Day 8: The Phantom of the Room Inspection...

It started with a rumbling vibrato, and the tables trembled in fear. A strange silhouette emerged from the shadows, half of his face masked with dark fabric. "Behold: the music of the night!" It did not matter that we were about to have dinner. We all knew: the half-faced Phantom had returned.
 
Well, that's one way to tell what happened. In reality, Mr. T slipped a beanie onto half his face and jumped into the courtyard with baby Sophie in his arms, putting on quite a theatrical performance as the Phantom of the Room Inspections. My roommate and I recalled the last time we had cleaned out rooms and hoped it was enough to satisfy his high expectations. As if almost by surprise, my room had been chosen for its very first International Room Inspection. It was Sofie that was meant to pick who went first, but she had just woken up from a nap and wasn't prepared for the honor. So the Phantom had picked the second smallest child to decide out fate... Saleem E.  After spending an impressive 2 minutes scrambling around the room, checking for even the tiniest imperfections, the time had arrived for the Phantom's inspection. We held our breath, not even daring to move. The Phantom paused. He stepped out of Room 3, looked up, and proclaimed, "Ladies and gentlemen, the girls of Room 3 have earned on the International Room Inspection rating... a 2.1 out of 5 stars!"
 
I kid you not. What I had thought to be a clean room wasn't at all what the room inspector had believed. Infact, earlier that day,  I had found my roommate, Haley, scrambling nervously around the room. When I had asked her what was wrong, she had said that never seen a room this clean before in her life.  However, the Phantom had begged to differ and willingly decided to humiliate us in front of the rest of the students (though we had all known it was a joke). The Phantom has chastised us for our lack of color-coordination, luggage tags still being attached to bags, and the fact that our cabinet handle was facing upwards instead of downwards. No worries - this has only been the first room inspection. I know there will be many more to come and hopefully, Hayley and I are able to fix these "major" flaws throughout our cleaning process. I look forward to the day that Room 3 earns a 5 out of 5 stars, if it ever happens at all....
Hi Everyone! My name is Holly and I am so grateful to say that I am part of the "Ultimate" Microcampus Group. I am learning so much and am so lucky to experience life outside the Shanghai bubble. Not only am I focusing on a topic that I greatly enjoy, but I am able to make connections with the many locals I will soon get to know. This trip I am part of is an unforgettable experience and will "ultimately" be an amazing trip. See you guys in a month!