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Students are headed home after a very full couple of days, saying goodbyes and celebrating!

They have all boarded their international flight and are headed home! Thank you all for joining us on this amazing journey!

Take care,

Instructor Team
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Students are Heading Home!

Instructor Team,Himalaya B

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Hi everyone! Students are headed home after a very full couple of days, saying goodbyes and celebrating! They have all boarded their international flight and are headed home! Thank you all for joining us on this amazing journey! Take care, Instructor Team

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12/5/15

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Instructor Team

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Himalaya B

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    [post_content] => To those who made the trip possible, and those who made it wonderful.

To Mom and Dad:  Thank you for teaching me the important things, and letting me dream big.  Big enough to find myself in Nepal and India for 3 months, when I'm supposed to be in my senior year of high school.  I appreciate it.  Thank you for forcing me to go to that Dragon's presentation that one night, even though I was resistant, it may have just changed my life.  And thank you for trusting me to have this adventure on my own.

To Aamaa, Aapaa, Sonam, Sherap, Emmanuel, Srija, Subekcha, Shuvam, Samjanaa, and the whole Kalimpong crew (Homestay): Thanks your for showing me that it's possible to have 2 families, on opposite ends of the earth from each other.  Thank you for showing me kindness and love, and the beauty of Diwali, and laughing with me, and comforting me when I cried. Thank you for making me feel completely at home, in only a matter of weeks.  I love you.

To All the random people I talked to on the street: Thank you for giving me directions and telling me which stores sold prayer flags. Thank you for often sharing your tea and your stories.  I won't soon forget your smiles or your hospitality.

To Sharon and family: Thank you for opening up your heart and home to us without hesitation, and not ceasing your work until all our smallenest needs and desires were met.  Your kindness and warm heartedness is absolutely beautiful, and we love you.

To My grandparents, and my aunts and Uncles:  Thank you for the endless fountain of love, support and unflinching faith in me.  I wouldn't be who I am today,  if I didn't have a family like you to love.  I don't deserve it, but but some miracle I am lucky enough to have you.

To the Sittong Homestay Crew: Thank you for laughing at my jokes, even when they weren't funny, and taking the effort to include me and care for me, even though I arrived later than most because of my trek.  And thank you for the oranges.  Yum.

To Suren, Briana, Greg, and Ing-Marie (Instructors):  Thank you for opening up our eyes and our hearts to this part of the world.   Thank you for always being open to our needs and requests, even if it meant you needed to put your own aside.  Without you, we would have stayed in the Bhaktapur guest house for three months, so thank you for the endless transportation organization, the well thought out discussions and activities, and for pushing us to grow, but always being there if we needed someone to fall back on.

 
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Letter of Gratitude

Genevieve,Himalaya B

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To those who made the trip possible, and those who made it wonderful. To Mom and Dad:  Thank you for teaching me the important things, and letting me dream big.  Big enough to find myself in Nepal and India for 3 months, when I’m supposed to be in my senior year of high school.  I […]

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12/5/15

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Genevieve

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Himalaya B

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    [post_content] => Thank you Mom and Dad. Thank you Sam and Nathan. Thank you Grandpa, Grandpa, and Grandma. Thank you aunts, uncles, and cousins. Thank you teachers, instructors, and coaches. Thank you friends. Thank you Kopan Monastery. Thank you guest speakers. Thank you friendly strangers. Thank you Dragons administration. Thank you I-team. Thank you Sharon and family. Thank you Suren. Thank you Saika. Thank you Julia. Thank you Saika. Thank you Prachanda and Sachita. Thank you home-stay families: my Tan Ting didis, my Kalampong aamaa, baba, and Shreeju, my Sitong didi, daaju, Evana, and Evan.

 

Thank you to everyone who helped me decide to to take a gap year and who played a role in bringing me to where I am right now. Your support and encouragement are always truly appreciated.

