Day 27: Goodbye Xizhou

Today was bittersweet, one I am not quite sure how to describe. Our journey has ended; we have wrapped up five months of work. It is hard to believe that in just two days, I will no longer wake up to the cuckoo bird or slurp papaya water at Old Time Snacks. Nor will I clench my jaw shut, reminding myself not to make a sound when the daily meetin facilitator asks, "All opposed to adjourn the meetin say 'nay'." I will no longer walk through Si Fang Jie, greeting the locals we pass.

Phenomena has said our goodbyes, packed up, and at the end of the day, we were ready to go to sleep. But before we all went to bed, a few of us came out to the courtyard and realized how stunning the stars were. We laid down upon the mountainous range cobblestone underneath, soaking in the silence and the stars. 

Goodbye, Xizhou. It has been one incredible ride.

Hello! My name is Annie, and I am 13 years old. I have spent most of my life in a quiet, suburban town in New York until my family and I moved to Shanghai five years ago. I enjoy art, music, volleyball, the outdoors, and reading. My 28 days in Xizhou have been life-changing, and I hope to return soon. It is incredible how much I learned in just four weeks.