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As the sky finally cleared today, my group decided to find Service Learning partners for the first time since Sunday. Though the partners that we found on Sunday were not there, we found two other, very friendly women. The first, Yang Nainai, was very open to us and asked us multiple questions as well. When we played a previous Service Learning video to her, many of her friends also came by to see what we were up to.

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Have you ever had something that needed to be done be blocked off by schedule? I know I had that problem today, but luckily, Mr. T was flexible and allowed me to skip the daily meeting today to accomplish some Inquiry work. Basically, what happened was that I had to go to a market that was a 20-minute drive away: Sha Ping Market. The Sha Ping Market is only open on Wednesdays and I was told that I should go in the morning. This is because the market is most busy in the morning.

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Yesterday, we had our hike and camped at the organic farm overnight. The hike was really challenging for me, but I actually thought it was really fun. My favorite part of the hike was probably going uphill, and walking along the Jade Belt. It was really cool to see the view open up since there were not any trees blocking the view. However, going downhill was probably the worst part. I felt like I was tumbling off the mountain, instead of gracefully walking down. In the end, we all made it in one piece, which was a huge relief.

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The day started off full of promises. The reason I am saying this is because of today, it finally stopped raining. Or so we thought. When we completed our Phase 4 work today, we were all really excited because we finally get to go outside to do wellness again. But when we left the classroom, it began to drizzle. Disappointed, we spent the rest of WIPPIS time in Yangzhouran.

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Today, we started and finished our Phase 4 work! We are officially done with field work and we now have to focus on our service learning videos and our final product. This week is also our final week of SAS Essentials, and we're all done with most of the work assigned to us. The only one left is science, which is pretty straightforward to do.

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During teacher support, I visited Zhao Nainai, an elder who embroiders for local stands to sell. We visited her in her courtyard, which, with many others, are shared with other families. She was really kind and showed me some of her work in progress: a 绣花球 and children's shoes. The embroidered ball were extremely detailed, with 牡丹,桃花,and 菊花. I was surprised, since I saw smaller embroidered balls being selled by Sifangjie.

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Ever since we came to Xizhou, we have been working on research for our Inquiry Project, which is evident in Phase 3. However, the research has come to an end. Just today we finished adding some final touches to our Phase 3 work. As my final teacher support opportunity, I visited Mr. Zhu's antique store again. There, he showed me photographs of portraits from the Qing dynasty, which were really interesting.

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Things are moving quickly within our Inquiry Project work. Just yesterday, all of our Phase 3 work was due (see day 18 journal entry for further details). Moving past that, today marked the first day where none of us had teacher support, or sign up at a specific schedule.

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Today is the big day: Hiking/Camping. Ever since we found out about the hike, we have been anxiously waiting for its arrival. Also, in order for us to ensure that our hike was going to happen, we made sure to stay on top of our game. We did not want to do anything that could prevent us from attending this hiking adventure. Another thing is, this is definitely an experience that I want to have, and I know that the group is feeling that way too.

 
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Throughout the past two-and-a-half weeks, I have been working on my Inquiry Project work for Phase 3. Specifically speaking, I was studying the topic of Body Language, and how it plays into the differences between locals and tourists. I met some incredible people throughout this journey, as well as some that were not as welcoming. However, the good side of my research definetely outweighs the bad.

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Today was a rollercoaster of emotions, again. Firstly, we are on our third week of Microcampus. Who knew that time could fly by so quickly. Not only are we on our third week of Microcampus, but we are finished with Phase 3 as well! After Phase 3, we can begin to go on to Phase 4 of our Inquiry Project, and from there, our final product. Another thing that happened to me today was the daily video shoutout (be sure to check it out here).

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Today, I completed Phase 3 of my Inquiry Project. After multiple conversations with different, friendly people around town, I noted down all of their observations and personal experiences of government propaganda, whether contemporary or from the Maoist days. I was completely surprised both by how much I learned from them and how much I already knew about this topic.