 

Thank you to all of the wonderful people who made this experience as incredible as it was. You all played a part and this trip would not have been the same without you. Thank you for the amazing memories.

 

Thank you especially to J-beez and Stevie Wonder (Mom and Dad). There is no way to express how thankful I am for the life you have given me and the lessons you have taught and continue to teach me.
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Thank You

Mira Lerner,Himalaya B

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Thank you Mom and Dad. Thank you Sam and Nathan. Thank you Grandpa, Grandpa, and Grandma. Thank you aunts, uncles, and cousins. Thank you teachers, instructors, and coaches. Thank you friends. Thank you Kopan Monastery. Thank you guest speakers. Thank you friendly strangers. Thank you Dragons administration. Thank you I-team. Thank you Sharon and family. […]

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12/5/15

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Mira Lerner

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Himalaya B

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    [post_content] => Gratitude. Something that you have stirred within me ever since day one when I took my first breath. I am here and living because of your love. You have given me choice and opportunity, happiness and compassion, inspiration and motivation, and unconditional love and hope. You have no idea how much love I have for you, and because of you, that love is also shared with every living being on this planet. Thank you for the chance to play this game called life, and for giving me the tools to not only safely get through it, but to help others through this journey as well. My passion for compassion was fed and encouraged by you, my lovely family. I'll see you soon, hang tight!
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Gratitude

Joey Jennings,Himalaya B

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Gratitude. Something that you have stirred within me ever since day one when I took my first breath. I am here and living because of your love. You have given me choice and opportunity, happiness and compassion, inspiration and motivation, and unconditional love and hope. You have no idea how much love I have for […]

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12/5/15

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Joey Jennings

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Himalaya B

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    [post_content] => Dear Loved Ones at Home,

We have spent the final days of our semester back at Bhaktapur Guest
House reflecting on the past three months. We have celebrated all that
we have accomplished, as well as brainstormed and committed to ways to
bring it all home with us. In the spirit of these final moments
together, we wanted to share with you a few words collected from our
group.

From the I-Team, it has been pleasure working with this wonderful
group of young adults! We will keep you updated about the final travel
logisitics.

With love,
Him B I-Team: Briana, Gregory, Ing-Marie

What is one thing that you’ve learned this semester that you want to
integrate into your life back at home?

“Plant a tree. While you may never sit under its shade, nor will you
pluck a fruit from its fertile branches, you can be sure that it’ll
benefit future generations. Plant a tree.”

“I learned that mind is like water, soft, flexible, polluted. I must
purify my mind.”

“The world as I know it comes very much from the society I was brought
up in, and there are a million different other ways to view that same
world.”

“There are so many different lifestyles to choose and live from. The
mainstream idea of success in the United States and the ‘ideal’ way of
living is usually identified and judged by one’s daily income or
networth. This idea used to drive and fuel my motivation toward living
a happy life, but after experiencing and observing a glimpse of what
it’s like to live in these two beautiful countries, Nepal and India,
there was this sense of relief and excitement that stirred within my
soul. For the longest time, I was only listening and letting my
society convince me that aiming for financial wealth was the surest
way to fill my heart’s desires, but because of getting exposed to the
more Eastern way of life, my perspective has been shifted to a deeper
and better understanding of what it means to succeed and prosper in
this world. To travel the world and experience as many aspects and
lifestyles of love and happiness; that is my dream, this is my
mission.”

“We have to remember that the earth came first. Knowing this we must
feel humbled by the pure beauty of nature.”

“I learned the courage to dance in front of strangers.”

“I’ve learned how to keep a group budget during our most stressful
adventures in Indian cities. I’m proud of my bargaining skills.”

“The world has a lot of overwhelming problems.”

“I learned how to fit unsermounted quantities of rice and fried
vegetables into my stomach in order to maintain my status in a Nepali
village family.”

“3 months later…I want to be closer to the earth that I live on, and
with the people that surround me, that means not spending time on my
computer, looking at useless stuff. I am taking back the soft thunk
when I hit hot metal, or new desire to explore the world through
anthropology and a bit more weight than when I started.”

