Kevin C. (Alumni-K)'s Journal

The reason I had before I came to Microcampus is that I wanted to see the world and to be in something I will not forget. This has changed in the time that I have spent in the program. For starters I saw that Xizhou is not just a place but it is a community that needed to be connected with.

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Today is the last day in Xizhou so that we are packing and preparing to go back to Shanghai. This is the second last journal and th last one that I will be writing in Xizhou. I will be missing this place, but atleast I can see my friends again. 

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Mr.Ma was one of the most helpful people during this trip, he is also our service learning partner, I saw his face while he is looking at the video. He seems to be enjoying it looking at the memories that he has. I looked back at this event and I see that this is a very nice event for them to see, since that this will leave them a memory that they might never forget. 

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Today we had our final product checked by Mr.T and we reviewed it. So the final products are going to be posted on the site soon, you can view it on the site after it has been posted. I feel though that this program is ending too quick, that the month we spent at the village is going by too quickly. This is a nice place and I would want to see this part of the world more. 

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Mr. T is all about the hack. Hacky Sack is a fun game where you bounce a ball on your feet, trying to keep it in the air. We’ve all improved as a group, and it’s a nice way to bond with the group. Given, some kids are better than others, but that doesn’t phase most of them from trying again and again. It’s a good alternative after staring at our computers all day, and gives you a chance to stretch your legs after a long day of working and sitting.

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Today we saw this kid, he is not more than 5, I guess? So this kid came up to us (Lenored and I) and pulled a plastic saw and wacked us on the arm. I does not hurt but I just gave me the urge to slap the kid. How would you react to kids coming up and hitting you for no appearnt reason? I do not know. I want to know how to handle this better, how not to hurt him and at the same time shut him up. 

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Today a family invited us for lunch, which was very suprising for me since that we are coming in to other peoples homes. So today was a good day we spent the time eating at someone elses house and that we also got some od our servis learning done. 

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Today we finished planning our final project and that we will be turning in the final product on Monday, we will be leaving in another 6 days. It is a shame that we can not stay longer, since this is a great place. Yet I miss my friends back at Shanghai and that I want to se them, so right I do have mixed feelings. 

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Today is the deadline of Phase 3 and that tomorrow will be the beignning of Phase 4, and will be reporting about our topic. So that today we will be subitting the infomation of Phase 3 and make it into a report. I am not sure that I am excited or not, looking at the time here growing short, I was hoping that I can stay loger in this place, but all things will come to an end.

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Today was a big day we were moving in to a different living space, I say that it is a upgrade from the Xilingyuan, since that there are large area and more space. Yet there are some parts still under construction and sometimes there are suprises in the shower, for example someone else uses all hot water, the shower sudenly turn cold. It was very nice. Very nice.

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So, right now I have brought back limited supply of bones, I have already given away the jaw and right now I still have the verterbae and the teeth. I am asking you guys that if any of you want the bones that we have found during our trip. Post in the comments of what you want and I will let you know about if you can have it or not. Warning: the fastest posters will get the bones. 

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Today is the easiest, only spending one hour climbing uphill and seeing the top of the mountain it was very refreshing to see the world like this. It was a new experience for me, I saw the valley down below filled with yaks and other animals. One of the more mermorible events is that we found many rotting bodies of yaks with nothing but skin draped over the bones, the flesh was gone leaving only worst smell possible of rotting flesh.

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It is the first day of the hike, this will be the longest and the most tiring of the whole hike, since that we are not used to doing this kind of activity. The time we will be spending on the mountain will be three days, the first one being the majority of the climb, then we will be finishing the little strip up to the top, then the third day we will be going down the mountain. This will be something that I will remember. 

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Tomorrow we will be heading up the mountain and I will not be posting anything for the next three days. There will be no reception on the mountain, nearly total disconnection from civilization, this will be one opportunity that I will not forget. We are also packing up to move to a different location to live called baochenfu which is bigger than the Linden Centre. After the hike maybe my perspective will change, the way I view the world will be different. 

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As the the name suggests, it is pretty awesome, looking at last night I feel good about myself since that we won the game. It feels nice but in the end it is just a game and it was entertaining, for real, future  microcampus students if you are reading this do not doubt the possiblity of Mr.T's All Star SuperDuper Wiz Bang Trivial Night. 

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Today was another laundry day, which suprisingly I didn't have too much cloths to wash, today was just another normal day. Only have a few more days till the hike, I feel ready. Looking ahead at the hike I might even feel good about it, the hike is a challange, something to overcome. I embace the challange to see what nature will hold and what is really like to immerse myslef in nature. As Mr.T said this is the climbmax of the whole trip, I am pumped about it. 

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Have a small group is good I should say the least, you can focus to interact with the people around you more and that to understand how they feel around you. I find that the more people there are, the more chaos there is, so I like small groups of people. It is easier to organizes and also to talk to the group in genral. 

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Yesterday I was camping at a park near the lake, the trasportation we used are bikes. We biked there with heavy mountain packs, that carried tents and sleeping bags. That is what we did for the afternoon just riding to the park and camping, this also is counted as a simulation to the hike that we will have next week. 

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Today is finally the weekend, since that is what today is we basically got noting to do, that will be a good break from the regular routine. The weekend is much welcomed, everyone is enjoying it.

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Today is a day that we had a small hike, it is just a simulation for next week's three day hike, which we will be doing. Also today we viisted the moques on the way up the hill and we also saw a small town which is called the "cultural revolution" town if you traslate it directly from chinese. It was a nice town with many friendly people, it was a good trip.

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Today we were doing the daily video shoutout and we found a courtyard in the older part of town, on the walls of the courtyard there was words written in clay. It said "welcome to our old home", so we decided to film there, we looked inside and found that noone was there, so we finished filming and we got out of there pretty fast. Since there was not a soul in sight.

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Today we had a visit to the wind farm, it was amazing to say the least since that the winds are at least 50km per hour. We could see the turbine, which was surprisingly big, since you seen it from the distance it seems small. Up close it was around the size of a lighthouse, the blades are around 34-35 meters and the shaft even longer than that. It was a different experience to see wind turbines so close. It was beautiful to say the least, a different perspective.

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Today was finally our regular day, that we just followed a normal schedule, the day went well nothing was out of the ordinary. It was just a nice day with good weather and everything was going fine. 

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Today was an orientation of telling us what to expect and how is the system over here going to operate. We also got a tour of the village, which was very nice, the village was in fact full of tourists which I wasn't expiating. The town of Xizhou is a great place, and that the area is all natural, this world is much cleaner than that of Shanghai. That this is  the place that we will be spending the next 28 days in and I am sure that this is a decision that I will not regret. 

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This day was the start of our journey into a different world and in this world everything was new, yet getting to this world needs time. So we started our journey with a plane ride, a typical flight from Shanghai all the way to Kunming, which was a five hours and then we took a bus to the village which was another six hours. Basically the whole day was spent on traveling, only stopping on only a few rest stops, this part of the trip was pretty uneventful, but it has to happen. 

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At the start I thought I should just join it because I wanted to see the world a bit more. Now my viewpoint changed, I think that right now, I am running out of time for everything. I'm going to be in highschool in half a year, I find that this is a chance to explore and change my prespective. I want to do something that I will remember for the rest of my life before I go to highschool, something like this. 

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I am a member of the K group which is the Kryptonite group, now I am back in Shanghai. I really liked the time that I had back in the village, I wished that I can spend more time there.