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This is an update to let you know that it appears the flight leaving Abu Dhabi was delayed by an hour and so the new scheduled arrival time at JFK is now 10:39 AM.  Hopefully this won't affect student domestic travel too much and we'll be in touch again when the group lands.

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Nepal Flight Slightly Delayed

Admin,SUMMER: Nepal A, SUMMER: Nepal B

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Hello Families, This is an update to let you know that it appears the flight leaving Abu Dhabi was delayed by an hour and so the new scheduled arrival time at JFK is now 10:39 AM.  Hopefully this won’t affect student domestic travel too much and we’ll be in touch again when the group lands. […]

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07/27/16

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At 4:45 my alarm went off.  I hit the snooze button and rolled over. It was way to early to wake up. Especially after another late night with my homestay brothers.  But I didn't get to sleep for much longer.  Five minutes later, I was up, getting dressed and brushing my teeth.

At 5:00 my dad came to collect me.  We were going for a walk.  I didn't know where or for how long, but in my groggy mid morning state I didn't ask.  I just followed him out the door into the silent streets.

Patan, usually a city bustling with motorcycle traffic and people, was a ghost town before six.  The shops were boarded up and the highways were empty.  For me, the quiet was a welcome change, a chance to reflect on our trip so far since my father and I could only communicate in broken English and the occasional Nepali phrase (we enjoyed each others company silently that morning).

A half an hour after we left our house, we crossed over a river and my father told me we had made it all the way to Kathmandu!  He pointed out the first temple we were visiting, way up high on a Nepali "hill," and I mentally prepared myself to climb up hundreds of stairs at my father's fast pace.

Halfway up, it began pouring rain.  In my morning haze I had forgotten my rain jacket, but my father, a seasoned early riser, had brought an extra umbrella.  He handed it to me, and we continued our climb.

When we finally made it, he bought a few candles and we lit them below a gorgeous shrine.  Then he tossed a few coins inside, and received a blessing from a nice Nepali woman.

We continued on, taking  his secret shortcut.  It was along a dirt road, which had melted in the summer rain, and I regretted wearing sandals, but, as promised, it was over fast.  It deposited us right inside a second temple, where we repeated the motions we'd gone through earlier.

As we walked out, he told me we had one more temple to visit, and then we'd make our way back to Patan.  We took another shortcut, this time down a slippery rock path, and made it to the third temple around 6:15! It was gorgeous, full of pretty statues and rich colors, and looked out over the entire valley!  From the terrace, you could see all of the major cities: Patan, Kathmandu, and Bhaktapur.

We walked back down the hill, and retraced our steps over the river and through the streets of the city, now full of people and scooters. My father, a very personable and friendly guy, waved to nearly everyone we met!  And I thought about how much fun our walk had been!  Sure, I could've slept in (because I was tired and it was my "day off") but I was glad I had tagged along.  I got to see so many beautiful temples in such a short time! And it gave me a window into the Buddhist culture in Nepal, which I have grown to love and appreciate!

When we finally got back home, I took a quick shower, threw on my warmest clothes, and, after black tea and biscuits with my parents, took a nice long nap!  I was so tired!  I slept for two hours, until  my brothers woke up at eleven.

Then, part two of my day began!  My brothers and I were making pizza for lunch!  We walked to the grocery store and loaded a cart with yak cheese, pizza sauce, and snacks!

We made an ice cream pit stop on the way home.  My brother Siddartha and I got butterscotch and Samyak got chocolate.  It was so tasty! And totally hit the spot on such a hot day!

Then we got down to business! We rolled out pizza dough on the roti board, covered the rounds in sauce, and sprinkled shredded yak cheese on top.  Then we baked them until the crust was golden brown, sliced them up, and feasted!

After the first round, we got bored of normal shaped pizza and started making mini pizzas, pizza momos, and pinwheel pizzas!  It was a pizza wonderland.  And yak cheese wasn't as weird as I was expecting!

