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Meera Kolluri's picture

April 2nd: With my family leaving this morning and all of our work rushing back to us, I was really thrown off track. I had to remind myself that getting homesick or giving up, wouldn't help me. Since we had lots of work anyway, I threw my self into it...after a quick workout. Normally when I'm stressed I swim(exercise), paint, or just relax, and since getting some exercise was part of my workload, it made sense to finish it off.  With a relaxed mind, I was able to get a lot of work done without sidetracking too much.

Mirabel Foy's picture

The hike.  It was one of the most tiring, exhausting things I have ever done.  If you have ever run a far distance, and you are breathing really hard and sweating a ton, then you know how most of us felt.  I don't think that anyone found the hike easy, everyone was huffing and puffing and couldn't wait for it to end.  At first we hiked up paved road which wasn't too bad at all.  I remember just staring down at the floor and watching the stripes whizz by with every step.  It was my way of coping with the circumstances at the time, but the road soon gave way to a dirt one.

Noah Knobloch's picture

 Today was the day when we went on a bike ride from 10:00 till 1:30. it was hard not because of the length but that we kept switching bike because most of them were really hard to ride because they were so old. it was hard but I had fun we tried biking in formation's such as the v formation and the 2 and 3 formation. we even found a special place to go for a quick 20 minute spa. I found the trip really fun and amazing but I was worried about the work I had missed doing this. Luckily when we got back after lunch I was able to go and see my elder for my service learning project.

Harrison Park's picture

Today was our first day of our family visits. When the group of parents first arrived, I jogged out to the main entrance of the Linden Center like I did when I was 5 and coming back from school, and looked at each parent's face to see which ones were mine. As the faces kept going, I started to get anxious, and when they finally stopped, I eventually started to worry. Had she forgotten to visit? Did she wake up late and miss the plane? Countless worries until one of the Linden boys came up to me and asked me if my mom was coming on the 6 o'clock bus.

Meera Kolluri's picture

April 1st: I had to wake up early for my dad today. Waking up early = not fun. Saying Bye = not fun. He had to leave a day earlier because of work. He always likes to tease us saying that we never cries when he leaves for work, and this time due to lots of confusion about airline timings, he left with a quick "bye and good luck", which I though was pretty funny. After he left, I was still really tired from the night before and waking up early that I slept in my parents room at the Linden Centre. My quick nap was followed by a nice long, and hot shower.

Noah Knobloch's picture

During that day we had to get up really early and  pack up and head down the mountain so we could go to the horse race for the annual 3 month festival. however what ended up happening was us missing the horse race which was kind of disappointing but I didn't mind to much because I knew soon we would be able to got to the food and I was starved. When we hug out at the festival for an Hour it felt like a African market people were trying to sell stuff everywhere the roads were flooded with people. They were selling popcorn and  cotton candy as well as watermelon and chicken.

Mirabel Foy's picture

I don't think that I have ever met a person who likes Mondays.  They are always a dreadful day when you have to do work after a break.  Well, today was no exception.  After our relaxing family visit, we had to kick it back in gear for one more day before we left for camping.  Tomorrow we get to go on a two day three night camping excursion, that everyone was excited or anxious for.  Until then though, we had to work hard to try and finish up some of our left over work from the weekend.  Today was strictly a work day, something that some of us appreciated and some of us didn't.  

Mirabel Foy's picture

Today I woke up early on the weekend just for my dad.  He needed to get in a run while he was in Xizhou, so I agreed to bike with him and keep him company like I usually do.  We went up to the "tongue of the lake" which we found out translates into a peninsula.  It was a pretty bumpy trail, but the view at the end was beautiful.  In total my dad and I biked/ran 5 miles, something that helped my get one of my PE requirements in.  I came back in time for breakfast at 9 am and then got to enjoy a nice long, warm, clean, awesome shower at the Linden Centre.

Noah Knobloch's picture

We woke up early and  were heading for a hike up the nearist moutain for around 2 hours before the sun hit full fledged. It  reminded me of new Hampshire becaue it still had the trees the knotty  roots that scatter the forest floor. However the altitude wa killer we would go for a while then need a break. it was funny seeing mr.tafel's head turn completly red. we headed up not being able to complete the hike fully because when we thought it would end wee kept finding a giant turn.

Noah Knobloch's picture

Today was hard, we went  hiking up the mountain with full back packs for an hour which at the time seemed insanely hard. Sweating taking layer by layer off so we wouldn't sweat as much but it still was hot. after we finished it felt good to finally say we had done it and that we made it to the sight but them we had to unpack and pitch up our tents for a nice restful evening.

Meera Kolluri's picture

March 31st: Our first day of activities with our families was today! My family and I joined two other families for a Xizhou Baba cooking class in the morning and then joined a huge group to watch fishing in the afternoon.  In the morning, we learned how to make Xizhou Baba! Maya, my little sister, was the first to try it out. She was quiet at first, but then slowly started to ask questions about the process. For me personally, it was funny seeing my family embrace my new lunch  dishes with such interest. :) I was personally shocked on how much lard was put into the Baba itself.

Audrey Chen's picture

DAY SEVENTEEN: Camping and hiking! We left after lunch on Tuesday, first took a bus into Dali old town. We went to a supermarket and bought our 'groceries', food to eat for dinner and lunch tomorrow. Sabrina and I bought two packs of dried beef (turned out useless because it was immensely spicy), apples, dried yams (very, very hard to chew), almonds, coconut bread, and water. The hike was tiring, but not overly exhausting; I think using my hiking stick helped. However, going uphill with a 50L backpack made me feel weighed down.

Audrey Chen's picture

There's not much to write about today. I packed for the upcoming camping trip, and tried to stuff everything in my 50L bag without it getting overly heavy (I had to bring a tent too!) or full. I had to re-pack about three times so I could compress and squish everything together. Also, when I went to learn to embroider, I asked questions relevant to my inquiry project, and though they're not a video recording, you'll see it soon if you keep on checking my inquiry project pages. I answered some of the questions in phase 1 (info will be on phase 3).

Noah Knobloch's picture

Today was just kind of a normal day it was just us working. we were doing or work but we had to prep for our hiking trip. we had to pack our stuff and we had to  finsh work so we have everything done. I was just nervous about the huge hike that we had to do.

Caitlin Stagg's picture

April 5th was another special day for those of us at the Microcampus: it was Mirabel's 14th birthday.  

We started the day on top of a mountain, camping.  We hiked down with all our gear:

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KT's picture

Gone to the little tie-dye and textiles manufacturing place with my family and Juan, who came with us to the workshop. I got the chance to talk with Juan about what she did in her religion and what she knew about others in the Xizhou district.

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.

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