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KT's picture

Today my family and I explored Xizhou. Even though I've been here at the Microcampus for just about two weeks already, I've never looked into the histories of the village. I learned about a man who lived through the Cultural Revolution and writes journals and paints about his memories, stayed right beside my parens while they bargained in the local market, and walked on the grounds of Yang Zhou Ran- the future site of the Microcampus! Back to what I was saying about Mr.

Noah Knobloch's picture

I spent the morning of  sunday just chilling with my parents hanging out eating breakfast. this day was harder because this is the day that most of the parents were leavingso we started returning to our  normal duties and started to get ready to work. which was harder because it felt like my normal life was back which I wanted despritly but things are what things are.

Madeline Chen's picture

April 3, 2012

To be honest with you, this was the most tiring day of the microcampus yet. We left for Dali Old Town after lunch and headed there to buy our food for the next 2 days we were camping. After that, we hiked up the mountain which was so tiring because we had to carry our hiking bags up the mountain. When we arrived, we set up camp, I tented with Meera because she didn't know how to set up a tent and Madeleine roomed with Mirabel. KT roomed with Maddie. We ate dinner outside then went to sleep.

Noah Knobloch's picture

 the next day we went with our parents and gave them a tour along with Brian linden. He showed us past stories of the village and horror stories, along the tour he showed us this interesting man named mr.dong. Mr.dong  was this amazing man who loved  to learn he had been through so many hard things in his life but he surpast it and he still loved learning and to me that was a great man.

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For Day 13 we spent the morning working and an hour in the afternoon just on school work and normal stuff. At 2:30 or parents began to arrive  it was weird seeing them in our world away from shanghai. This had been a  different world to see them was weird at first but pretty soon everything went into place and everything went back to normal it became the beginning to our first weekend completely off and or last so we knew we had to make it count so to speak. so we at first spent the ret of the afternoon settling in and relaxing.

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Today was a disappointing one. we ended not going to lake Er hai and we went to a textile factory about a 30 min drive. during the factory we ended up trying to sow our own  square cloths it ended up being very hard the women there were very talented. they could finish a whole butter fly by the time you finished half of the wing.

Audrey Chen's picture

I woke up in a tent to a sunrise (I was camping yesterday night). Bryce discovered embers that hadn't completely burned out from yesterday's fire, and we worked to bring the fire back. I looked for dry driftwood, and after we succeeded in re-making the fire, we packed up our tents, sleeping bags, and returned to the Linden Center for breakfast. I didn't exactly sleep well last night, so I was super tired, but exceptionally hungry too. I ate a fried egg, a pancake, three mini slices of whole wheat bread, a banana, a small piece of bacon, and a cup of green tea for breakfast.

Audrey Chen's picture

This is going to be a super long blog post. This afternoon, I went back to Happy Embroidery, and I asked some questions regarding my inquiry project. Ms. Li taught me how to do a basic embroidery stitch, and I worked on a red flower for a two hours and thirty minutes, only to accomplish a small fraction of the flower. Embroidering takes a really long time. As well, I learned how to get silk threads ready. First, you make sure they're smooth. Then, you loop part of it around your finger and start braiding it so it's easy to remove one single tread for embroidery.

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After a long. tiring day at the microcampus, we had a dance party! David sutton gave us "salsa lessons". We learned three different types of salsa. It was pretty fun. Today I worked a lot on my science project. Our science assignment was to create imovies about our science unit, but today I mostly did the research for it. I am so excited for the actual editing of it. I'm extremely passionate about making movies, a reason why I'm quite excited for the service learning component of the project.

craigtafel's picture

Well, the Microcampus kids, Ms. Stagg, and I went on a three-day, two-night camping outing, settling in at the Taoxi tea plantation, about an hour uphill from Dali Old Town. Good times, strong winds (with slightly stronger tents, fortunately), and a good time had by all. For many it was their first time camping while bringing in supplies (food, tents, water), so the packs were lighter this morning on the way down. Good stuff.

