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.