Day 3: Sunrise Sunset, Sunrise Sunset

This mornings sunrise was beautiful. I was a bit early getting ready, so I went outside and I saw some sunlight creeping over the walls. It hit me, the sun was rising. I rushed upstairs and found some other people already standing there, and I knew it was going to be gourgeus. I went to the edge of the terrace and then I saw it. First there was a layer of bright orange. It covered the sky with orange clouds then almost instanly a baby blue. Another layer was purpley bluish. And the final layer was a bright yellow sun, lighting up the whole sky. I love seeing the sunrise because it is such a beautiful opportunity that we dont get often enough. The rest of the day was packed, SAS Essentials, and a long bikeride. We rode to Dali, and I made friends with some of the locals, we sat and talked, and I can already feel my chinese improving. At the end of the bike ride, we went to Er-hai there were 4 woman washing their baskets and I sat down near them and watched their system. It was such a beautiful lake and I can not wait to go again tomorrow.



stay gold pony boy

That's a line from my favorite book by SE Hinton, The Outsiders... I'm glad you enjoyed the sunset Hannah.

It's been great talking to you in the evenings, you are so animated, and obviously getting the most out of every day. Of course you are making friends with the locals... good for you, I knew you would.

As for your Chinese improving... well, you know how to say all the right things don't you! That is the best. news. ever!

We love you

Cherish every experience, give 100 % and what you get back will last a lifetime.



Yeah, a photo.... woo hoo


Nothing is more amazing than

Nothing is more amazing than a sunrise, i can remember i ones i have seen, you are right that not many people will ever get the chance to see it.
it's hard to imagine not having a washing machine. i'm guessing there would be a lot less time spent on computers if we had to wash like that.
Look forward to reading about the rest of the week.
Aunty Moira

Yay Han!

Hi Hannah,

Your parents shared this link with me and I have spent the last half hour soaking in every word you've written. I am equal parts thrilled for you and wicked jealous.

I know you are not mine to be proud of, but you're a little bit mine because I've know you since you were 4 and think of your whole family as my family, so let me say this.... I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. Proud of you for making the choice to go to microcampus, proud of you for documenting all your adventures while you're there and sharing it with people like me, and so very proud of you for making the most of it all. Keep on loving it and keep on sharing your joy. I love it!

All the best,


Oh my dear Hannah, what a lovely way to begin day 3. The description you gave was breathtaking. So thought provoking, I could see it in my mind. Well done gorgeous. You are taking in the essence of the country. Perfect. I love you, Nanna G xx

I am 13 years old and I am from Ballarat Australia, in Victoria. I have lived here in Shanghai for the past 10 years, and I am almost fluent in Chinese. My hobby is writing monologues and preforming them, I love to act, and hope to one day make a living out of Acting and Singing. I have arrived in Xizhou, and I am super exited. We are in the village and have been around, and it looks like it will be a place I will enjoy and remember forever. My Inquiry Project is about Education in Xizhou, where I will be studying perspectives on education, and also the Education System.