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    [post_content] => Connecting with your Dragons group in Newark: The information below has either been mailed to you (if you live in the US) or sent digitally via email if you live outside the US. Posting it here as well for easy access!

For Students Arriving by Air: • Please arrive by 5:00 PM on June 28th. Proceed to baggage claim and gather your bags. Go directly to the United Airlines Ticketing Counter (Terminal C, Level 2). Your instructors and fellow students will be wearing Dragons t-shirts and awaiting your arrival.

For Students Arriving by Car: • Please arrive by 5:00 PM on June 28th. You will meet your group at the United Airlines Ticketing Counter (Terminal C, Level 2). Your instructors and fellow students will be wearing Dragons t-shirts and awaiting your arrival.

If You Have Trouble Finding Your Dragons Group Should you have trouble locating the rest of the group, please call our central Boulder office. We will be on call to help you connect with the group: • During normal business hours (M-F 8:30-5:30, MDT), call 303.413.0822 • After hours, please call 303.921.6078

Thanks!
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Hilary LeBlanc,SUMMER: North India 4-Week, SUMMER: North India 6-Week

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Connecting with your Dragons group in Newark: The information below has either been mailed to you (if you live in the US) or sent digitally via email if you live outside the US. Posting it here as well for easy access! For Students Arriving by Air: • Please arrive by 5:00 PM on June 28th. […]

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Greetings Students and Families,

Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for: our itinerary! The instructor team has been hard at work dreaming up a course that will give us a deep experience of the culture, landscape, and religious traditions of North India, and below you will find the fruits of our collective envisioning. Please note that this itinerary is tentative, and may change depending on student needs, interests and adventures we can't foresee!

We couldn’t be more excited to embark on our yaatra together! (In Hindi, the word yaatra — यात्रा — can be translated as “trip,” “journey,” or “pilgrimage.”) As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions whatsoever. This Yak board is a great place to post a query about packing or anything else on your mind. Also, be prepared for a phone call from Saurabh, Ezra, or Rebecca in the coming weeks. We’ll be getting in touch with you to get to know you a little before we leave, and to chat about preparation for the summer.

Cheers and light,

Ezra, Saurabh, and Rebecca

*~*~*~*

• June 28th: Everyone on the group flight will meet Rebecca and Ezra at Newark International Airport. Our flight to India leaves at 9:50 p.m.

• June 29th: After traversing oceans and hemispheres, we will arrive in New Delhi International airport at 9:30 p.m. where we will meet Saurabh and the students not on the group flight. We will take taxis to take us to the Tibetan Settlement in Delhi. Finally our sangha (community) unites!

• June 30th: The day will be spent exploring Delhi and getting our bearings in India. In the evening we will make our way back to the Tibetan Settlement, where we will eat dinner and then catch our all-night bus or train to Himachal Pradesh.

• July 1st-4th: Upon our arrival, we will catch jeeps to Tso Pema, our orientation site. The village of Tso Pema (also known as Rewalsar) surrounds a beautiful lake that is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs. We will stay in the Drikung Kagyu Monastary on the lakeside, and spend our time getting to know each-other, learning about India and Tibetan culture, and setting our intentions for the course.

• July 5th – 8th: From Tso Pema we will travel by jeep to Thosamling Institute, a nunnery and place of Buddhist study outside Dharamsala where we will spend three full days delving into Buddhist philosophy and mediation techniques.

• July 9th – July 15th: During our five full days based in Dharamsala students will stay with Tibetan refugee host families. We will spend our days meeting with activists, poets, monks, Tibetan doctors, and more. We may also have the chance to volunteer our time for a local NGO called LHA (http://www.lhasocialwork.org), visit the Tibetan Government in Exile, and learn some Tibetan phrases.

• July 15th: On July 15th we will embark on an iconic Indian train from Himachal Pradesh to Delhi, where we will catch our flight to Ladakh the following morning.

• July 17th-21st: On the 17th, we have a morning flight from Delhi to Kushot Bakula Rinpoche Airport in Leh, one of the highest airports in the world! Our first few days in Ladakh will be spent in Phyang Village, a beautiful and peaceful place outside of Leh. We'll have a chance to explore the surrounding areas, visit the town of Leh and adjust to the altitude (roughly 11,000ft!) and new environment. We will also reflect on our journey thus far in our mid-course process.

• July 21st – 26th: From Phyang we will transition to our rural homestay in the village of Taar. Taar is a small, beautiful village and is a great example of traditional Ladakhi culture and architecture. Here we will have a chance to immerse ourselves in the slow pace of village life and help with seasonal fieldwork.

