Day 19: Dali Old Town

Tonight, I went with 7 other girls, plus Mr. T to Dali Old Town. Origanally, the trip was canceled because lots of people were not on good behavior. But, Mr. T decided to not take the whole group and leave behind the others at Yangzhou Ran. After getting a 5 minute tour around the town so we would get lost, we were told that we should go eat dinner, shop a little, and explore the town. It was a lot different than I expected. There were lights on a lot of the buildings, lots of stores and tourist shops, and western food everywhere. For dinner, I ate with Cara, Margaret and Riko at a pizzeria called Stella's. It was our first western food since we left Shanghai. We all got burgers with fries and shared a small pizza together. Despite the fact that I think my burger was half raw, the fries were really good. After eating dinner, we had to go to one of the 184 bakerys that were there. Mr. T had reomended the ugly browny and boy was it ugly. I decided to not get that and try the mint choclate chip pie. Since I love mint chocolate chip ice cream, I assumed the pie would be just as good. Sadly, it tasted like creamy toothpaste with chocolate chunks. But I have to say, it was not that bad. I let everyone try a piece and I got to try some other desserts also. The ugly brownie to me, tasted like cake and yougurt. Which was...interesting. Then, in the car ride, Mr. T told us all about his new bag in a "Kardashian" voice. All he kept saying was "OMG! My new bag is so nice like omg. Can you believe you can put stuff in it?! Omg." It was hilarious and it went on and on and on. The whole 30 minute car ride...Overall, I think this was a good break for a lot of us. We were able to not think about our work and all the stress. Next week, we get to go back again and explore a little more. I am looking foward to going back again! 

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My name is Sydney F. and I'm currently 12 years old. (Turning 13 after we come back from Microcampus!) I have been at SAS since the middle of 6th grade, so almost 2 years. Some of my interests include listening to music, playing all sports, reading books, and being with my friends and family. I enjoy traveling and experiencing different life styles and that is one of the reasons I joined this program. Microcampus was a great experience and I am glad I got to share it with the people I did. I look forward to coming back to Xizhou some day.