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North India: Roof of the World, Summer 2012


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The students have all safely boarded their flight home with Katie and will be arriving back shortly!

Best Wishes to all,

Adrian and Sweta

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Students are off!!!

Instructors,North India: Roof of the World, Summer 2012

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The students have all safely boarded their flight home with Katie and will be arriving back shortly! Best Wishes to all, Adrian and Sweta

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08/7/12

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Instructors

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Dear Parents and Friends,

Just a quick note to let you know that we have arrived safely in Delhi! We have a wonderful last day of sightseeing, shopping and celebrating planned for our group, along with a few surprises. It's been an incredible summer and we want to give the students a proper send-off.

I will be bringing the students to the airport at 11pm tonight, which will give us plenty of time to make our 2:35am Jet Airways flight to JFK. I have all of the students' connecting flight information and will help them make their domestic transfers. Sweta and Adrian will post a Yak after seeing us off at the airport confirming that we have made our flight.

Thank you so much for sending your children to us this summer. It has been an honor sharing in their growth and learning these past few weeks. We hope that you will recognize them when you pick them up at the airport. They are a little bit dirtier and a lot more tan. Some of them have taken to wearing strange and colorful clothing. They will surely have big smiles on their faces and plenty of stories to share.

We hope that you will notice some less obvious changes as well. Every student in this group has been forever changed by this experience. They have all grown so much over these past six weeks. We are so proud of these kids for how much they have learned and how far they have come. We are sending them home to you wiser, more confident and more self-aware. Their eyes have been opened to the wonder of the world, and some of them have definitely caught the travel bug. It's a terminal illness, and we apologize for that :-) We hope that all of our students will continue to learn and grow from this experience long after they have returned home.

Thank you, students, thank you, parents, thank you, Dragons and thank you, India.

Be Well,

The North India Instructor Team

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Last Days in Delhi

Katie Hagel,North India: Roof of the World, Summer 2012

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Dear Parents and Friends, Just a quick note to let you know that we have arrived safely in Delhi! We have a wonderful last day of sightseeing, shopping and celebrating planned for our group, along with a few surprises. It’s been an incredible summer and we want to give the students a proper send-off. I […]

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08/6/12

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Katie Hagel

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nomad visit

Emma Thornton-Kolbe,North India: Roof of the World, Summer 2012

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Hello all! As you might already know we recently returned to civilization after our trek. While on trek we did, as would be expected, quite a bit of walking. On a few days we got to camp rather early (around 2ish), on a few of those days we had the unique opportunity of camping near […]

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08/5/12

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Emma Thornton-Kolbe

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For my Independant Study Project I decided to choose journal work. I decided to keep a record of my emotions, plans, and actions. This is a journal entry from July 21st, 2012. I hope you enjoy it.

"11:06 pm.

July 21, 2012

It's been difficult. I won't hide it from anybody, it's been difficult. It's been difficult accepting the fact that tomorrow morning may be in fact the last time I see my home-stay family. It's been difficult holding back these tears because grown men don't cry. It's been difficult to know that I have to let go. Time and time again I've learned and understood that in Buddhist philosophy attachment is the source of suffereing but how do I detach myself from a family that has fed me, washed my clothes, sheltered me, entertained me, etc.

I ddin't cry at the airport when my father watched me off but I feel that it'll be a challenge not crying as I part from my home-stay father. I've already shed a few tears as it is. To attempt and describe the emotions I've felt due to this family's hospitality would be useless. Saying it's undescribable is too simple and lacks meaning. The experience was, and is, amazing. I almost really don't want to leave tomorrow. It's funny to say that I'm home-stay homesick. The funnier part is that I haven't even left yet. And even now, as I hear my home-stay brother and cousin speak and laugh in the room next door, I understand it's just another part of this journey.

