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Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester


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    [post_content] => Tonight was one of bittersweet goodbyes. After a full day of running around, saying good-byes to home-stay families, watching a slideshow from our time together, eating one final meal cooked by Pemba dai, and gathering for our last circle in our tradition of ceremony, we headed to the airport. You’re children are on their way! Thank you for sharing them with us. We have also learned a lot and are filled with gratitude.

-Kathmandu Instructor Team

 
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On Their Way!

Instructor Team,Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester

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Tonight was one of bittersweet goodbyes. After a full day of running around, saying good-byes to home-stay families, watching a slideshow from our time together, eating one final meal cooked by Pemba dai, and gathering for our last circle in our tradition of ceremony, we headed to the airport. You’re children are on their way! Thank […]

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12/5/13

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Instructor Team

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    [post_content] => Dear Himalaya Semester Students & Families,

It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long and students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for eagerly awaiting families:

December 5th, 2013
Qatar Airways #651
Depart: Kathmandu (KTM) 11:45pm
Arrive: Doha, Qatar (DOH) 2:45am (Dec 6th)

December 6th, 2013
Qatar Airways #701
Depart: Doha, Qatar (DOH) 8:05am
Arrive: New York (JFK) 2:15pm

We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day. Starting on Friday, 12/6, should you need any assistance after regular office hours, please call our “on-call” number at 760-709-0848.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Boulder Admin
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Return Group Flight Information

Dragons Admin,Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester

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Dear Himalaya Semester Students & Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since embarking on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long and students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for […]

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12/3/13

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Dragons Admin

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    [post_content] => As I look back on my 3 month stay in Nepal, there are several things that seem to repeatedly cross my mind. For one, my time in Kathmandu stands out, both studying yoga, hoping a crowded micro bus, or just exploring new neighborhoods with my friends. My time on retreat also repeatedly comes to mind as a significant part of the trip for me, I learned so much in just a week of living in a monastery, and I fondly remember our friendly games of basketball with the resident monks. The village stay also remains a vivid memory, working in the fields, or purely the beautiful simplicity of village life. However, even given all of these incredible experiences, the most profound realizations I have had, and the fondest memories that remain with me are simply of the people I have met over the course of the last three months. From my home stay families in Kathmandu as well as the village, to the monks at the monastery, to the shopkeeper I passed every day on the walk to school, I can't even begin to understand how profound of an impact these people have had on me. They have taught me countless lessons about the simplicity of happiness, as well as the nature of true generosity and love.

Above all though, what I know will remain with me for the rest of my life, is my memories of the beautiful Himalayan yaks. Their simple majesty, and gentle nature was truly breathtaking, and brought me to my knees on more than 8 occasions. They inspired me to write this yak, as well as the following yak poem titled: To Be A Yak

The melancholy sun shines dim,

as it dips bellow,

the jagged teeth of a broken horizon.

A large brown body

is silhouetted by the orange evening haze.

A lonesome head turns to the ground

and with a muffled grunt

begins to shake its enormous body.

The beautiful sheen

of the beast's shaggy fur, goes paralleled by no living being.

A sudden urge takes me!

I abandon all human restraint

and embrace my soulful longing.

I begin to bound,

I am running with the yaks.

I am a yak.

Yak.

yakyakyak.

yakakakaayakyakayakayyakayakayak.

-Zak
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Reflecting on a yak

Zachary Samuel Rose Lewis IV,Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester

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As I look back on my 3 month stay in Nepal, there are several things that seem to repeatedly cross my mind. For one, my time in Kathmandu stands out, both studying yoga, hoping a crowded micro bus, or just exploring new neighborhoods with my friends. My time on retreat also repeatedly comes to mind […]

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12/3/13

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Zachary Samuel Rose Lewis IV

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    [post_content] => In two days ends the most amazing trip of my life. It's hard to really comprehend the amount of time I have spent here and all of the different situations where I have learned about Nepal, my own country, and myself. As I get back on the computer I notice many differences in myself, reflected in my internet usage.

