Day 8: Interacting With Elders
Today was the first day we got to sleep in (Until 9:00!). I caught up with all the extra sleep I've needed for the past week. I think I was never this energetic during Microcampus before. Today morning went smoothly, since we got to chill and hang out, catch up on anything we haven't finished yet. I have completed my wellness for this week today, which was getting time in zone 3 times a week (30 minutes each session). Surprisingly, it was very easy to get 30 minutes in zone today. After a delicious lunch at Si Fang Jie, we finally started on our Service Learning. My groupmates are Anna, Andre and Aneka. (You can view our Service Learning Project by clicking HERE.) We spent 2 hours learning about the Cultural Revolution, which was very interesting. I learned lots of things I did not know about the event, such as how lots of people starved during the 3 years of natural disaster, and that most of the Chinese population prefered PRC over KMT. Then, we spent an hour exploring the village and finding elders we could have as our project partner. Lots of the locals spoke Bai dialect, which is similar to Mandarin, but harder to understand: kind of like Shanghainese. We had a bit of trouble translating to each other what the elder said, and what to say next. But at the end, we were able to interact with 5 elders.
In the evening, Jeffrey, Kate, Anna and I arranged an evening activity which was a Saturday movie night. We watched Get Smart, which was a comedy movie. Most of the Microcampus students watched, but not all. It was fun to have so much laughter on a Saturday, it's been forever since a movie night! It reminded me of home, when we would sit together and hang out on weekends. I think I'm slowly starting to miss home!