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    [post_content] => Dear Nepal Families,

We have been monitoring the Nepal group flight and they are just about to land. Once the group reaches Newark, instructors will help students reach their domestic flights.

Warm regards,

Boulder Administration
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Nepal group is almost home!

Dragons Administration ,Nepal Summer 4-week

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Dear Nepal Families, We have been monitoring the Nepal group flight and they are just about to land. Once the group reaches Newark, instructors will help students reach their domestic flights. Warm regards, Boulder Administration

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07/28/13

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Dragons Administration

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    [post_content] => Ater our final good byes in Nagarkot team Nepal is headed home ! Our final ceremony last night was greeted with monsoon rains over shadowed by the laughter of the group. The group is well rested and left with tikas (Nepali blessings) and bright smiles.

Be excited to see them soon.

Namaste
Team Nepal
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Team Nepal is headed home

Germaine, Katie and Amrit,Nepal Summer 4-week

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Ater our final good byes in Nagarkot team Nepal is headed home ! Our final ceremony last night was greeted with monsoon rains over shadowed by the laughter of the group. The group is well rested and left with tikas (Nepali blessings) and bright smiles. Be excited to see them soon. Namaste Team Nepal

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07/27/13

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Germaine, Katie and Amrit

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    [post_content] => Dear Nepal Students & Families,

This weekend marks the end of our Nepal program and students will soon return home to share tales with each of you.
We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day and we will be in contact if there are any suspected delays.
We wish all students a great trip home. Please leave us a voice message on extension 30 if you are not able to reach us during office hours. We will be checking our messages throughout the evening.

Sincerely,
BoulderAdmin

To check on the status of the group’s international flight, please refer to:
http://www.jetairways.com/EN/GB/PlanYourTravel/FlightStatus.aspx

The students are traveling home on the following Jet Flight:
Returning Flight:
July 27th, 2013
Jet Airways #261
Depart: Kathmandu (KTM) 3:45pm
Arrive: Delhi (DEL) 5:10pm

July 28th, 2013
Jet Airways #230
Depart: Delhi (DEL) 2:35am
Arrive: Brussels, Belgium (BRU) 7:55am

July 28th, 2013
Jet Airways #228
Depart: Brussels, Belgium (BRU) 10:10am
Arrive: Newark, NJ (EWR) 12:30pm
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Return Flight Information

Dragons Admin,Nepal Summer 4-week

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Dear Nepal Students & Families, This weekend marks the end of our Nepal program and students will soon return home to share tales with each of you. We will have a Dragons Administrator on call for the duration of the travel day and we will be in contact if there are any suspected delays. We […]

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07/25/13

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Dragons Admin

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    [post_content] => Today we said our goodbye to our homestay families, and after our final gratitude party for our local community last night, students were in awe at the depth of connection they felt in such a short time, connections that some felt even more so when they said their goodbyes to their amaas and babas, to their bahinis and bhais.

We climbed out of the bustle of Kathmandu to the village of Nagorkot in the foothills of the Himalayas, where we began our transference and were greeted with clean air and rolling green hills and rice paddies. It is a time to celebrate, drink chiyaa, reflect on our journey together and prepare for the journey homeward, finding ways to incorporate all of our new experiences gained here into our daily lives.

After a monsoon down pour today, we are optimistic that we may have clear mountain views at sunrise tomorrow morning and either  way a 5:30am adventure to the nearest hilltop is in order.

As our program comes to a close you can look forward to first hand stories and photos soon! Thank you for joining us on our journey!

Namaste!

 

 

 
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In the Foothills of the Himalayas

Instructor Team,Nepal Summer 4-week

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07/25/13

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Instructor Team

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In my opinion there are two possible outcomes of travel.

  Now, before I share what they are, I must say that I'm talking about real travel and not the kind I've experienced for the majority of my life. In my books, superfically observing foreign lands behind the comfort of my own habits no longer constitutes as anything close to it. The real fact is that travel means throwing yourself into a culture and way of life, and practicing it as if it was your own. Though tough at times (extremely), this trip has shown me that to go about travel any other way would be like depriving oneself of a golden opportunity to grow. So back to the two outcomes. I believe that by travelling you can either discover a place in which you truly belong, or you can realize a greater, more honest appreciation of the place you came from. Though this trip has given me more than I could have imagined, it is this gratefullness that resonates most profoundly. Personally, I've grown up in an atmosphere where I'm always told to feel thankful for everything that I have, yet until this moment I've never truly felt it. I've come to learn that the reason for this is because gratitude in itself is far from being intuitive, especially when most of us have the world at our fingertips. In my case, the understanding of gratefullness only began to cultivate after I was seperated from all that was familiar to me. It was also with that new found appreciation that I began to feel honest empathy towards the countless individuals in the world who live with far less than I do. The old adage 'you never know what you have until its gone' has started to embody a whole new meaning, and I finally realize just how much I have to be thankful for. My family, the food I eat, the clean water I drink,  the familar, the ability to communicate effortlessely with anyone, cleanliness, toilet paper (!), my friends, my freedom, my country... The list could go on forever. [post_title] => The Way of the Traveler [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-way-of-the-traveler [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-07-24 08:32:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-07-24 14:32:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=89313 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 228 [name] => Nepal Summer 4-week [slug] => nepal-summer-4-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 228 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 64 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 228 [category_count] => 64 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Nepal Summer 4-week [category_nicename] => nepal-summer-4-week [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/nepal-summer-4-week/ ) ) [category_links] => Nepal Summer 4-week )

