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The Kingdom of Bhutan 2019 Trip Report

 

 

 

 

          

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

Over March Break 2019, 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 Ugyen 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 2019


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When I first signed up to visit Bhutan I had no idea what I was really signing up for. I knew that it was a spiritual and unique country that was a rare gem in an otherwise rocky and cluttered worldm, yet what I didn’t realize was the profound impact it would have on me.

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At the start of the Bhutan trip, my opinions on how I should live my life were much different than they are now. This trip really changed the way I want to lead my life, and how I act. I originally came on this trip due to my interest in the architecture and temples, but after spending time with the people and embracing their culture, my views began to change. Just learning about how GNH (Gross National Happiness) and their country's history gave me an entirely different perspective on how life could be lived.

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We awoke from a loud night’s sleep at our riverside campsite. The dogs barked all night. Galey, our guide tells us that the dogs are keeping the demons at bay. We beg to differ! No matter where we are, the dogs seem to follow, sleeping through the day and fighting demons at night.

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As long as I can remember, I have been a perfectionist, putting undue and unneeded pressure on myself to succeed academically and personally. Perfectionism may sound harmful and unwanted and that can be true if it is not managed correctly. Toxic perfectionism is fuelled by the inability of its holder to practice perspective and flexibility, two traits I wanted to improve while in Bhutan. 

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An experience we were all looking forward to was seeing the infamous Tiger's Nest Monastery, also known as Taktshang Goemba. It is somehow perched on the side of a sheer cliff 900m above the Paro Valley. It was hard not to be impressed with Monastery due to the intricate detail of the hand carved wood and hand-painted walls. There is no question that the Bhutanese take their spirituality and culture very seriously.

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As soon as I stepped off the plane when we arrived in Bhutan, I knew there was something special about the country and that this was going to be the trip of a lifetime. Flying in being surrounded by the Himalayan mountains was an experience that I will never forget. I can honestly say that The Kingdom of Bhutan is an amazing place with even more amazing people.

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