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My name is Ryan Josiah and I am from West Hartford, Connecticut. I'm 18 years old and I will be turning 19 on the trip. I recently returned from the Caribbean with a program called Seamester. I lived on a 90 foot sailboat for 3 months where I was scuba diving, hiking, and taking a few courses such as basic seamenship. Ill be a freshman at Union College in the fall and I'll also be swimming for them. I also enjoy skiing, running, and an occasional round of golf. I enjoy listening and mixing music as well. My favorite type of music is old school rap. My favorite food is Redenbacher movie theatre buttered popcorn, and I'm psyched to meet all of you. Ill be flying from Newark, New Jersey to Los Angeles, is anyone else? I am taking a gap year because I wanted to travel the world. I enjoy traveling and have been to many countries. I look forward to learning a lot about Nepal.

I have a few questions such as:

Is anyone else putting there backpack into a collapsable duffle bag for traveling in the airport?

Is anyone from dragons meeting us at Los Angeles? Or are only the students meeting together?

 
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Ryan Josiah,Himalaya A

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Hey My name is Ryan Josiah and I am from West Hartford, Connecticut. I’m 18 years old and I will be turning 19 on the trip. I recently returned from the Caribbean with a program called Seamester. I lived on a 90 foot sailboat for 3 months where I was scuba diving, hiking, and taking […]

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01/14/15

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Ryan Josiah

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Himalaya A

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My name is Margaret Chandler, but everybody usually calls me Meg or has their own nickname for me. I am 19, a sophomore, and a global studies/fine arts double major (most likely) at St. Lawrence University. I decided I wanted a more interactive and hands-on learning experience so I turned to Dragons. I am from a small town in southern Vermont called Dorset. I love exploring anything and everything, particularly in nature, like mountains, quarries, buildings, etc. I love to play soccer and ice hockey, but also enjoy climbing, hiking, and snowboarding. It is unusual to see me without a camera, drawing pencils, or some sort of pen, sharpie, or paintbrush. I love photography, drawing, and painting. I am very excited to meet all of you and embark on our adventure!
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Margaret Chandler,Himalaya A

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Hello! My name is Margaret Chandler, but everybody usually calls me Meg or has their own nickname for me. I am 19, a sophomore, and a global studies/fine arts double major (most likely) at St. Lawrence University. I decided I wanted a more interactive and hands-on learning experience so I turned to Dragons. I am […]

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01/14/15

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Margaret Chandler

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Himalaya A

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    [post_content] => Hey Students,

Firstly, a reminder to get your yak introductions posted! You should get comfortable with the Yak board as you will be using it frequently over the course of our trip – it’s a place for us to blog about our experiences, share our reflections and course assignments, and let our friends and family members know what we are up to.