I recently noticed myself freaking out over internships when I get back in the states, even though I already have a plan for what I'm going to do. This is a common thing to do when I am at home, and I end up just spending all of my time looking at a bunch of different internships and opportunities without taking any of them. However, only yesterday was I able to pry myself off the computer and separate myself as to not let myself get completely engulfed in the stress of planning.

I want to formally write a yak in the states, as I feel like the amount of time allotted for me to go to the cyber is too little for how much I feel like writing. Until then.
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Farewell Nepal

Daniel Michelin,Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester

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In two days ends the most amazing trip of my life. It’s hard to really comprehend the amount of time I have spent here and all of the different situations where I have learned about Nepal, my own country, and myself. As I get back on the computer I notice many differences in myself, reflected […]

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12/3/13

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Daniel Michelin

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    [post_content] => Now that I'm sitting in the Terai wearing a tshirt and enjoying the mid-70s heat, it's strange to think that a few days ago I was donning a 600-fil down jacket and fleece pants and climbing out of my tent to be met with views of magnificent 8,000 meter peaks.

During the final days of our two week trek as we descended towards the warmth and lushness of the flatlands and away from the stark landscape of our turn around village, Phugon, we came across a heard of yaks. Hundreds of them spread themselves across a field on a hillside. Their shaggy fur waved magnificently in the wind. They are truly majestic animals. Which prompted me to think: "Look at all of those yaks. Yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak. I'm going to yak about these yaks."

Our descent gave me time to reflect upon the trip and how I have changed. Recalling how I once viewed certain things such as Hinduism and Buddhism with close-mindedness seems alien to me since now I am so open to them. This trip has made me more mindful of my actions. I have reassessed priorities in my life and am now open to living my life simplistically while making my primary goal to help others. It has made me realize the ridiculousness of consumerism and many other aspects of culture that are typically found in the West (although are also beginning to appear in Nepal). My attempted mindfulness and open-mindedness have widened my scope of thought and I now think I view the world with less bias, especially regarding Eastern and Western ways of living.
I've come to love Nepal, especially the people. In my experience their hospitality is unparalleled. It's hard to believe that in two days I will be leaving. I wish I could stay for longer and I can't say that I am looking forward to certain aspects of going home. But, I know that I will be back soon.
Will Schneiger
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The Final Yak Yak

Will Schneiger,Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester

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12/3/13

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Will Schneiger

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    [post_content] => I love elephants. Yesterday, we got to ride elephants. It was fun to be on top of such a large mammal. The elephant.

It's so big. It's like a large dog, but with a huge nose that loosely resembles  a snake. It was really slow at walking but that's okay because where else does it have to be? Answer me this.

Nepal is kind of like the elephant.

 

Luke

 
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Elephants

Luke,Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester

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I love elephants. Yesterday, we got to ride elephants. It was fun to be on top of such a large mammal. The elephant. It’s so big. It’s like a large dog, but with a huge nose that loosely resembles  a snake. It was really slow at walking but that’s okay because where else does it […]

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12/3/13

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Luke

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Namaste everyone,
As fall turns into winter across the Northern Hemisphere, in the high Himalayas of Nepal, the students have just finished experiencing the intense cold that comes at high-altitudes.
We just received an update from the instructor team that the group spent a few days at Phugaon, which at nearly 14,000 feet is one of the highest permanent settlements in the world.  At these extreme elevations, temperatures dip below zero each time the sun isn't shining directly, and nights/mornings are chilly enough to pile on warm layers and enjoy the hearth of a family stove or a yak-dung fire.  Carved on a steep rocky hillside, Phugaon is the last settlement on an remote corner of Nepal just a few kilometers from the Tibetan border.  It is an old medieval village that has more contact and connection with the Tibetan plateau than with the middle hills of the South.
With the cold, a few of the students are experiencing some coughs and runny noses.  Nothing to be seriously concerned about, but the group is staying afloat hydrating well, staying warm, and acclimating to the high-elevations.   5 of the students, feeling particularly strong, opted to start before dawn one day to hike up to Himlung Base Camp, one of the mighty Himalayan peaks, and got up to 16,000 feet, and within very close sight of the monster glaciers that carve through the landscape.  A memorable encounter at that elevation - as reported by the students - was meeting a lonesome yak-herder (known locally as a yak-pa) in the bitter cold who had lived all his life at such a cold and seemingly remote place.  To him, however, that place is perhaps about the most familiar and homely place he's ever known!
As of today, the group will begin their descent down into lower elevations and in just two days, will be back in warmer climates, and descending slowly into the middle-hills.  The trek has been absolutely stunning thus far, and having reached their high-point, the group feels ready to begin the long return further South!
Until further updates come in, we hope you enjoy these glimpses into Phugaon!
- Boulder Administration
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Update from the Field – Phugaon, Himlung Base Camp, and Descending to Lower Elevations

