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For Wellness, a peer and I visited the temple nearby. One was entirely Buddhist while the other one was a temple worshipping a local god. Although my family is Buddhist, I never had a strong faith or connection to religion. My view towards religion was not the most positive, and sometimes I was just indifferent to it. However, for an unknown reason, I felt very calm and peaceful today when I visited those two temples. 

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Yesterday, we had a lot of downtime. I spent most of the time with Sunny Q. and Austin Z. to play cards, then went out and chatted with some of the members in the Xizhou community near the temple. Later, I spent still time on the terrace and looked at this one frail plant surviving on the roof. It seemed lost and lonely, as its leaves flushed in the wind. For evening activity, we finished Kungfu panda 3 and a few of us became addicted to the song "Kungfu fighting".

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The altitude was high and the winds are wild on the mountains. Our 6-hour hike ended as we dashed down the stairs, eager to find a place to halt our sore legs. The hike started off by climbing a steep hill for 2 hours. We pushed up the rocky roads with force and effort to reach a temple that was above 260 meters from our starting point. As I exerted my force on each step, sweat started to form on my back, soon drenching my T-shirt in haphazard shapes. The moments of gulping down water were such a relief and a temporary escape from the aridness of the land.

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Yesterday was our last regular day of Microcampus. Today is the last Saturday and the beginning of the last weekend. We are starting the lastest. The last Sunday, the last laundry day, the last dish duty. 

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Yesterday for wellness Brandt, Sunny, Sonia and I decided that we needed more photos of Xizhou. So we went out and walked around Xizhou taking pictures. We first went to Sufanjie and took a lot of pictures of the square. Sadly to the square was crowded and we were not able to get a lot of good photos. Hopefully, we can go back and get more pictures because the square was lovely. The ample open space with the big gate is the superb place for a public space. After that, we went downs a thin alleyway with a lot of cool shops placed at the sides.

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Yesterday for evening activity we went to Dali old town. Its the tourist hub of the area and we had to be on our best behavior and we all very lucky to go. We got dropped off at the corner of the town, and we got let off with 1 hour and 20 minutes to eat and explore. We walked around a bit, and it was surprising to see a big group of people around (mostly because we have not seen something like that in 3 weeks). The town was a lot different from our home in Xizhou because of all the tourist shops and chains.

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Today was the first day I was the Daily Meeting Facilitator. Every day we have a daily meeting, and this is an organized time to listen and to relay information to everyone. This is where the committee can share updates and make sure everyone knows who is doing laundry of dish duty for the day after. Mr.T can give feedback to how everyone is dong on there work or spread out a timeline, so we are all prepared for the days ahead. Anyway, for this meeting, there is a minute take and a facilitator.

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The places in Xizhou are all lovely. Xizhou has impressive natural features that you would never find in Shanghai, such as the beautiful canola fields and the peaceful lake: Erhai. Still, time in the canola fields is very calm, and the bright color of yellow that sounds me makes me feel calm. Biking to Erhai is enjoyable. There are these long stretches of farmland, and the only thing that has a bit of civilization is the small freeway that cuts through the farmland. Then you go through winding alleyways through sections of houses until you get to the lake.

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The big hike is approaching!!! Yesterday we focused on making sure we knew how to set up a tent. Even though I have camped for a long time, it seems like you have to relearn the skill of making a tent every time. For example on this tent, there was a little keyhole looking thing that you slid into the supporting poles. I have never seen a tent like that! I thought it was a very cool concept. Alos our handsome young instructor who showed us how to set up the tent explained this innovative technique to minimize the clingy of the support poles in the wind.

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Today Inquiry Project was one of the down times. We went all the way to plan Z. Today we had the hangers and hooks lesson witch our teacher talked about our final project. I continued to think about the hangers and hooks all the way through my Inquiry Project. When we first went out, I wanted to Mr.Yang and maybe even started my case study but did not work out because he was resting with his fronds and playing a game. We decided that it was fine and we went to plan B, the motorbike shop.

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A few days ago we went to a Bai music concert at the Linden Centre. It was the first time we were allowed inside the linden center without a teacher, and we made sure we were cautious. It was a late night for me since we got there at about 8:00. It started soon after we got there and it started with an introduction to the music and the Bai culture. There were six musicals with six different Chinese instruments that sounded all wonderful. They first played a song that had an imperial sound to it and sounded like marching. The second performance was with a dance group.

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Yesterday we went on a Friday trip. Every Friday we do something unique, and yesterday we went out to either a dye-tie village (Chou Cheng) or a wind farm in the mountains. I choose the mountains with the wind farm, and it was a genuinely fantastic expire. We dropped most of the people off at the Chou Cheng and took a long drive up into the mountains. On the way up I got absorbed into my book and read a lot. One thing that I hope to do during Micocampus is read a lot, and I glad to report that I have been doing well.

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Today the Microcampus V group have finally arrived in Xizhou that we long awaited for. The view on the bus after the 3-hour airplane ride was amazing with mountains, farmland, fields, and especially buildings of Xizhou. The sky's clearness was amazing compared to Shanghai, but we soon learned the sky quality was 2 out of 10 and absolutely disgusting. Mr. T. even said that you can see the trees on the mountain even at a far distance on a normal day.

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The weather in Xizhou is some of the nicest, calming and peaceful weather I have ever encountered. Today was the 7th day, and all through this trip for the majority of the day, it was a peaceful baby blue. The most clouds we saw was the day we arrived where they were burned their crops and that day it was a few puffy clouds and a dusty feel to the air. Yesterday there was a thundercloud yesterday night, and we got to see the thunder going off. It was always off, and it did not end up coming to Xizhou, but it was very cool to see the thunder going off.

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Today was a decent uneventful, typical day (for microcampus). I woke up early this morning and started a load of laundry. A good thing I did because we had to do three loads today. After I did that short task, I read for about 30 minutes. Nothing is like reading outside with nobody to bother you in the pitch black morning. It was surprisingly calming. We had a quick breakfast and a runtime SAS essentials class.

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