DAHLBAAT CHORUS
When I say dahlbaat you say hey
Dahlbaat, Hey
Daalbaat, Hey
If you like dahlbaat let me hear you say hey
Dahlbaat, hey
Dahlbaat, hey
Cause I like eatin' dahlbaat each and every day
Dahlbaat, Hey
Dahlbaat, Hey
Cause I like eatin' dahlbaat each and every day
Dahlbaat, Hey
Dahlbaat, Hey
AND E
Germaine Ji, Jumanji
caring like my mommy
Makin' sure we're healthy
Makin' our minds wealthy
Compassion is natural
She'll even feed you soup.
Yes this is factual,
she cares about your poop
BIGGIE STOOS
A long time ago in Ale Gau,
A child was bornwithout a frown
his name was Amrit and he
knew just what to do:
Show the people 'round the world while
actin' real cool.
LIL' MEGS
Derrick over here,
you know he was a monk.
Ask him for a quote and he'll
getcha out the funk.
No eyebrow for two years
he was feelin' deprived,
now he's fixin up the hairdo more than
any other guy.

DAHLBAAT CHORUS
MISSY CHRISSY
Going to the states with a
new directive.
Seein' all the world from a
new perspective.
Momos are a brain food,
what can I say,
we be meditatin' for a
straight five days.
Livin' in Patan for a
whole 5 weekahs
Hangin' with the familes,
gettin' lots of tikas.
Big fricken' mountains
we be climbin' up the stairs.
Been quite a trip,
swaggin' in the Himalayas.
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Dahlbaat rap

Zach Sirotkin,Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012

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AND E Andy is my name and I like to fly planes, so just hit me up if your feelin’ kinda lame. I’ll tell you life is awesome, Kathmandu is awesome, Life gives me lemons and I turn ’em into possums. BIGGIE STOOS We got Andy on the mic spittin rhymes make you like us. […]

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12/5/12

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Zach Sirotkin

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A Final Note

Soffe Watson,Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012

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12/3/12

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Soffe Watson

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To everyone who has made this trip a reality for me,

I have something to say to you all. Thank you. Thank you all so very much. I'm sure that I may have already told some of you this and if not then I soon will. Without all your various influences (and contributions) I seriously doubt that I would have considered, taken or enjoyed this trip at all. So simply because this can't be said enough times to convey the full measure of gratitude towards you all; THANK YOU.

The first few people I want to thank are my family without whom I would definitely not be here at all. I remember reading the letters my cousins wrote after their gap year experiences about all the cool things that they had done and the amazing places that they had seen along the way. To me that became firmly implanted in my mind as the best way that anyone could spend their time for a whole year. Those letters (among some other things) were the first factors in deciding that I really wanted to take this year off and do something cool. My immediate family, my mum, dad and little brother, maintained that I should do whatever I thought would be best, whether that was go to college, spend a 13th year in a German school, or just travel the world. When I finally settled on the gap year and this course, they were more than happy to provide me with support for my decision and even put forward the money to send me on this trip. For all that and of course countless other things, thank you!

Another group of people I want to thank is my "family" here in country; all the people on this course with me, both the kids and instructors. I think that most of this trip's experiences were truely amazing simply because of the people with whom I shared them and lived with for coming on 3 months. This has been the best possible group of people to come together and end up being so close after only this much time. One of the things that I feared most was the group clashing and, although we did have some things happen, everyone was able to move past them and even grow stronger as a result. Without these people the trip would not have been the amazing experience that it was, so thank you all!

This gratitude also extends to all my friends back in the States (and those in Canada) who, when they heard about my plans, showed extreme interest and even while I've been here have been checking up on me to see what's going on and how I'm doing. Their combined interest has been a great thing for me, just letting me know that I'm not forgotten back home (or whever they may be). Thanks so much to all you (you know who you are).

Finally to all the people here in Nepal, our homestay families, language teachers, ISP mentors, trekking crew, and whoever else I may have forgotten, thank you.
So in conclusion, as this bears repeating often, THANK YOU EVERYONE!

