Vincent C. (Alumni-C)'s Journal

So Day 28's journal is apparently not a journal, but oh well. As the title says, this is about why I came to Microcampus. To tell the truth, I do not have a definite reason why; after experiencing one month outside of my bubble, all I can say is that the experience was amazing. It kind of started with a "yes, no school for a month", but it also had a "this seems like an interesting experience". After joining the group late, I quickly realized this would not be a month without any school work or any work at all.

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It's the last full day of Microcampus, Day 27. I don't want to go, I feel like I haven't stayed long enough. We started the day off with breakfast and then a Skype call with Mr. Gould while my camera sat in the music room taking 1000+ photos for a time lapse I am making. We had our last meal out in SFJ today during lunch and because I have suddenly gone into a time-lapse craze, I took another 900 or so pictures of Si Fang Jie. I wish I had figured out how to do a non-video time-lapse with my camera earlier so that I could get more time-lapses and probably some better subjects.

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It's Day 25 and today was the day that the Final Product for Inquiry was due. I finished the product and Phase 5. After talking to Mr. T, I need to make some revisions. Anyone that has downloaded the PowerPoint don't use it because there are some bugs that I need to fix and some revisions I need to make. The PowerPoint ended up being 110 slides long, which is the longest one I have ever made. I bought myself some comfort food to eat on the bus back to the airport because I am nearly out. I forgot to mention I bought two tie-dyed table cloths.

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Today is Day 24 and it is the second to last day before Inquiry Projects are due. I worked on it all day today and I am pretty close to finishing. I am at around 80+ slides in my PowerPoint (the media I am using for my FInal Product) and there are going to be more. We had a tour around Xizhou with Mr. Linden today and he showed us an area of Xizhou I have never been to. We even passed a casket store which I never even knew existed. I wish I had because it had some pretty cool caskets inside. We got to see the area where another center would be set up. We went to Mr.

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It's Day 23 and we got filmed by another TV crew. But I'll start from the beginning; we had a late breakfast and chilled for the morning, after lunch something great happened. My service learning group went out to find another partner. Aidan's group's partner apparently had an older brother, but upon inquiring, it was not true. We came back to YZR and after confirmation from Mr. T, we were allowed to have Mr. Zhao as our partner. The cameras we used to video tape messed up a lot, and most of our video is in chunks, but otherwise, it went pretty well.

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It's Day 22 (actually 23) and I'm back from Bro's Night Out! We had an awesome night but according to Regulation 58 of the Manual of the International Bros Federation of Manliness, I am not at liberty to disclose any information about it. Otherwise, it rained again and the clothe are still wet. My Service Learning group went to see if we could video our partner; however, we got rejected by both possible partners and two new ones we found. We were "stalked" by a British guy who was really interested in Microcampus. We need to find a new partner soon.

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Today's Day 21, and sadly, there's only 7 days left. I had laundry day today and because of the hike and over a week of not washing clothe, my roommates and I (our group) had a ton of clothe to wash. We ended up having to do three loads, one for white, and two for colors. During WIPPIT Time, Aidan and I went to hang up the clothe; however, half an hour after arriving back at YZR it started raining. It rained for the longest and hardest yet in Xizhou, half an hour of slightly more than a drizzle. We had "karaoke" night, which turned into a sing-a-long.

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So it's Day 20 today, and we went back to Dali! The day started off pretty normal, we had SAS Essentials and I finished the Geometry Surveying Project. I had to facilitate today's daily meeting, I guess it was ok, but it was still probably the messiest and off topic meeting we have had yet. Worked on photo uploading and picture sorting, I got all of the funny/silly pictures of us and gave them to Ms. Mai, not sure why she wants them. WIPPIT Time was shortened to WPI Time for one hour, Inquiry Work was done together and we all started and finished Phase 4.

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So it's Day 19, and it's the last day for Phase 3. I saw the funeral today! I got a call from Ivy who told me there was a procession going on on the way to SFJ, I rushed there and filmed the procession going past. The procession was really loud, there were some trumpet like instrument (唢呐), cymbals, drums, and firecrackers. The procession was not as colorful as I thought, the most colorful part was the three 奠 that were being carried in the front (the picture attached is of one). I interviewed Mr. Zhao and he helped explain the reason behind some of the traditions.

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It's Day 18 today and the second last day for information gathering. I heard yesterday that a funeral was going to proceed tomorrow. I went to see the house where the recently deceased person lived. The family had hired a DongJing music band and were wearing white head cloths things and sometimes white clothe. They were preparing a big feast for friends, families, and even strangers. In the after noon, I went with Aidan to help him get some information from local contacts. My service learning group and Ivy's group went with Mr. T and Ms. Mai to find some service learning partners.

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Today's the first day back from the hike and my egs are really sore. I can barely walk, but my legs burn when walking up stairs. OK, maybe that was a little too far, but they hurt. Anyways it's Day 17, and it's Monday. I went with Jillian to the fields to find a person she knew. We waited for a while and collected garlic that was still in the fields. After a while, we left and went to find some more farmers and anwered some of Jillian's questions. I later went to Mr. Yang's (casket maker) place and watched him make part of a casket.

