Day 12: Camping Trip

Today's highlight was the hiking trip that we've planned for today's evening activity. The morning was a normal schedule, but we left at 6:30 with our tents, bags, clothes, hiking boots, bikes, dinner (packed in a plasitc container) and some other necessities. Our way there was very bumpy and rough. It was about a 35 minute bike ride to the campsite, and on our way there, a part of the road was completely flooded. We had to walk our biked through the area, and by the time we got through, our hiking shoes and pants were completely wet. The campsite was right by the Erhai Lake, which gave us a nice breeze. 

It didn't take Christina and I a long time to put up the tent. We quickly got things organized and hopped into the tent. The tent wasn't as big as I thought it would be, but it was very cozy and warm to be inside of. A new and strange experience that I've had today was using the sandy ground as my restroom. That was something new! Even though dinner was cold, we all ate it hungrily as we chatted on the rock table. I have never been camping before, so all of these steps and processes felt brand new and unfamiliar to me. But I was lucky to have 15 other students and 2 chaperones to help me out with the process, which made everything go very smoothly. I unfolded my sleeping bag, changed into PJs, hoping I wouldn't wake up with lots of cramps all over my body. 


Hello! I'm a 14 year old eighth grader. I'm from Korea, and it is my 7th year in Shanghai. I was very excited to be a part of the September-October Microcampus trip. XiZhou is a peaceful, bright, and unique town with friendly locals and wonderful scenery, not to mention the night skies, stars and fresh air. This town offered me self-confidence, and let me try something different for a month. I wish luck (and lots of fun) to the next group who will be part of this remarkable journey!