“On this trip I have learned more than I can recount in 30 minutes
(the amount of time I have to do this). I experienced the deep, true
connections that can be made across cultural boundaries which seemed
enormous at the start of this course. I’m going to carry the memories
of these relationships and the kindness I experienced with me.
Remembering this and utilitzing skills that made it possible in my
daily life.”

“I learned that sacredness is so much more than Boudha’s and Bibles.
The humbling power of a towering mountain is sacred not only because
the locals see it as a God, but also because of the way you feel when
you stand in the frigid air, looking up as the sun rises over the
peaks, like you are part of something larger than your own being.
Sacred can also be the dinner table at your homestay, because of the
precious feeling of home it encapsulates, and all the memories it
holds. The stary night sky can be sacred, and the marigold necklace
placed around your neck as a departure gift becomes a sacred artifact
because of the love which it represents. Something as simple as the
way someone smiles can be sacred, because you know it will be
something you’ll never forget. If you view sacred in this way, it
becomes much easier to encorporate an aspect of spirituality into your
life, and it makes the smallest moments sometimes the most important.”

What is one thing that you want to tell your friends and family?

“Although I’ve had my fill of recessitations of Dr. Suess’ ‘Oh the
places you’ll go’, I don’t think I ever imagined ending up here…but am
I glad I did! Thanks for getting me here mom, dad, Andrew, Jamie,
Susannah, Scout, Milo, Daisy and even Cooper. Love you all.”

“Missed you all. You guys are awesome. Love, Your Friend”

“Thank you so much for supporting me while on this trip and please
recognize that reintegrating back into normal life might be tougher
than expected.”

“Dear Family, I’m coming home soon – but my home is now also in Nepal,
in India and wherever I go next - ”

“I couldn’t have loved a family across the world without the love I
know from my own.”

“To my family and friends, I miss you often. I get restless leg
syndrome every time I remember that I’m about to see you again. May
I’ll wear a wig at the airport and sneak up on you.”

“To my family: No phone. Blueberries. Thanks.”

“To my family and friends: Sorry I haven’t communicated very much.”

“To everyone back home, Boom Shiva, Sri Ganesh, om mane padme hum,
yes, yes, yes, yes, Nepal is really chill, India is confusing, both
are amazing. Dal Bhat POWER, I love mountains more than ever with more
spirituality, find the earth that you live on, find the people around
you, go deeper, get closer, have fun, smile like Nepali children and
see you soon.”

“Mero pariwaar Americamaa – If it’s possible – bring me a Gimme coffee
medium daily brew to the airport. Really though, being away from you
all has caused my appreciation and love to intensify in unfounded
ways. I’m excited to see you and share the experiences we have had
apart. Ma timilaai maya garchu.”

“As we learned at Kopan Monastery, we are all entirely dependent on
everyone else for everything that we have and everything we are. I
know in my heart that without you, not only would I not exist, but I
also wouldn’t have been taught to think the way I do, or value what I
value, or aspire to go on trips to India and Nepal the way I aspired
to go on this trip. And for that I will always be grateful. <3 In
other words, I love you.”

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Transference aka TranscenDANCE…

Instructor Team,Himalaya B

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Dear Loved Ones at Home,We have spent the final days of our semester back at Bhaktapur GuestHouse reflecting on the past three months. We have celebrated all thatwe have accomplished, as well as brainstormed and committed to ways tobring it all home with us. In the spirit of these final momentstogether, we wanted to share […]

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12/4/15

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Instructor Team

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Himalaya B

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    [post_content] => For a three month trip on the other side of the world there are so many people have to support the traveller. There are some I have come in direct contact with and many, many others who I will never see.