Thanks to Nicole for some pertinent questions! To give you some answers:
  • You can purchase adapters in Nepal if you want but you can also bring one from home if it is easier. To be honest, Nepal doesn’t really have too much of a standardized plug system. In some places, you will not have the option of charging electrical equipment because there won’t be any electricity. There is more information on our electronics policy below.
  • I will be posting a tentative itinerary soon that will give you a rough idea of where we will be at different times on our course. However, as of right now there are no plans to travel to the terai region of Nepal (the southern plains). All our treks will be planned so that we acclimatize gradually to altitude.
  • We are unlikely to experience much rain during the course. If we are lucky, it won’t be a problem on our trek. That being said, you should bring the gear listed on the packing list – we never know what weather we might encounter and preparation is key.
Nicole’s post also brought up a really good point to make about the gear you bring on program. It is really important that you bring gear rated to what is advised in your course preparation manual. It will be winter here when you land and we will be headed up to the foothills of the Himalayas shortly after your arrival; hence you should not plan on buying gear after you arrive. This means that your gear should be warm and be rated according to the section on packing and gear in your Course Preparation manual (page 18). We suggest at least zero degree (Celsius) rated sleeping bags and you will definitely need hats, glove, scarves, and other warm winter gear. It will get significantly warmer towards the middle and end of the course but the mountains are always cold! We wanted to let you all know about our protocol around electronics. We all know that technology can be handy and also comforting, but this semester is a chance for us to step away from what is comfortable. It is about trying hard to see differently, and electronic devices can be more of a distraction to that inner process. To reassure you – you will not need electronic devices. There will be periods when we will all have regular access to the internet and we will all be contributing to making this yak board as alive and vibrant with our experiences as we can make it. Photography will also likely play a role in course assignments but this will be discussed later. There will be other times when we will be completely out of internet range (although know that the instructors will always be able to communicate both in-country and with the US if we need to). If there are specific time-sensitive reasons that you need to check emails or make a call we will endeavor to make space for that during our itinerary. With this in mind, our policy on electronics is as follows:
  • Phones: As you will have been informed by Dragons administration, students are not allowed to have phones with them on course. If any student brings a phone with them for any reason, the instructors will hold on to it for the duration of the course.
  • Laptops: Students will not need laptops on this course; they are both too bulky and heavy to carry around from place to place. Please do not bring laptops with you to Nepal – you will not need them for assignments and there are computer cafes all over Nepal for when you do need or want to use them.
  • Ipods: We understand that there are some times when having music with you is comforting and will not distract others (for example, on the plane or long bus rides). There are other times when this too can hinder your immersion into an experience or culture (for example in homestays or on retreat). For this reason we will allow you to bring ipods (that are not phones or other devices) but the instructors may decide to hold on to them for portions of the course.
  • Cameras: Nepal is a photogenic country and you will be happy to have memories of this experience to hold on to for a lifetime. We will introduce ideas around mindful camera use when we are on course and will be using them for assignments! If you do not plan on bringing a camera, please shoot me an email to let me know.
Lastly, a medical note about our itinerary. The instructors and Dragon’s administration cannot offer you medical advice and each of you should consult your own general practitioners before coming on course. However, it is good for you to know that we will not be headed to the terai (the southern region of Nepal), and hence we will not be travelling through any malarial regions. If you have any further questions regarding vaccinations or malaria, please feel free to post them to the yak board or shoot me an email. Your pre-course assignments and an overview of your course itinerary will be posted in the next few weeks along with other relevant information – so keep checking back here on a regular basis for more information! All the best – so excited to meet you in person, Danny coyledanny@gmail.com [post_title] => Electronics Policy, Packing reminders, and other useful information [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => electronics-policy-packing-reminders-useful-information [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-01-14 09:06:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-01-14 16:06:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=114188 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 26 [name] => Himalaya A [slug] => himalaya-a-spring-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 26 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 237 [count] => 168 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 6.1 [cat_ID] => 26 [category_count] => 168 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Himalaya A [category_nicename] => himalaya-a-spring-2015 [category_parent] => 237 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/spring-2015/himalaya-a-spring-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Himalaya A )

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Electronics Policy, Packing reminders, and other useful information

Danny Coyle,Himalaya A

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Hey Students, Firstly, a reminder to get your yak introductions posted! You should get comfortable with the Yak board as you will be using it frequently over the course of our trip – it’s a place for us to blog about our experiences, share our reflections and course assignments, and let our friends and family […]

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01/14/15

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Danny Coyle

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Himalaya A

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As I gather all the gear I will need for the trip, a few questions came up that I was hoping you could answer.

Do you have any particular recommendations for electrical adapters/converters that work in Nepal? Do you suggest we purchase a universal adapter?

How handy do you think rain pants will be for our trek this spring?

Lastly, will we be traveling to the Southern plains of Nepal or any lower elevations than Kathmandu? And when we do trek, will we be ascending at a gradual pace to allow for acclimatization?

Looking forward to hearing from you! An intro about myself to follow:)

Best,

Nicole
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Nicole Wong,Himalaya A

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Hello hello! As I gather all the gear I will need for the trip, a few questions came up that I was hoping you could answer. Do you have any particular recommendations for electrical adapters/converters that work in Nepal? Do you suggest we purchase a universal adapter? How handy do you think rain pants will […]

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01/13/15

Author

Nicole Wong

Category

Himalaya A

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    [post_content] => Tashi Delek!

