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marco01pd2021's picture

After being here for just half a week, I already notice the differences and similiarities between the food here and food inside the Shanghai bubble. I wholeheartedly agree that food in Shanghai, with few exceptions, is not as good as the food here, and I think it is because hardly any food here is processed and packaged. We eat delicious broccoli seasoned with garlic, bowls of homemade er si noodles, , fried rice with little salt and Xizhou Baba (shown above). Even though I miss the meat back inside the Shanghai bubble, the Xizhou food is wonderfully healthy.

audrey02pd2021's picture

Today was the first official day of Microcampus work. We were introduced to the WIPPIS (Wellness Inquiry Project Pitching In and Still time) schedule, where we were given a scheduled 4 and a half hour block to complete our work for the day. As part of our assignment, I visited the Linden Center for the first time today. The center itself was similar to Baochengfu and Yangzhouran, but there seemed to be a lot more energy and excitement in the courtyard.

mia01pd2021's picture

Today was our first time following a specific WIPPIS schedule. This includes wellness, inquiry project worktime, pitching in, and still time. As this was the first time doing WIPPIS, we were assigned certain time slots to do certain things, with certain people. I was with Audrey today, and we spent still time in a wood carving studio that we found. It was really interesting as we not only met new people, but got to see how they lived their day-to-day life.

debbie01pd2021's picture

Today was a relatively average day- it was our first real "work" day. We got our first taste of what a normal day in Microcampus would be like. In the afternoon, we were occupied with WIPPIS (Wellness, Inquiry Project, Pitching In, and Still Time). I decided to go play the guitar in the courtyard during my wellness period, which was really calming and peaceful. For our still time, Jason, Marco, and I decided to go out into the village to spend our still time.

jason01pd2021's picture

What is WIPPIS? I am sure all the Microcampus alumni know what it is, but what about the reader? Well, WIPPIS is short for Wellness, Inquiry Project, Pitching In, and Still time. After carrying out the usual morning activities (breakfast, daily meeting, running, etc.), we had WIPPIS. The experience is quite similar to mixing the home and school experience together.

audrey02pd2021's picture

Today we started off our day like a typical Microcampus day: breakfast, SAS essentials, the daily meetings, and pitching in. We were even able to squeeze in some Inquiry work after lunch. The Inquiry work we did today was an insight to what we would be doing for the rest of the month: starting conversations, introducing myself, learning from the experienced. Another thing we did today was biking all the way up Erhai to a town called Renliyicun.

mia01pd2021's picture

Today, Jason and I started off our day by getting up for a morning run. This was one of my favorite parts of the day, as while we were running, we ran into some local villagers who were already awake, delivering noodles. We made conversation with them whenever we passed by, in which was probably 2-3 times. In addition to that, it was nice to get to know the area a little better, and find new paths to new locations.

jason01pd2021's picture

Our first official day of Microcampus, what a rollercoaster. Firstly, I went for a morning jog, and I learned something new: high altitude and breathing hard do not go together. However, the run did not ruin my day. After that jog, I had breakfast and then went to work on my SAS Essentials. After that, it was kind of mundane, until we went out biking. We biked about six kilometers from Yangzhuoran to Erhai, and then another 6K for the return trip. During that trip, we accomplished several things; still time, double file, and the great, holy, Flying V (Mr.

debbie01pd2021's picture

We started the day off as usual- eating a quick breakfast consisting of some toast and er si, and then moved onto our first SAS Essentials session. The rest of the morning was pretty basic, daily meetings and pitching in. One of the highlights was probably doing our 3-to-5s, because it gave us our first "taste" of what it would be like talking to other adults in Xizhou. I felt pretty comfortable talking to the experts, which is a pretty good sign.