First, I want to thank my parents, for without them, I would not be in Nepal let alone taking a gap year. It was they, after I had been accepted to college proposed the idea of a gap year, then, supported me in making my own decision. They planted the seed for this trip. In many ways they have supported me in making my own decisions my entire life, which I am eternally grateful for, and as a result have let me grow into a person who wants to pursue my own curiosities and learn about the world. In addition, without them, I would never have been able to afford a trip like this, and because of this I have opportunities that I never could have dreamed of. Mom, Dad, thank you, thank you thank you.

To the people who have been on this three month journey with me, my instructors, and friends. You truly have made this experience what it has been. You have forced me to learn, explore, chill, discover, have fun, get serious, and grow. You have become my family and it will be hard to transition back into life without you crazy wonderful people.

To everyone else. This trip would have been a series of dusty old buildings without the people who live in Nepal and India. The people who I have stayed with in homestays, the random encounters on the street, all the people who work so hard helping us  travellers live on the other side of the world. You have shown me a new way to think and made a new part of the world come alive, thank you.

Finally, the office in boulder for organizing this wonderful trip. Thank you for your hard work. I want to come in say thank you personally when I start college at CU this August.
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Gratitude

Nolan Averbuch,Himalaya B

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For a three month trip on the other side of the world there are so many people have to support the traveller. There are some I have come in direct contact with and many, many others who I will never see. First, I want to thank my parents, for without them, I would not be […]

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12/3/15

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Nolan Averbuch

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Himalaya B

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    [post_content] => Dear Himalaya 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 6, 2015

Etihad Airways #291

Depart:Kathmandu 6:50 pm

Arrive: Abu Dhabi 10:30 pm

Etihad Airways #103

Depart: Abu Dhabi 3:20 am

Arrive: New York (JFK) 9:10 am

 We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day.   Starting on Saturday, 12/5, should you need any assistance after regular office hours, please call our “on-call” number at 303-921-6078.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Boulder Admin
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Return Flight Information

Anne Koenning,Himalaya B

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Dear Himalaya 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 […]

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12/2/15

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Anne Koenning

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Himalaya B

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Hi everyone, Sharing a brief update that the group just wrapped up their time in Calcutta, and are now settled into Happiness Guest House in Bouddha, Kathmandu! Here are some photos from their expedition in Calcutta over the last few days.  Coming up, the group will settle into Bhaktapur, the same place where they started out their journey for these last few days of the program. Take care, Japhy Dhungana Himalaya Program Director IMG_2468 IMG_2469 IMG_2470 - Copy [post_title] => Update - Group Has Returned to Kathmandu! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => update-group-has-returned-to-kathmandu [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-12-01 00:50:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-12-01 00:50:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=128617 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 119 [name] => Himalaya B [slug] => himalaya-b-fall-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 119 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 236 [count] => 87 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 4.1 [cat_ID] => 119 [category_count] => 87 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Himalaya B [category_nicename] => himalaya-b-fall-2015 [category_parent] => 236 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/fall-2015/himalaya-b-fall-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Himalaya B )
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Update – Group Has Returned to Kathmandu!

Boulder Administration,Himalaya B

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Hi everyone, Sharing a brief update that the group just wrapped up their time in Calcutta, and are now settled into Happiness Guest House in Bouddha, Kathmandu! Here are some photos from their expedition in Calcutta over the last few days.  Coming up, the group will settle into Bhaktapur, the same place where they started […]