• July 26th – 31st: After having ten days in Ladakh to acclimate we are ready to ascend on foot into the the Himalayas. The amazing Ladakhi Women's Trekking Company, the first female run trekking company in India, will be our guides through the jaw-dropping moonscape of mountains and valleys. Our trek traverses an incredible diversity of geography and village life, most nights we will stay in people's homes in the villages and eat traditional Ladakhi food.

• July 31st-August 1st: After our trek we will have a two nights and a transition day in a Leh guesthouse to shower, rest, and reflect.

• August 2nd – 5th: To conclude our time in Ladakh, we will have a chance to partake in the seasonal apricot harvest in the village of Likir. Together with villagers, we will pick apricots, process apricots, and make traditional Ladakhi apricot preserves. Simultaneously, we will celebrate the ‘fruits’ of our time in India and prepare to bring this experience home with us.

• August 6th – 7th: Our flight back to New Delhi leaves from Leh in the morning of the 6th. We will spend the days of the 6th and 7th in staying in Delhi exploring religious and historical sights. We will bid this colorful country ado when our flight home leaves Delhi at 11:35 p.m. on the night of the 7th.

• August 8th: We arrive in Newark at 5:10 a.m. This is the beginning 🙂

 

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Greetings Students and Families, Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for: our itinerary! The instructor team has been hard at work dreaming up a course that will give us a deep experience of the culture, landscape, and religious traditions of North India, and below you will find the fruits of our collective envisioning. […]

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    [post_content] => We often get questions about electronics – phones, internet, computers, etc. So let’s address them now!

1) Computers, I-pads, smart phones: In an attempt to really ground and authenticate your experience in India, we ask that you leave at home any device that can connect to WIFI. This includes: computers, iPads/Tablets, iPod touches, e-readers (like Kindles) and smart phones. Our experience has shown that this simple step goes a long way to helping students be present in India. If you show up in India with any of these sorts of devices, they will live in the instructor bag for the duration of the trip and we are not responsible for lost or damaged devices. Much of the course we will spend in remote areas of India with little to no internet connectivity. In the places that do have internet, there are internet cafes you can use for checking email or sending messages to friends and family. Have faith – it will be okay. Students often welcome this opportunity to disconnect from our overly connected and busy lives back home.

2) Cameras: Bring them! Keep in mind that since you won’t have access to your smart phone, you may want to bring another way to take pictures. Especially when we’re outside of the city, electricity connections can be spotty so you may want to bring an extra battery for your camera.

3) Music/MP3 Players: Many students (and instructors) enjoy bringing their own music on the program. Small, simple music players can be great on long travel days, however they can also take away from the experience when in home stays or interacting with the local community. MP3 players and other electronics can be an unnecessary display of our privilege and wealth in a place where not everyone can afford such luxuries. Therefore it is important to be aware of when and how we use music players, if you choose to bring them. Once we are all together, our group will establish guidelines for appropriate use.

4) E-readers and reading material: Please do not bring an e-reader. They are another expensive electronic device to keep track of, charge and keep from getting wet or damaged! Also paper books (like maybe something off the recommended reading list in your CPM?) are awesome because then we can share and trade books with each other!

Please post if you still have questions.
Your Instructor Team (Saurabh, Ezra and Rebecca)
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We often get questions about electronics – phones, internet, computers, etc. So let’s address them now! 1) Computers, I-pads, smart phones: In an attempt to really ground and authenticate your experience in India, we ask that you leave at home any device that can connect to WIFI. This includes: computers, iPads/Tablets, iPod touches, e-readers (like […]

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    [post_content] => Namaste, Jullay and Hello!
Our travel dates are getting closer. Are you getting excited? (We are!)

In this post, we have included a packing list as well as some general packing tips. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the length of this post! You don’t have to read it all at once, but you can use it as a guide while you’re gathering your gear and packing. The Course Preparation Manual (CPM) has even more detail, as well as recommended brands if you need to buy anything. Please use this packing list, not the one in the CPM, which is slightly outdated. If you have a questions about packing from this Yak or the CPM, please post it here! Nine times out of ten, if you have a question someone else does too.

Also, please do not feel pressure to go out an buy a bunch of new gear. Even if you don’t have everything on the required packing list, you can often borrow things from friends and family members. There are a few things like hiking boots of which you will want to have your own pair, not borrowed, but there’s plenty of stuff you can borrow, buy used or even rent. Please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns about obtaining the right gear.

