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    [post_content] => I rested in my seat, in my room, for days.

Staring into the bland skylines of New York City.

I was afraid to unpack from Nepal.

I was afraid

to turn on my camera and browse through my camera roll.

I was afraid

to pick up the pieces of myself that I left in Nepal, and to relive my almost perfect memories.

I was afraid

to process,

to absorb

the knowledge, and the essence of Nepal,

and to have everything that we've done,

to have that chapter of my life

be

Past tense.
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Past tense

(Eric) Meicheng Lu,SUMMER: Nepal - Group B

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I rested in my seat, in my room, for days. Staring into the bland skylines of New York City. I was afraid to unpack from Nepal. I was afraid to turn on my camera and browse through my camera roll. I was afraid to pick up the pieces of myself that I left in Nepal, […]

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08/6/17

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(Eric) Meicheng Lu

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    [post_content] => Nepal B has landed at JFK and gone through immigration/customs without incident. Most students have dispersed with their parents or to their ongoing flights' gates.
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Nepal B has landed in JFK

Shannon Harriman,SUMMER: Nepal - Group B

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Nepal B has landed at JFK and gone through immigration/customs without incident. Most students have dispersed with their parents or to their ongoing flights’ gates.

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07/28/17

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Shannon Harriman

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    [post_content] =>   The question was: "Who are you grateful for?"

The answer was represented in the strings, and also in thousands of invisible strings that linked to all of the communities who so generously hosted us, and all the families and friends back home who have supported our journey.

We thank you all so much!
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How to see Gratitude

Instructor Team,SUMMER: Nepal - Group B

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The question was: “Who are you grateful for?” The answer was represented in the strings, and also in thousands of invisible strings that linked to all of the communities who so generously hosted us, and all the families and friends back home who have supported our journey. We thank you all so much!

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07/27/17

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Instructor Team

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    [post_content] => When traveling to a foreign country:

Make sure that you a: know what you want to get out of it, or b: are open to the possibilities.

A country is dynamic, not one of them can be encapsulated in a single word, so you have to be too, let the winds wear you down, let the rains make you malleable.

Let the artisans and the craftsmen and the sages and the mothers of that country remake you.

When traveling to a foreign country, if you don't cry, you didn't live it.

You merely skimmed past the surface, like a stone on a lake, making ripples here and there, and then sinking back into the comforts of your home.

When traveling to a foreign country, if you weren't completely lost at least once, you didn't explore any of it; not yourself, not the people, not the country.

And if at the end of it all, you still miss home, that's okay. We travel to see different lives and realities, to enrich our lives back at home. You might make new homes wherever you go, but your first will always have your heart.
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When Traveling to a Foreign Country

Alex Palacios Santos,SUMMER: Nepal - Group B

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When traveling to a foreign country: Make sure that you a: know what you want to get out of it, or b: are open to the possibilities. A country is dynamic, not one of them can be encapsulated in a single word, so you have to be too, let the winds wear you down, let […]

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07/27/17

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Alex Palacios Santos

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    [post_content] => There are lots of reasons why I travel. First, it is to experience the unknown. People generally do the same things everyday or have consistent habits that they don't even think about. These customs just feel so normal to them, but really, there is no normal way of living. Everyone has different lifestyles, and the place where you live will influence this. By traveling to other places, you get to learn how others live and experience these differences. But in addition, you get to share your own culture with the people you meet, so traveling creates a sharing of knowledge that you cannot get at home. Every place on Earth has something unique and everyone  has a story to be told. Traveling makes you aware of things you didn't even know existed.

These cultural difference make traveling exciting, and a way to positively get lost. There is always an adventure that comes with being lost, and adventure that is interesting and fun. Well, actually, it is not always fun in the moment. You may get scared or feel like you will never find the end of the maze. But once you figure it all out, you will feel great and you will not regret whatever situation you were in. These situations, no matter how great or unpleasant, are ones that you will never forget. And being lost will make you happy. Since you are not at home, you don't have to worry about being late for anything. You can let your journey take you wherever it does, and enjoy the adventure. A change of scenery can feel really great, and when you travel, you can leave your life at home behind.

I also travel to learn more about myself. I can see how I handle new situations and test myself about how much I truly know. I can see parts of myself that I don't usually notice or have never considered. Seeing the cultures of other places may contradict the beliefs you were raised with and never imagined to ever be untrue.  You can become more aware of your role in society and where you stand in the world. You can become aware of what you are lucky to have, but also what your home lacks. Seeing the world through a different perspective will leave you with so many emotions and questions and realizations.

To sum it up, I travel to share my culture with others while learning about theirs. I also travel for the excitement and to experience things that I don't get every day. I travel to become aware of the entire world and who I am in it.
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Why Do You Travel?

