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Yesterday I thought I was not going to be going to Dali old town but I was pleasantly surprised. All the students went to Dali old town and ate there that night. I and Austin went together as a pair and ate at Sandra's... Something. This was apparently the same restaurant that Mr. T had to take all of the misbehaving kids to eat at, which was a low number of 6. I ate a bolognese Meatball pasta and Austin ate a cheese pizza. I also ordered an awfully disgusting drink, an Oreo milkshake, which was okay but too sugary for the salty foods I was eating.

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Although there are a lot of tourists here in Xizhou, I stand out. I have very bright vibrant red hair, and it makes me stand out. Here in Xizhou, there are not a lot of redheads, and it causes me to stick out like a sore thumb. Sometimes it can help to connect with people because my red hair can be a talking point and this leads to other topics which can make people more friendly told me. Another reason I stand out is my blue eyes. Blue eyes are very uncommon in Xizhou, and most people have brown eyes not blue.

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I went to eat breakfast and was surprised by the new selection of foods, which included fried eggs and mushroom buns. I ate the mushroom bun and realized that I do not really like mushrooms... not at all. Today is also the day Phase 3 is due and although I got all the information I need about tools, health benefits, color, age, price, packaging, everything, but I have no idea what my final product will be.

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I finally figured out a hobby that would be really fun, tea making. After seeing so many people brew tea and after learning so much about tea, I feel like it would be really fun and cool to get a tea set and cook tea in front of my friends and make cool comments like let me show you the true way of tea. Okay, that might be a bit weird, but it is cool none the less. It could also work as a cool present from my parents. Anyways, today, I bought some more tea, but much higher quality. I bought a cake of Pu'er Shou tea, and apparently because I was a student, I got 50RMB off.

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Today, my Service Learning group, Sonia Z., Anders L., Sunny Q., and I went to the photoshop to print out the picture of us and Mr. Li. Mr. Li is the elder who we spent tea with at his house. He is very nice and we took a picture together. We promise to give one copy of the picture to him because he keeps photographs, with some that were taken in 1995 and others in 2007.

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I love camping. The feeling of being outdoors so close to nature and setting up the structure that you will sleep in. I am sad to report that the camping I had yesterday was not the best. I had a relatively easy time getting to sleep, but the problem was the waking up in the middle of the night with stomach pains. It started at about 11 pm, and it was just a standard stomach ache that did not mean much and I tried to sleep through it. It kept getting worse and worse until I needed some fresh air I got up out of my tent hoping that after getting up for 2 seconds would help me fall asleep.

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Today, Sonia Z., Anders L., Sunny Q., and I went to Mr. Li's place to have tea. At first, he wasn't expecting us to come because it was during his lunchtime, so he told us to go out for 30 minutes. Thus, we spent our still time there, looking at the street. Once it was about 30 minutes, we came back and Mr. Li made tea for us.

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Today for our unique Friday activity, we went out for a long hike. The days schedule become out of whack with no daily meeting and WIPPIS time but we instead we went out for a walk and camping. The first part of the trail was straight uphill. For about an hour and a half, we went up a 600-meter vertical climb. It was a big challenge with a hiking backpack on our backs.

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First of all, I would like to say how I understand that this trip will involve me researching a topic of high interest about Xizhou's culture and/or people for an extended period of time. This meant that I could not just pick any topic for the inquiry project, but a topic that I will be interested in for a long time, as I will be staying in Xizhou for 28 days.

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I am so excited to go to Xizhou. I went with the Microcampus Voyagers group to the airport. When we went to Xizhou, we all noticed that everywhere we looked, there is a yellowish tint in the coloring. The best I can describe is when you look at an old photograph that has a lot of yellow in the picture. It was amazing. In a couple of minutes of walking outside down the street, we were right in front of the bus that will be taking us to YangZhuoRan. Before we can head to the bus, however, we needed to put our luggage into the trunk.

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Anders L. and I woke early again today to go for another walk. This time we decided to go East. Our original plan was to sit in a beautiful scenic spot on work on our Inquiry Projects but that did not happen. Just by 7 am, not 6: 59 am this time, we sent the confirmation text and walked over the "line". As we decided to go East from Yangzhouran we had to pass the Ficus Tree and the Linden Centre. We stopped on a gravel road past the Linden Centre and watched the beautiful sunrise and took some amazing photos.

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It is time for me to reflect and reminisce back to the reasons why I wanted to embark on this journey.

I have lived China for ten years of my life and my exposure to “Chinese history” has been generally limited to large suburban areas, with travel experiences usually restricted to short-term revelations of my host country.

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Today I was the Daily Meeting Facilitator. Every day we have a daily meeting where we share updates on our committee work, Inquiry work, school work, and also our Microcampus Schedule. For every meeting, there is Facilitator and a Minute Taker. Basically, if I were the Minute Taker for a meeting, at the next meeting I will be the Facilitator. Since my fellow peer was unavailable, I skipped the minute taker job and became the Meeting Facilitator, well I am still being the minute taker next meeting though.

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Connect Four, 8th Grades, Sweet BaBa, and Alaskan Billy Goats

Those were the four-team competing against each other in the trivia. The Alaskan Billy was really powerful leading with 72 points, the Connect Four with 70 points. the Sweet BaBa with 59 points (us), and the poor Eight Grades with 13 points,

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Today our special evening activity was a six hour and forty minute hike. A hike which seemed endless. The first part of the hike was going straight uphill. For about an hour and a half, we went up a 600-meter vertical climb. It was a huge challenge as we were carrying a heavy pack back on our back. What helped us climb up to the Jade Belt was when we started listing words from a letter of the alphabet. This took our mind off the task and it was really nice. The second part was when we started walking on a flat road, which actually seemed endless, for hours and hours.

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Today's a day of celebrating the successful completion of our service learning as well as the past days of staying in Xizhou. It is showing gratitude and appreciating the Xizhou community for supporting our stay. There will be a number of guests from a variety of connections our group has made as a whole. I am both excited and nervous to share our video because we have put in a significant amount of effort for the past few days and playing the video in front of Mr. Du, our service-learning partner. 

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