By the end, everyone in my family was stuffed!  My parents and brother Siddartha took a nap, but Samyak wanted to hang out so we watched the Angry Birds movie on his phone and played jelly splash for a while.  At around four, I fell asleep again!  I was so exhausted!  But the day wasn't over yet!  At six, my dad woke me up again to help him and my mom make "frenana," which is basically fried flat rice, potatoes, peanuts, and nimkis.  They had it down to a system, so I really just watched, but it was super fun!  My mom sings while she cooks, too, and she has the prettiest voice!

At seven, my brother Samyak and his two friends came home, so we all hung out in his room for a while.  One of his friends was super into classic American rock, so he talked to me about Led Zeppelin and Linkin Park with me for a while.

At nine they had to leave, and we ate dinner as a family.  We had yummy fried rice with mangoes for dessert.  Then my parents went to bed and my brothers and I had a dance party in their room until midnight.  I was so tired by the time I got to my room I passed out!  It was such a crazy busy and fun day!  I love my family ❤️❤️
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Sita Shakya’s Day Off

Samantha Scheinfeld,SUMMER: Nepal B

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This is an update to let you know that the Nepal B group is through security and currently waiting at the gate for their international departure. Please stay tuned for more updates as they become available.  Thank you again for your continued support.

Dragons Administration

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Nepal B awaiating boarding in Kathmandu

Luis Alvarado,SUMMER: Nepal B, Uncategorized

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Hello Families, This is an update to let you know that the Nepal B group is through security and currently waiting at the gate for their international departure. Please stay tuned for more updates as they become available.  Thank you again for your continued support. Dragons Administration

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07/27/16

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Luis Alvarado

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Dear Friends and Family,

As our trip comes to a close, we want to say THANK YOU for your tremendous support. It’s because of you that this trip was possible for all of us, and your love and encouragement of your children pushed them to explore new parts of the world and of themselves. As educators, we are so grateful and we offer a deep bow to each of you.

And now, as we wrap up our final day of our Transference time, a few last words from our amazing student group (below). Bon voyage, Nepal B, and come back again soon!

With love,

Jason, John, Ing-Marie

And now, in their own words…

One thing I learned about Nepal is…

…how spiritual and religious of a country it is.

…1 in 6 people live in Kathmandu Valley.

…how Hinduism/Buddhism and tradition are prevalent and impactful in all schemes and points of life

…a lot about the native religions of Nepal.

…that within such a small country, there’s such a division between genders, castes, rural vs. urban, etc.

…it is a place where I feel comfortable and would want to come to again.

…that people have a strong pride for their culture and country.

…how engrained religion is into everyone’s daily lives. In America seeing a hoard of people chanting and lighting candles by a giant chariot is unheard of, yet here it is completely normal. That difference was very interesting.

…it was one of the first countries to legalize marriage equality.

One thing that surprised me about Nepal is…

…the positive spirit everyone had and kindness and openness to tourists…and the village showered with buckets.

…the food…dal bhat all day everyday…but samosas give me life!

…all the love, ie, everyone refers to each other as brother and sister. P.S. Cows are sacred.

…the prevalence and severity of women’s rights issues faced here.

…how much I enjoyed the language. Also I was surprised at how interested I am in resources and living consciously of resources. That’s two but I was very surprised on this trip.

…although everyone here has faced adversity (due to the earthquake and civil war), I have never met a more welcoming and loving community of people, than I found in Nepal.

…the amount of trash and lack of visible attempt to reduce trash on the streets.

…how drastically different life in the village versus the city is and how they are reliant on each other yet there is such a disconnect.

…how accepting and kind everybody is, especially towards foreigners.

One thing I want to tell my family and friends is…

…I miss you guys.

…I’m so thankful that you allowed me to go on this trip because I’ve grown and learned so much.

…In the village, whenever I showered I used a pipe with running water, wearing a petticoat as my sister scrubbed shampoo through my hair and bathed me.

…about the trek.

…I’m no longer the same girl that I was when I left. I’m more independent, self-aware, and inquisitive. But after being away for so long, I value my family more than ever.

... “When you see me, I will smell. Beware.”

…Thank you for making this trip possible.

…Namaste.

…is about all the love and kindness shown to me by my homestay familiesy (mostly through heaping amounts of food and delicious milk tea).