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11/30/15

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Boulder Administration

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Himalaya B

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we fly out tomorrow, back to the magical land of Nepal, Dal Bhat, and King Kurd to wrap up our Himalayan semester. Then, if its a Himalayan semester, then what the hell are we doing in the heat of the second largest city in India, Calcutta? Back in Kalimpong, because we were in India already, we unanimously decided to come to Calcutta for our X-phase. The past four days have been a time of extreme contrasts. Even getting here was an adventure. Our train from Silguri was canceled, so we promptly turned around and headed for a sleeper bus where we spent the next 15 hours laying down before being dropped off unceremoniously on a main street outside the city. From there we managed to get taxis to our hotel. After dropping our bags off at the YWCA (our "hotel") and made for the Victoria memorial, a clean park/building built for queen victoria of England. The folowing day consisted of museums of both old artifacts of the Indian Museum and the literary works of Rabindranath Tagore. The 3rd day was where the fun really started for me. For each student, our budget was only 200 rupees, or a little over 3 dollars. We first made our way to an area called B.B.D. Bagh where we had a student led discussion and were sent off to explore the river, old chinatown, and the BBD Bagh itself. There I found the largest mosque in Calcutta and had a lecture on the tenets of Islam. A crazy and uncomfortable experience to be sure. I didn't know how to act in a mosque and seeing a peaceful mosque after all the exaggerations fed to the US public on our news was definitely a big shift in thinking. Today, our final day, was spent by going to the south of the city to a hindu temple called Kalighat. In contrast to the serene monasteries and temples we have seen so far on the trip, the temple was absolutely throbbing with people, screaming, shouting, selling offerings, ringing bells, and every so often the frantic beat of a drum. I spent most of the time watching goats being sacrificed in the name of Kali. This being a really popular temple there was a sort of sick, mechanical certainly with which they placed the goat on the altar, its head in a holding block and the executioner brought down his blade. I is certainly a strange way to practice a religion and it will require a lot more processing and exposure before I can make sense of it all.

Tomorrow we fly for Kathmandu, and a partial return to calm, and at the very least, cooler temperatures.
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Kolkata, Calcutta, or Crazy?

Nolan Averbuch,Himalaya B

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Well, we fly out tomorrow, back to the magical land of Nepal, Dal Bhat, and King Kurd to wrap up our Himalayan semester. Then, if its a Himalayan semester, then what the hell are we doing in the heat of the second largest city in India, Calcutta? Back in Kalimpong, because we were in India […]

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11/29/15

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Nolan Averbuch

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Himalaya B

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On the evening of September 16 our team came together for the first time, wide-eyed, if not red-eyed, from a long flight ‘round the world landing finally in the fabled city of Kathmandu. After a few stuttered greetings and over-zealous attempts to load all our bags into the vehicles that would soon transport us to the place of our orientation, we packed into our portals and swiftly segued into our new adventure.

 

Our initial Orientation found us comfortably nestled atop a steep hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley with Bhaktapur just below. For a few days, in between sampling new cuisine, dal bhat and chia, we dove deep into the necessary foundation-building portion of our adventure by means of team-building games, ice breaking conversation, and day trips to the ancient city that filled us with awe and enabled us to orient ourselves a bit more to our new surroundings.

 

The final evening found us surrounded by candles as we symbolically set our intentions for the following months to come. As thunderclouds gathered overhead, under the watchful eyes of the Mighty Himalaya looming in the distance, we courageously unified our hopes, declared our fears and committed ourselves to doing our best to take responsibility for the removal of whatever obstacles were preventing us from our highest potential.

 

And just like that, we set forth.

 

One teaching all who dare enter the formidable realms of the Himal receive quickly is that, like the mountains themselves which in fact are not solid at all, but are constantly moving, is that we are wise to remain flexible, as travelers of life, with plans we make as they will frequently change. Indeed, the current state of affairs in Nepal in particular, currently rebuilding itself from a tragic reminder of how small us humans are in relation to the power of Mother Earth when she decides to shake, and at a time of major political and social change with the writing up of a new constitution, made for a very peculiar time to navigate through these mysterious lands. And sure enough, on our very first day of travel, due to peculiar political climates we were forced to shift gears and journey by jeep, through heavy rains, over rugged terrain as we made our way into the shadows of Annapurna for a week of intimacy with the Gurung people of the small village of Tangting.

 

The adventures had tramping about the massive leech-infested, waterfall-covered, impossibly steep peaks which encased the endless sea of terraced staircases containing millet, potatoes, rice, monkeys and bright gold marigolds would but foreshadow the greater journey of humbling inner learning we were to soon receive upon attempting to simply engage with another human being, living in another way, from a world far from ours back home. Thus our first homestay commenced, scared and uncertain, filled with an innocent, unripe yearning to connect.

