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Today was our first real MicroCampus day. We had our first daily meeting, and that was a little chaotic. There was so much information it was hard to prosses, but I am sure I will get better. We then started to work with our committee. Personly worked with the Food and Menue committee to work out next weeks arrangements. We went for a bike ride later in that day. We learned all about bike safety and the proper etiquette on the road. We then signed out the bikes and went for a ride.

Updated 1 month 2 weeks ago

By Austin, Lily, Shiny, and Brandt

Mr. Du is an 74 year old elder within the village that currently resides in a hotel under construction next to YangZhouRuan. He was a wood carpenter ever since he was 16 and often had to work hours and hours per day. Although Xizhou wasn't under any direct military conflict, he remembers images from the Flying Tigers and the planes that would fly over Xizhou. He currently just lives a peaceful life and often spends his time doing water pipe smoking or playing Chinese chess. (He also eats his meals really early!)

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Today was settling in day. For the most of day, we explored and developed habits. There were a lot of patterns to learn, like all the rules with mealtime, or the rules about what happens in our room and what happens when we leave our room. I only wish I had these habits in Shanghai, so it is not so hard here in Xizhou. We woke up early and unpacked so that we had a lovely and organized room for the next 28 days. Once we did that we went for a fascinating walk around the village.

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I had a lot of trouble sleeping the last night with the big trip coming up! I woke up bright and early so I could be prepared. The morning went quickly by and the moment to leave was approaching quickly. The moment came when I was at the airport saying goodbye to my parents. I would not get to see them for a month. Luckily we live in an age that we can call long distance at almost any time of day. The process at the airport went smoothly, and we were quickly at the gate of departure.

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It was a bright, sunny day. The canola fields were blooming with a sweet fragrance of March. The mountain ranges were so clear that I thought I could feel their rough textures, and the sky seemed so silky as if it were dyed with a traditional light blue color of indigo. In fact, it was an ideal weather for going on a short bike around the village. During Wellness, a peer and I went biking to the canola fields, which I visited previously. We spent still time and took some photos of the canolas while the sun was beating down on the bare fields. 
 
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I have a confession to make: I love the number 9. The number 9 has been the motivation and the spirit to lead my life. In other words, I am on the road to perfection:10, and I am soon getting there. Nonetheless, I believe imperfection is a necessary component to reaching our ideal destination.

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Today’s a day of clear blue skies and a bright sun in Xizhou. As a group, we finished our Phase 4, which is a stage of planning before creating our final product. My final product is going to be a video that consists of footages and photos and a voice over. Besides preparing for the final product, we also filmed our first footage for Service Learning. Our first filming didn't go very well - we had a lack of preparation and planning. The video was choppy and the interview wasn't smooth enough. We had a lot of work to do and a lot of effort to put in as well. 

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This morning, LilyAria, and I went on a 6 o'clock run/walk around Xizhou. The air was still chilly from the cold windy night and it was dark out with only the stars and moon illuminating our way. As we were walking we stared up at the stars and moon in the black sky. It was so quiet, as the world was asleep, and calm as we stood there, it reminded me of previous camping trips where the sky was filled with the same stars.

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Today is Day 4 of the Microcampus trip and I thought today's Wellness time was super interesting. After lunch, Clark and I went out on a walk/jog to make sure we were exercising today. On our walk jog we made a few connections. 

Ms. Ma was the first person we met while we were at the local mosque. She allowed us to look around inside and helped us understand what was happening. Inside we saw a classroom and the praying hall. It was all very interesting. 

Updated 1 month 2 weeks ago

The name of my elder partner is Mr. Li. He was born and currently lives in Xizhou. He is 76 years old and is a retired farmer. Nowadays, he sells supplies for people's death for extra money. He makes them by stamping red ink onto pieces of paper. He is very nice. He wants us to do good things when we grow up.

