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During the last 20 days, I learned a lot about my inquiry project, but I did not only learn those. I also learned to play badminton. Vicky first helped me to play, and I got better and better. It was very fun. Now I am planning to do my 20minutes in zone by playing badminton.

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At last, Phase 3 is pretty much done. All that has to be done is Mr. Tafels approval. I personaly cannot wait for the inquiry project to end because it felt like so much work. Well, that's the real life I guess. Cannot wait to see you all! p.s I am feeling a lot less stressed.

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The people of Xizhou must do something with their spare time, so what do they do? I could study the things the people do like hobbies, games, and sports. I would probably be looking at the older and younger people of the community because they are the ones with the most extra time. Some questions I could think about: How have the games/activities changed from the older generation to the younger generation/kids?

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WEEKEND IS HERE. Today we sort of got to sleep in but I had to wake up before 8:00 A.M. since I needed to work on my inquiry project. After working on that, Sujin and I had to get our laundry done. It was kind confusing at first because we first didn't get how to do them. It was the first time doing the laundry for both of us. It took us a while to get set since we started our laundry kind of late.

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I really appreciated sleep this morning because we were all forced to get up once again at 7:30 which was very early considering I still did not get enough sleep yesterday. We had to once again get into the routine where we start working on Inquiry Project, Service Learning, and extra school work. That isn't exactly very fun but at least we don't have to hike for 10 hours in the rain. Since we had a lot of free time on our hands I decided I should spend most of my WIPPI time working on my Inquiry project.

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I have never appreciated sleep so much in my life, the blanket was so warm, my head sunk into the pillow it was like I was resting my head on feathers. Big difference considering the fact that I spent the night before sleeping on a rock down hill. The best part was we got to sleep until 9 which is heaven for microcampus students. We still had a few things to do though like journals, skype calls with nurse, and SAS essentials and since I am such a good student I finished all of them which gave me lots of relaxing time.

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We only have 10 days left till we go home! Time sure flies fast. Today was the first normal day we had in a LONG time. Well not that long but still, it feels like a long time since then. We went back to our normal schedule of having breakfast at 7:30 A.M., terrace time after that, daily meeting, SAS Essentials, WIPPI time and all the other things we usually do.

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I just can't believe that the Microcampus trip is just a week and 3 days away. I knew that someday I will be just "a week and 3 days away" from departure, but I still can not believe it. Now, I am working on building more background knowledge about inquiry project I will be working on in Xi Zhou, and turning in some forms related to Microcampus. 

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Today, I really could not focus at school. In less than 24hours, I would be on a plane to KunMing. I am so excited and also little nervous. Last five days, I was squishing in all the tests and projects in school just like how I squished in all of my snacks in the zip-lock bag. I think other Microcampus members also "squished in" these things in last five days. I cleaned my room and my closet is quite empty now from packing. I said good-bye to my friends and teachers in school, and they all wished me good luck. My math teacher, Mr.

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          We went on a tour around the village today. Some local peopl remembered last year's group and asked us if they are coming again. I think the last year's group left a good impression on the local people, and I just hope that I can carry on with that. The market was really busy and crowded. There were a lot of interesting things, and I hope to freely walk around that place with less people and more free time. The highlight of today was the horse ride. Mr.

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Today was quite relaxing compare to yesterday. Mr. Tafel is giving us more responsibility and freedom each day. Being independent is one of the reason why I joined Microcampus, so I think this is a good challenge for me. During the independent time, I worked on my inquiry project, played volleyball, and took a 30 minute nap. I think this is a good start. One other fascinating thing that I learned about the village is that the stores close pretty early. When we went out for dinner, at around 6:30, more stores were closed than open.