Ryan Zhao's picture

The parents have left and Microcampus has pretty much returned to normal. Today we did a lot of catching up, as we missed roughly two days with the family visit. On top of all that I'm really excited for camping tomorrow and I hope that everything goes smoothly, as this is my first time camping, I'm also glad we are gonna attend the Three-Month Festival, and I wonder what it's about. In conclusion, I'm pretty glad that we're finally back on our normal Microcampus schedule.

Noah Knobloch's picture

12 days. we have twelve days to finsh everything but after spending time actully planing out we have some full time work days but this can be done. It was good to get everything set and have the finsh line in sight . we have been planing for a long time and now we only have 12 days left. I have a lot of questions like how will life be like when we get back?I still keep thinking to myself what will it be like when this is finally done? how will this change me? well I guess thts we are all waiting for The Final Result.

Meera Kolluri's picture

March 29th: Our main trip today was an afternoon visit into Zhoucheng. In Zhoucheng, we visited a textile factory and were able to try it out ourselves. Since Maddie and Mirabel have textiles for their project, this trip was pretty helpful to them. The main reason why I loved it was because of the bright colors... perfect for photos! Once we arrived there after a 20 min car ride, we had the chance to try the textile process ourselves! Here is a quick layout:

1) First we were given a piece of cloth with outline

2) We sewed along the outlines:

KT's picture

As soon as I woke up this morning around six thirty I found myself cold and groggy for the first five seconds, wanting to complain about the broken heater and the bed being too hard... then I figured out that I was in a tent, and out camping. I also realized that this was the day my family came to visit Xizhou! So, I got my grouchy self together to pack up.

Finally after two weeks with no visual contact with my family, we got together. The rest of that first day with my family is blurry, so I'll leave this blog entry as that.

Meera Kolluri's picture

March 28th: Tonight was awesome! I know how that sounds, but it was truly.... awesome! I had a lot of fun! Mr. David Sutton ( the sustainability magician) has a soft spot for dancing! He turned on the music tonight, and pulled in a crowd! He first started with slow music where we had the chance to practice our ballroom dancing and then, as the time went by, we moved on to dances such as the chicken dance, cha cha slide, and YMCA. I enjoyed jumping around and enjoying myself after the whole day of working. 

Meera Kolluri's picture

March 27th: Today was our math quiz! We had sometime to study before, and I definitely  took advantage of that! Everybody found a quiet place to do the quiz along with a pencil and a graphing calculator. I went to the lounge to do my quiz and once I was done, I had to scan it to turn it in. The quiz itself was pretty easy, needed to be careful on careless mistakes. I really enjoyed scanning it to turn it in though. The process took the stress out of turning the paper into a teacher that is watching you during the quiz. After the quiz, we had some free time to catch up on out other work.

Madeline Chen's picture

March 31, 2012

Today, it was a pretty chill day. Everybody's parents were here except for mine and Audrey's. Mr. Tafel offered Audrey and I to go camping again. We offered Bryce to come and he did. When we arrived at the same camp site, it was easier to set up the tents and the fire. It was basically the same thing so I'm not going to elaborate more.

During the night, it was colder than last time and I had to wake up several times because of that.

 

 

KT's picture

What a lovely morning this morning it is we have this morning!

Visited a little place that dyes and does embroiders cloth. I did some embroidery around the shape of a butterfly, then got it dyed a really pretty dark blue. Interesting to experience the place and people there, just listening to their conversations (even though I couldn't understand a word) made the visit to the embroidery and cloth dying place special.

Audrey Chen's picture

I have decided to change my inquiry project. My previous project wasn't working for me; I wasn't interested as I thought I was in the original topic. I changed it to the embroidery, and I'm considering whether to choose the process/creation of it or the economic aspect. Though it's already almost 2 weeks into Microcampus, I plan to work super hard on it, and I think I can get the project done properly with support from all of you. Please comment with ideas and any form of help you can offer! Thank you, I really appreciate it.

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