Luca L. (Alumni-K)'s Journal

Today was a very busy day. I woke up pretty early to get some work done, then, I headed off to the morning market with Leonard to get some local breakfast. We got many things; we started off with Baozi, then, we had some Zhong Zi, which after that, we had two long of Xiao Long Baozi, then finally, we finished off with a Jianbing with some soy milk. 

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Today, I mainly worked very hard on trying to finish up my service learning videos. We almost worked on that all day trying to finish up our final touches and our things, until, all of our subtitles got cut off! Later, we took the next 2 hours re-translating and cutting and editing the video into one we could really be proud of.

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Mostly we did work. Most of today was on finishing up our work, but we had to get cracking on our service learning videos. Those service learning videos were the main reason of stress that day, as we took so much time in trying to finish it. All the hard work, all the effort, would be worth it. Our group had 4 people, but only Ashley and I were good enough at Chinese to be able to translate and transcribe the words onto the video.

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Today, we did our filming with our service Learning partner, Mr. Zhao, or Zhao Ji. He is 72 years old, and lived a very interesting life. HIs grandfather wrote a book on his family histyory and his family descendants with the family tree, which he showed us. 

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Since it's been a day after the hike, I felt relatively tired today, and I wasn't quite used to the transition to Bao Cheng Fu. I was quite tired, but ready to get back to a day of work. 

The rest of the day was pretty normal, and mostly based on working and finishing up our research process. I went and researched more on Han foods, and got to experience more on Han ways of making tea. This was very interesting, and I spent most of my Inquiry time sipping tea and asking questions while observing their processes. 

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The last day of the hike was basically a Rigor Mortis Bend. The concept of Rigor Mortis is the stiffening of your muscles a few hours before death, and by Rigor Mortis Bend, it means the last bend of a marathon. In this case, it was the last stretch of our hike. Which was six hours of rigor mortis. 

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That morning, I was completely healed. The headache was gone. I happily ate breakfast and prepared for the mountain. 

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This was possibly the hardest day of the hike, but considering it now, it could have been the last day that was the hardest. We started off with a steady breakfast, and with all of our stuff, we departed to the mountain at around 9:15. Then, at 9:30, we began to climb the mountain. 

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The most interesting thing happened in the most busy timing possible. This was both my Inquiry Project time and during the time right before dinner. This was where I got so many opportunities to finally see more about food in XiZhou. 

 

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We woke up early today, and we did everything as usual. At the meeting, we were reminded of Mr. Tafel's Allstar Super Duper Whizzbang Trivia Night. This of course, was the climax of our day. 

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Today, everything was basically normal. We had a normal breakfast, began a normal day, and had a normal lunch. Normal...Normal...Normal.

I expected something extremely exciting everyday, but it just didn't work that way. I couldn't have one that was completely out of the ordinary, but that usually happens when someone does something stupid. It's good that no one does stupid things. But putting that aside, I wanted extraordinary moments in my life. I wanted something completely out of the ordinary to happen today. But obviously, it didn't happen. 

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 Happy Birthday Victoria! Today is the day that Victoria was born, 14 years ago. Well, shucks. We had a wonderful chocolate cake, and she recieved a present from Mr. Linden of a wonderful painting. Another great gift the sky gave us today was a beautiful pattern of clouds. 

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Today, we started off with a normal day. Luckily, today I finished off my Lesson 4 for Math during essentials, what I need to finish by this week. I am pretty happy about that. But on the other hand, i am stuck on my project for GIS, and I hope to be able to get a better grasp of it by the end of tomorrow's SAS essentials. 

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Today was our first, FIRST, normal day of our lives in Microcampus. 

We had a pretty normal day, and I went outside for lunch. This was where I finally met the famous Mr. Yang of the Golden Flower. He was possibly the nicest person I have ever met; he gave me a few recommendations on the food, and he also showed us previous guests and their messages, such as the Chinese American Ambassador visiting. It was all quite impressive, and I would definitely like to go back sometime for lunch or for dinner. I hope everyone else I will meet are as friendly as they are. 

 

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Today was a fairly normal day; I had my first day of SAS essentials for math and our first Daily Meeting. There was nothing our of the ordinary today, but we are finally seeing our bikes today. We were supposed to go biking right after lunch, but the situation was more complicated, therefore, we got more time to do our Pitching-In stuff. We had a pretty chill workday, and I think we are getting introduced to bikes later. Apparently, we have to wear these vests as well as helmets whenever we ride our bikes.

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We are off to a really good start. I woke up at 7:10, having to wake my sleepy roommates up for breakfast, which, I have to say, was disappointing. We did our meeting, and we began the tour. Something happened then, but that is a story for later. 

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Yes, I finished packing. 

I'm done with my Inquiry work requirements. 

It just doesn't feel as if I am leaving tomorrow. 

Neverthless, I have to wake up at 4:00 a.m. to make the flight in order to leave for microcampus. I said my farewells to my friends and teachers. Only thing looming ahead is the farewell from my parents. I love you guys! 

I would like to thank Mr. Tafel and Ms. Mai to choose me for this trip. It is such an honor to be part of this group, and I hope I do not let you down. 

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"Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light."

 

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As we get closer and closer to March at every coming moment, I have only to looking ahead to this Microcampus experience. 

I am, as of now, excited and nervous at the same time. Excited to be "out of the Bubble", and learn something you are passionate about. Nervous, nervous to escape this paradigm of life and break free from the bonds of Shanghai, into an adventure of a lifetime. 

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Hi, I am Luca L. from Kryptonite Group. I am currently 13 years old, and I have just come back from the wonderful Xizhou. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. It was wonderful to get away from the city and to find some peace in the village to research about a topic of personal interest. Some of my hobbies include learning, reading, sports, listening to music, and exploring new places. And yes, eating is also another hobby of mine that I love doing. My motto is (based on Unbroken), "If you can take it, you can make it." I will push myself to do things and get things done for my benefit and the benefits of others. My inquiry project was based on the food in Xizhou. You can find my project on my page.