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Today, we had another of our regular Microcampus day, and I think I am getting used to this routine. At the meeting today, Mr. Tafel said that we are going to the Dali old town tomorrow. I am so excited!! Our bikes also came, and they were all new and fancy. One of the bikes were small compared to others, and I rode that to the Yang's guesthouse, where the last year's group stayed. Yang's guesthouse had amazing architecture. It was colorful and curved in extreme detail. I really liked the place. I also liked Ms.

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Today, we went to the tea plantation and Dali old town. Before going to the tea plantation, we went hiking to a small pool in the mountains. I was surprised by how clean the water is and how the rocks changed it's shape as the water ran down for hundreds of years. It was really hard to get up there, but I think it was worth it. At the the tea plantation, we got to pick our own tea leaves and make our own green tea. If we had more time, we could have made black tea. I didn't know that black tea and green tea are made from the same leaves.

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Today, I went on bike riding to the Erhai lake for the first time. I went bike riding with Vicky, Clara, Nick, and Yi Fei. Yi Fei led the road to Erhai lake, but almost got lost on the way back. We went to a different village, and even saw a sign leading to Lijiang, the place I went last year for China Alive. However, it was really cool riding bike next to the Erhai lake and exploring new places. The sad part is that my heart rate monitor didn't work, and I had to jog around YZR to get my time in zone.

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Today, we went to the tie-dye factory in Zhou Cheng, and there were Bai minority headpieces. Everyone got curious and some tried wearing them. I actually got to learn about those. There are four special things that Dali is famous about. It is feng hua xue yue. In English, it is wind, flower, snow, and moon. Wind stands for wind coming down the mountains. Flower stands for beautiful flowers. Snow stands for the snow on the top of the mountain.

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A week before today was the day we first arrived at Xi Zhou. I can't believe that one week's already over! Now we only have 21 days left. Yesterday night, there was a forest fire across the lake, so it really didn't have any effect on us. Also, fortunately, no one got harm across the lake, too. However, many homes have been destroyed in that fire. We could see the burning woods near the Linden Centre. It was really sad. Today we first started our service learning project, and I meet several villagers.

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There are a lot of things that we can figure out without seeing them for real. For example, in few of my past journals, I wrote that the villagers in Xi Zhou sleep early because of two reasons. First, the stores close relatively early at night and they didn't know about the forest fire that happened around 10PM. This one is a bad example, but I think a lot of astronomy is based on these kind of thinking. Nobody, even Galileo Galilei, didn't see the earth orbiting the sun for real.

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Today was a normal day. I just can't believe how fast the time goes. It's already day 10. Ten days of seeing mountains during day and stars at night. Ten days of breathing in fresh air. Favorite part of my day usually riding bike along the Erhai lake. The view's really pretty. Green and red mountains behind fresh blue water. It is really amazing view. I think I am going to miss this a lot when I go back to Shanghai. 

 

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Today's hike was the most toughest hike I've ever done in my life. It was worth all the bacon and eggs we ate for breakfast. We experienced all four seasons in less than half a day. It was hot like summer for the first few hours of hike. We saw the white house on the middle of the mountain that we saw during terrace time. As a fun fact, the house looks like star at night. Then it turned very dry and windy because of the Venturi effect, which is when all the winds are going through a small valley due to certain geographical reasons.

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Today Clara told me an amazing discovery. She said that the word Da Li Shi, which is the Chinese name for marble, come from Dali. Da Li Shi in Korean is 대리석, which has extremely similar pronunciation. Many Chinese words have similar pronunciation as Korean words, but it came more special to me today since I was in Dali. This is one amazing discovery by Clara's mom.

 

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Today we went to Sha Ba to do some shopping. The market was right in front of the mountains and was really big. The market had various things: trees, flowers, pots, dishes, water bottles, baskets, clothes, aprons, Bai minority headdresses, shoes, Buddhism objects, antiques, pets, food…etc. I really liked the snack there. There was a spicy peanut roll that Mr. Tafel bought, and it tasted really good. I really liked that. They also had some ding ding tang (white candy), which I was finding in Shi Fang Jie for days.

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