Day 27: Goodbyes and Packing

Today will be the last day spent in Room 3 of courtyard 2 of the Linden Centre in the village of Xizhou in the province of Yunnan in the country of China apart of the continent of Asian in the Northern Hemisphere of Earth in the Milky Way Galaxy apart of the Universe in space. Saying that just reminds me of the many stars in the sky. Once we depart for Shanghai, it'll be a while until my family and I set out for here agian. Today we begin our packing for the early departure tomorrow. We say our goodbyes to the people we've made a connection with over the duration of 4 weeks here, and do some last minute shopping for gifts to bring back to our families. I can't believe it's been four weeks already-- the time passed so quickly despite what we had thought at the beginning. The first whole day was long, and we thought it would be like this forever. However, the days seemed to pass faster and faster as time went on. Now, I'm changing my about me section to past tense, and soon my title will change from Katherine Y. to Katherine Y. (Alumni F). Best wishes to the next groups, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.

Hey, my name is Katherine. I was born in Michigan, USA, moved to Shanghai for around two years, and currently reside back in Michigan. I'm 13 years old, and I no longer attend SAS Pudong. My friends and I enjoy drawing, and just joking around. Hobbies and interest of mine include drawing and preparing for my future (haha). A goal of mine was to stabilize my drawing style based on learning and reflecting in Yunnan. Xizhou was such a beautiful place and rich with culture and colors. The people who lived there were genuinely interested to meet us, and often happily asked us for lunch or dinner with them. It's one thing to visit a place as a tourist, but it's completely different when you live in the area for a month and try to reach out towards everyone in the local community. The time I've spent in Xizhou not only helped me to think and know outside of the Shanghai bubble, but also exposed me to the wonders of nature. The three day hike was spent close to nature, and every night was a spectacular night show of stars never seen in Shanghai. The 28 days have ended much too quickly, and the experiences have changed the way I know and perceive life.