Day 20: Hangin' Out at Dali

Today was a busy day for me, starting off getting up early to make pancakes, doing my laundry, finishing up my Phase 4 to get ready for the final stage of my inquiry project, and finally heading out to Dali Old Town for a fun half day trip. I woke up at 7:10 this morning, only to realize seconds later that Jorge and I were supposed to be early to breakfast this morning so could make pancakes for everyone. I managed to squeeze in a quick 5 minute shower and get there ten minutes early. Everyone liked our pancakes, and we got to eat five of our own pancakes each, and that was really why we made them in the first place. Later that morning, Jorge, Colton, and myself all went to the laundry, stuffed our clothes, and went back. When we came back after lunch, it was time to hang everything up so it could dry, and the epic wet sock battle that followed left us damp and battle hardened. Once we arrived at Yang Zhuo Ran, we all had an hour long work session where we finished our Phase 4, which involves detailing our plans for the final product of our research. Soon after this, we all got on a bus and went to Dali Old Town, where us guys just walked around for a while and some of us (cough, Colton, Jorge) bought huge switch blades that they definitely have a good use for in their daily life. We eventually ended up at a pan pizza restaurant that Xiao Tang had recomended for us, and we played card games while we waited for close to an hour for the food to be made, because even the dough is made right there on the spot. Although it took a very long time for the pizza to reach our plates, it was totally worth it. I had possibly the best Hawaian pan pizza I've ever tasted, and at the end of the meal, Xiao Tang brought us cheesecake, tiramisu, and peanutbutter cake for desert from the Sweet Tooth bakery. Today was a great day jam packed with all sorts of fun, and I can't believe we only have EIGHT DAYS LEFT!


Dear Lucas, It sounds like SO

Dear Lucas, It sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I am so happy you are having this experience and with good friends to boot! Speaking of pizza, and not wet socks or switch blades, we are making pizza tonight with Diego, who just got back from Wild Wall. And Ale is out in Puxi with Ryan and Reed. Which means this house just has a revolving door for my sons right now. I am trying to get used to it but it is hard. And I feel a little sentimental you won't be here on Mother's Day this Sunday....but we will celebrate your Confirmation the weekend you arrive and so it will all be good! If you get a chance, skype or send a note to Grandpa Dewey on Facebook: today (may 10) is his 93rd B-day! So good to see you the other night. We miss you but love seeing all the things you are learning, doing and experiencing. Be good....XO Mama

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.