Day 2: Settling In
My first real day here in Xizhou, and my expectations have already been blown out of the water. After a short tour of the Yang Zhou Ren living space, Mr. Tafel took a group of catholic students including myself out to a church in Dali Old Town. The church is an amazing building, built in the traditional Bai architectural style, and it is decorated with colorful paint. We arrived a little late, but we got there in time to have Communion and here some of the local Chinese versions of gospel music. Then we walked around the tourist area of Dali, and the girls bought some fruit at a nearby wet market. After eating a delicious lunch, those of us who had missed the morning tour of Xizhou went with Xiao Tang (manager at Yang Zhou Ren) to go explore the area. We have arrived smack in the middle of the broad bean harvest, and it was really cool to see all the people working in the fields. The people here have a very efficient way of threshing the beans; they just lay them all out in the middle of the road, and let the cars, people, and bikes do all the work as they go over them. Soon after this we headed to the Linden center for a tour of the building, and got in some terrace time. We sat up on the terrace of the Linden center, and in total silence, just looked at the fields, the clouds, and the mountains around us for 20 minutes or so. We ended the day with some star-gazing, and Mr. T taught us the names of several constellations. If this is what every day is like in the Microcampus, I can not wait for 26 more!