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Thanksgiving brought me a bit of an internal battle this year. Usually home with family or friends that feel like family, I sit around the dinner table of familiar faces feeling grateful to be exactly where I am. This year, as we created our own little Thanksgiving away from home where the sight of Skippy peanut butter and mashed potatoes induced actual cheering, I was torn. I was simultaneously mourning missing out… Read More

After three packed weeks of class and a location change to Punakha (a long 12hr drive away from our home at UWICE), the Bumthang Cultural Trek feels like a lifetime ago. Class and papers and fighting with the wifi has pretty much dominated my free time, meaning that writing blog posts about the things we’ve been up to has been low on the to-do list. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been… Read More

From the moment I stepped foot on the UWICE campus and looked up at the wide, green ridges surrounding us, I’ve been dying to see the view from the top of them. A few weekends ago, I got that chance. We had been asking about the signs for trails to Tharpaling monestary heading into the forest above campus pretty much since we arrived here last month, but had heard that it was… Read More

Tucked between China and India is a country that is about as mysterious as it is magical: Bhutan. Due to the High Value, Low Impact Tourism policy Bhutan enforces, only a small number of people visit each year, but that number is growing. The strict tourism policies protect what is so unique about Bhutan; its abundant natural resources, rich history and culture. Gross National Happiness, not Gross national product, is the metric… Read More