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The Kingdom of Bhutan 2017 Trip Report

 

 

 

 

          

A Country Poised Between the Ancient and the Modern: Exploring Bhutan

Over March Break 2017, ALIVE Outdoors is very excited to be working with Good Karma Travel to provide a group from RSGC and SMLS with an outstanding learning experience in the Kingdom of Bhutan.  Travelling through Bhutan will offer students a rare and unique opportunity to see the last Himalayan Kingdom, which is said to be one of the most unique and isolated locations in the world.

Some of the goals of our journey are:
•To evaluate and examine our own perspectives and our personal values.
•To learn from and share with the Utpal Academy Higher Secondary School students.
•To deepen and expand our worldview.
•To be immersed in a society that will contrast the difference in pace and values between a life centered in Western consumerism vs. intentional and unhurried living.
•To appreciate Buddhist cultural traditions and spirituality.

 

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March 2017

Shopping, Lawn Darts and Lunch by the River


Today was a time to relax after yesterday’s hike. We spent the majority of the morning visiting shops and purchasing gifts along Paro’s main street. As much as it was a time to purchase gifts, it was a time to connect with our peers. Much of this trip has been filled with visits to temples, our learning exchange and sightseeing, so It was nice to have a quiet afternoon with our friends. This theme continued with our lunch, which was a rejuvenating time along one of Paro’s rivers. Karma, our guide, arranged a quaint picnic followed by a chummy match of lawn darts. Darts is a popular pastime in Bhutanese culture. This spectacular game brought us closer together as friends and helped us experience an aspect of the Bhutanese culture. During the lunch, there were many dogs who kept us company, including but not limited to Bruzer, Unicorn, Rocket, and Ice Cream humbly named by a student. Overall this day was a welcome break from the rigors of traveling. Tomorrow we are up early for our hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery.

-Ben Mazan & James Corley 


  

 

 

 

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