Day 11: "If You Can Talk, You Can Breathe"

Before I left Shanghai, close friend and Microcampus alumna said when asked about the three day hike, "It feels like dying".

I could not have said it better myself.

The first day was described by Mr. T as 'the most challenging', this is exceedingly accurate. As our bodies had not fully adjusted to the strenuous exercise and constant uphill battles, canine paning and slight grunts were heard often. The first hour felt like every single painful thing in my entire life relentlessly inflicted on me at once, I barely said anything and had to focus on trying not to die. When I had complained that I could not breathe, I was met with a story from friend and honorary Microcamper, Bryce Linden:

In his youth, his brother, Shane Linden had often tried to playfully asphyxiate him with blankets, pillows, sheets, and others. When he's complain that he 'couldn't breathe' his brother would respond, "If you can talk, you can breathe".

This phrase motivated me greatly and gave me confidence. If I had the energy to speak, I was obviously not dying.

And not dying would be fabulous.


My name is Ryane and I am a fourteen year old student in SAS Puxi. My interest in Microcampus stemmed from a desire to participate in something outside of my sheltered metropolitan lifestyle where everything is done for me and I am painfully inexperienced. I have lived in Shanghai for eight years now but was born in Taipei, Taiwan to an English speaking family of six cousins and numerous relatives. I have left Xizhou and missing it most painfully, however, I am happy and excited for all future Microcampers and the amazing experience they will experience. Be good to T and Ms. Mai!