A Look Around
It's evening time at the Microcampus, and the evening "programming" has amounted to giving the students a chance to explore this amazing place. Two students sat outside on the terrace watching the sun go down and the clouds spill over the Cangshan Mountains to the west . . . the photo at the top of the main page was taken from the terrace, and it is the place where the Microcampus students spend 15 minutes each morning in silence, sitting still, looking and listening to the world. Another group has settled in for a movie in the TV room, while a handful heard music playing in the second courtyard of the Linden Centre and have been learning new dances for the past 45 minutes or so.
Who is leading the dance? It's a unique combination: a retired 60-something year old environmental biology professor from Stanford who just checked in and is tearing up the dance floor . . . one of the local kitchen staff here at the Centre . . . Shane Linden (Brian and Jeanee's 16-year-old son). The music? "The Hustle" from the 1970s, along with YMCA. "Twist and Shout" -- all unscheduled, and smiles all around.
In the lounge area is a meeting of the final night of a multi-day photography group who have called the Linden Centre their home for the past week. They have come from around the world to study with one of the best in one of the best places in the world to photograph things.
I just finished the last of the evening's meetings about the students' projects: Noah's work with the local fishing industry is inspiring, with his final question in hand: "Could I survive as a fisherman on Erhai?" He has some discovering to do, and I can't wait to see where he goes with it.
We are off to a tea plantation tomorrow afternoon after a half-day of focused study, and the weekend awaits. The schedule will slow down a bit, leaving room for bike rides, wandering through the bean fields, guitar strumming, and breathing the air out here. It's challenging work, for sure: non-stop from 7:15 AM until 10 PM, but really inspiring as well.
It's good to be me today.