 

If one unified insight arose from our time in Tangting, it was our need to learn how to simply sit with ourselves, to be ok when we are faced with long periods of time void of distraction, to use these times wisely, and not to waste such precious moments of simplicity but to utilize these times with great skill. Thus, after a magnificent farewell of garlands and auspicious silk scarves, we headed back to Kathmandu for a week of investigating the greatest and most mysterious territory of all, our own minds.

 

Fabled the world over as one of the post-Chinese invasion of Tibet’s most revered tantric monasteries, Kopan would host us for ten days of contemplative study into the nature of our own minds, focusing primarily on the cultivation of both wisdom and compassion. Surrounded by mystical artifacts, waking with the sun to the sound of chanting monks and spending most of our time in complete silence, we set the tone for the rest of our trip, which was to be one of mindfulness.

 

After our stay at Kopan we were ready to venture out again into the attractive ocean of samsara, and journey we did, far beyond the walls of Kathmandu and beyond the border of Nepal altogether, we eventually found ourselves in the West Bengal city of Kalimpong, where we found a home away from home in another city rich with legend, nestled precariously alongside the Silk Route itself. Here we were to learn new skills, from Nepali blacksmithing to the Tibetan arts, our curiosities spanned the “map” as we consistently asked ourselves whose map it was we were using…

 

For one week during our month long stay in West Bengal, we were fortunate to trek into the majestic mountains of the Kangchendzonga range in nearby Sikkim. Camping by night and walking with wilderness by day we eventually came face to face with the 3rd tallest mountain in the world, a mountain believed by the locals to carry spiritual qualities and as such, from Sikkim’s side, cannot be climbed by any man or woman. The power of Mt. Kangchendzonga awed us as snow fell over us and a sea of brilliant stars tucked us in at night.

 

Although while standing atop the high summit of Dzongri, at the wee hours of the morning, as the sun rose over another frigid Sikkim morning, it felt to us all like we could live forever in that miraculous place of peace, we were soon reminded, as we often are here in the Orient, that all things must pass. And before we knew it an entire month had come and gone. Soon precious tears would fall from our bright eyes, eyes that now viewed the world much, much differently. Eyes that once saw the Gurka people as but exotic strangers, now viewed them as close, dear family. And with bittersweet nostalgia we waved goodbye to our beloved Kalimpong home and drifted, as if in a dream into the surreal settings of Sittong, a magical Lepcha village nestled sleepily, just outside the tea estates of fabled Darjeeling where we spent our days harvesting organic rice and learning how to dance like the Bollywood stars themselves!

 

Now, at this special time of year, when our hearts fill with gratitude as we recognize all those who have made it possible for us to make our unique voyages of discovery, we enter gracefully into the final days of our Himalayan experience. After a jolting midnight cruise under a bright Bengali full moon we arrived into the onslaught of humanity that is the heart of India. The City of Joy, Calcutta, with an unapologetic onslaught to the senses, with all Her colors, smells, sounds and curiosities exploding over us like the fireworks on Diwali, has welcomed us all into our “X-phase”, the time in our semester where the students take full control and navigate our ship through four full days of adventure.

 

Where will we go? What will we see? Only time will tell. Please stay tuned…

 

Namaste,

Gregory Pettys

 

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Gratitude and transformation as we enter our final days together and segue into “X-Phase”

Gregory S. Pettys,Himalaya B

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  On the evening of September 16 our team came together for the first time, wide-eyed, if not red-eyed, from a long flight ‘round the world landing finally in the fabled city of Kathmandu. After a few stuttered greetings and over-zealous attempts to load all our bags into the vehicles that would soon transport us […]

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11/27/15

Author

Gregory S. Pettys

Category

Himalaya B

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