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Today, my Service Learning group (Debbie, Marco, and I) decided to go to Chengdong to do service learning work. During our time there, I ran into Mr. Yang, who I actually I met a couple days ago while I was out in the same area with Jason. It was incredible because he remembered me from the first time we met, even though it was only a fifteen-minute conversation.

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Yesterday, we had our hike and camped at the organic farm overnight. The hike was really challenging for me, but I actually thought it was really fun. My favorite part of the hike was probably going uphill, and walking along the Jade Belt. It was really cool to see the view open up since there were not any trees blocking the view. However, going downhill was probably the worst part. I felt like I was tumbling off the mountain, instead of gracefully walking down. In the end, we all made it in one piece, which was a huge relief.

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When was the last time you experienced a thunderstorm? Was it a terrifying experience, or amazing experience? Either way, today we had our first thunderstorm, and it was definitely something that I have not seen in years. This day will be something that I will remember for a while, and that is because of the tremendous booms, and the soft drizzle of the rain. I personally love thunderstorms, not when I am outside, obviously, but I just love the sounds of the thunderstorm. It seems so soothing to me.

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This morning, I did my Wellness Reflection for the past week and made goals for the next week. Afterwards, Debbie, Mia and I went outside to do Service Learning, and found two potential partners that we talked to for a long time. We got in just before a big rainstorm, followed by a thunderstorm (shown in poor quality above), stopped us from going out to exercise. Luckily, all of us were inside Yangzhuoran and were not affected by the rain.

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We were all very thankful when the weekend came. With the hike and Inquiry Project, we were all very glad to finally have a break. The plan for today was simple: to go to Chengdong to do some wellness with Mia and Debbie. So in the afternoon, I waited patiently as they first went to so some Service Learning. After an hour and a half of waiting, I heard them return. But as I went outside, I noticed that rain was falling.

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Yesterday, we hiked up Cangshan to the Jade Belt. The hike up was extremely tiring and exhausting, especially for me, someone who has no cardiovascular and muscular endurance. The trail was coated with slippery stones and untamed branches. But just when I thought my legs and lungs were going to give out, we reached the Jade Belt. We were all relieved and began our way south on the road. Walking on flat land suddenly became an easier task, and we rested our bodies while continuing.

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I cannot express how beautiful the hike was. The entire experience was so memorable, and gave the Tactical Group yet another journey to bond over. At steep parts during the hike, it took collaboration and encouragement from each other to make it through. Surprisingly, no one took pictures throughout the hike. I believe this is for two reasons. First off, a big camera would have just been another weight someone would have to carry, as if going up 500m was not hard enough.

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What an experience. Yesterday was and probably will be the best day that ever happened during Microcampus. Firstly, we went on a three-hour hike up a mountain called 苍山(pronounced cang shan, click here if you want to learn more about it). Let me just say that, the hike was probably one of the most tiring activities that I have ever partaken in. After the hike, we rode our car to our campsite (an organic farm) and set up there. Next was our dinner, a delicious dinner I might add.

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Today is the big day: Hiking/Camping. Ever since we found out about the hike, we have been anxiously waiting for its arrival. Also, in order for us to ensure that our hike was going to happen, we made sure to stay on top of our game. We did not want to do anything that could prevent us from attending this hiking adventure. Another thing is, this is definitely an experience that I want to have, and I know that the group is feeling that way too.

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Yesterday, we hiked up Cangshan Mountain for three hours, and camped at its base afterwards. The mountain has a relatively easy, though still challenging, trail, and the scenery that awaited us at the top made up for our efforts multiple times over. I am quite happy that the hike was only one day long and not three like earlier trips, and I still regret not taking a photo there. The photo above might help you visualize the scene nevertheless.

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Today was a sad day. Mr. Kendall left for the airport during SAS Essentials time, so we stood in the courtyard to say goodbye. I was sad to see him go. Today's weather was quite similar to Shanghai's weather, which meant cloudy skies and lots of layers. We were all freezing during our SAS Essentials (and complaining a lot). The daily meeting was okay, Mr. T started keeping track of our starting words. It was funny to hear everyone's starting words and we laughed at some of them.

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Yesterday, for Inquiry Project work, I went to Mr. Du's house and interviewed him about his old collection of 1970's propaganda. His house is very beautiful, with a large yard and a massive antique collection on the inside. His antique collection is truly spectacular and numerous - his house would be completely covered if he did not have any cabinets to store everything. He also had a huge collection of propaganda posters, glorifying China from the Long March all the way up to the Cultural Revolution.

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When morning came today, the sun did not. On a typical day, the sun bathes our room with the warm glow. Today that did not happen. Layers and layers of cloud blocked the sun and the bright blue skies. While working on my SAS Essentials, my fingers were freezing off. Throughout the daily meeting, I was complaining about the cold. According to the weather forecast, the following weeks would be rain.

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At one o'clock today, we will begin our hike! Although hiking is something that I am comfortable with, it will definetely push me outside of my comfort zone. This is because the weather today, out of all days, has not forecasted to be all sunshine and rainbows. However, I am still positive that this will be an incredible experience. I will be sharing a tent with Debbie and Audrey, and we are all so excited to see amazing views and play card games at night.

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Today was a fairly normal day. We had our daily meetings, did our pitching in, and laundry. For my wellness, Audrey and I walked in the direction of the morning market and stopped by the road to chill (sort of like yesterday). She did watercolor, while I read my book. However, I was dying because there were a lot of butterflies and bees (I am extremely scared of butterflies and bees) so we decided to move towards the ficus tree between Xizhou and Chengdong. For my inquiry work, Ms. Song and I went to Mr.

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This journal entry is part of my Science SAS Essentials work. In the next two paragraphs, I will be sharing a summary of my observations on the positive and negative impacts tourists have on the local Xizhou community. Specifically, I will look at their effects on the subject of plastic container use. The photo above this entry was taken when Debbie, Audrey and I went to Sifangjie to interview locals and gather information about our topic.

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Today, I went biking with Audrey to a nearby village. I am not sure what the village is called, but it was surrounded by fields and it was really pretty. We decided to stop by at the edge of the road to do some mental wellness. Audrey did watercolor, while I read from my book. Lots of people stared at us and it was pretty funny. It reminded me of the time when Mia and I stopped by the edge of the road to do exercises.

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