Day 2: "Clarka" the Explorer
Today is the first full day at Xizhou. In the morning, I had my first dish duty and learned about some of the basics we have to do in the kitchen. As my teammates and I weren't very experienced with washing dishes, we spent 10 minutes extra in the kitchen, so we missed part of our unpacking time. Later, we started exploring our new home, Yangzhuoran, and the Xizhou village. The tour covered many landmarks: the ficus tree, the wet market, the agricultural bank, sifangjie and so on. It was pretty confusing, as we took many "random" turns in the narrow alleyways to look at the old propaganda and the paintings on the walls. Later, I gradually grasped the bearings and directions around the village and was able to lead the "noodle squad" back to Yangzhuoran. Since our group finished most of the "Before Xizhou" work, we had a lot of downtime in the afternoon. Alex K. and I used this time to visit the mosque. A slight feeling of distance there is apparent, but the place appears to me very serene and calm. On the way back, I checked out a few antique shops around town. After dinner and some catching-up with parents, I slept pretty early. Goodnight!