Day 16: Hacky Sack

Today is December 3. Since it is Sunday we got to wake up later than usual. I woke up at 7:30 to do my laundry because today was my laundry day. Everything went out great, and all my clothes dried pretty quickly. We then had our pitching in, after our breakfast. I finished breakfast and the dishes pretty early so Mr. Tafel brought out the hacky sack. He taught us how to play and the best parts of your body to use. We started to play and it was really fun. We ended up playing for about 30 minutes. If everyone touches the hacky sack then you get a hack and you celebrate. If everyone touches it twice then you get a double hack. We got many hacks and one or two double hacks. If you touched the hacky sack with your hand then you would turn around and Mr. T or someone in the group would toss the ball at your back. After that fun game of hacky sack, we went out for our service learning. We went to a lady named Jiao Nai Nai, and we showed her a video of previous students work. When we showed her the video Sabrine E and her group made, she said her husband knows the man that they did for their project. We talked more with her about what service learning is and if she was willing to do it with us, and she said yes she would be our service-learning partner. When we heard that we said our thank yous and she gave us all big hugs. We left searching for more contacts, but keeping her in mind for our service learning partner. On the way back to Yang Zhou Ren, we saw a small parade or ceremony. We could not quite tell what was going on. I then noticed four pallbearers and I saw a coffin, and then I realized it was a funeral. This was very interesting to see because at most funerals people usually wear dark colors, especially black. But the people we saw today were all wearing white. Today was a very relaxing and interesting day. I can't wait until the start of week 3 of Microcampus.

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My name is Saleem E. I am 13 years old and my favorite sport is soccer. I am currently in Xizhou and the weather is very good. My inquiry project is woodcarving, legends/stories and myths, and religious studies. We have already learned so much during our trip. I am very happy to learn so much about the culture in Xizhou.