-Josh K. (a.k.a. Shiva)

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A Simple Letter

Josh Kohnstam,Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012

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To everyone who has made this trip a reality for me, I have something to say to you all. Thank you. Thank you all so very much. I’m sure that I may have already told some of you this and if not then I soon will. Without all your various influences (and contributions) I seriously […]

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12/3/12

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Josh Kohnstam

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When I returned home from the trek, you were gone, Rujash was in my bed, as I found out by accidently putting my 35 pound pack on top of him, and your parents seemed surprised to see me. I assume you neglected tellling them that I was coming back from the trek three days early. Your amma called you to inform you I was home, and she told me you were coming back soon. An hour passed. Your amma again called you, yelled at you with her quiet voice, and 5 minutes later you were back, and acting, for a reason unknown to me, as if you were still surprised to see me. From practically my first day in your house, I was never coddled; my comfort was never especially or specifically cared about. I would tell you I was tired, and through some Nepali charm, you would convince me to go out and watch you play cards for an hour and a half (at 20 minute intervals you would tell me just a few more minutes). Everytime there was an unfamiliar food at dinner, you would make me try it, and you and your family would laugh as my face got contorted. I would mess up in stone carving, you would say "very bad", show me the proper way ridiculously quickly, and I would continue to screw up, and an hour later you would glance my way and say "very bad". Family and friends would crowd my room until I was half asleep. Your niece would steal my kindle, water bottles, and snacks, and hide them from me, sometimes only to be found days later behind a curtain under clothes. I would wake up at 4 a.m. to the sound of temple bells, and again at 5:30 to a group of singing men right outside my window. All of these memories sound negative, but they are not. They are what made me enjoy you and your home more than I ever though I could, they are what made me grow.

There was so much pleasant, in the classic sense. I can't express how nice it was when you kept telling me how you were so happy I was back from the trek. Or how sweet it was when you whispered little phrases to Rujash the night before the trek; "I love you, uncle","Come back soon, uncle","We will mss you, uncle". You let me meet all your friend, your family, and I got to play in your badminton games. You spent 3 hours, to no avail, trying to get your DVD player to work so I could watch movies, even though I kept telling you I have no DVD's. Even though stone carving could be frustrating beyond belief, you told me that I was a natural-born stone carver. You told me you reminded me of your younger brother. I loved helping Rujash with his homework, watching you and him dance to music on your phone. I loved seeing your family be a family. I could not stop laughing when I saw Rujash running around naked at 7 a.m. I truly hope I can come back to Patan and live in your home again. Thank you for letting me join your family.
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Thanks to my Homestay Father

Stuart Wyrough,Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012, Homestay

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So this is clear, Rupesh was my urban homestay father, and Rujash was my homestay brother, although he called me uncle (he is 5). When I returned home from the trek, you were gone, Rujash was in my bed, as I found out by accidently putting my 35 pound pack on top of him, and […]

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12/3/12

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Stuart Wyrough

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Namasate!

Students had a wonderful time in Ale gaun. Everybody is doing great. We are now in a eco village called Bandipur for final transference. We will be here for 2 more nights and then to Patan for a night and a day. Students will post yaks tomorrow, stay tuned!

Dhanyabad!

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Transference

I team,Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012

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Namasate! Students had a wonderful time in Ale gaun. Everybody is doing great. We are now in a eco village called Bandipur for final transference. We will be here for 2 more nights and then to Patan for a night and a day. Students will post yaks tomorrow, stay tuned! Dhanyabad!

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12/3/12

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I team

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Dear friends and family,

We imagine you are all excited to see more photos of our adventures in Nepal. There has not been a shortage of photogenic moments, however, there has been a shortage of internet access and when available a shortage of reliable access. This speaks to the remoteness and ruggedness of our course, which is something that has been rewarding for the group.

We have attached one photo of some members of the group up at the pass on our trek to Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the world. It was truly a spectacular moment.

In the coming days, your loved one will be returning to you with amazing tales and PHOTOS!!!! Please enjoy reliving parts of their adventure with them.

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Trek Photo

I-team,Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012

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Dear friends and family, We imagine you are all excited to see more photos of our adventures in Nepal. There has not been a shortage of photogenic moments, however, there has been a shortage of internet access and when available a shortage of reliable access. This speaks to the remoteness and ruggedness of our course, […]