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Today is Day 1 of the Microcampus experience and I am nervous and excited to begin the rest of the adventure. At the airport we said goodbye to our family and the thought of leaving the people I love for a month finally set in. (But of course I am not going to let my feelings get in the way of being an open minded, responsible, and positive Microcampus student).

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Why did I come to Microcampus? I signed up for this 28 day trip to Xizhou for many reasons. I applied for Microcampus because I wanted a challenge and I wanted to experience something more than just sitting in a class and listening to a teacher talk about different things. I wanted to learn outside the “bubble” of Shanghai and to experience and learn new things that I could not learn back home. I wanted to get to experience a new lifestyle other than the wake-up, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, eat dinner, do homework, and go to sleep.

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Looking back to yesterday, my visit to the Yan Family museum led me to a completely new direction: antique furnitures. Now I'm being pulled to porcelain and furniture at the same time. I hate this feeling of indecision because it makes me feel unproductive. After my visit to the museum, I went on a jog-walk with my friedns. We got side-tracked after a few minutes but we got to see a lot of farmers working in the canola fields, spraying the pesticides. Unfortunately, this will create nitrogen pollution and devastate Erhai in a gradual process.

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Last night, sitting on the star terrace looking at the sky, Aria F.Clark W.Austin Z. and I made a promise. At first it was sort of a joke when I held out my pinky finger to them, but now I take it very seriously. The promise was that the family that we all built here in Xizhou will last us.

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Today is our last day. We will be hopping on a plane going to Shanghai soon and saying goodbye to this beautiful place called Xizhou. This experience for me has been truly breathtaking, and I hope never to forget it, but this brings up the questions: Why did I come here in the first place?

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Today is our last day. We will be hopping on a plane going to Shanghai soon and saying goodbye to this beautiful place called Xizhou. This experience for me has been truly breathtaking, and I hope never to forget it, but this brings up the questions: Why did I come here in the first place?

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I came to Microcampus to experience a different way of living rather than the simple bubble of my Shanghai life. I wanted to do something other than waking up, going to school, homework, dinner, and then going to bed. I wanted to understand another culture and the people from a different area and their lives. I signed up for this trip to make new friends and learn more about myself through a new experience. 

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Today Sarah R. and I went to Mr. and Ms. Wang's house. We wanted to watch them make baskets. We biked there and we watched Ms. Wang make the bottom of the basket. It was really pretty. When I saw Old Ms. Wang, I asked her if I could buy a basket. There were only two people in the house bought a small basket, which only costs 8RMB. After that, we continue to watch Ms. Wang weave the base of the basket. She offered us to help. We did a little bit of a basket weaving for the sides. As we do, Ms.

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Today Sonia Z., and I chose to do yoga for our wellness today. We brought our yoga mats and went out of Yangzhuoran. We chose to do yoga near the ficus trees right next to the canola fields. It was beautiful. We did a lot of yoga and a lot of people passing back looked at us weird. When I was doing the bridge, a man came over and watched how long I could hold. There were a lot of tourists on the horse carts, so a lot of tourists also looked at us. When I was doing yoga, Sonia's Time Zone was going, however, mine was not.

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Having something to remind me of this experience is great. Especially when it is physical. Even better if I spent money on it. Maybe that is because I have a tendency of relieving stress when I become a consumer. Yesterday, I went out with Brandt' L. and Anders L. to Sifangjie. The idea came from a couple of other students who started to buy necklaces to remember Microcampus. We were extremely jealous of those necklaces, especially the ones with a single acorn hanging on a thin black string.

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Day 2 is as good as the first, but if not, better. The most memorable time is when we walked into the Linden Centre. The Linden Centre is a small inn that has a beautiful landscape in the back of the building. We were told to be quiet or else this is the end of Microcampus with Linden Centre when we are in the first outdoor room. Thus, we did not talk at all. We walked through the second outdoor room. It was prettier than the first room. Then, we walked to the third room. It was far better than the second and the first.

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