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A deep bow of gratitude

Instructor Team,SUMMER: Nepal B

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Dear Friends and Family, As our trip comes to a close, we want to say THANK YOU for your tremendous support. It’s because of you that this trip was possible for all of us, and your love and encouragement of your children pushed them to explore new parts of the world and of themselves. As […]

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07/27/16

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    [post_content] => Dear Nepal Students & Families,

Nepal summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference:

July 27th, 2016

Etihad Airways #293

Depart: Kathmandu (KTM) 9:30 PM

EY 293 will make a scheduled stop in Lucknow for a brief refueling.

Arrive: (Abu Dhabi) AUH 12:45 AM (July 28th)

 

July 28th, 2016

Etihad Airways #103

Depart: Abu Dhabi (AUH) 3:35 AM

Arrive: New York (JFK) 9:35 AM

Should you need any assistance during student travel days, please call our Admin cell phone for assistance: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Dragons Administration
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Return Travel Information

Eva Vanek,SUMMER: Nepal A, SUMMER: Nepal B

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Dear Nepal Students & Families, Nepal summer program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference: July 27th, 2016 Etihad Airways […]

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07/26/16

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Eva Vanek

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    [post_content] => At 7:00 am, my watch begins to beep, waking me up for my 4th day in patan. I navigate my way through untangling my mosquito net and slowly make my way out of bed, still somewhat lethargic from last nights meal. After a minute or so of rubbing my eyes, my body and mind start to become alert. With this, I begin to get on with my morning routine. After nearly 4 weeks in Nepal, what was once odd is now instantaneous. There is no longer any hesitation or thought behind grabbing my filtered water to brush my teeth with, it has become a habit.

By 7:30, I go upstairs to the kitchen where my homestay mother is sitting. "Namaste" I say with a bubbly tone and she nods and smiles back at me. Today, her body is adorned with another kurta, this one with shades and patterns of blue. With the last few days, I've become accustomed to my new house, gaining more independence. She senses this and stays put, watching me as I make my way through the kitchen, grabbing what I need to make breakfast. My independence is successful up to a certain point, scooping out an unneeded amount of turmeric from a spice plate. By now, there is a mutual consensus that she should step in so she prepares a pan with oil for me. We wait around the stove together in a peaceful silence and set our eyes on the egg spreading and browning amongst the pan. A few minutes later she looks at me and gestures with the spatula, "you flip?" I embarrassingly laugh and shake my head. "No, I'll mess up. You flip!" She giggles and follows through and minutes later, breakfast is ready on a bright red plate. I grab a fork and something that somewhat classifies as a knife out of the small selection of utensils in the house. In Nepal, the only tool you need to eat is your right hand.

After I finish eating, I return back to my bedroom, pale pink with a wooden bed and a mosquito net which mimics a fancy canopy. I gather my bag for the day, and the sound of drizzling rain outside prompts me to set out my rain gear. With the tightening of my backpack strap and the throwing of my rain jacket hood, I walk out of my apartment building and meet the rain drops which will be following me for the rest of my walk. Spending several weeks in Nepal during monsoon season has made me find comfort in the rain, and it complements my sleepy thoughts for my morning walk. As I become more aware of my surrounds, I've noticed what the last few days have made me immune to. I'm able to squeeze my way through a row of honking motorcycles without panicking and can easily find a companion to guide me through crossing the chaotic roundabout. But the feeling of excitement still persists as I watch daily life go on around me; school boys looking dapper in their suit and tie and girls with skirts and high socks and bows wrapped around braids. Women walking, each with a kurta that is different from the rest. A plethora of umbrellas. Rows of fashion stores opening up for the day. Loud car horns. Meat stores displaying whole, raw chickens and the occasional destroyed buffalo head. Live chickens in cages or running around the street. Wet dogs. The smell of wet dogs. Street food shacks with pakodas, crackers and unknown fried items.

