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Puns. The 2nd worst jokes in the Galaxy. If there was an organization called the "Intergalactic Association for the Artistic Over Usage of Puns for the Purpose of Trying to Make Students Laugh But Not Being Able to Do So" then Mr. T would be the supreme chairman of such an organization. It seems that in whatever situation, Mr. T is able to make a joke out of the words we use by making a pun. And the puns are just continuous. To be honest, it is a very good way of passing our time. During long hikes, we can tell pun after pun to keep our spirits up.

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It's raining again. Again, it happened during my wellness workout. I was outside biking with three other friends at the time. We were planning on going to Lake Erhai to see the view of the lake and collecting some samples of take pictures of the plants around the lake. At first, it was raining, so we decided against biking and cancelled our plans. But the rain stopped and the sun was shining, so once again, we prepared for departure. It was going pretty well, until the rain kicked in again. We were quite far from the campus, and it would take us 20 minutes to get back. But then, disaster.

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Another half day outing today! Today we went to Zhou Cheng. We first visited the tie dye place and learned to make our own. There were two designs to choose from which was either the flower or the butterfly. I chose to make the flower. What we would basically do is sew the dots together….kind of hard to explain with words. Honestly, it was a quite a long process with me making mistakes here and there. After that we went to the kindergarten and played with some kids.

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Today was very…exciting. During WIPPI time, Mr. T and I visited this man who made caskets/coffins. He said that everything was handmade. They looked very nice. But the highlight of that part was when he asked me how old I was. I told him I was fourteen but for some reason, he thought I was twenty four (very weird indeed :P). That was just….strange. Well the MAIN highlight of today was when I went biking with Vicky, Sujin, Yifei and Nick. We went down to the Erhai Lake and had a bit of exploring.

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In Xizhou I learnt that you really have to be more deliberate in your actions. In microcampus, if one makes a mistake, everyone is affected. For example, if you were to be too loud in your rooms, everyone in the entire campus would be able to hear, therefore not being able to sleep. This is still happening, well, I'm probably one of the sources of it, but we've been told over and over again. In order to fully enjoy this experience we have to be more resonsible in our actions, knowing that every action would affect someone else.

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During "Terrace Time" Chris and I decided to go out into the fields instead of going to the Linden Center or staying at the campus (YZR). The moment we entered the fields we realized that this was a horrible idea, the ground was uneven and we could easily fall into water. As the unsmart and impulsive children as we are, we decided to walk right in. We decided to walk five hundred meters away from the village to a bunch of trees in the middle of the field,  All around us were stunning, luxuriant green crops.

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Well, Today was what was known as a normal day (not normal at all in my opinion). A normal day in Shanghai would be get up go to school, back to home, finish homework, then sleep. However, here it is very different, we would wake up and eat breakfast, then have a bunch of meetings, afterwards we would have lunch and then just 5 hours of time that is self organized. During this time we would be able to scout around the village, read a book, and ever sleep! But, no matter what you do, the most important thing is just to get your work done.

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HALF DAY OUTING! Today we went to Dali Old Town. We first had went on a short hike for about twenty minutes and then came across a lake/pond place. Most of us were skipping stones and just having fun exploring the place. We also had our terrace time there. We got to relax and I really enjoyed the sound of the water flowing. After that we went to the tea plantation and drank all sorts of tea.  We got pick the tea leaves ourselves and actually make the tea. It was really cool.

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I woke up at 6:30 A.M. as usual, and in the morning I was still a tiny bit tired from yesterday. Today was our second outing we had during microcampus to a place called Zhou Cheng, four of us including me biked to the place, which was tiring but fun. For lunch we had a bunch of unusual foods including treebark. A lot of the dishes tasted somewhat weird, but I was ok with that, seeing that I have eaten things that are worse. Afterwards we visited a tie-dye factory. Before this I never knew that tie-dying was such a hard job that required lot of focus.

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On day eight, six of the students in Microcampus volunteered to go camping that night, and I was one of them. I really feel that my view on camping has changed, I used to think that camping was on a flat piece of grass land, with not a lot of trees around. Now I know that this is not the case. We were taken to a swampy place next to the lake, the ground was rough, there were trees at every corner, and we even found a bone on the ground! We arrived there are around five something at night when the sun was still up, the place seemed awesome!

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After a four hours flight, and a seven hour bus ride, we finally arrived at Xizhou Yunnan at 7:30 PM. The place we are currently staying in is amazing, and I think that I would not have any problem adapting to Microcampus life! I can't wait to explore the village. The food is really taste here, a lot better than sodexo, and we have everything we need at the campus. I still fear that I might have problems not being able to meet deadlines, and falling behind. Also I have a tendency of forgeting important matters and events.