marco01pd2021's picture

As the first real workday, today was incredibly fun for all of us. We had our first SAS Essentials time today, which was much more plentiful than my expectations. We did our first committee work today during our first Daily Meeting and our first Pitching In time. Finally, as a reward for a long day, we had our first group bike ride to Lake Erhai (if only I took a photo there!) and experienced the realities of traffic and dusty roads in Yunnan.

marco01pd2021's picture

We had our first proper view of Xizhou today, and had multiple highlights from the experience. Those highlights ranged from seeing our breakfast being made, nearly getting lost in the village, and hearing a beautiful concert in the Baochengfu (a Linden Centre building). Throughout all of these experiences, Mr. T managed to teach us about culture, science, history etc. through simple observations.

debbie01pd2021's picture

After waking up, we were welcomed with blue skies and puffy clouds. We ate a quick breakfast, and then headed on out to explore the village. One of the highlights of the tour was probably visiting the place where they made all the er si, which is basically a type of noodle that is native to Xizhou. Apparently, the er si is made from grinding the rice into a dough and then pushing it through a machine that makes it into a noodle.

audrey02pd2021's picture

Xizhou alleyways are filled with wonders and stories. That was a thing I learned today while on a tour around town with the group. We began down from Ranyixiang to the ficus tree. From there we visited Mr. Yang, Happy Embroidery, the er si factory, the morning market, and then finally Sifangjie for lunch. Throughout the tour, Mr. T repeatedly brought out the difference between the old and the new that are evident in local buildings. He told us the unfortunate reality of traditions and cultures being destroyed due to the rise of the tourism industry.

mia01pd2021's picture

Today was such a busy day! Personally, the highlights of the day was what happened after lunch in Sifangjie. We had just finished our tour, and were given the task to find our way back. I was with Marco and Debbie, and it proved to be a challenge as none of us had a really good sense of direction. However, it gave us the chance to work as a team, and we managed to reach home without asking for help.

jason01pd2021's picture

Where to start, day 2 of Microcampus was just incredible. Once we woke up, we were greeted by an amazing breakfast. After that, we had a little tour of the village, and I learned where the most important places are: Bank and sifangjie. During our tour, we learned about all sorts of things ranging from history to a little bit of science, and then to a little bit of marketing. Once our tour was over, we decided to eat lunch at sifangjie, where I ate the taifei fried rice (sadly I did not eat the Xizhoubaba). Next, we came back home and given our down time.

mia01pd2021's picture

Today was the first official day of Microcampus. We arrived soon after lunch, and even during our walk towards our new home, I began to feel the sense of the bonds Microcampus has with the local community. We spent the day with each other, and all went to the music room. Within a couple minutes, we all found ourselves in the instrument room. We ended up spending two hours there, switching between the piano, the guitars, and the banjo.

audrey02pd2021's picture

After a shaky flight and a lengthy bus ride, we finally arrived in Yangzhouran, our new home for a month. Although we were not able to bond much with the locals (since we spent the rest of the day in the compound), we were able to bond with each other. We were given time to rest and get used to our new surroundings, the five of us eventually ended up all together in the instruments room. Majority of the time were spent on individually playing our prefered instruments.

debbie01pd2021's picture

We left for Xizhou bright and early, leaving Shanghai's gray skies behind us. After a bumpy plane ride and a one hour bus ride, we arrived at our destination at around early afternoon. One of the highlights of today was probably playing around with the instruments in the practice room and the journey from our drop-off point to the Yangzhouran. It was really cool to see a completely new and different environment, and how the locals interacted with each other. I spent two hours in the practice room playing with the guitars/banjos and the piano, which was really fun.

marco01pd2021's picture

Today was a day of multiple firsts. I came to Yunnan for the first time, experienced bumpy turbulence for the first time that I can remember, walked around in the Yangzhuoran building for the first time, and experienced proper local food for the first time. In addition, Mr. T established multiple of the rules and guidelines today that we might have forgotten from the Overnighter. During the afternoon, we had plenty of rest time to establish ourselves in this large, beautiful home.

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