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Youthok Traditional and Herbal Medicine Center

I am observing at the Youthok Traditional and Herbal Medicine Center as the site of my practicum placement and working on building a website for it. The purpose of this clinic is to provide primary care using gSo-ba Rig-pa traditional … Continue reading

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National Biodiversity Center

We are interning at the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) Herbarium in Serbithang, Thimphu, Bhutan for the Spring 2013 semester with the Wheaton College Bhutan IV group. The NBC is approximately a forty minute walk downhill from the Royal Thimphu College … Continue reading

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Royal Institute of Heath Sciences

The full name of our practicum site is the Royal Institute of Health Sciences: Royal University of Bhutan. RIHS is located uphill, next to the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu; it is a convenient 20 minute … Continue reading

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National Institute of Zurig Chusum, Thimphu

The practicum site I intern at is the National Institute of Zurig Chusum Thimphu. It is located at Kawang Jangsa, Tashi Gephelling, above the National Library (about a thirty minute taxi ride from R.T.C., or a twenty minute walk from … Continue reading

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Hike to Phajoding

Dear Blog, We had a namisami jigs (totally awesome) weekend. We hitchhiked into Thimphu and got out at the base of our trek to Phajoding with our friends Dorji, Deki, Jimba, Tom Chu, Kinley and Tshewong. It was fifteen minutes … Continue reading

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Re-building Koenchog Sum Lakhang and other Bumthang Adventures

We awoke for our final morning at “Farmhouse 3” with muscles ready for work, having been able to soak them in the hot stone bath at the farm, and strengthen them with the delicious home cooking of our hosts. We … Continue reading

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Drapham Dzong Hike, Lasphel Lhakhang Puja, and Dancing the Night Away

On the fifth day of our Spring Break excursion, the entire Wheaton group along with Professor Owens and Tsewang ventured off to begin our first and only collective hike of this trip. With numerous activities on today’s itinerary, we had … Continue reading

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Jakar to the upper Chokhor valley

Spring Break trip was not your typical go-to-a-warm-climate, imbibe a bunch of sprits, and run streaking across the beaches screaming, “I love College.” In fact, this spring break trip, as many of the other trips that we have taken, involved … Continue reading

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Domkhar Tsechu and on to Jakar

On Sunday, 21 April, as we continued on our Spring Break Excursion through Bumthang, we visited the Domkhar Tshechu festival; this tshechu continues for four days. Upon arriving, the atmosphere was very different than the Paro tshechu festival we attended … Continue reading

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Phobjika to Chumey Valley via Trongsa

It was a beautiful 4/20 morning when our day started with breakfast at the hotel in Phobjika. Phobjika is known to be home to the Black neck cranes during the winter when they migrate from Tibet. The valley was finally … Continue reading

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