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Mirabel Foy's picture

Today we had no work except to make sure our family had a good time; it was a full on family day.  My family and I all walked into Si Fang Jie to learn how to make a Xizhou Ba Ba.  My brother and I had a good time getting to bake with our hands, and create something that we could eat.  I got two of the Ba Ba's that I made, and then we continued to walk around the town.  Maddie's family and mine walked around together and just explored on our own.  We went shopping for a little while at small stores and then eventually made our way to a different town square that had a huge stage.

Mirabel Foy's picture

Today my family finally arrived!  It was really cool getting to see almost everyone with their families all around them.  Only two students didn't have their family come visit, and those two went camping with Mr.T and Mrs.Mai on lake Erhai.  They adopted the two girls for the weekend, as they needed a family to be with.  Most of the parents arrived at the same time, around 2 pm.  By the time everyone got settled in and situated, the parents were all very hungry and in need of food. My family and I walked to Si Fang Jie with a few other families for a late lunch.

Madeleine Vella's picture

Today we went to go camping! Our morning was spent on inquiry, service learning and wellness plans. Then, we ate lunch at the center and went on our way to Dali old town to buy food. Mirabel, my tent-mate and I bought so much peanut butter, and things you could spread on peanut butter. For dinner that night, we ate crackers with peanut butter. The hike up to the camp ground was extremely tiring. I haven't done such rigorous exercise in a very, very, long time, aside from the 5 km run Madeline C, KT and I did the day before. The heat was so annoying on that hike up!

Caitlin Stagg's picture

On March 25th we celebrated our own Madeline Chen's 14th birthday.  Here are some pics of the day:

Mr T and Madeline: getting an awesome birthday hug.

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Madeline with her loving roommates.

Meera Kolluri's picture

March 30th: Since my family came earlier then the other families, they went on a village tour in the morning while I was finishing other Microcampus work. For curiosity sake, I sent my camera along with my dad to see how they viewed the village. Below are some photos that my dad took of my sister, and mom on that tour. I was really happy to see my family, and dreading to see them leave. My dad has managed to make it here even with his busy schedule, so that made me really happy.

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.

Noah Knobloch's picture

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.

Noah Knobloch's picture

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.

Madeleine Vella's picture

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.

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