You will be carrying your whole pack at different points in the course, so be judicious in your packing. Students are often surprised how comfortably they can live with so few things. Do not bring a bag or pack cover with wheels, they will not serve you navigating the narrow, unpaved streets of the places we move through. We want to be lean mean travelling machines, not overloaded beasts of burden. Look at your stuff with a critical eye. Do I need a giant bottle of shampoo? (no) Can I make do with 3 t-shirts instead of 4? (maybe yes) Before you leave, load up everything in your backpack and walk a few blocks. Now is there anything you want to leave behind?

The key to successful packing is simple: Bring what you need. Not any more and not any less.

Culturally Appropriate Clothing: India is a more conservative country than many of you have probably lived in before. Although you will see young people wearing all manner of clothing, we prefer our students to err on the side of dressing a little more conservatively. This will help you to immerse yourself in the local communities and ingratiate yourself with older people (like homestay parents).

Any clothes you bring should be loose-fitting and conservative in addition to being neat, clean and presentable (so no holes or stains). This means no tight-fitting shirts or pants (including yoga pants) and no tops that are very low cut or show your shoulders. Male students can bring knee-length shorts, female students should bring pants that are mid-calf length or longer. Know there will be times when shorter pants will be inappropriate for all students, so long pants that zip off or fold up into shorter pants are a smarter packing choice. Leggings are only acceptable for female students and only if you wear them with kurtas, traditional Indian tunics that fall to mid-thigh which you can buy in country. Any dresses or skirts should hit at least mid-calf and be loose enough you can squat in it. The CPM does says all female students should bring a skirt but this is not required.

If you have to wonder if a piece of clothing is appropriate it’s probably not, but feel free to ask us!

REQUIRED ITEMS:
BACKPACK: We recommend something between 65-80 liters in size. Please bring an internal frame pack, as an external frame pack may break. Most important is that the backpack frame fits your body size, and that you’re comfortable carrying the pack when it’s full. Keep in mind that the more empty space you have, the more you’ll be inclined to fill it up; therefore, go ahead and carry a pack smaller than 65 liters as long as you can manage to fit everything into it! All other bags, such as your daypack and lightweight duffle, must be compressible and fit inside you big pack. Please note that many backpacks now come with detachable “lids,” which can be used as daypacks.
BACKPACK COVER: Waterproof slip that cinches to fit over your backpack, still allowing you to wear the pack. They come in different sizes, so please make sure that yours fits your pack!

LARGE GARBAGE BAG: Bring one of these to line your pack and give you extra insurance against the rain in addition to your pack cover. You will be glad you have one of these.

DAYPACK: Small, light, nylon bag with shoulder straps and/or a hip strap. Should be compact and fit inside (or be part of) your bigger pack. You’ll take with you on day excursions. It should be compressible and yet big enough to hold a water bottle, headlamp/flashlight, snacks, raincoat, and a book or journal.

STUFF SACKS: Lightweight and compact, stuff sacks can be very useful for separating clothes, food, toiletries, and everything else so that you may bring order to your pack and make your life simpler. We like to bring a few larger stuff sacks (even old, beat up pillow cases or large ziploc bags may work) to separate clean and dirty clothes. It’s also nice to have some smaller bags to hold toiletries, batteries, etc.

HIKING BOOTS: North India students are advised to have a fairly rigid pair of boots that offers good ankle support. You may find that your boots become your everyday footwear! We recommend trekking/hiking-specific boots with Vibram soles as they tend to be solid and offer long-term comfort and protection. IMPORTANT: YOU MUST BREAK IN YOUR BOOTS AHEAD OF TIME! Once broken in, they will give you better support and protection, and will be much less likely to cause blisters. When fitting your boots, be sure to try them on with a suitable sock combination. If you’re getting new boots, ask sock combo they recommend, and come with three to four sets of that sock combo.

WATERPROOF SANDALS LIKE TEVAS, OR CHACOS: You will need a pair of shoes to wear during water crossings and at camp (after a long day, nothing feels better than pulling your boots off and throwing on some lightweight duds). Two of the most popular brands are Tevas and Chacos but you will simply need shoes that are light and quick-drying. It is important NOT to bring flip-flops (they won’t stay on your feet) and also NOT to bring leather, as it is difficult to clean and does not dry as fast.

SLEEPING BAG: Synthetic or down, 10 to 20 (F) degree rating. If you are a cold sleeper, consider a 10 degree bag. Some bags are designed for women—bigger in the hips and smaller in the shoulders. Bags come in short (aprx. 5’9”) and long (aprx. 6’ 2”) sizes. If you are in between sizes, opt for the longer size, as you can always use the extra room to store your clothing at night. Down bags last longer, are lighter, but require more maintenance. Down bags with a vapor-barrier exterior help prevent condensation from jeopardizing the insulation, but it is essential that you line your stuff sack with a plastic bag. We recommend a compression stuff sack for packing your sleeping bag, especially for synthetic bags.