Very soon you will know how to pronounce that common Himalayan greeting. Very soon you will know many things you didn’t.  I am a bit jealous of where you sit right now, nerves buzzing with anticipation of the new and different. Some of you may have long dreamt of visiting the Himalaya for the meditation and the mountains. Some of you may never have thought of the place before the last month or so. I had no idea where Nepal was when I first went.  As I drove away from the hilarious Kathmandu airport, my eyes were wide with shock and wonder, and not a little fear. Everything was so different. Soon, you will be emerging from the sterile tubes of international travel into the textured palette of Nepal’s mountains, valleys, and villages. You will be walking into another world, yet a place very much on this planet, very much connected in unexpected ways to your life.

My name is Chris and I will be helping you wrestle with those differences and connections. I have been a student abroad many times. First in Japan as a Rotary exchange student, then as a monk in Thailand, then as a college student in Nepal. I’ve found that there’s a few ways of thinking, of being, and of practicing that are particularly beneficial for getting the most out of my time abroad. Maybe they’ll be helpful for you as you prepare for departure.
  1. Openness: Think of yourself as a sponge. Calm the judgey mind in order to hear and see what’s in front of you as it is; rather than as it ‘should’ be.
  2. Bravery: Fake it ‘till you make it. This is the best advice I ever got during my early foreign adventures. When things feel weird or a bit uncomfortable, keep joy close and smile. Despite the language barrier folks will be able to tell when you are afraid of them, grossed-out by them, or if you just feel depressed and don’t want to deal. Faking enjoyment until it is real works.
  3. Kindness: Leave people better than you found them.  Be they your fellow students, our hosts, people you meet along the way, or your instructors; a kind word, gesture, or assist goes a long way. It’s the basic stuff of making the world a better place. And despite whatever initial inconvenience it makes for you, it will enrich your experience in powerful ways.
Beyond the basics of being weird in a weird place; I’ll be helping you with your academic needs, yoga and meditation, and production-in-general. A journal, poetry, images, sounds, friendships, practices, habits--these are all things to make in the Himalaya this Spring. Let’s make good things. See you soon! Chris Limburg [post_title] => Go Team Venture! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => go-team-venture [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-01-29 17:45:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-01-30 00:45:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=114065 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 26 [name] => Himalaya A [slug] => himalaya-a-spring-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 26 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 237 [count] => 168 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 6.1 [cat_ID] => 26 [category_count] => 168 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Himalaya A [category_nicename] => himalaya-a-spring-2015 [category_parent] => 237 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/spring-2015/himalaya-a-spring-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Himalaya A )
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Chris Limburg,Himalaya A

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Tashi Delek! Very soon you will know how to pronounce that common Himalayan greeting. Very soon you will know many things you didn’t.  I am a bit jealous of where you sit right now, nerves buzzing with anticipation of the new and different. Some of you may have long dreamt of visiting the Himalaya for […]

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01/7/15

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Chris Limburg

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Himalaya A

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    [post_content] => Namaste future students,

Even though we will be meeting very soon, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and welcome you to our Himalayan Semester program. My name is Danny Coyle and I will be one of your instructors over the course of our three month exploration of Nepal’s Himalayas.

I first came to Nepal on a Fulbright Research Grant in 2008 after I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in International Relations and Comparative Cultural Politics. My first ten months in Nepal were spent learning Nepali and researching the politics of heritage preservation projects in Nepal. After I finished my grant, I realized that my curiosity had and still has not finished! Excluding a year in spent in Palestine, I have been in Nepal ever since involved in various development projects but primarily working as a researcher and instructor for Where there be Dragons and SIT World Learning, leading programs in Nepal’s and India’s Himalayas.

I also wanted to take a moment and also introduce you to the Yak board for our program and briefly explain it's purpose. Before our semester begins, the Yak board will be an important place to disseminate information about trip preparation (including assignments), a place for you and your peers to ask questions / receive answers, and provide a chance for you to introduce yourself to your peers. With that in mind, please begin introducing yourself, ask whatever questions about the trip you may have, and share a some about where you are coming from. Please also get in the regular habit of checking the Yak board semi-frequently, as there will be lots of information on it that you will find useful in the days to come!

