Monthly Archives: June 2015

India / Nepal 2015 – Earthquake Relief in Pokhara Villages, Day 2

It’s a warm and sunny day in the city of Pokhara. The street along Phewa Lake is quiet, and most of the stores selling Tibetan Handicrafts, trekking gear, and travel services are closed for the season. The earthquake is a continuing fact of life in Nepal, even in this city – although it did no physical damage here, it scared off most of the tourists and has discouraged more from vacationing in Nepal. Given that Pokhara’s economy revolves around tourism, businesses are desperate to attract the few foreigners who remain, offering reduced prices and insisting that the surrounding areas are now perfectly safe for travelers. I do what I can … Continue reading

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Camino Portugués 2015

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India / Nepal 2015 – Earthquake relief in Pokhara Villages, Day 1

Today I will travel to Kaji’s village and distribute money, donated by SSIS students and the Institute for Village Studies, to families affected by the April 25th earthquake. In preparation, I eat a hearty breakfast of porridge and omelets at a hole-in-the-wall Tibetan restaurant, and find (after more than a day of searching) a money changer who is willing to exchange Indian to Nepali rupees at the official rate. Kaji is waiting for me when I return to the hotel, and he beams as we shake hands and walk to the bus stop. After an hour on the bus we step out into the rich mountain air and the warm … Continue reading

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SSIS 2015 Longboat Trip Slideshow

Longboat p point from cndavis

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India / Nepal 2015 – Varanasi to Pokhara

I wake up to the wonderful sounds of birds chirping and children playing – a welcome relief from Hindu blaring over loudspeakers or the endless clanking of a broken fan. The New Pokhara Lodge is everything I’m looking for in a hotel – the room has two beds, carpet, and a chair; the western toilet flushes and the hot water works on the high-pressure shower head. The two story building encloses a beautiful garden with flowers blooming red, yellow, orange, and purple, and butterflies dance between cool shade and warm sun. Although it’s not situated on the lakeside or easy to locate, it’s easily within walking distance to the main … Continue reading

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Theater and Thunder Internship – by Sunny

For this internship, I decided to help Kate with her middle school play Blood Kin and Thunder People. When Kate first told me about it, she said that this was going to be an intense and depressing play, and that I was going to stand up for all the slaves from 185 years ago. She said that she believed in me and that I, as an actor, can do it. So that is what I decided to do to celebrate my 16th birthday. To take the challenge of speaking a monologue on the stage was also a reason for me to prove myself as a second-language speaker. When I first came to the rehearsal, I … Continue reading

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Working with Fred – by Bruce

In the last several weeks. I have been working with Fred for our film. He taught me a lot about how to film like moving the camera slowly and not cutting a character’s head off in the shot. Filming is such a fun thing to do. Time goes so fast. It is time to wrap everything up, and the film is about finished. I have enjoyed these last weeks, and I will miss our group. Fred is such a fun guy to work with. He teaches things in a fun way. Thank you Fred for giving me the chance to work with you. — Bruce

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Summary of My Film Internship

I found four ways to improve working efficiently. First, enjoy your work. I had a very good time with my film group. I remember one day,  Fred said “I really expect to work with you guys.” That was exactly what I want to say. I loved working with my group, and I believe everyone feels the same way. We could work two hours and finish the work which was planned for four hours,  we liked the job and everyone gets into that. Second is cooperation. We had a specific division of labor. But we always helped each other out. One thing we had to do everyday, was to build a track for moving the camera. It … Continue reading

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Final Reflection on Programming – by Quinn

What is visual programming? Traditionally, when a software developer wants to create a program – for example, a calculator, a web browser, an email client, or a game – they do so by creating a long text file filled with lines of code. This code is essentially a list of commands for the computer to execute. When the program is compiled, the computer runs down the page and executes one command after the other. To achieve complex, recursive operations, the programmer can specify certain commands to tell the computer which line to go to next. To understand why this is the case, you have to look back to the origin … Continue reading

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Art and Animals Internship – by Emmie

For the past few weeks I worked with Joe Chrisanti on glassblowing at his shop. It was an amazing experience to do with him because I thought I could never do anything like that, yet after three weeks, I have made glass mushrooms and hearts. The first time I did a heart, Carter, a senior at the high school who was working with Joe, was amazed that I did so well.    The experience I’ve had with Joe showed me—made me realize—that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and actually really want to do the things that you love. I also loved doing another amazing internship at the … Continue reading

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