RAINCOAT: Best if lightweight and breathable. Gore-Tex is great, but there are other materials that are more economical. We will be travelling during monsoon season when torrential rains pound North India so a good raincoat is a necessity. A plastic poncho could work, but it is much more effective to hike with an actual raincoat. For North India, we strongly recommend that you invest in a good quality raincoat. Your raincoat should be big enough that you can fit your sweaters and jacket underneath.

FLEECE JACKET or WOOL SWEATER:  Fleece, sometimes called Polartech or pile, is great because it is light, doesn’t hold odors, dries fast and keeps you warm even if it’s wet. This coat is an essential element of the layering system, and a wool sweater can serve the same purpose. Please DO NOT BRING cotton sweaters or sweatshirts are they are heavy, take a long time to dry and will only make you colder if they get wet.
DOWN OR SYNTHETIC “PUFFY”: The cure-all for layering. Does not need to be an expedition- fill jacket, but this warm insulating layer adds an incredible amount of warmth and comfort in the evening and packs down very small in your bag. For synthetics, Polarguard is the best insulator. Look at Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, Cloudveil or Montbell for highest quality (and cost!). North Face and Columbia make cheaper down jackets that would be sufficient.

LONG UNDERWEAR: Top & bottom, mid-weight capilene or polypropylene: basically some type of synthetic or wool. NO COTTON.

WOOL or PILE HAT: Bring your favorite winter hat, or buy a good, cheap wool hat along your travels.

WOOL or SYNTHETIC SOCKS: At least 3 pairs. Some wool socks are blended with nylon to make them more comfy and to help them last longer. Old, military-style wool socks would work, but aren’t recommended. Patagonia, Smart-wool, and Thor-Lo sell great socks. Wool or synthetic socks are essential as they insulate even when wet. We recommend that you consider one expedition-weight pair (for sleeping) and 2-3 lighter-weight pairs (for hiking).

COTTON SOCKS: 2 pairs. These are for the plane ride, home-stays, walking around town and for wear when not trekking. Keep in mind that darker color socks will appear clean...even when they’re not!

GLOVES / MITTENS: 1 pair, medium or lightweight. For chilly evenings and mornings.

UNDERWEAR: 5 pairs. If you can avoid cotton, do. Synthetic, quick-drying underwear will be much easier to wash and keep clean.
T-SHIRTS: 2. Should be clean, with no stains and no holes. May be cotton, or better yet, synthetic. Please DO NOT bring tank tops or other shirts which reveal your shoulders or chest as these are culturally inappropriate.

LIGHTWEIGHT, SYNTHETIC SHIRT: Something short or long-sleeved that will dry quickly. Many companies now make synthetic quick-dry shirts designed for outdoor activities or sports.

LONG PANTS: Minimum 2 pairs, at least one synthetic. We don’t recommend jeans, as they take a long time to dry. Your pants should be durable and lightweight. We recommend lightweight trekking pants or synthetic track pants.

SUN HAT OR VISOR: Along with sunglasses, this is essential protection from the intense Himalayan sun.

ONE SET OF NICE CLOTHES: We may have the opportunity to visit religious leaders, NGO offices or somewhere that requires us to wear something nicer than a t shirt. You can bring a button down shirt (short sleeve is fine), a blouse (with sleeves), or a skirt or dress. If you choose to bring a dress or skirt it should be simple and lightweight and MUST cover the shoulders and come down below the knee. Don't go out and buy anything fancy!
PERSONAL ITEMS

WATER BOTTLES: Two 1-liter, plastic or aluminum water bottles. Can be picked up at any backpacking store. Camelbacks are great for trekking but must be cared for as the hoses can break.

SUNGLASSES: Bring one pair that offers good protection. Make sure that your shades are 100% UVA/UVB protection. If you have extra-sensitive eyes, polarized lenses are recommended. You may be able to find a cheap replacement pair in North India if you lose them, but quality glasses cannot be guaranteed.