20 minutes later and I see the Hindu temple on wheels, a large, tall cart embellished with wood, straw, red marks and of course gold-plated shivas which roles around Patan to call on the rain gods. The rain did not halt the morning activities surrounding the structure. Men and women with painted bindis place candles and plates with fruit and such for the gods. Slightly behind, a chorus of elderly men in Nepali hats chant prayers. Motorcycles and pedestrians stop in front of the structure, gesturing from their head to their heart towards it. Walking through this section of my walk feels special every time, as I'm immersed in foreign culture and traditions.

After passing by the dynamic intersection, it is straight onto the program house. The mangoes, bananas and apples of the fruit stands are protected by plastic. Biscuits, crackers, chips and candy are hanged and stored in small shops. More motorcycles.

30 minutes and a right turn later, I get to the alleyway which will lead me to the program house, where another inexhaustible day in Nepal awaits me.

 
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A Morning in Patan

Violet Marmur,SUMMER: Nepal B

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At 7:00 am, my watch begins to beep, waking me up for my 4th day in patan. I navigate my way through untangling my mosquito net and slowly make my way out of bed, still somewhat lethargic from last nights meal. After a minute or so of rubbing my eyes, my body and mind start […]

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07/25/16

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Violet Marmur

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SUMMER: Nepal B

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Hello Friends and Family,

Our apologies for only writing now! It’s been a full three weeks, and often challenging to find a quiet moment to post. Fortunately our students’ reflections are consistent and beautiful, and we hope that you’re enjoying them.

After our Orientation in Pharping, we journeyed on a soggy trek, landing in Dhulikhel for our extended village homestay. (Lots of wonderful student reflections from the homestay!) After an emotional goodbye with our homestay families, we shifted up the hill to celebrate midcourse at a guesthouse in Dhulikhel. Then we visited Namobuddha Monastery where we are launched into our Buddhist retreat. On July 16th, we ventured down into the city of Patan, where we began our urban homestays and Independent Study Projects, which we are fully engaged with now.

Our days look like this:

8:00: The breakfast group shops and makes breakfast at the Program House

9:00: All arrive at Program House for breakfast

9:30-10:30: Nepali Language Class with Sachita

10:30-10:45: Chai break!

10:45-12:30: Lecture/excursion/guest speaker

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30 onwards: Time for Independent Study Projects and exploring the city!

7:00: Dinner with homestay families

The group is thriving! In our Mid-course reflections, it became apparent that most of the group is very comfortable and enjoying themselves. This doesn’t mean they don’t experience challenges along the way, but they’re taking them as learning rather letting those challenges drag them down. As an Instructor Team, we’re elated that everyone has adjusted to a new place and culture so smoothly. But the group’s comfort level is also a sign for us to push them even more! We’re excited to introduce more group and individual challenges. We are confident that the group is ready to take its learning – about Nepal and about themselves - to the next level.

One of those challenges is the Independent Study Projects – an opportunity for each student to pursue an individual interest. Catherine is studying the basics of Ayurveda, an ancient healing system. Nick and Violet are studying flute under one of the most skilled flute-players in Nepal today. Lizzie is working with metal with her homestay dad. Erik is practicing the sitar. Jordyn and Samantha are learning how to make jewellery. Miriam is studying traditional dance. And Michaela is learning traditional Newari painting!

The remainder of our days will be filled with more adventures in Patan, until we shift to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram on July 25th. This will be our time of Transference, where we will reflect and celebrate our time together!

One sentiment that is floating around the group is: “We can’t believe there are only seven days left of course!” The I-Team also can’t believe how fast time has gone! We are looking forward to our precious final week together.

All the best from Nepal B!

 

Ing-Marie, John, Jason

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Greetings from Patan!

Instructor Team,SUMMER: Nepal B

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Hello Friends and Family, Our apologies for only writing now! It’s been a full three weeks, and often challenging to find a quiet moment to post. Fortunately our students’ reflections are consistent and beautiful, and we hope that you’re enjoying them. After our Orientation in Pharping, we journeyed on a soggy trek, landing in Dhulikhel […]

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07/20/16

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Instructor Team

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SUMMER: Nepal B

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Reflections from July 12

Erik,SUMMER: Nepal B

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I’m sitting here getting my nails trimmed by a fellow student just before we depart from our rural homestay. I never thought that I would become so close to my fellow adventurers. I have no doubt in my mind that this trip will change the way I think of people and their interactions. It’s sad […]

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07/19/16

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Erik

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SUMMER: Nepal B

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    [post_content] => "An interesting tidbit about Nepal: everything here is sweeter." Originally when I announced that to the group I was only referring to the KitKat and Sprite I was eating at the time. However, Violet then brought up and good point: so are the people.

