Day 28: Why did I come here?

I had been imaging about what Microcampus was going to be like for weeks, even months before I had arrived. Now I have come and experienced things I would have never imagined. We spent more time being in nature, exploring, questioning, pondering, eating, listening, and just being. I came here to meet my dreams and experience my desire to learn more. I wanted view mine and others inside the bubble’s life from outside the bubble. You are constantly going at a pace which does not allow to stop and look around for a little while or else you might miss the train. All of us went through experiences that helped us learn more that was not just about others places, Xizhou, and people, group members and the locals, but also about myself. Living in America, one of the main activities we did on the weekends was hiking. We would go out into the countryside, wherever the least amount of people were, and be with peace in nature. In Shanghai was the first time I actually looked back on these times spent in the outdoors and reflected on my time here. Another one of my main reasons of why I wanted to go on Microcampus was because I would regain my connection with nature. During my month in Xizhou I felt that feeling again from our hike to Hua Dian Ba and taking daily strolls and bike rides around the village. Did my expectation meet reality in the end? of course their were a few things like the layout of the town, the distance between locations, and all of these small details that weren’t exactly how I imagines it. But, all I can say is beyond what I expected. I know it is a little cliché, but clichés can sometimes describe what I feel. I honestly did want to come to Xizhou to experience what I thought the program would be about and it most certainly was. Someday I’ll return to Xizhou in hope of not recreating, but remembering one of the most memorable times that I have spent over the past month here.

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I'm glad to see that you had

I'm glad to see that you had fun and experienced a lot of things about the people at the village. It's nice to see someone who really thought big about helping the community and such. What was your reaction to how the villagers did things in order and correctly? What was the most fascinating part of this trip?

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Dear Alex sounds like loads and loads of learning, pondering, eating, but mostly fun. I think it is great to have a connection with nature in different sorts of places. Over this month what is the most exciting thing or the most thing that stood out in Xizhou?

Wow

I think daoism has really influenced you. Don't you think nature is a nice gift from god?

Xizhou sounds like a

Xizhou sounds like a wonderful place filled with wonderful people! I really appreciate how we are able to experience Xizhou through the blog posts, but of course going there in person would be much better, but I guess I have to bide my time and wait until I'm in 8th grade! What was your best memory in Xizhou?

Awesome!

I sure looks like you've learned a lot from joining Microcampus! It is interesting, how you could look OUTSIDE the bubble once you left Shanghai and went to Xizhou. It sounds awesome, all that food, culture, people and nature! I'll think about joining Microcapus too, when I can!

I think you learned so much

I think you learned so much through microcampus in Xizhou. I can't really guess how the life(?) was like in Xizhou, but I can just see that it was such a memorable and worthy experience to you by reading this. I hope you had a great time reflecting on yourself and living your dreams. Also I hope you to remember this experience when you are living your dreams^^

Congratulations, your dream

Congratulations, your dream came true. At microcampus must be a lot of fun because you get to hike and you don't have to worry about the noise there. Maybe you will go back there and remember one of the most memorable times.

Microcampus

How has it been at micro campus? What was the land scape like there? Did you get sick? What was you're inquiry project? Was it hot or cold there? I can tell you really enjoy being there. I can not wait to have the opportunity to go.

Hey guys, I'm Alex! I lived in Washington D.C, US for 11 years and have lived in Shanghai for almost 3 years now. I love to travel, eat, and learn about new things! I am here at Xizhou and loving it. The highlights are the kind people, the blue skies and starry nights, delicious food, and the outdoors. So far, thumbs up! It feels like it is going by too fast