TOILETRIES: There’s no need for most students to travel with a 6 week supply of shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothpaste, etc. We are able to purchase toiletries in India unless you require a particular brand or have specific allergies/sensitivities. If you menstruate, please bring enough tampons/pads for the entire course. Past students have recommended reusable pads (like these http://lunapads.com/) or a menstrual cup (like the Diva Cup or Moon Cup). It it can be very difficult for students to to find appropriate places to dispose of used pads and tampons, especially when we are on a trek or staying in villages (and even in some homestays). Students have found it much easier and cleaner to use reusable pads or cups.
SECURITY WALLET/BELT: You’ll want to keep your passport, ATM card, traveler’s checks and other valuables in a secure wallet or belt that’s well attached to your body. We prefer the cloth ones over nylon because they are cooler against the skin in humid weather. Eagle Creek makes good products.
PASSPORT PHOTOS: Please bring at least 2. We will need them for trekking permits.
JOURNAL/NOTEBOOK: You must bring something that you can write in. Should be compact, but have room enough to record your daily thoughts.
BANDANNAS: Bandannas are versatile, cover your head from the sun (or at some religious sites) or cover your mouth on dusty streets.

HEADLAMP: We strongly recommend that you avoid bringing a hand-held flashlight. Headlamps are best, as they’re hands-free and can provide some safety should we find ourselves hiking at night or if the electricity goes out. Be sure to bring extra batteries from your country as the ones available to us in India tend not to last long.
SUN SCREEN: Important! We recommend SPF 30+, water/sweatproof. You should bring enough for 6 weeks of daily use. Most of the sunscreen in India is not of very good quality.
LIP BALM: Make sure that your lip balm has SPF 15 or higher. Lip balm w/o SPF actually intensifies the effect of the sun’s rays!
INSECT REPELLENT: A small bottle will be more than sufficient. Can fit in with your toiletries.
GLASSES / CONTACTS AND CONTACT SOLUTION: Please bring an extra pair of glasses in case you lose your first! Contact lens wearers should consider bringing extra pairs and enough saline solution to last the length of the course. You should not expect to be able to buy any replacement contacts or solution in the places we’ll be travelling.
TOWEL: Preferably quick-dry and small. MSR makes a great PackTowel.

ALARM CLOCK or WATCH WITH BUILT-IN ALARM: If not a watch, your alarm clock should be travel-size. The alarm needs to be loud enough to wake you up and get you moving!
OPTIONAL: We include these items to give you an idea of some extras that might come in handy; however, they truly are optional – all items that we believe are necessary for this course have been included above. If you have any questions regarding the necessity of a particular item, please contact us.
DUFFEL BAG / TRAVEL BAG: You may need an extra bag to keep items that are left behind during hikes and short trips and a bag in which you may bring souvenirs home. Just about anything nylon and lightweight will be fine. Please do not bring anything with wheels. Osprey and other backpack manufacturers make small “travel covers” that can double as all-purpose duffles. You can also find a great simple bag in-country.
RAIN PANTS: Waterproof pants, coated nylon or Gore-Tex. These should be pretty lightweight, and as with the raincoat, breathable materials are best. Your pants will take a beating, though, so they should either be fairly cheap, or if you are going to invest in a good pair, make sure they have a reinforced bottom and reinforced knees.
PILE PANTS: Any warm, light to medium weight synthetic pants (like fleece pants) will be fine. Since it’s inappropriate to walk around villages or campsites in tight long underwear, some students have enjoyed having pants like these to change into during cool nights on trek. Alternatively, you could be quite happy with heavy or expedition weight long underwear!
SHORTS: If you choose to bring shorts, know that there will be times as we move through more conservative areas that we will ask you not to wear them. Male students should bring shorts that are at least knee length and female students should bring shorts that hit mid-calf (think capris).
CAMERA: Please bring extra batteries and memory cards. If you have a rechargeable battery, you need the appropriate adapter (voltage converter) so you don’t fry your device. Keep in mind that we will NOT have access to electricity during some parts of the course; you should bring an extra battery or two. Bring a few memory cards as downloading your photos in internet cafes may take a long time!
SOCK LINERS: 1 pair. Not essential, but nice as an additional layer...and they can help prevent blisters.
ZIPLOCK BAGS: Of small and large size. These can be good for “waterproofing” or separating items in your pack. Stuff sacks may also work for this purpose, although very few are waterproof.
STUDENT ID CARD: If you have one that’s valid, bring it in your safety wallet!
SMALL BACKPACK PADLOCK: 1-2. It is a good idea to have some way to lock your bags.
HOMESTAY GIFTS: Some students like to bring little gifts for their homestay families. This is fine if you want but not expected by the families. The best gifts are those that represent some aspect of your local culture. Things like calendars with pictures of your state, refrigerator magnets or any local themed product. Please do not bring any food or candy as some of the host families may have food restrictions.
GOOD BOOK: Bring one to trade! Perhaps off the CPM Suggested Reading List?
PLAYING CARDS / DICE / TRAVEL GAMES: As long as they’re small and light.
DUCT TAPE: Wrap some around your water bottle, and pull it off as you need it.

