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I thought I’d give myself a little time before writing this post to settle in, especially after three days of laughably slow and rough driving on the “highways” and mountain passes to get to central Bhutan and unpack at Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, aka my home for the next three months. Between starting classes and exploring our beautiful little valley, I finally got the chance to sit down, transfer… Read More

This time last year, and the year before that, I was writing packing lists and counting down the weeks until my flight left for Iceland. I’ll be missing this crazy land of volcanoes and glaciers this summer, dried fish and snow in August included- but I won’t be sitting around eating Skyr and moping.  No, I’ll be getting ready for a family hut trip through Colorado’s San Juan mountains. The family that summits 14ers together,… Read More

Happy St Paddy’s Day everyone! Since my freshman study abroad trip to Ireland, Dublin has been the first city I fell in love with. Completely on my own for the first time, Ireland was terrifying and beautiful and it took me about two weeks to never want to leave. Today I’m missing walking over the river Liffey on my way to class, eating lunch at St Stephen’s Green when it wasn’t pouring rain… 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