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The Way of the Traveler

Kieren Gadhia ,Nepal Summer 4-week

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In my opinion there are two possible outcomes of travel.   Now, before I share what they are, I must say that I’m talking about real travel and not the kind I’ve experienced for the majority of my life. In my books, superfically observing foreign lands behind the comfort of my own habits no longer […]

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07/24/13

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Kieren Gadhia

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    [post_content] => I am exhausted.

The shift from quiet village and monastery life to loud, crazy Patan has been quite the challenge. However, I like to think that I've handled it well. My hosthome is the farthest from the dragons house (a thirty minute walk), but I'm not complaining. In fact, I'm very grateful for the extra incentive to get to know the city. I've been able to take what seems like an enormous, abstract city and turn it into a smaller, not-so-impossible place. At the beginning of our trip, we took a survey as to what things we were going to do would send us off panic cliff and which things would leave us in peaceful valley. The one thing that had terrified me the most had been crossing roads and highways. I'm nervous crossing roads in the U.S., and now I'm expected to literally stick my hand out and pray to the goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of good luck, and also my Nepali name) that they don't run me over. However, now I've become (maybe overly) confident maneuvering the city, the streets don't seem so intimidating. There is order in the chaos, believe it or not.

My host brothers, Shidhartha and Samyak, are cutie pies. They're incredible dancers, and I'm trying to get them to dance for all of us at the host family party on Wednesday. They say they will only do it if I sing and act. So we'll see how that goes. I'm trying to convince them that I'm married to Adam Levine and that I sing on The Voice all the time, but they don't seem to believe me. Shidhartha tells me a joke every few minutes, and they never fail to make me laugh. I've contributed a few jokes to these conversations, mostly blonde jokes that are not helping my reputation. Yesterday, I met the entire family, which I was amazed to see was very similar to my family back home.  They sing loud, play lots of cards, and had a huge water fight in the middle of our picnic. They gave me mendi (henna) on both my hands, and I hope it stays until I can show the folks at home.

We're leaving in less than a week. I predict tears will be shred when I have to leave my fantastic group, my wonderful leaders, my loving host family, and this crazy chaotic country.
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Shidhartha and his jokes

Lucy Houlihan,Nepal Summer 4-week

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I am exhausted. The shift from quiet village and monastery life to loud, crazy Patan has been quite the challenge. However, I like to think that I’ve handled it well. My hosthome is the farthest from the dragons house (a thirty minute walk), but I’m not complaining. In fact, I’m very grateful for the extra […]

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07/21/13

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Lucy Houlihan

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    [post_content] => Life in Patan is unlike anything I've experienced before. After the quiet reflection of Kopan Monastery we emerged, voices creaky from two-day silence, into the  bustle of the busy city. Like all cities, there is a constant layer of sound: familiar ones, like motorcycles and buses on the road, children playing, and conversations, to new noises, like street vendors calling out in Nepali and temple bells ringing at the crack of dawn. Being here simultaneously brings me closer to and farther away from my life back home in America--for every similarity Patan has to a Western city, there is also something else which makes it completely different.

I can't believe we only have a week more here. Life is so full--from learning about current events, issues, and history of Nepal to our ISPs (mine is paubha painting--an incredible opportunity to study with a master of the art), to exploring Patan, there is always something new that beckons.

My homestay has also been a wonderful experience so far--my family is so welcoming and kind to me, helping me practice my Nepali (mostly me mispronouncing something and them laughing) and teaching me how to make veggie momos. But I'm spending too long at this computer, typing out sentences that don't even come close to describing my time here. It's time to explore!
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Yakking Along in Patan

Maggie Weng (Maya),Nepal Summer 4-week

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07/20/13

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Maggie Weng (Maya)

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    [post_content] => I have to say, coming to a bustling city like Patan after 48 hours of silence in a monestary is a bit jarring. I can't even believe I was able to stay silent for that long to begin with. I've always been a talker. Even my homestay family here in Patan has told me I'm the most outgoing student they have ever had. The monestary was difficult in a very new and refreshing way. Not only did I realize how many things I say are only to fill the silence (i.e. "it's hot out," "I'm tired," "Look at that dog," etc.), but I also found that when you give yourself time to really think on your own, you realize the power of your own opinions. I've always valued discussion based learning, but this gave me the opportunity to really form my own opinions before challenging them. It gave me a sense of conviction in my thoughts, knowing I had ironed out every idea before I was ready to share. When I finally did speak, I found that what I had to say was more thoughtful, more concise, and clearer than anything I could have come up with on the spot. In short, I think I finally learned to think, really think, before I speak.