Tyler Melwani,SUMMER: Nepal - Group B

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07/27/17

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Tyler Melwani

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    [post_content] => I begin my final Yak in country with less than twelve hours remaining in Nepal. Nearly one month of time has passed away and yet I feel as if we departed JFK only yesterday. 12 people travelling to a country none of us had even been to. 10 of which were complete strangers, who I barely knew by name, as I only knew myself and my younger sister. We were complete strangers who had been brought together purely by chance. I didn’t know what to expect from the group. All I knew was that we will be together for a month.

The first day in Nepal felt like the first day at a new school. New Everything, including two more instructors. We all began to bond one person at a time. Slowly, we tried to figure out who was on this journey with us. Every day we learned new things that brought us closer and closer together. By the end of the week, our group had come together in a way that would define the remainder of my time here. Our experience became a shared one. Every sight. Every smell. Every sound. Every taste. Every moment. We laughed, ate, and struggled together. Soon people who were once strangers turned into friends.
Now, in my final day, I reflect on what this group has meant to me and the memories that have come from them. This experience has been made infinitely better by 14 individuals each with something to contribute. I can’t imagine a trip without Eric’s catchphrase “We out here”, Shanti’s sassiness during language lessons, Luke’s desire to air bend, or even Alison’s “little” mountain side tumble. They have made memories which I will cherish forever. Memories I can look back on for a laugh and inspiration at any time.

Then something I never would’ve foreseen began to happen. The 15 of us became even closer. When one of us was sick, which happened quite often, we all worked our hardest to make them feel better. When we were homesick we consoled each other. After Luke’s performance in the Ashram talent show, Claire cheered like a mother. When Eric and Eli got a Yak of the Week, we all praised them as if it would go down in history. And on the last night of Transference, the 15 of us stood around a fire for an activity. There we stated one thing that we wanted to leave behind. We were all honest and open. It was a special moment. Suddenly 15 individuals had become 1 family.

Our flight will depart in only 9 hours. I feel as sad leaving Nepal and my new family as I did leaving my home. I will miss waking up and seeing their smiles, hearing their laughs, and learning their stories. But even though they are leaving my sight in a few days, I know they won’t leave my heart for years to come.
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From Strangers to Family

Haakim Waraich,SUMMER: Nepal - Group B

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I begin my final Yak in country with less than twelve hours remaining in Nepal. Nearly one month of time has passed away and yet I feel as if we departed JFK only yesterday. 12 people travelling to a country none of us had even been to. 10 of which were complete strangers, who I […]

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07/27/17

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Haakim Waraich

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    [post_content] => Dear Friends and Families of Nepal B students!After a wonderful one month in Nepal, our group has parted ways at the international airport in Kathmandu. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Where There Be Dragons office.This last month together has been a transformative time for all of us. As you prepare to welcome returning students, we ask for your patience and understanding as they work through the immediate challenge of jet lag and the slower process of integrating into a home culture that may now seem foreign through the lens of travels and learning on the other side of the world.We hope that in the days following your student’s arrival, you can slowly find the time to ask them about their values, beliefs, and huge variety of experiences. If there’s one thing that characterizes our lovely and lively student community on this summer course, it is the sense of aliveness, joy, and steady groundedness that each student embodies at the end of this experience. Parting ways in Kathmandu feels like the breaking of a community of lifelong friends who will be tied together for the rest of their lives not just by this experience but by their shared values, by their care and compassion for the broader global community, and by their newfound or newly solidified sense of purpose in life moving forward.

With love and care,

Nepal B instructors -Claire, Nick and Shanti
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FAREWELL TO NEPAL B STUDENTS

Shanti Magar,SUMMER: Nepal - Group B

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Dear Friends and Families of Nepal B students!After a wonderful one month in Nepal, our group has parted ways at the international airport in Kathmandu. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Where There Be Dragons office.This last month together has been a transformative time for all of us. As you prepare […]

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07/27/17

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Shanti Magar

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    [post_content] => It seems so strange to me that a nation so vast and unique in so many aspects can be so easily interconnected by one simple object: tea. Despite your location, whether it's high up in the foothills or right smack in the center of the old city, the opportunity to get a hot tasty cup of chiyaa will always be open. However it's not just the physical state of this delicious addiction that intertwines the country, but also the deeper meaning that it can withhold.

Many times within our trip, we struggled to fully communicate to the gentle Nepali people that felt so dear us. By just sharing one cup of tea, a gesture of hospitality possible by us foreigners or our newfound Nepali companions, it seemed as if a barrier had broken. It has been way to socially interact or otherwise spread kindness with no words at all. Even in the far away villages where many of our modern day luxuries were completely unheard of, all you really need is the warm blend of herbs to create a moment with friends that could last for centuries.