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12/3/12

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I-team

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    [post_content] => We're in Bandipur. The date is Tuesday, December 4th, and this is my  final yak post. Wow. I guess I'd better make this one count, huh? The  sad truth is, though, I will most likely fail. Really. How can I ever  convey what I've experienced here in its entirety? With pictures? They  won't do justice to the beauty I've seen. With stories? They'll fall  short of the memories I've made. I guess there are some things that  can't be shared through a photo album or in a yak post - heady,  emotional things that will just sound cliche if I say them here, but you  know what I'm talking about, right? If you've ever been moved to tears,  have laughed till it hurts, or have felt like you truly belong right  where you are, then yes, you'll know.
Anyway, I apologize in advance for my inability to express to the fullest what I've seen and done here. I won't do this experience the justice it I know it deserves. I will try, though. Believe me, I will try. What else can I do? "With great power comes great responsibility." Well, I say with great learning comes great responsibility. Having learned so much, it would be selfish of me not to share my experience with others. I'm just figuring out how. I'm not discouraged; it's silly to give up because you know you won't do a perfect job, because I know I'll forget some things and won't adequately articulate others. But I have to try. Real strength, I think, is found in persevering when the effort seems futile, when doubt creeps into your mind and tells you there's no point, you won't make them understand. The Buddha faced such doubt when he decided to teach others his wisdom, and he said to it, "Some will understand." That was enough. That is enough. I'm no Buddha, and maybe no one will really understand what I've been through here, but I have to try. I owe that much to Nepal and its people, to my teachers and my friends. I've promised them and I promise you that what I can share, I will, and what I can't, I'll try. I'll try.
We're all about to go through a momentous transition, maybe bigger than any we've faced before. I don't know what's going to happen or how I'm going to feel. Whether I'm a little introspective when I come home or am spouting off about Nepal around the clock, I hope you'll understand that I'm just figuring out what to share and how best to do it. Be patient with me as I try to teach you what I've learned. I hopefully have a lot to offer. If I can only pass on half of everything I've learned here, I will be happy. If only some understand, it will be enough. [post_title] => "Don't say farewell. Dis 'au revoir' " [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => dont-say-farewell-dis-au-revoir [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-12-03 00:00:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 1970-01-01 00:00:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://yakyak.chandigarhsoftware.com/?p=39346 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 278 [name] => Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012 [slug] => himalaya-studies-semester-patan-fall-2012 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 278 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 243 [count] => 90 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 14.1 [cat_ID] => 278 [category_count] => 90 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012 [category_nicename] => himalaya-studies-semester-patan-fall-2012 [category_parent] => 243 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/fall-2012/himalaya-studies-semester-patan-fall-2012/ ) ) [category_links] => Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012 )

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“Don’t say farewell. Dis ‘au revoir’ “

Maddie (Asha) Shankle,Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012

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We’re in Bandipur. The date is Tuesday, December 4th, and this is my final yak post. Wow. I guess I’d better make this one count, huh? The sad truth is, though, I will most likely fail. Really. How can I ever convey what I’ve experienced here in its entirety? With pictures? They won’t do justice […]

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12/3/12

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Maddie (Asha) Shankle

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Two days ago I said goodbye and donyabhad to my rural Nepali family. It was early in the morning, when the world is still covered with fog, when Aama called me down for breakfast. I was greeted by a plate of fresh sell roti, spicey achaar and steaming fresh buffalo dudh. My Aama was babbling at me in Nepali and with my limited language skills I was only able to understand bits and pieces of what she was saying. However, over the course of this trip I have come to realize how possible it is to understand each other despite tremendous language barriers. What Aama was saying was that she was going to miss me and to come back to visit sometime soon. It had only been fourteen short days together, but I knew I was going to miss her and her pariwar as well.

After breakfast, Baa performed tikka on me by putting a mixture of red powder, water and rice in a dot on my forhead. Then Aama put a flower necklace over my head and around my neck and gave me flowers to put in my hair. My aunt gave me a beautiful blue hand towel and with promises to return and lots of hugs I departed for the next phase of my journey; Bandipur and preparing to go home.

I feel a series of mixed emotions regarding going home. I am so excited to see my family and friends and to ride my horse but it is sad to leave behind such a beautiful country filled with such beautiful people. I have never met a Nepali who isn't interested in having a conversation over chiyaah. All of my homestay families have welcomed me into their homes with and truly made me a part of the family. I find myself looking forward and stuck looking back. I am ready to go home but not ready to come to an end with Nepal. I know in my heart that I am not finished here. It is merely a chapter that I will continue at a later time in my life when I come back this magical country, full of kortas and lungis, and visit my Nepalifamily in Patan again and also show my Americain family the treasure that is Nepal.

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The Beauty of Nepal

Emily,Himalaya Studies Semester, Patan, Fall 2012

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Two days ago I said goodbye and donyabhad to my rural Nepali family. It was early in the morning, when the world is still covered with fog, when Aama called me down for breakfast. I was greeted by a plate of fresh sell roti, spicey achaar and steaming fresh buffalo dudh. My Aama was babbling […]

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12/3/12

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Emily

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