Day 5: Now watch me WIPPIS

And yes, we are officially stepping into Day 5 of Microcampus. Today is when all the excitement and anxiety crashes through; with field work (Phase 3) starting in Xizhou and a second attempt at a perfect WIPPIS. Since the last daily meeting, we drastically improved at the "verbal virus" situation. (For your information, verbal viruses are random phrases that people are used to saying before starting a sentence. For example: so, ummm, uhh, well, then, etc.) Clearly, we had brushed our teeth more often and gotten rid of those disgusting little germs.

After the meeting, I finished most of my committee work and spent some quiet time on the terrace, relieving the incoming stress. Lunch was probably the sparkle of day for me. We went to the golden flower restaurant and had two amazing dishes that went really well with each other: the stir fried spinach and the bell pepper with pork. Although the foods were slightly oily, it tasted really good with simple white rice. For dessert, Aria F., Sam B., and I introduced the Xizhou Baba to Lily H.. During inquiry field work time, I visited Mr. Du's house for an insightful conversation about antique trade and their connection with the Tea Horse Road. The talk with him was casual but informative; as we familiarized with each other, we even got into more personal topics like family (we got a little off topic). In addition to that, Mr. Du's courtyard had an amazing gallery of antiques that I really enjoyed looking at. Unfortunately, he was uncomfortable with me taking pictures. For the wellness bike ride, Sunny Q. and I went on the "heart attack trail", where the road was so bumpy my heart rate monitor showed a 430 bpm. Later, we went to the canola fields again to spend our still time there. 

Anyway, I loved today's adventures and experiences. Goodnight!


Hey I am Clark and I am currently in Xizhou, enjoying my stay at Yangzhuoran. I was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but brought up in Shanghai since the age of 2. Microcampus has been awesome so far as I have been exploring many new aspects of this new home and connecting with my fellow teammates in the Voyagers crew. My inquiry project will be focusing on the tea horse road and its economic (short-term and long-term) impacts on antique trade in the Xizhou markets. As I am researching, I will be aware of my impact in this village and, most importantly, enjoy my experience here.