If for any reason you need to contact me personally, please feel free to email me at coyledanny@gmail.com – The instructors will all be calling to check in with you before the trip to get to know you a little bit and see if there is anything we can help you with!

See you soon,
Danny Coyle

PS - The photo of me is from my Fall 2014 trip with Dragons. Prepare for similar views!
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Namaste from Nepal!

Danny Coyle,Himalaya A

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Namaste future students, Even though we will be meeting very soon, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and welcome you to our Himalayan Semester program. My name is Danny Coyle and I will be one of your instructors over the course of our three month exploration of Nepal’s Himalayas. I first came […]

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01/4/15

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Danny Coyle

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Himalaya A

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    [post_content] => To all Participants:

It’s great to have the yak boards coming alive! This is a very exciting time of year for all of us, and while we know that you are anxious to meet your traveling companions, we have a request for you: please don’t direct your fellow travelers to social-networking sites before the course. Let us explain: our interest here at Dragons is in providing you with the best experience possible, and over the past 20+ years, we have learned that you will get the most out of your Dragons program if you’re able to make fresh introductions on the day that your course begins. We welcome you to introduce yourself here, and we hope that you will use this site to voice your goals and ideas for this course and to begin forming a group identity.  But we’d like to avoid students forming any sort of “cliques” online before even departing on this program. We certainly know that you can all find each other on Facebook quite easily, and while we cannot (and don’t want to) forbid such networking, we encourage you to abstain from doing so and invite you to show up to meet your group without pre-judgment and with a willingness to expose yourself to everything new, different, wild and other. We wish you the best as you prepare for your adventure!

Sincerely,

The Dragons Admin
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Social Networking: A Request from WTBD

Dragons Administration,Andes & Amazon B, Central America, China, Himalaya A, Andes & Amazon, Himalaya B, Indonesia, Visions of India

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To all Participants: It’s great to have the yak boards coming alive! This is a very exciting time of year for all of us, and while we know that you are anxious to meet your traveling companions, we have a request for you: please don’t direct your fellow travelers to social-networking sites before the course. […]

Posted On

12/12/14

Author

Dragons Administration

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    [post_content] => Welcome to your Where There Be Dragons Yak Yak bulletin board! As you’ll soon discover, this board is a valuable forum for self-introductions, for building community, and for addressing any and all questions that arise during the upcoming months.

Until the start of your course, this will be THE place to find important notices related to your course’s development and itinerary design. It’ll also be the place to learn about your fellow students and instructors. So please, post a personal introduction! It may reflect any number of things about you, like your interests, reasons for choosing Dragons, independent study considerations, or any other thought or inspiration. Please also consider posting your packing and prep-related questions here. Don’t be shy – if you have a question, it’s likely that someone else in your group has been wondering the same thing! Your instructors have a lot of experience and many, many tips that they’re excited to share with you. So please, ask away.

Setting up the Yak board, in many ways, marks the start of your course. It’s the first step in establishing the community that will support you throughout the journey that lies ahead. Together, you will learn to walk, dress, eat, talk and think in an entirely new way. You will see landscapes that will cause your jaw to drop, and meet people that will touch, change and inspire your life forever. Although your course’s official start date is two months away, we would like to remind you that your adventure actually began the day you made the choice to join Dragons. Choosing to make your dream a reality took immense amounts of courage, and all of us congratulate you on taking that first–and most important–step.

Welcome to Dragons. We’re excited to share in your adventure!

Sincerely,

Dragons’ Administrative Staff
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Welcome to your Yak Board!

Dragons Administration,Andes & Amazon, Andes & Amazon B, Central America, China, Himalaya A, Himalaya B, Indonesia, Visions of India

Description

Welcome to your Where There Be Dragons Yak Yak bulletin board! As you’ll soon discover, this board is a valuable forum for self-introductions, for building community, and for addressing any and all questions that arise during the upcoming months. Until the start of your course, this will be THE place to find important notices related to […]

Posted On

12/12/14

Author

Dragons Administration

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