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!


Lucas Thanks for sharing your

Lucas Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your first day. It does seem incredible, and while we miss you here at home, i am so glad you are there and having this experience. It sounds as though the pace of life is much slower and you actually have a chance to just be and think. I like reading your posts!

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wow! we didn't have people go to church while we were there. It is cool that you guys were able to do that. How was your first taste of Dali? The entire place is amazing! While we were there, all of the beans were just starting to yellow and that street in the photo was swept clean. It's odd to see it in such a mess! I am so jealous ouf you guys there! Trust me. Time flies SO fast so live in the moment and soak it all in!

-Cass (B4 group)

Time Flies

I can't believe I'm already on the 9th day of Microcampus! Xizhou is amazing, and I love how friendly everyone is here. I'll definitely make the most of my stay here, and I'm glad your interested in what I'm doing. Just so you know, I have now narrowed my topic down to just the Hui Islam in the area, and I've already been to a local mosque twice. Now I don't have to worry about feeling like I copied your project.

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.