HAND SANTIZERS: This is not an acceptable substitute for washing your hands with soap and water. If you’d like to bring a SMALL bottle, you can but know that it will supplement regular handwashings, not replace them.

OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS: You should bring any personal prescription medications that you regularly take (and printed information on side effects and contraindications). Consult with a travel doctor for recommendations and a prescriptions. We travel with a fully stocked medical kit that includes a variety of over the counter medicines (IB profuen, cold medicine, Pepto Bismo, cough drops, etc) as well as some broad-based antibiotics like Ciprofloxacin. But if you are especially prone to motion sickness, headaches, or menstrual cramps, it’s a good idea to bring some of your own. Instructors will collect and review all medications at the start of the course and may hold on to certain prescription medications for the duration of the course.

THINGS TO LEAVE AT HOME!
THE LONELY PLANET GUIDE BOOK DRAGONS IS SENDING YOU: It’s too big to lug around with you. If there are particular pages you’d like to have, make a photo copy to bring along!
SLEEPING PAD: The trek we are doing will not require one.

REVEALING CLOTHING OF ANY KIND (TANK TOPS, SLEEVELESS SHIRTS, TIGHT PANTS, TOO SHORT SHORTS AND SKIRTS): If you have to wonder if something is appropriate or not, it probably isn’t. But please check with your instructors. Part of integrating into a new culture is being respectful of their customs and norms. One of the ways we do this is by dressing more conservatively than many of us are used to.

MAKEUP AND OTHER FANCY TOILETRIES: This is a great chance to cut down to the basics. What do you really need? Lots of little bottles add up to extra weight you’ll need to lug around!

Happy Packing!

Your Instructor Team (Saurabh, Ezra and Rebecca)
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Packing List

Instructors,SUMMER: North India 6-Week

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Namaste, Jullay and Hello! Our travel dates are getting closer. Are you getting excited? (We are!) In this post, we have included a packing list as well as some general packing tips. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the length of this post! You don’t have to read it all at once, but you can use it […]

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05/31/17

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Instructors

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To all those joining us on this mesmerising journey to the heart of Buddhism set in the Himalayas, I wish you all a very warm welcome!

I have spent the most part of my life traveling and moving from place to place from as early as I could walk and have learnt that where ever my feet stand is where my home is. With time I discovered the places where my heart most reaches out for, and India is one them. To me, this journey is as if I was sharing part of my world, a world in which I grew and grew attached to by nature but also a world I chose to live in because I just, simply put, love it. Growing up this way has taught me so much about myself and the people around me, about their customs, beliefs whether religious or cultural. It has pushed my vision into an extended objectivity, into observation of different aspects and understandings of life to a point which brought me to a certain philosophy of life… “live and let live” is how I would resume it. We are billions in this world, and whether from the same culture or from worlds appart we all have the same basic principals, human principals, the rest is just adjectives that express our points of views in different ways. In the end, we all mean the same thing but in a different dialect. And this is, to me, the goal of our journey: To understand different dialects and learn to share our own with others as we meet and greet people along this amazing adventure…

Cheers to all,

Ezra

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Welcome on this great journey…

Ezra Sterback,SUMMER: North India 6-Week

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To all those joining us on this mesmerising journey to the heart of Buddhism set in the Himalayas, I wish you all a very warm welcome! I have spent the most part of my life traveling and moving from place to place from as early as I could walk and have learnt that where ever […]

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05/30/17

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Ezra Sterback

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    [post_content] => First off, I want congratulate everyone and welcome you all to the North India 6-week group!

Thank you for making the decision to join such a wonderful program, one that will be run in the holy Himalayan mountains of North India and Ladakh.

My name is Saurabh Pandey. I grew up in a middle class Brahman Hindu family. My grandfather was farmer and I used to help him when I was child. There was no school in my village so I use to walk 5 kilometers everyday to study, but it was fun. That was the first time I got to meet Dragons students. They were in my village because my uncle, Devendra Kumar Pandey (Bantu), works with Dragons and he is my guru (teacher). He has taught me so many things. Seeing my uncle work with Dragons instructors and students inspired me because he was teaching about our culture and our country. I felt blessed from Lord Shiva and Mother Ganga when my uncle invited me to Varanasi (Benaras) to attend high school and college because neither exist in my village.

When I moved to Varanasi I got chance to host Dragons students in my home. I start teaching by Hindi and little bits about my culture. It gave me an opportunity to improve my English language skills from them, too. After passing my 10+2 I was invited to intern on Dragons programs, meet students who were my age, and learn about the methodology and philosophy. During this time I graduated with degrees in sociology and philosophy, and completed a Master’s in India philosophy and religion from Benaras Hindu University. After all this time, it’s a joy to look back and realize that I have been working with Dragons programs since 2005.