 

On this trip, I have come to realize that people here are simply nicer. Don't get me wrong, Americans are nice but they aren't as expressive and forward about it as Nepalis. The kindness here is not in large grandeur gestures.  It is in small acts as simple as somebody vacating their seat to allow us to sit or giving us second servings of food before everybody else. These small gestures really add up and it's clear that the people here simply care about one another, regardless of if they're familiar with the person or not.

 

When you meet someone in Nepal they'll greet you by saying Namaste, which translates to "I salute the spirit within you", and bowing with their palms together.  Right off the bat, whether you know the person or not, they are showing you a sign of respect simply with their greeting and bow. This is especially evident when you compare it to America's "Hi" which shows no real respect for the person whom you are saying it to. I experienced this innate compassion with not only strangers but with my homestay family as well, quite literally from the moment I arrived in Kampani. I stepped into my family's courtyard and a man (who later turned out to be my homestay father) walked by me, a live chicken in hand. I assumed he was just taking it to its' coop but he then said, "Dinner, yes? Massu (chicken) very rare, only special occasion. For you!" Let's just say I experienced the circle of life first hand that night. As the days went on, there was more than just chicken being sacrificed for me. I was always given a mat to sit on while others sat on the floor, I was given 2 mangos while others got less than one and was given a bed while my own sister took the floor.

 

This generosity originally struck me as odd. In America I was taught about stranger danger and that people being too nice was not necessarily a good thing. Be polite and cordial to people but be careful with whom you were especially kind and compassionate to. In Nepal, people are raised differently. They're taught to show everybody friendliness and compassion. This teaching has lead to a nation where niceness is just excepted as the norm. I can only imagine the difference that simply caring about one another and being nice to one another would make in America. Perhaps issues such as same sex marriage, abuse and theft could be solved; but maybe that's just me speculating. Either way, I've learned that being sweet can be more valuable than I ever thought before.

 

 

 

 

 
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I salute the spirit within you

Miriam Rovin,SUMMER: Nepal B

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“An interesting tidbit about Nepal: everything here is sweeter.” Originally when I announced that to the group I was only referring to the KitKat and Sprite I was eating at the time. However, Violet then brought up and good point: so are the people.   On this trip, I have come to realize that people […]

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07/19/16

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Miriam Rovin

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SUMMER: Nepal B

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    [post_content] => The pitter-patter of the rain echoes the beating of my heart: constantly rising and falling. Up with the trek from Pharping to Dhulikel and down with the homestay. I surprisingly miss waking up to hours of feet-mutilating trekking. I also miss the simple life in our village homestay. The wealth of knowledge in Namobudda shined a brief yet beautiful light. Now the rain continues to keep me present with the metronomic taps on my head. Now that we're in the city, the pace feels less about what I want and more about what needs to happen. Our time together is already being accented with little exclamations of "guys we're leaving in 10 days!" I try to keep from engulfing myself too much in that because what's the use in taking up the last few pages in a book with lines about how few pages there are. So far, Nepal has made me feel a myriad of emotions that can only be described as "rangichangi" the Nepali word for colorful. Throughout the ebb and flow of emotions, the underlying feeling I have had is thankfulness. Thank you for this experience and I am exited for what is to come.👌👌👌👌👌👌👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍✌✌✌✌✌✌😄😄😄😄😄
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Rain Drops Keep Falling on my head

Moses Yeon,SUMMER: Nepal B

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The pitter-patter of the rain echoes the beating of my heart: constantly rising and falling. Up with the trek from Pharping to Dhulikel and down with the homestay. I surprisingly miss waking up to hours of feet-mutilating trekking. I also miss the simple life in our village homestay. The wealth of knowledge in Namobudda shined […]

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07/19/16

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Moses Yeon

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SUMMER: Nepal B

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