Bhutan Sustainable Studies Trip


Wings of the Dragon

By cmctestgenesis | November 5, 2018

30 plus hours of travel that was punctuated with cultural and environmental amazement ends with a well-earned night of rest. The flight into Bhutan that began in Bangkok, Thailand at 5am with a small stop in Guwahati, India was full of anticipation and excitement.  The first view of the Himalayan mountains from “On the wings of the dragon” instigated further excitement that, finally, we were entering the “HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH.”     The ride from Paro to Thimphu was fascinating.  The landscape was amazing as we traveled for almost two hours along a winding mountain road that followed along...

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Sustainability in Bhutan: Learning in the Land of Happiness

By cmctestgenesis | November 4, 2018

Bhutanese Flag Greetings CMC and Vail Valley Edwards Community! My name is Mercedes and I am a professor and lead faculty for the Sustainability Studies Bachelor's program (BASS) at the Vail Valley at Edwards Campus. This fall the Sustainability Studies students were invited by Royal Thimphu College (RTC) to travel to the remote Asian country of Bhutan for an academic field experience. To make a beautiful and long story short, this scholarly opportunity emerged after a presentation that I gave at the government's Gross National Happiness Conference in November 2017, entitled, "Sustainability and Happiness: Bringing an Authentic Ethic to the...

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