On another note, I love my homestay family. My two little sisters, 9 and 12, remind me so much of my little brothers. Every day when I come home from my ISP, we all sit on my bed and do our homework. When they aren't making me laugh, they are laughing at me, like true younger siblings. I've missed that energy most of all from my home, and I finally found it here. My amma is kind and patient, even when I struggle with my Nepali. She even taught me how to really do my laundry (I don't know what I was doing before). My baa is sweet and is always smiling. All together, they make this feel like a home away from home.

I love my ISP. It's relaxing and challenging in a way that keeps me calm in the honking and motorcycle-dodging of this city. Streets at home will seems so quiet in comparison. The days are starting to fly by and I can't believe we only have a week left. I'm not quite ready to think about that yet, so for now I'll just say I love this place.
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City Living

Sarah Loughman,Nepal Summer 4-week

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I have to say, coming to a bustling city like Patan after 48 hours of silence in a monestary is a bit jarring. I can’t even believe I was able to stay silent for that long to begin with. I’ve always been a talker. Even my homestay family here in Patan has told me I’m […]

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07/20/13

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Sarah Loughman

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    [post_content] => After spending 3 days of silence in Kopan Monastery the city is refreshingly lively. I feel that my time of introspection and relaxation has prepared me for the hustle and bustle of Patan. Our classes on Buddhism also introduced me to the main "religion" in this city.

It's become routine to see a temple as a I walk around Patan. There's at least one on every corner. Nepal in general has astounded me with its juxtaposition of old and new, traditional and modern. Religion is integrated into almost every aspect of daily life here. Yesterday on my way to yoga I stopped by a Buddhist temple and spun all the prayer wheels out of pure spontaneity and to upkeep the motto: YONO (you're only in Nepal once). We learned that this action of spinning paired with the mantra "om mani pedmi ho" builds compassion for other sentient beings and is also a way of sending love to those you love.

So after a stimulating morning of breakfast, Nepali class, chiyaah break, history and politics speaker, and a gender issues talk during lunch I was off to my ISP.

I arrived at my ISP and we began work on our Buddhist mantra rings (the main source of income for my jewelry mentor). Shyam, my mentor, has taught me in just 4 days how to manipulate silver into wearable masterpieces.

My host family is great! And though I have three older sisters who speak perfect English I am putting my Nepali to use. It came in handy when I accompanied them to a wedding party. It was amazing to see all the women dressed in gorgeous kurtas and gowns.

Well, I'll be home soon, so I have to go make the most of my time!

Namaste,
Saraswati
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A City After Silence

Sharon Ghelman,Nepal Summer 4-week

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After spending 3 days of silence in Kopan Monastery the city is refreshingly lively. I feel that my time of introspection and relaxation has prepared me for the hustle and bustle of Patan. Our classes on Buddhism also introduced me to the main “religion” in this city. It’s become routine to see a temple as […]

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As promised, we are back with an update on our time thus far in Patan!

These past couple of days have seen students settling into their homestays and getting to know parents, siblings, and surroundings with lots of laughter and stories to share along the way. We have been moving into our groove here as we begin to establish a regular routine. We meet for rooftop yoga in the mornings, followed by a delicious student-organized breakfast that always includes mouth-watering mangoes. After touching base during morning meeting, students have Nepali class followed by lectures from local speakers on topics that include environmental issues, Hinduism, caste and ethnicity, development, and the history and politics of Nepal. Re-energized with a lunch break, students set off into Patan to meet with their ISP mentors. Students interests and projects are diverse and have been the topic of much animated conversation.

Iris and Sarah L. have been exploring the study of yoga, learning about both the physical practice as well as philosophy. Kieren, Adam, and Petal have been looking into traditional Ayurveda and all that it entails- the background, philosophy, and daily practice- with a local practitioner. Maggie has been thriving at Thanka painting and is working on a painting of Ganesh, the elephant-headed god. Ravyn has dedicated herself to woodworking and has been making wonderful carved and painted signs with her mentor, who is also her homestay father. Sarah M. has been studying Nepali language diligently with one of our language teachers, who has been teaching her how to read and write in Devanagari script. Josh has been drawing designs and looking forward to upcoming adventures in metalworking with his mentor. Lucy, Sharon, and Dixy have been working hard with their mentor in jewelry making. Lucy's focus has been on the use of semi-precious stones in silver work, while Dixy has been learning about traditional silver hand-carving, and Sharon has been working with the use of carving and molds in the creation of religious symbols. As the days go on, we have enjoyed seeing students' enthusiasm and ideas for their projects grow and change and look forward to seeing the culmination of their ISPs during presentations to the rest of the group.

As for right now, we have another full and chiya-fueled day of Nepali, ISP, and local exploration ahead of us! We are sending lots of love home to you, dear friends and family, and look forward to filling you in on future happenings here in Kathmandu Valley. Until our next update!

Amrit, Germaine, and Katie
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A Glimpse of Daily Life in Patan

Amrit, Germaine, and Katie,Nepal Summer 4-week

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07/18/13

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Amrit, Germaine, and Katie

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