I chose this journey not knowing what to expect or how to feel but hoping that something would move me. The poverty did nothing. The countless dogs traveling the streets hurt me a little. Even the trash situations suprised me, but nothing has moved me. Until now. My family and their human beauty has not only swayed, but rocked the foundation of where I stand. You can think of it as me staying at a stranger's house in a rural village in India that no one has ever heard of, or think that I have experienced celestial love and care from a family that may not look like me or share in my culture but is a part of me because they inhabit the same earth I do. These people have aspirations, they have hobbies, they have favortie sports, and most importantly, they have an identity.

For roughly a week they were my family and even if I leave tomorrow, they will continue to be it. I know it will be difficult tomorrow but I realize it is only because I love them...

for one more night,

-Goodnight family. "

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It’s Been Difficult

Nathaniel Arias Velez,North India: Roof of the World, Summer 2012

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For my Independant Study Project I decided to choose journal work. I decided to keep a record of my emotions, plans, and actions. This is a journal entry from July 21st, 2012. I hope you enjoy it. "11:06 pm. July 21, 2012 It’s been difficult. I won’t hide it from anybody, it’s been difficult. It’s […]

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08/5/12

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Nathaniel Arias Velez

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tearfilled momos

Stuie Engs,North India: Roof of the World, Summer 2012

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As I sat down to my last meal of momo’s tonight for dinner, all of the experiences I had here came racing to me. From the homestays, to the trekking, to the girls vs. guys feud, and the dance parties. (I do not regret sneaking my ipod.) I know that I will take every person […]

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08/5/12

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Stuie Engs

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I don't want to go home.

It's weird to think that the past six weeks will all come to a close in a matter of three days. It feels like ages ago since we all met each other in an awkward, but sweet encounter in the JFK airport. From then on it was a whirlwind of touring monestaries, meditations, meeting high holy figures (cough the Dalai Lama cough), and making it through 17,000 foot passes in the Himalayas.

Especially for the past three weeks, being at the roof of the world has been moving. Not only have we aided our homestay families making momos, but also helped each other discover individuality. The real essence of our group shined once we all encouraged each other to push through even our hardest moments on the trek. Those cold nights we spent in huddled in a tent drinking watered-down hot chocolate discussing topics ranging from the Buddhist idea of compassion to bowel movements.

Once our trek ended, we found ourselves on a scenic lake, still as glass with snow capped mountains in the background. It was as though we were all transported to a postcard since words cannot describe the innate beauty of Tso Moriri. There, our endeavours continued; making world class pasta in marinara sauce and pad thai in a giant dome tent on the banks of the lake. Special thanks to Andrew who would wake up at the crack of dawn to make sure that our breakfast rivaled that of Bobby Flay's.

Although I know that these memories will be ones that I will look upon with a smile, I can't bear the thought of leaving. The camaraderie, laughs, and constant fun will always be the best words to sum up North India.

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A heartfelt goodbye

Haley Goodman,North India: Roof of the World, Summer 2012

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I don’t want to go home. It’s weird to think that the past six weeks will all come to a close in a matter of three days. It feels like ages ago since we all met each other in an awkward, but sweet encounter in the JFK airport. From then on it was a whirlwind […]

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08/5/12

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Haley Goodman

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We have arrived back in Leh after a spectacular Himalayan adventure! We spent nine magical days trekking at altitudes of over 15,000 feet, crossing seven high passes, camping by mountain streams and visiting nomad encampments to play with adorable children, sample butter tea and fresh yak cheese and chase after the goats. Yes, we chased a lot of goats (photos to come)! Trekking for such a long time at such high altitudes was no joke. Every member of the group was challenged physically, emotionally and spiritually by the rigors of this trek. But, we all worked together, supported each other and practiced good expedition behavior. Each student took at least one turn as group leader and got a chance to practice his or her leadership skills. By the end of the trek, our group was in full expedition mode, performing like a well-oiled machine. We are so proud of our students and so grateful to them for making the trek great. It was truly an adventure that none of us will ever forget.

