Day 12: Sha Ba
This morning I overslept and woke up at 7:21, 9 minutes before we have to get to breakfast. Last night I had the most amazing dream, it was the last day of Microcampus, (that's not good) and we had to go through this super intense machine obstacle course thing to be able to get home. So we went through the first part, and I was already really tired, but then I fell off a cliff and a parachute opened up behind me. It was kind of like sky diving, but the parachute brought us up REALLY fast, then down again REALLY fast. Kind of like that roller coaster in Disney where it goes straight up and down. When I woke up, I felt like I was actually there. Before breakfast, Mr. T started singing opera really loudly, so we all rushed to the dining area. Then during breakfast, he started telling his "jokes" again.
After breakfast, we played a bit of throw and catch, then at 9:30, we left for the Sha Ba shopping trip. Mr. T has 3 walkie talkies, and we started using them. We made up code names for everyone, mine is Tiny Bubbles because I was blowing bubbles with gum. People were selling a lot of different things in Sha Ba. There was food, gardening tools. plants, medicine, baskets, buckets, rocks, and lots more. We split into our Service Learning groups so that we wouldn't all clump together. There weren't any tourists there, it was just mostly local people who bought things they need at home. As we walked through the rows and rows of product and the people kept saying Hello to us. We bought this Chinese Rice Krispy, but it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. It was basically just cereal covered in honey. Then as Alex, Brandon, and I kept walking, we saw lots of interesting things. We saw 6 chickens in a bag with their heads sticking out and the bodies in the bag. And we saw people selling elephant skin, turtle shells, starfish, and this creepy head thing for making medicine. Brandon and I each bought a waist bag for our sisters, and Alex bought a oldern Chinese detective sunglasses which have round lens. Then when Brandon was looking for a a present for his brother's birthday, he bought a strand of stretchy string for 1 RMB. Why? I don't know, apparently it's very useful. Then at 11:30, we all gathered at the big rock to meet up. Then we walked down to our bus. Mr. T bought 2 trees so 4 of us had to carry them. Xiao Tang bought 4 baskets so we also had to carry those.
When we got back to YZR, we were all very dirty and full of sugar (we had a lot of sweet stuff). We played a bit of badminton, then we had lunch. Ashley, Clara, Sujin, Chris, Nick, Yifei, and I sat in the courtyard to eat as we listened to music. Then we had a one hour WIPPI, so I played piano, studied for math, and wrote a bit of this journal. Then we had a meeting at 2:00, which lasted until 2:35, and then we took our mid-unit asessment for math at 2:50.
At 3:40, we started our Service Learning. Brandon, Alex, and I went to find Mr. Zhao, the casket maker's father. But we got rejected :( and we were really embarassed. Then Mr. T took us to Ms Liu's house, she makes shoes for babies. We asked her some questions and watched her work on her shoes, but she was really shy so we left. Then we met Mr. Yang. the owner of the Golden Flower restaurant. He took us to a retirement home where we met Ms. Wang, one of last year's service learning partners. Then we met this really sweet and interesting couple who also makes shoes. We will meet them tomorrow at 9:00 at their workshop.
We went to dinner at the fried rice restaurant again. And after we went to Mr. Duan's house again. (The Mr. Duan that gave us handfuls of sunflower seeds). We went to his roof again to see the sunset and we went to his living room to ask him questions about his life. We went home at 8:10. It was a pretty exciting day.