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Today we had another normal day, which would basically be having SAS essentials and meetings in the mornings and WIPPI time in the afternoon. I can't believe how fast time passes, it has already been ten days, only eighteen to go! When I get back to Shanghai, I would deffinetly miss the fresh air and the blue sky here. Anyway, today I revisited Mrs. Ma, an antique expert I visited last week. She has been a major help to my Inquiry project. However, today I didn't get quite as much information as last time, I just can't come up with any questions to ask.

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It's already day four!! Wow time goes faster than I thought. Well today was the first time we experienced the how a normal day in Microcampus would go. We first had breakfast, then terrace time at the Linden Centre followed by daily meeting, SAS essentials and lunch. After the lunch was the highlight of the day. We had this thing called WIPPI time (Wellness.Inquiry Project.Pitching In) where we had five hours to do things as we pleased (but had to try and get most of our things done).

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Day 9, We returned from our camping trip, it's weird how you notice more things during the night. Today we went biking again, luckily we didn't get lost. I think that the best way of getting to know the surroundings is definetly either by walking or by biking. It allows you to fully experience being outside unlike being inside a car. The view was amazing, It was really a nice experience. Today was actually our first free day, we had basically the entire day to chill. I can not wait till next week! 

 

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Today was a much relaxing day. We didn't spend a lot of time outside and had a lot of downtime. I personally really enjoyed today a lot. In the morning we got to go to the Linden Centre and enjoy some terrace time. After that we came back and had our first actual meeting with the the B4 crew. We also did a lot of things such as going to the Linden Centre recreation room. I enjoyed a good game of table tennis and pool.

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First day actually in Xizhou! Today we were able to go around the actual village and visit a few places. We met a lot of Mr. Yang's and had lunch outside of Yang Zhuo Ran in the square. I think the highlight for my day today was the horse carriage ride. We got to go very close to the river and got to see parts of the village we couldn't see before. The person who took us there was also called Mr. Yang and his horse was called Apple. He was very friendly and nice to us.

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We have arrived!! After about 14 hours from when our group met in Hongqiao airport, we arrived in Yang Zhuo Ran in Xizhou. During the bus ride, we took photos, looked at the scenery and some of us just took a nap. Most of the photos that I took weren't that good due to the lighting and the reflection caused by the window. Before we went on the trip, I thought there was going to be a really long time before we left to Xizhou but in reality, it was much shorter than I expected. Now I just can't believe that I am here.

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Today was a day of adventure. Mark, Jason, Chris, and I decided to go biking to Lake ErHai, despite the fact that there was a drizzle. We put on our helmets and our beautiful bright orange vests, and hopped onto our bikes.

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Hello everyone! Today was a quiet and calm day, but it was also pretty rainy (for Xizhou weather). In the morning, the sky was a bit cloudy and when we were walking to the Linden Centre (for Terrace Time), I could see the gray clouds very clearly. It was actually pretty, because the sunlight would shine through the gray clouds and make an effect that made the sky look like a heaven. I really looked forward to Terrace Time, because I wanted to be in the quiet and calm atmosphere to just think about my experience in Xizhou.

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Today was pretty much a learning day. I went outside with Mr. T and Cass at first and went into this house which had a fire before. It was pretty much deserted but I could still see the structure of it and it was just amazing looking at the ruined pieces that were still there. I am planning on going there again one day.

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Today was the start of phase 3. Phase 3 is when we start collecting data for the next phase, which is believe it or not, phase 5! (really phase 4). Today I went to Ms. Liu's house. She is a 60 year old woman who makes little baby shoes. I asked her what she does in an earthquake, and she said that she just held onto something because she does not have to worry about the house falling. This is because in the house there are grooves and sticks that hold the house together. I was amazed at that, the fact her house simply cannot fall to an earthquake.

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Interpreting Internet Sources: I personally believe that I would not need to use the internet as much for this project, mainly because many of the answers for my questions would come from people of the village. Also because many of the sources are extremely brief and always end up trying to sell me things. Therefore most of my research will be done at the village itself.

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Hey guys! Today is Sunday, and Sunday is usually a very relaxing and calm day. This morning, we got to sleep in, but I woke up at 8 o'clock to the sound of talking. I couldn't go to sleep, so I just decided to lay on the bed and think. It was very relaxing. Today for breakfast, I flipped a pancake! I made about six pancakes and they looked awesome (I think). My favorite part of the day was when we got to go biking to Lake Erhai. I went with VIcky, Sujin, Nick, and Yi Fei. The lake was beautiful and we could see the mountains that were not to far off.

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