After completing our trek, we set up a giant yurt and camped on the shores of Tso Moriri, a remote glacial lake surrounded by snow-covered peaks. While at Tso Moriri, the students had a blast swimming in the lake, playing games on the beach under the light of the full moon and working together to cook all meals. Andrew, Katie and Stuie made us some incredibly tasty Italian food and Haley managed to whip up a surprisingly delicious pad thai out of the limited ingredients that were available to us in our far-flung location. If they ever come out with an Iron Chef: Himalayas, our group would definitely destroy the competition!

While at Tso Moriri, students also enjoyed a full day of solo time on the shores of the lake. We began the solo experience with a guided meditation and gave the students writing and reflection prompts. Students were encouraged to review and reflect upon the goals and intentions that they set for themselves at the beginning of the program. They were also encouraged to craft a magic statement for the upcoming year. They were given the prompt: "The year from August 2012-August 2013 was the best year of my life to date because . . ." and told to spend time considering what their best year would look like and what action steps that they would need to take in order to make it a reality. We also asked the students to think of two people in their lives that they were grateful for and write letters to them. In addition to writing and reflecting, students were given plenty of time to simply enjoy being alone with themselves in an incredibly beautiful and inspiring location.

Next, we're off to the Tibetan refugee settlement of Choglamsar, where we will spend the next two days attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings. What a wonderful way to cap off a spectacular summer!

Please note that internet service here in Leh has been extremely unreliable over the past two days. We have been trying to get some student Yaks out but it's been next to impossible. I am sending you this update via satellite connection;and even that connection has been going in and out. We hope that we will be able to access the internet during our time in Choglamsar so that students can post Yaks but that is not certain--which is a real shame, because we have SO many great photos and stories to share! That's all for now . . . Please stay tuned for final updates from North India!

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Off to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings!

Katie Hagel,North India: Roof of the World, Summer 2012

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We have arrived back in Leh after a spectacular Himalayan adventure! We spent nine magical days trekking at altitudes of over 15,000 feet, crossing seven high passes, camping by mountain streams and visiting nomad encampments to play with adorable children, sample butter tea and fresh yak cheese and chase after the goats. Yes, we chased […]

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08/3/12

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Katie Hagel

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Dear Parents,
We just received a quick update from the North India Group. Everyone in the group is healthy, happy and in high spirits. They are currently camping out at 16,000 ft and apparently their time in the mountains has been incredible.
The group will post some more yaks about their journey as soon as they are in internet range. Stay tuned.
Warm regards,
Boulder Administration
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On trek

Dragons Administration ,North India: Roof of the World, Summer 2012

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Dear Parents, We just received a quick update from the North India Group. Everyone in the group is healthy, happy and in high spirits. They are currently camping out at 16,000 ft and apparently their time in the mountains has been incredible. The group will post some more yaks about their journey as soon as […]

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07/29/12

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Dragons Administration

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Homestay number 2

Mary Carson Brown,North India: Roof of the World, Summer 2012

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My homestay in the Ladakhi village of Saboo was better than expected. I was extremely nervous when starting my first homestay in Mcleod Ganj, but had only excitement for my second go round. My large family included a set of grandparents, their two adult daughters, and 4 grandchildren. As anticipated, they were extremely hospitable and […]

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07/22/12

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Mary Carson Brown

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Before we leave tomorrow for our trek we thought we would post a few photos from our past few magical weeks.

We're all excited to get into the mountains tomorrow and will only be back in touch from Aug 2. We will have a satellite phone with us and will remain in regular contact with the office in Boulder.

Best wishes from all of us,

Adrian, Katie and Sweta

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A few photos

Instructors,North India: Roof of the World, Summer 2012

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Before we leave tomorrow for our trek we thought we would post a few photos from our past few magical weeks. We’re all excited to get into the mountains tomorrow and will only be back in touch from Aug 2. We will have a satellite phone with us and will remain in regular contact with […]

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