Day 4: The First Normal Day

Today was—quite literally—our first normal day. Nothing planned, nothing special, just good old Microcampus life. 

And it was spectacular.

I awoke this morning at the normal time (7:00) and headed down for breakfast, having my signature 'east meets west' meal, pancakes and noodles soup. Afterwards, we had SAS essentials, which included a whole lot of Language Arts and not so much Global Issues Summit (GIS). Then, we had our second daily meeting that lasted forty two minutes instead of yesterday's whopping hour and ten some minutes. After, we had Pitching In where I took Harry's food survery and did various other activities. 

Lunch time! I ate out with Dannes, Alina, Jamie, and Joyce, half of us at the Golden Flower and the others having fried rice. From there, Dannes and I walked for 25 minutes around the village in light rain trying to find T's 'barber shop'. After checking approximately five of them, we called and realized he was at the salon closest to where we began. However, because of our little detours, we now have a much more thorough understanding of where everything is in the village and where to get a good haircut. 

We returned to the Linden Centre and began working on our Inquiry Projects, this involved interviewing a couple of people and writing most articulately about our talks. After completing a productive amount of work, we played (overstatement, more like floundered) hacky sack with Bryce Linden, finding out that Bryce is, indeed, nice. Afterwards, we began our wellness time! This involved exasperation, a salubrious amount of groans and moans, and a couple of minor boo-boo's. At first, I tried running. Then, I tried biking. Then, I tried boxing. Then, I tried lifting. Nothing would get my heartrate up and propel me into the zone.

Finally, the secret was discovered.

Interpretive dance.

After flopping around like an absolute rag doll for thirty minutes, my exercise was complete. (Note: Erica has the whole incident on tape and is currently holding it over my head).

Then, a short check-in and a wonderful Linden Centre dinner.

That was Day 4 everybody! Stay tuned for more escapades to come!


Omg you guys better send me

Omg you guys better send me that video of you dancing like a dying fish. I bet it was great. If you really want to get your heart rate up while biking, you want to find an uphill incline. I would tell you where to go, but you'd end up in the graveyard at the bottom of the mountain and whenever I did that everyone laughed at me. But it reaaaally works your heart up, and on the way down your don't even have to pedal. Talk about an automatic cool down session huh?
How's Bryce? If there's one thing you need to do to get decent at hacky sack, don't try ninja kicking it like I did. It only works about 5% of the time. Still looks really awesome though.
You might not want to get a haircut from Mr. T's barber. I heard he really pulls on your hair :D
Hope you guys are having fun! See you later :)

My name is Ryane and I am a fourteen year old student in SAS Puxi. My interest in Microcampus stemmed from a desire to participate in something outside of my sheltered metropolitan lifestyle where everything is done for me and I am painfully inexperienced. I have lived in Shanghai for eight years now but was born in Taipei, Taiwan to an English speaking family of six cousins and numerous relatives. I have left Xizhou and missing it most painfully, however, I am happy and excited for all future Microcampers and the amazing experience they will experience. Be good to T and Ms. Mai!