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Today is November 19th, 2017, and today is the day we learned about the village that we are going to live in for the next month. After a satisfying breakfast, Mr. Tafel, our Mircrocampus coordinator took us on a tour around the village. We first explored the architectural side of Xizhou, observing and comparing modern and ancient Xizhou buildings. While walking down the streets of Xizhou, we were immersed with the commercial side of Xizhou, learning about the different shops and factories.

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Today was the second full day at Microcampus. We started off in the morning by waking up at 6.50 so that we would have enough time to get ready. Once prepared we went to eat breakfast. It was similar to what we ate yesterday morning, Er Si noodles, Xizhou bread, pancakes and other really tasty foods to start our day. We then started by doing our SAS essentials for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Today's SAS essentials was math. After that we also had was our first daily meeting. Are we did was pitching in time, it was the first time that we had our committee meeting.

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On November 23 I went out and about for my social wellness instead of physical. During this time another Microcamous went around the village making connections and conversations with the citizens of Xizhou. Making connections is also a task at Microcampus. The whole group needs 10 contacts in two days and I received six in one day. I started conversations by admiring people's  shop items, work ethic, and even with people that know my sister from her trip. I also connected with my sister because two of my contacts were people that my sister worked with.

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Today I woke up at 6:30 a.m., excited and nervous to be heading to Xizhou. As soon as we arrived at Hongqiao airport I knew that this was going to be a start of a new 28-day long trip where I will be able to learn, change, and grow. After saying our goodbyes and giving our last hugs to family members for the next month we got on a plane for 3 1/2 hours. As soon as we were nearby the Dali airport we saw the clear and warm weather which was the opposite of Shanghai weather right now.

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Today is November 23. Today was just like every other day. Breakfast, daily meeting, WIPPIS. For wellness today we ran to the Square and to the Mosque. I got 10 contacts from going around into the village. I feel like I am making good connections. Today after lunch for dessert I tried the sweet Xizhou Baba. It was very good, but also very sweet. Today I had a good experience, and I now know how to go to and from the market and the Mosque. We are still learning many valuable lessons, but I know we will get there soon.

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Today was the first day of Microcampus, our travel day. I was sad but excited at the same time to leave my family for one month. We traveled from Shanghai to Xizhou by plane, then took a 1-hour bus ride from the Dali airport to the Linden Center. At the Shanghai airport, Mr. Tafel left the people that finished their inquiry project work go eat at the airport as a group. Everyone that did not do their work on time they had to stay and finish their work. We got 100 kuai to buy breakfast and lunch.

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Yesterday morning, before the daily meeting I signed up for teacher support. Later that afternoon I went out with Ms Mai to the village to ask a few questions I wanted the answer to or needed to clarify somethings. We went to the shop called 'Old Town Snacks' where they serve Tafel Rice. We met Mrs Chai and Mr Zhao the owners of it. Today morning was like many other mornings. We had breakfast, SAS essentials, daily meeting, pitching in and then we ate lunch outside the Linden Center. We had the same partners as yesterday. We then had WIPPIS time.

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Over the past few weeks, I have spent time researching and narrowing down my topic of study at Microcampus. I have now started Phase 1 and will continue with my selected topic of local food and cuisine. In Phase 0 I did preparation for picking my topic along with research on Xizhou itself. I will now be covering some background knowledge as well and learning on what my topic is all about. 

What I already know about my topic:

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During WiPPIS time yesterday, I felt sick and took a nap.I should have told the teachers earlier since my appetite was bad in the morning.   At the end of WIPPIS time, I decided to tell Mr. T that I wasn't feeling well and wanted to skip dinner. I took my temperature and it was at borderline fever temperature. Since I had a terrible headache and felt like puking, I had/got to rest in the treatment room. Sleeping from 6 PM to 6:35 AM made me feel much better but still sick. Throughout the day, I was not allowed to go outside of YZR because I had to rest.

