Day 2: Settling In
As soon as I woke up this morning, I knew there was going to be a long way ahead. My roommates and I all woke up at 6:30 to take showers. We all took turns doing that while packing our bags for the little village tour ahead of us. Half of us (8 of us) stayed behind with Mr. T as the other half of us went with Xiao Tang for the village tour. I went with Xiao Tang for the first half and went to some amazing places around here. We visited a lady who was a part of the Bai minority dance club, we watched people make rice noodles and embroidery. Every time we passed by a local, they would greet us with a nice, friendly smile. I really think this village is amazing.
After the 2 hour tour, we went to eat lunch and Si Fang Jie. We ate the famous XiZhou BaBa and homemade icecream. It was a delicious meal. Afterwards, I stayed with Mr. T to touch base on inquiry projects. I was feeling a little tired, so I went out for a short walk with Rory and Aneka. We walked towards the Big Tree and rice fields. I could smell the fresh air around the tree, and the cool breeze made the weather very comfortable. As we headed back home, we started to hear thunder and it started to drizzle. Eventually, it started pouring rain. We wore our waterproof jackets, pants and hiking shoes to the laundry building: it was good preparation for the hiking trip we are going to have in October.
After that, we enjoyed a nice warm dinner and had some downtime. I can't believe it's already been 2 days. 2 days ago, it seemed like a month was a very long time, but I guess not anymore.