I hope you are all ready to begin our journey up into the beautiful Himalayas, where we will get to challenge ourselves along the ups and downs of the mountain contours, similar to life. This is the first lesson to learn! There is much more to come from incredible India. You will live with host families in McLeod Ganj -- the home of the exiled Tibetan populations -- and study Tibetan Buddhism in monasteries. My country contains so many colors and histories, religions, different foods, and welcoming hearts. Get ready for the many flavors of India!

I am really excited to meet you all and share my experience and knowledge. I hope to make this 2017 North india 6 week program the time of your life. If you have any question related to India or Indian culture you can post them here!

Welcome you all, Namastey And Julley

Saurabh Pandey

saurabh.sp74@gmail.com
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Namastey And Julley

Saurabh Kumar Pandey,SUMMER: North India 6-Week

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First off, I want congratulate everyone and welcome you all to the North India 6-week group! Thank you for making the decision to join such a wonderful program, one that will be run in the holy Himalayan mountains of North India and Ladakh. My name is Saurabh Pandey. I grew up in a middle class […]

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05/26/17

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Saurabh Kumar Pandey

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    [post_content] => Greetings Fellow Travellers,

Welcome to the North India 6 week Yak Board! My name is Rebecca and I am your Course Director this summer.

I want to start by wishing you all a hearty namaste and jullay! (Two Indian greetings you will hear a lot this summer.) Congratulations on making the brave, bold and exciting decision to join us for an adventure. It takes a lot of courage to pack a bag and head off to an entirely new place and I admire you for taking that step. It is not every person who is willing to open themselves up to the possibilities and challenges that travel provides us. You are coming on this trip bringing your own questions, interests and experiences. We are all different people and come from different places but you will find us connected by our love of adventure and desire to know more. I am so happy that you chose to come to India. I truly believe we are about to embark on a life-changing journey.

Some of you may have never left your home country. Most of you have likely never travelled to India! You are about to dive into a country and a culture that may seem vastly different than the one you grew up in. Where people will speak a different language and often have different beliefs and values. But only when we step out of our comfort zone and open up to all the vastness this world has to offer can we truly begin to learn about other places. And through learning about these other places we begin to learn about ourselves.

A little bit about me. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and spent my childhood reading about far away places and having adventures in the Rocky Mountains. I left the USA for the first time when I was 20 to live in India for 11 months. I fell in love with India: the people, languages, poetry and music. I’ve lived in India for about 6 of the past 8 years: studying languages, teaching,  doing research and living in a village. I speak fluent Hindi and Urdu and am conversational in two other Indian languages. I’ve also been known to break into song occasionally and practice my Bollywood dance moves when things get slow. I’ve been leading travel programs in India since 2014 and this summer with be my seventh program with Dragons. I’ve led four semester programs (two in India, two in Nepal) and two summer programs in India. I believe deeply in the power of travel to change our lives and I love travelling with students to beautiful places in India and grappling with life’s big questions alongside you.

It’s human nature to come into experiences like this with lots of expectations. The best thing you can do for yourself is to let go of them. Events, people and activities may sometimes not happen the way we expected them to or on our schedule. But that doesn’t mean magical things won’t occur.

I’d like to leave you with a quote from the great Arab traveller Ibn Battuta who, in the fourteenth century, left his native Morocco to travel across North Africa then on to Saudi Arabia, India, Central Asia and China before returning home. He wrote, “Travelling-it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller.” There will be times on this trip that you will be speechless-unsure of what to do or say or struggling to communicate in a new language. This is not only okay but a necessary part of the experience–these times when we are humble, when we listen, when we open our hearts and minds to all the world is trying to teach us. I can’t wait to hear the stories you all will tell.

I am excited to be leading this course alongside Saurabh and Ezra. As your instructor team, we encourage you to post any questions you have to this yak board. Chances are if you have that question about hiking boots or sunscreen, someone else has it too!  If you have a specific question or would like to check in privately you can also email me (rtwinslow@gmail.com) We’d also love to know a little about you, so please post to this yak board an introduction and a picture. Who are you? Where do you come from? What are you looking forward to doing/seeing/experiencing in India?

