Day 16: The Descent

We spent most of today just treking downhill, and stopping only a few times, because we all jus twanted to get back to our warm beds back at Yang Zhuo Ran. On the way down, I tied with Grace for the prize of most falls, with the grand total coming to 5, and I now owe Jorge 500 RMB (just kidding, the bets off). Most people complained about knees, hips, and feet hurting, but the only thing that was really causing me pain were my shoulders. I was so focused on just getting down the mountain, I hardly even noticed the slight pain, but finally getting the heacy bag off of my back was incredibly relieving. I feel proud of what I have accomplished, and although I wish I could still be up there in the mountains, it sure is great to be home!

I'm 15 years old and I am really happy that I went to Xizhou. I was born in Mexico, and have lived in three other countries since then, including Shanghai. I chose to study the diverse religions here and I hoped to gain new understanding on my own faith, and what makes spirituality such an important part of people's lives. I looked forward to fumbling my way through conversations in Chinese and learning as much as I can over the weeks I was at Microcampus.