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One of the best parts of Microcampus is being given the trust and opportunity to eat out with our friends. It is incredible because it is not something we get to do in Shanghai, or during China Alive. Besides the obvious delcious food we get to eat, it serves as a chance for us to make connections with different restaurant owners or snack vendors. For example, the vendor who sells rose buns, has gotten to know Debbie and I well, as we go there everyday. She told us to call her Ms.

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Yesterday, Mr. Kendall Sternberg, an SAS communications officer, came to Yangzhuoran to live in Xizhou with us. He wants to make a movie detailing what we do in Microcampus, which involved him following and filming us during our daily schedules. He came with me to the Linden Centre, where I talked with Mr. Xu the security guard, and to Wellness, when I jumped rope with Debbie and Jason in a nearby playground. It was quite nice showing him around town like Mr. T did a week ago. I look forward to having him around!

 
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This morning, I did my Wellness Reflection for the past week and made goals for the next week. Afterwards, Debbie, Mia and I went outside to do Service Learning, and found two potential partners that we talked to for a long time. We got in just before a big rainstorm, followed by a thunderstorm (shown in poor quality above), stopped us from going out to exercise. Luckily, all of us were inside Yangzhuoran and were not affected by the rain.

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Yesterday, we hiked up Cangshan to the Jade Belt. The hike up was extremely tiring and exhausting, especially for me, someone who has no cardiovascular and muscular endurance. The trail was coated with slippery stones and untamed branches. But just when I thought my legs and lungs were going to give out, we reached the Jade Belt. We were all relieved and began our way south on the road. Walking on flat land suddenly became an easier task, and we rested our bodies while continuing.

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I cannot express how beautiful the hike was. The entire experience was so memorable, and gave the Tactical Group yet another journey to bond over. At steep parts during the hike, it took collaboration and encouragement from each other to make it through. Surprisingly, no one took pictures throughout the hike. I believe this is for two reasons. First off, a big camera would have just been another weight someone would have to carry, as if going up 500m was not hard enough.

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When morning came today, the sun did not. On a typical day, the sun bathes our room with the warm glow. Today that did not happen. Layers and layers of cloud blocked the sun and the bright blue skies. While working on my SAS Essentials, my fingers were freezing off. Throughout the daily meeting, I was complaining about the cold. According to the weather forecast, the following weeks would be rain.

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At one o'clock today, we will begin our hike! Although hiking is something that I am comfortable with, it will definetely push me outside of my comfort zone. This is because the weather today, out of all days, has not forecasted to be all sunshine and rainbows. However, I am still positive that this will be an incredible experience. I will be sharing a tent with Debbie and Audrey, and we are all so excited to see amazing views and play card games at night.

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Today was a fairly normal day. We had our daily meetings, did our pitching in, and laundry. For my wellness, Audrey and I walked in the direction of the morning market and stopped by the road to chill (sort of like yesterday). She did watercolor, while I read my book. However, I was dying because there were a lot of butterflies and bees (I am extremely scared of butterflies and bees) so we decided to move towards the ficus tree between Xizhou and Chengdong. For my inquiry work, Ms. Song and I went to Mr.

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Today, I went biking with Audrey to a nearby village. I am not sure what the village is called, but it was surrounded by fields and it was really pretty. We decided to stop by at the edge of the road to do some mental wellness. Audrey did watercolor, while I read from my book. Lots of people stared at us and it was pretty funny. It reminded me of the time when Mia and I stopped by the edge of the road to do exercises.

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Today was a really cool day. I went to a Ba Mu Shi, a temple that is on the edge of Lake Erhai. Ba Mu Si was a temple completely different from any of the other temples I have seen in Xizhou. Most of the other temples in Xizhou felt lively and full of energy, while Ba Mu Shi seemed rather empty. There was nobody except for Mr. T, the caretaker of the temple, and I. The temple still had some traces of the Cultural Revolution- Mr. T and I found a lot of communal cooking pots near the back of the temple. I saw a lot of major gods such as Guan Yin, and also Cai Shei Lao Ye.

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