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Today's the first day back from the hike and my egs are really sore. I can barely walk, but my legs burn when walking up stairs. OK, maybe that was a little too far, but they hurt. Anyways it's Day 17, and it's Monday. I went with Jillian to the fields to find a person she knew. We waited for a while and collected garlic that was still in the fields. After a while, we left and went to find some more farmers and anwered some of Jillian's questions. I later went to Mr. Yang's (casket maker) place and watched him make part of a casket.

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Today's the first day back from the hike and my egs are really sore. I can barely walk, but my legs burn when walking up stairs. OK, maybe that was a little too far, but they hurt. Anyways it's Day 17, and it's Monday. I went with Jillian to the fields to find a person she knew. We waited for a while and collected garlic that was still in the fields. After a while, we left and went to find some more farmers and anwered some of Jillian's questions. I later went to Mr. Yang's (casket maker) place and watched him make part of a casket.

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Today's the first day back from the hike and my egs are really sore. I can barely walk, but my legs burn when walking up stairs. OK, maybe that was a little too far, but they hurt. Anyways it's Day 17, and it's Monday. I went with Jillian to the fields to find a person she knew. We waited for a while and collected garlic that was still in the fields. After a while, we left and went to find some more farmers and anwered some of Jillian's questions. I later went to Mr. Yang's (casket maker) place and watched him make part of a casket.

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Today's the first day back from the hike and my egs are really sore. I can barely walk, but my legs burn when walking up stairs. OK, maybe that was a little too far, but they hurt. Anyways it's Day 17, and it's Monday. I went with Jillian to the fields to find a person she knew. We waited for a while and collected garlic that was still in the fields. After a while, we left and went to find some more farmers and anwered some of Jillian's questions. I later went to Mr. Yang's (casket maker) place and watched him make part of a casket.

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Today's the first day back from the hike and my egs are really sore. I can barely walk, but my legs burn when walking up stairs. OK, maybe that was a little too far, but they hurt. Anyways it's Day 17, and it's Monday. I went with Jillian to the fields to find a person she knew. We waited for a while and collected garlic that was still in the fields. After a while, we left and went to find some more farmers and anwered some of Jillian's questions. I later went to Mr. Yang's (casket maker) place and watched him make part of a casket.

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It's Day 16, and we are back! We started a fire after an hour and warmed ourselves up. The wind was kind of strong and we had to jump back from time to time. We had strawberry jam, peanut butter, 饼 (white bread like stuff), oranges, and oatmeal for breakfast. We packed our sleeping bags and tents then played a bit of hackey-sack which ended because the holes in the hack became too big. We hiked to the opposite end of the valley and started our way down. Part of the path was a stream and it was pretty slippery.

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Here we are at around 3140 m. We packed up from yesterday's camp and started hiking. The trail was pretty much constant uphill. After what seemed like half an hour (though it was more like one and a half) we arrived at the bottom of the hill which was the highest point in the area, 3232 m above sea level. We climbed up and chilled for some time. My camera started messing up a bit (it actually started yesterday), whenever I auto-focus when too zoomed in, it stops working. I found a loophole but I think it is because of the altitude.

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Hi everyone, today's Day 14 and it's the first day of the hike. Along the hike, we encountered first slight 30 second rains which turned into a normal rain which ended with hail (it hurt like hail). My pants got soaked because I didn't put on my water proof pants, but my raincoat was on. Our altitude is about 2950 m right now, we started off at 2000 m so I think we did pretty good. Tomorrow we will be going to our highest point at around 3200 m then start back down for a little. My shoulders are a little sore as with my feet, but I should be ok.

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It's Day 13 and the day before our hike. I went with Colton to a local traditional medicine doctor because he needed a translator. Though we did answer the questions Colton had, the doctor kept on explaing what this medicine was, what it did, what was in it, how it worked etc. My service learning group and I went back out to find another partner because we didn't have any, but we walked around and didn't really find any people. In the afternoon, we packed for tomorrow's hike. My bag is nearly full, only a bit of space left for tomorrow's lunch.

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Hi everyone! It's Day 12. We had a normal day today, no skype calls with teachers for anyone because it's labor day. Went to play basketball with some local middle schoolers. We forgot to bring water because we were running late and everyone was busy checking out bikes. Luckily, Xiao Tang brought water and we had a great time. I learned that Mr. T's good at basketball because he is tall and he can shoot from under the hoop. Backing up a bit, my service learning group and I went to chat with out possible partner, only to find that she wasn't interested. We did meet Mr.

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It's Day 11 today and we went on our thrid half day trip. We went to a tea plantation near the three pagodas. The guys went on a hike above the plantation and chilled near a pool. The hike was a little tiring because we had to bring our whole hiking backpack. I packed mine with stuff I would probably use on the hike so I am assured that my bag won't be that heavy on the hike. Upon arriving back at the bottom of the plantation we drank some tea, which in my opinion tastes the same as any old tea.

