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The First Few Days in Dharamshala

I'm in an interterm course on Tibet and the Power of Nonviolence, and the conclusion of the course brought us all to Dharamshala, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile, for three weeks. I spent a solid 30 hours in transit from Denver to Toronto to Dehli to Dharamshala, but the final descent was lovely surrounded by immense mountain ranges. We hopped in SUVs up to upper Dharamshala and Tibet World, getting there by mid-morning on the 30th. A brief walk around the two parallel streets that make up the center of town revealed a variety of food, tourist shops and hostels, street vendors, one ATM, and a Buddhist temple. We were introduced to two of the store owners, and took lunch at the Snow Lion. John, who owns a jewelry store and scarf store with his father and brother, took us walking out to a local waterfall. John's family is Kashmiri, and he has welcomed every group of DU students since the program's inception in 2001 and still remembers the names of pretty much eve…

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