Now don't let me persuade you into believing that all meanings of tea are so peacefully represented. Initially, chugging down the savory drink could lead to the painful singe of your tounge, making it much more "fun" to attempt speaking Nepali. However the more you drink, the stronger you get until you have completely adjusted and won't get burnt again. There had also been moments where we had been unaware of what the final flavor of our chiya would be. Sometimes it would be awfully bitter and other times it was as sweet as sugar. In the end, as we've learnt from our Nepali experience as well, you know you can get through these times until they become distants memories you can recollect in the future.

As our time here in Nepal has come to a close, perhaps we can all take our last sips and remember all the days we've spent learning, doing, and taking our next steps forward in this country we can call home. Maybe we can join again very soon and rekindle our shared love of Nepal... and tea!
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Nepali Chiyaa (Tea)

Hannah Waraich,SUMMER: Nepal - Group B

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07/27/17

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Hannah Waraich

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    [post_content] => With 1 day left I’m often finding myself reflecting and trying to analyze everything we’ve been through.

In the middle of our first week here, we trekked to our rural homestay in Chokati. About 4 hours into our trek we found ourselves soaking wet and blistered due to the rain. As we started to voice our complaints about how exhausted and sore we were, we came across three little kids running up and down a suspension bridge, they were so joyful and giggly. When they saw us they ran off the bridge and continued playing their game at the top of the steep hill. Slowly, we all crossed the bridge and continued to walk up the mountain to the village. The three kids stuck with us, practically running circles around us. They would run up ahead for a few minutes and then come sprinting back to our slow group. As we approached the village we saw our new families on the roof of the main house awaiting our arrival. The three children, ran up to the roof to sit with the rest of the village. We got to the house, dropped our heavy backpacks, threw off our muddy, leech filled shoes and climbed onto the roof to meet our new families. Our Instructors quickly introduced everyone and then sent us off to our homes. My mother insisted on carrying my heavy backpack and guiding the way with a flashlight. With the little Nepali I knew, I tried to spark a conversation. Through this conversation I learned that I didn’t have any siblings or anyone else in my family who lived in the village. As we approached the house we stopped at a shop my mom owned, she set my bag down and went inside to make tea. I sat outside on a bench trying to comprehend everything that I was feeling. I heard my friends walking to their houses with all of their siblings, I watched as people in the shop chatted with my mom, I felt the rain drench my already soaked clothes. Looking back on this night I’m very embarrassed that I didn’t take the initiative to go into the shop and help my mother or even to talk to the people around. I was so caught up in my own issues and complaints that I didn’t take a moment to think about anyone else.

Throughout the next few days I tried to come up with ways to connect with her better, I would show her pictures of my real family, or try to speak Nepali but end up just playing a jumbled game of charades until we both understood what was being said. On the very last morning she came into my room at 5am with tea and biscuits, singing my name as she walked up the stairs. She sat the warm tea down and began to pull the moths out of my hair that had gathered there in the night, this was our morning routine, and it felt like a new concept of home. Over the course of the few days we were there, my mom and I grew close and I didn’t realize why until I had left the village. In Chokati my mom took me in and cared for me with her full heart the entire time, she welcomed me into her home and constantly checked in on me to make sure I was alright. I was so unaware of how all of these actions would impact me once I left. This experience made me realize how ignorant and selfish I was a month ago, a village can open all of their homes for a loud group of American teenagers that they have never met, while people in the U.S. are often hesitant to open their homes to close friends or family.

Through this course I have taken a step back on how I want to live the rest of my life, I want to live selflessly and give more than I receive, I want to love fully and welcome everyone with open arms.
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Looking Back Into Chokati

Hannah Rose,SUMMER: Nepal - Group B

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With 1 day left I’m often finding myself reflecting and trying to analyze everything we’ve been through. In the middle of our first week here, we trekked to our rural homestay in Chokati. About 4 hours into our trek we found ourselves soaking wet and blistered due to the rain. As we started to voice […]

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    [post_content] => Dear Coconut Biscuits,

We loved your crunch,

We ate you for brunch,

Munch, Munch, Munch,

In Chokati,

We dipped you in tea,

You were the major key,

Munch, Munch, Munch

In Namo Buddha,

We wish we coulda,

Ate you forever,

Tethered together,

Munch, Munch, Munch

With Swamiji,

Living life authentically,

Tea for every meal,

It was a big deal,

Munch, Munch, Munch

Now sitting in Bhaktapur,

We are sure,

We couldn't survive,

You helped us revive,

Thank you.

With love and hunger,

Nepal B(est)

 

 
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An Ode To Coconut Biscuts

Nepal B Collaboration,SUMMER: Nepal - Group B

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Dear Coconut Biscuits, We loved your crunch, We ate you for brunch, Munch, Munch, Munch, In Chokati, We dipped you in tea, You were the major key, Munch, Munch, Munch In Namo Buddha, We wish we coulda, Ate you forever, Tethered together, Munch, Munch, Munch With Swamiji, Living life authentically, Tea for every meal, It […]

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