Boulder Administration,Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester, Trekking and Wilderness Exploration

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Namaste everyone, As fall turns into winter across the Northern Hemisphere, in the high Himalayas of Nepal, the students have just finished experiencing the intense cold that comes at high-altitudes. We just received an update from the instructor team that the group spent a few days at Phugaon, which at nearly 14,000 feet is one […]

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11/25/13

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Boulder Administration

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    [post_content] => Namaste friends and family of the Himalaya semester,

If you were to conjure up images of trekking across the mighty Himalaya, soaked by the bountiful autumn sunshine, you'd likely just come up with just a tiny fraction of the emotions and sensations the students are experiencing on their trek.

The instructors shared an update with us, reporting good spirits all-around, and absolutely fantastic conditions in the mountains.  The group wrapped up their village stay and struck out for the mountains, and are now near Chame, nestled deep in the Annapurna range, surrounded by towering 26,000 foot peaks, rumbling glaciers, and deep gorges of the high Himal.  Gaining altitude, a few of the students are still acclimating to the rate of ascent, so the group has been happy exploring the nearby villages, getting different views of the spectacular mountains all around them.  Just a few days ago, the students all collaborated together to produce a village ethnography, and as a result, are gaining skills each day to understand and explore more of the rich Gurung culture all around them.

Tomorrow, the group will strike off into Naar-Phu, an even-more remote and rarely traveled region near the Tibetan border.  From there, they will attempt to trek further into the mountains and reach their high point near Mt. Himlung.

A few of the students have had minor diarrhea and some fast-resolving stomach issues have come and gone, but please don't be concerned; these are all normal challenges traveling across rural Nepal.  For now, the instructors report that those who are unwell are quickly on their way to recovery, and the whole team is taking a healthy pace acclimating to the altitude, moving slowly across the landscape, and most of all, soaking in the delights of all the villages along the trail.

The instructors will continue to update us every few days via satellite phone.  Until the next update, we hope that everyone back home is enjoying the autumn, wherever it finds you.  In Nepal, this is likely the best time of the year by all counts!

- Boulder Administration

 

 
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Update from the Field – Trekking Across the Annapurnas

Boulder Administration,Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester

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Namaste friends and family of the Himalaya semester, If you were to conjure up images of trekking across the mighty Himalaya, soaked by the bountiful autumn sunshine, you’d likely just come up with just a tiny fraction of the emotions and sensations the students are experiencing on their trek. The instructors shared an update with […]

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11/19/13

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Boulder Administration

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An update from the field - the group has sent word that they're enjoying their time settling into the village of Bhalamchaur in mid-western Nepal.  For the past few days, the students are getting used to a different pace of life, practicing their Nepali language skills, and immersing themselves fully in a traditional village.

Nestled under the Annapurna and Manaslu mountains, the setting is stunning.  Rice and millet fields dot the landscape and on a clear day, big snowy mountains paint the skyline.

In addition, for the past two days, the group has begun been involved in a dental camp as part of their service learning component.  Working in collaboration with local doctors, the students are assisting with a free dental camp in this rural village to provide local residents much needed dental care.  We're excited to hear from them when they get back in internet contact.

The group will be heading out to trek directly from the village on Nov. 14-29.  Until then, we'll post updates from the field as we hear from them.  All students are in good health and in good spirits, and here's to wishing them a wonderful time in the mountains ahead!

