Day 14: Camping and Stargazing

Sleeping in a prairie full of rocks, I laid there in my tent, looking up to the stars. Today we had gone camping in your average "middle of nowhere". We carried our hiking bags and regular backpacks to the long distance of that "middle of nowhere". This place had everything natural around it; a body of water around it, stars, and nothing modern of it. We didn't even have a close restroom next to us, though there was one across the bridge. Even though the weather was the most out-of-the-ordinary, I think that the nature surrounding us was nothing compared to what I have seen before. And at night, we could see every single one of the stars. Hinting blue and red, the stars aligned together to the point I could connect the dots. More than that, we saw a satellite pass through the night sky, its hue blooming gray. The sky was cloudless, leaving everything else just pitch black. 


Hi! I am 13 years old and was in Xizhou. I have been at SAS for about 5 years and beyond Shanghai, lived in Los Angeles. I am grateful to be able to go to experience the life of others in different cultures and to be able to witness and observe things from a learner's perspective. I liked experiencing new cultures and looking at things from both a tourist and student perspective. In a sense, this serene and vivid city has brought me to realize how everything and everyone works together, perhaps even not realizing it! This trip to Microcampus has helped build bonds with people I never knew, helped me understand a whole different style of living, and be able to learn in a new fashion.