Peace and love,

Rebecca
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Greetings Fellow Travellers

Rebecca Winslow,SUMMER: North India 6-Week

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Greetings Fellow Travellers, Welcome to the North India 6 week Yak Board! My name is Rebecca and I am your Course Director this summer. I want to start by wishing you all a hearty namaste and jullay! (Two Indian greetings you will hear a lot this summer.) Congratulations on making the brave, bold and exciting […]

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05/15/17

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Rebecca Winslow

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    [post_content] => Dear Summer 2017 Travelers,

It’s great to see your Yak Board come to life! This is a very exciting time of year for all of us, and while we understand that you’re likely anxious to meet your traveling companions, we have a request for you: please don’t seek out your fellow travelers on social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, etc.) before the course.

Let us explain: it is our intention to provide you with the best Dragons experience possible. Over the past 24 years, we’ve learned that that you will get the most out of your program if you’re able to make fresh introductions on the day your course begins, unfiltered by our online profiles and preconceptions. We welcome you to introduce yourself here, and we hope that you will use this site to voice your goals and intentions for the semester. At the same time, we’d like to avoid students forming any sort of “cliques” online before departing on the program. We certainly know that you can all find each other on social media, and while we cannot forbid such networking, we encourage you to abstain from doing so. Instead, we invite you to meet your group without pre-judgment and with a willingness to expose yourself to everything new, different, wild, and other.

We hope that your pre-course preparations are going well. We look forward to connecting with you very soon!

Sincerely,
The Dragons Team
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A Note on Social Networking

Miriam Payne,SUMMER: China Silk Road, SUMMER: Morocco, SUMMER: Cambodia, SUMMER: China Comprehensive, SUMMER: China Language 4-week - Group A, SUMMER: China Language 4-week - Group B, SUMMER: China Language 6-week, SUMMER: Guatemala - Group A, SUMMER: Guatemala - Group B, SUMMER: Indonesia, SUMMER: Madagascar, SUMMER: Bolivia, SUMMER: Nepal - Group A, SUMMER: Myanmar, SUMMER: Nicaragua, SUMMER: North India 4-Week, SUMMER: North India 6-Week, SUMMER: Nepal - Group B, SUMMER: Peru 4-Week - Group A, SUMMER: Peru 4-Week - Group B, SUMMER: Peru 6-Week, SUMMER: Senegal, SUMMER: Sikkim, SUMMER: Thailand

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Dear Summer 2017 Travelers, It’s great to see your Yak Board come to life! This is a very exciting time of year for all of us, and while we understand that you’re likely anxious to meet your traveling companions, we have a request for you: please don’t seek out your fellow travelers on social networking […]

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05/7/17

Author

Miriam Payne

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Dear Summer Students, Welcome to the Dragons community and your course's Yak Board! With summer just around the corner, we are excited to begin the final stages of course preparation with you. Launching your course's Yak Board marks the first step towards building your summer community, as this interface will help us bridge great geographic distances and connect you with your course instructors, your fellow Dragons students, and the Boulder Administration. You can think of your Yak Board as a virtual bulletin board.
  • Pre-course, your instructors will use the board to introduce themselves, tack up packing lists and respond to any of your pre-course departure questions.
  • On course, you can use the Yak Board to share photos with your fans back home, jot down vignettes of your life abroad, or share longer reflections about your unexpected adventures on an overnight train, at a meditation retreat, at your home-stay sister’s birthday party… It’s hard to capture everything that happens over the course of a summer, or expect to share it all for the first time when you arrive home. In many ways, your Yak Board will become a collaborative journal, curated by members of your group and enjoyed by your friends and family back home.
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Welcome to the Yak Board!

Miriam Payne,Summer 2017, SUMMER: Cambodia, SUMMER: China Comprehensive, SUMMER: China Language 4-week - Group A, SUMMER: China Language 4-week - Group B, SUMMER: China Language 6-week, SUMMER: Nepal - Group A, SUMMER: Bolivia, SUMMER: Guatemala - Group A, SUMMER: Guatemala - Group B, SUMMER: Indonesia, SUMMER: Madagascar, SUMMER: Morocco, SUMMER: Myanmar, SUMMER: China Silk Road, SUMMER: Nicaragua, SUMMER: North India 4-Week, SUMMER: North India 6-Week, SUMMER: Nepal - Group B, SUMMER: Peru 4-Week - Group A, SUMMER: Peru 4-Week - Group B, SUMMER: Peru 6-Week, SUMMER: Senegal, SUMMER: Sikkim, SUMMER: Thailand

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Dear Summer Students, Welcome to the Dragons community and your course’s Yak Board! With summer just around the corner, we are excited to begin the final stages of course preparation with you. Launching your course’s Yak Board marks the first step towards building your summer community, as this interface will help us bridge great geographic distances and […]

Posted On

05/6/17

Author

Miriam Payne

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