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Today, we had our first WIPPIS (Wellness, Inquiry Project, Pitching In, Still time) session. These five components are vital to the success we must earn here at Microcampus. I started out the afternoon with Inquiry project work, where I started to conduct the 3 to 5's we had planned throughout Phase 1 of the process. A 3 to 5 is an interview conducted with the range of 3 to 5 five people for about 3 to 5 minutes. These interviews took place for the purpose gaining familiarity within our local village and to find contacts that would help us through the research process.
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Today was just like many other mornings. During the daily meeting, I was the faciliator. It was a good experience. I went out to the golden flower with Ms Mai to meet the owner of the restaurant and the owner of a xizhou baba shop. I asked them many questions, including; what is their favorite food to eat, what foods do they eat on different occasions, and how do they choose their famous dishes. I learned many things from the people I met with, and I also got their contacts. At the end of the day, we had our first evening activity.

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It's interesting how your surroundings can affect your mood. Today, Xizhou boasted clear skies, dangerously fluffy clouds, and air so fresh, Shanghai would be put to shame. Trees gently sway with the flow of the wind as songbirds dive through. It almost sounds too good to be true. Today was a perfect day, everyone was doing what was expected and we are slowly treating mistakes as opportunities for learning. Collectively, we're accustoming to the dynamic of the Microcampus schedule, and this is helping me feel right at home.
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Today was our first full day in Xizhou! Every one of my peers has considered this to be such an eventful day, with many new historical discoveries along the way. The main purpose of today was to get to know Xizhou, as we would soon be able to get around without a teacher guiding our way. Today was a day of exploration, and the first tour served the purpose of getting to know and understand our surroundings. Once we had reached the local market, our group stopped by a spice shop, and talked to the vendor about her products.

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Although yesterday had been our first full day in Xizhou, today was when we finally started to get comfortable. I am slowly adapting the ways of Microcampus, and it has been a very interesting process. Day 3 was supposed to be our training bike ride, where we were to learn how to be safe and thus get our biking license. Unfortunately, that's not what happened: my group did not get our license. Only half the group had finished their inquiry project work that resulted in all of us having to stay home.
 
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It's an amazing experience to learn of someone's life story, to walk in their shoes, to live their life. You can never fully comprehend the nuances and complexities of another human's mind. Nevertheless, it's still a very valuable experience. Today I spoke to my first local contact, Mr. Duan, a textile artist that sells embroidery and fabric within the local market. My meeting with her was extremely helpful, as I learned many new things and made many new discoveries. As a part of my work in Phase 3, I interviewed Ms. Duan with the guidance of Ms. Mai, Mr. Chen, and Ms. Braverman.
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Today marked the first day of our journey in Xizhou! It seems like just yesterday we started preparing for this very trip, and as quick as a lightning strike, the has passed right before very eyes. After spending half a day scrambling to the airport gates, stumbling through an active construction site, and finally settling into our rooms, we could finally say our journey was complete. Leaving Shanghai, I was filled with a mix of emotions: sad for leaving my friends and family, nervous for the journey that awaits, and excited to be able to go to the village of Xizhou.

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Today was another eventful day in Microcampus. It was my first time videoing the Daily Video Shout Out and Ana M. and I went to the Main Square to shoot a video for you guys. We shot it there and when we got back it I put everything together. It was pretty much a normal day for everyone. When I went out for my Inquiry Project, Ms Mai, Ms Braverman and I walked around the Si Fang Jie and talking to the citizens of Xizhou about what they know on embroidery. Today, I have finally learned my listen about who to ask and who not to ask.

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Today is November 21st and the day started out like any other, a healthy breakfast followed by SAS essentials time, daily meeting, and then Pitching in time. Finally, after four hours of hard work and studying, lunchtime had arrived. I ate out at a restaurant called Old Town Snacks (古镇小吃) with my group members Michael, Henin, and Nina.

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Before the 28-day Microcampus trip, I took part in a pre-trip overnighter at the school to get a sense of what life at XiZhou would be like. I made a video about the overnighter, click here to access.

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Today is November 22nd, 2017, and today is the first ever laundry day for the only three boys at Microcampus. Saleem, Michael, and I woke up much earlier than usual so that we would have a sufficient amount of time to wash our clothes, hang them up and then be in time for breakfast. The morning sky was still as dark as the middle of the night, and the air was slightly chilly.

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