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It's Day 10 and it was a normal day. During WIPPIT (+SL) time, I went to find some possible service learning partners with my group. We went north (I think, not so sure) from SFJ and found ourselves in a pavilion sort of place with some elderly women sitting together knitting and chatting. We approched them and after a few questions, figured out who was the most interested in us and we chatted a bit, learning that she had been a red guard in Dali during the cultural revolution. Her name is Mrs. Yang and she is 64 as of now. We plan on meeting with her a couple more times.

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We woke up at 6:40 this morning to watch an amazing clear sunrise, bet you don't get that in Shanghai. We biked back to YZR from our camping site at the tongue of the lake, unpacked, settled back in and had free time until lunch. After lunch I went with my Service Learning group to find some possible contacts. Upon arriveing back at YZR Mr. T brought us to a great man who is a retired lawyer, Mr. Yang. We talked for a while and learned some interesting things about him. We chilled in the afternoon and played a lot of hackysack and volleyball.

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It's day 8 and we are camping! We are at the Tongue of the Lake which is a peninsula that sticks out into Er Hai. I'm sharing a tent with Aidan. There's a ton of bugs but we are staying outside most of the time so it's not to bad. I got some good sunset photos with silhouettes of our group. We had a history lesson on China before we left so as to help us with our service learning projects. We are going to wake up tomorrow morning to see the sunrise. Photos will be posted in the galleries, see you next time!

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It's Day 7 and tomorrow's the weekend! Waking up at 8 to run, but still an hour later than normal. We went to San Yue Jie today with our hiking backpacks and hiking boots. Don't think my shoulders will be alive by the end of the hike next week. On the bus ride back, Mr. T told us about "handles", a.k.a. a nickname for walkie-talkies. Seems like I got the best one for our group, prancing pony. Wish I could change it but other people have to decide for you, so I guess I'm stuck with it. Gonna get some rest, see you next time!

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It's day 6 and almost the end of the week. Today I went to a mosque with Lucas, Ivy, Hannah, and Alisa. We met some nice people and learned a lot about Islam and their daily schedule. Mr. Yang from the Golden Flower was able to have some local dancers come over and perform for us. Most of us learned some dance moves with the dancers, but not me. I did what I like to do, take pictures. I got some good photos and videos and I might post some in the galleries so take a look! Going to Dali Old Town for San Yue Jie (三月街) tomorrow. See you next time!

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It's Day 5 and there's 23 more to go. Today we went for a two hour bike ride which dragged on for an extra 40 minutes. The Dali TV Station people came again and filmed us on the bike ride, and then they interviewed some of us. During the bike ride we stopped at the tongue of the lake and found a dead fish and rat (don't worry, we didn't directly touch them). We learned a Bai Minority song after dinner from Mrs. Yang. Got my first three-to-five today with Mr. Zhao who is the guard for YangZhuoRan. Nothing really much else special that happened today, see you next time!

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It's the 4th day already, and I have learned something new, something you won't find in Shanghai. I learned some words/phrases from the Bai language which I'm going to try and use when conversing with the locals. I met Mr. Yang who makes caskets and learned some interesting information about his job, such as the fact that he can make a casket in only two days. Can't wait for the two hour bike ride tomorrow. The Dali TV Station's coming tomorrow, otherwise that's about it, see you next time.

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It's Day 3 already, time sure does pass fast. Anyways, some people from Dali TV Station who were interested in Microcampus came over; I was "chosen" to be one of the four that they would focus on. Not sure how I feel about it, I hate being on camera, but I guess it won't be to bad because they want to catch us doing what we normally do here. We had what I guess will be an average day, nothing much to talk about. I made a daily video shout-out today, and not noticing that my microphone was off, we filmed it.

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Today was a pretty chill day, we took a tour around the town, had some free cheese, checked out the Linden Center, ate at the Golden something (can't remember the name). It is apparently the favorite resteraunt of Microcampus students, and after eating there I can see why. Mr. Yang (the owner is friendly), the food is good, and it's near other stores. We then learned how the laundry machine worked, and wen't back to the Linden Center to see the sunset and learn somethings about clouds and density and other science stuff.

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We have arrived! Woke up at 4, got to the airport at 5, took off at 7:30, landed at 11, got on the bus at 12, arrived at YangZhuoRan at 7. The air is nice, and I'm tired. The place is great, interesting architecture, cool door decorations, a large courtyard, bunk beds. The people are nice and seem to be either used to tourists or are naturally friendly. The first meal was pretty good. Hope to meet some great people who can help me with my Inquiry Project, and maybe even get me a casket ready to ship back to Shanghai. Wish me luck!

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We're at Xizhou! Let's get to the point, about me... well, I'm 14, I was born in Boston, lived in Connecticut, moved to Hong Kong at the end of third grade, and I came to Shanghai at the end of 5th grade. This is my first year in SAS. I like photography, chemistry, and I've just started archery (tiring after a couple days in a row, but fun). I joined the group a little late. Not much else to say, I'll add stuff when I think of it.