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Live From The Field

Travelers, If you are at all like me, then you will be thinking  a lot about India and Nepal these next few weeks. In the past, I find my- self thinking about India at odd times. Sometimes it is the quiet we have here that makes me think about the absence of horns. Other times, it is the loud, angry, and aggressive honking of a horn that makes me think about the fact that for all the honking in India, it was almost never aggressive. Today, it is the cool clean air and clean water we have here that I am not taking for granted. I suspect that most of … Continue reading

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Kaji’s village

About an hour bus ride out of town and then an hour walking up a long hill made into 3 hours up because we took the scenic route, led us to Kaji’s village. It has been ten years since SSIS has been back as a group. We look at photos of Ted and Peg with Kaji and shared a wonderful meal together. We all melted in the heat, but it is good practice for tomorrow when our 8 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp begins. Nepal is beautiful. Namaste Sent from my iPhone

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The blessing of Pokhara after the chaos of the Thamel district of Kathmandu

7 hours by jeep down from Darjeeling + border crossing into Nepal + two prop Buddha Air plane into Kathmandu + 6 hours via bus to Pokhara = we are in a beautiful place with old friends Sent from my iPhone

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First night in Kathmandu

Long journey here that began 7am and after jeeps, two border controls and a short flight once it left, we arrived here 11 hours later. Everyone is well but tired. We were taken for a bit of a ride as we were led to a too fancy restaurant, but this is what happens often the first moments in a new place. Our guard is back up and we will depart for Pokhara tomorrow Namaste Sent from my iPhone

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Students waiting for a ride up from Sonada train station this morning

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A few shots from the last few days

Students spent 2 days in three different schools in the small town of Sonada, about 40 kilometers from Darjeeling where our dear friend Doma Sherpa lives. Last night we were honored by the local Sherpa society with music, dancing, and dinner at the Buddhist temple. It is hard to describe the emotions and the deep connections felt by all last night. The kids come back to Darjeeling in a few hours and we will depart for Nepal tomorrow with some sadness. Fortunately we will see Doma in Delhi our last night where she will be giving a concert. Sent from my iPhone

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Monkey Temple

Mac at the monkey temple marveling at all the Tibetan prayer flags Sent from my iPhone

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Photos from first day of home stays

Dancing at a local government school in Sonada. Sent from my iPhone

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More photos from Darjeeling

Off to home stays this morning. All healthy and rested. Good afternoon at monkey temple. Students have gone out in small groups several times learning to navigate the back alleys. Everyone is so welcoming and old friends are excited to see us. A rhythm of reflection and exploration is beginning to develop. Sent from my iPhone

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More reason to go the the Friday Harbor Film Festival this year!

Here’s another reason to go to the Friday Harbor Film Festival! this year… > > 13 STUDENTS AT SSIS HAVE 4 DIFFERENT FILMS IN COMPETETION FOR A $500.00 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD – CHECK OUT THE CLIPPING ATTACHED… >   CONGRATULATIONS TO SAGE, KENDRIK, MAX, “PER” AND ALL THE STUDENTS IN THE WRITING FOR FILM CLASS LAST YEAR… > > FOR THAT REASON, I AM EXTENDING THE DEALINE FOR ANY SSIS STUDENT TO REQUEST A FREE TICKET TO THIS YEAR’S FILM FESTIVAL [SEE A PREVIOUS E-MAIL]  IF YOU REPLY TO ME BY THIS SUNDAY NIGHT, OCT. 30 6PM., I WILL PUT YOUR NAME DOWN FOR A FREE WRISTBAND WHICH GIVES YOU ACCESS TO … Continue reading

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