- Boulder Administration

 
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Update from Village Stay

Boulder Admin,Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester

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Namaste friends and family of the Himalaya Semester, An update from the field – the group has sent word that they’re enjoying their time settling into the village of Bhalamchaur in mid-western Nepal.  For the past few days, the students are getting used to a different pace of life, practicing their Nepali language skills, and […]

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11/9/13

Author

Boulder Admin

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Tihar is a truly magical time in Kathmandu. I Imagine it's comparable to Christmas in New York, though being from California, I wouldn't really know. It's colder here now at night and in the morning. The absence of street light is compensated by the houses decorated with exterior designs and flickering colors. Fireworks explode in the distance. Shop owners close their stores to spend time with their families and all around their is a certain atmosphere you can feel. Indian carolers sing songs outside of houses waiting for a tip, most are holding instruments. I would see them while rushing home to experience the new celebrations my family prepared every night. Without diving deep into the history of the Holiday, Id like to briefly detail what I came home to: On the first day of Tihar my "aama" said to me, we are not celebrating Tihar this year. Their had been a death in the family and being a devout Tibetan Buddhist, she doesn't believe in celebrating outwardly like the Hindu festivals encourage. With some convincing from my "nana" or sister (in Tamang) my Nepali mom agreed to give me a taste of Tihar and struggled to make last minute arrangements.  On the second day of Tihar my family and I put a "tika" on our dog "Tantre". In the words of my older sister,"We spend all year kicking the dog and neglecting it. This is the day we give back to it and worship it's every move." The ceremony involved giving the dog a bath (which he didn't like) and oil being flicked at him. When it came time to put the "tika" on his forehead he bit my Nepali mom and ran away. This would have been a funny incident but the dog is an adopted street dog and my "aama" was worried about the possibility of rabies. She went to the clinic later to discover she couldn't afford the rabies shot. She is fine now but the relationship between her and "Tantre" is still tense. The third day of Tihar is Laxmi Puja. On this day i came home to a flower design where our front gate is. From the flower their was a streak of brown mud, which i later found out is diluted cow dung mixed with red clay. The streak ran through the house to the beautiful shrine room on the third floor. It is disrespectful to step over the mixture. My Nepali mom brought me to the third floor where we ate sweet breads and fruit. Without explanation i realize this can sound complicated but I want to convey the constant state of confusion i was in while celebrating. On the last day of Tihar I had an emotional ceremony exchanging "tika" with my older sister. The purposes is for long life and to physically act out the bond between brother and sister. It was similar to the procedure used for the dog. After the "puja" or worship we ate a ridiculous amount of sweets and food. My aama prepared a Nepali feast the likes of which I have never seen but felt like the early dinners Im used to during the holiday season. All together my experience with Tihar was very valuable. It really completed my Kathmandu experience seeing it in this light, and I am grateful to my instructors and my Nepali family for making it possible. I've included some pictures to show I am not crazy and most of this actually happened. [post_title] => My experience with Tihar [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => my-experience-with-tihar [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-03 14:53:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-03 21:53:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=94258 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 207 [name] => Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester [slug] => himalaya-kathmandu-fall-2013-semester [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 207 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 240 [count] => 94 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 11.1 [cat_ID] => 207 [category_count] => 94 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester [category_nicename] => himalaya-kathmandu-fall-2013-semester [category_parent] => 240 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/fall-2013/himalaya-kathmandu-fall-2013-semester/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 51 [name] => Homestay [slug] => homestay [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 51 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 488 [count] => 193 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 34.1 [cat_ID] => 51 [category_count] => 193 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Homestay [category_nicename] => homestay [category_parent] => 488 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/program-components/homestay/ ) ) [category_links] => Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester, Homestay )
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My experience with Tihar

Cameron "Kamal" Enes,Himalaya Kathmandu Fall 2013 Semester, Homestay

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Tihar is a truly magical time in Kathmandu. I Imagine it’s comparable to Christmas in New York, though being from California, I wouldn’t really know. It’s colder here now at night and in the morning. The absence of street light is compensated by the houses decorated with exterior designs and flickering colors. Fireworks explode in […]

Posted On

11/6/13

Author

Cameron "Kamal" Enes

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