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Another amazing day. Today we had the opportunity to visit a preschool and a tie-dye factory, which both were pretty cool. For the past week, I've been writing about daily stuff, so I'll tell you guys a bit more about what it really is like in XiZhou.

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In the afternoon, I went on a trip to Dali, where I watched a Dongjing music performance. This was extremely useful for my inquiry project and made me wonder even more about the importance of reviving the Dongjing music genre. After going to this concert, I have decided to slightly change my inquiry project focus towards Dongjing music. 

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Day 5 was a very fun and eventful day; we went for a hike by the tea plantation, and afterwards also went to pick tea leaves and cook them. It was a great experience and was just nice to get fresh air and nature.

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As Jason, Mark, Chris, and I went out for a run this afternoon, we experienced POURING RAIN. It was still fun though, and we got our exercise. But more importantly, we had time to bond. Let's still hope that next time we go outside it doesn't rain!

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The sky has cleared up and the view just gets better and better. Last night, we got to see a few bright stars, and hope to see even more tonight. Today, we had free time to do whatever work we wanted, and my friends and I headed over to the Linden center to get a bit of work done (this is where I am writing from right now). Later, we hope to explore the village and find a local basketball court we can use. 

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Yesterday was another day of just settling in. We got an opportunity to explore the village and meet many people: Mr. Yang with the Horse, Mr. Yang who owns the Jin Hua (Golden Flower restaurant), Mr. Zhao (our neighbor), and Ms Duan (a local musician/dancer). I was surprised by how hospitable they were and how they invited us into their homes or talked to us as if we were old friends with such light hearts and a great amount of trust. I really hope to meet up with these people again in the near future!

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Yesterday (day 1) was a pretty tough day of traveling. We had about 3 hours on the plane and 6 hours on the bus, but we were able to bond with one another, which was great. XiZhou is beautiful... the sky was perfectly blue, and the weather was comfortable. There are hundreds of meters of grassy fields right by us. I'm excited and look forward to spending 28 days with everyone else on this trip!

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It's finally friday!!!! WAHOO!! Today started out by finishing up phase 2. I am officially caught up and ready for phase 3. That was the biggest sucsess of the day I believe. I helped YiFei with his project, which is ok by me! I think that today was a relaxing day overall.

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Let me say this, I will not trust Yifei with my life. Today Clara, Yifei, Sujin, Vicky and I went on a boke ride and got lost. I was forced to take the lead and found our way out. It was fun in a way that we got to explore. Well, hopefully, Yifei will get us lost again!

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Today was a very interesting day. It started out with making pancakes and relaxing in the house. During luch we got some very nice fried rice, but then it started to rain. It was a nice drizzle that was worth watching. Now I am working on my inquiry project and we are about to eat dinner. 24 more days, going by so fast! :(

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Day 2:

We woke up at 5 in the morning because Yifei wanted to. Really Yifei? Anyway, we prepare breakfast, pancakes. After that we took a tour of the town. What I find amazing in Xizhou is that it’s not 2000 kilometers from my house, it’s not that I have more responsibilities than usual, it’s that fact that dentist use strange and unusual seeds for their patients.

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Finally, Sunday, a day where we came just relax and chill without anything. It's like Saturday, except without the service learning project. It feels nice to have a day without anything. No homework, no work, just watching movies, biking, and relaxing! Although, my room did do laundry today.

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Once again today was a blast. We had another half day outing to the tie-dye factory. What we did was we got a fabric and some string and neelde to sow together a flower or a butterfly. Once sewn, we would put ot in boling water. After that, we put it into a natural blue dye. Now we are waiting for it to dry.

I'm having a great time, except the fact that I am behind in my inquiry project. I need to finish my inquiry project phase 2 by tomorrow. I need to interview three more locals and I need to find a book at the Linden center about earthquakes. Well, I should start working!

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Sploosh, splash! Today we went to a waterfall and lake to try out our hiking boots and our backpacks. After a nice hike we took the time to pick and drink tea leaves. I think today was a break day since we had no inquiry project or any WIPPI (Wellness, Inquiry Project, Picthing In). Over all, today was a relaxing day.

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Ok, we've been in Xizhou for three days. What has happened? Our toilet clogged, I tryed new food, and I am reading a book about zombie survival. We barely been here and we've been having lots of fun. I can't wait for my inquiry project to start and have more fun.

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Day 1:

After waking up at 4:30 in the morning, traveling in a plane to ride a bus after 7 hours, we made it to Xizhou. It’s dark and scary, partly because I played slender on the bus. We eat dinner and then go to bed. I am rooming with Yifei, Mark, and Chris. I haven’t been hit with the fact that we are here.

 
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Well, tonight wraps up the first full weekend of the B-4 Microcampus group. What was scheduled to be a good bit of "down time" ended up being quite busy. I had promised myself that all the students would be up to date with their Inquiry Projects and Service Learning before bedtime, and the last of the students just finished up.

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Today morning the six brave souls woke up around 7:00AM and we went to watch the sunrise. It was absolutely amazing, watching the sun rise over the mountain, reflecting onto the lake, glistening in the light. After our "terrace time", we went back to our campsite and packed our tents and bags. Then we hopped onto our bus and headed back.

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I really don't know much about architecture in Xizhou but I know how they make the tiles for the roof of houses. They would use clay, cut it up, put it on this wheel like thing and spin it so it would be flat on all sides. I found it really fascinating because the person managed to cut the piece of clay up perfectly and basically with the same distance every time he did. I learned this in Lijiang when I went there for China Alive last year.

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Last night we went camping and it was so amazing! There was a bit of trash but it was not too bad. We set up a fire and I felt so proud because my Kroka skills came in handy. We weren’t able to get a fire started but then I went in with my little fiery teepee and we had a great fire within 15 minutes. Thank you Mishka for your wisdom! 

 

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