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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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I was thinking about how there is less than a week left on this journey. Then I remembered that Microcampus is not over yet. Over the three weeks, I learned that a day lasts a long time, and is not as short as what I anticipated back in Shanghai. Especially in Microcampus, the many activities we do seem to make the days longer because we achieve so much, and every day is a new experience. I started off this journey excited and positive. I want to finish it like that as well, and the finishing line is still leagues away from me. Still, I cannot avoid the seeping melancholy.

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One of the many things (perhaps the most significant thing) that I had to adjust to in Xizhou is the weather. Unlike Shanghai, the difference between morning, day, and night is fairly significant. I wake up in four layers of pajamas, laying under two blankets, and for lunch, I go out in my t-shirt and jeans. Fun, right? One of the trivial challenges I faced here is my lack of pockets. I mean, I pants and jackets do have pockets, but the pockets are either too small or the jackets are too thick for the temperature outside.

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Today was quite interesting. Everything seemed to be normal until I went out biking for my wellness. Let me put it this way: I lost my lock. I was biking merrily as if there was nothing to worry about. And that was true. My fieldwork for the day went tremendously, I had an amazing still time at the mosque, and my inquiry work was updated. It was not until 40 minutes or so into the exercise when I realized that my bike was making a peculiar sound. I thought my lock was stuck on the wheel or placed in the wrong place. When I stopped and looked down, it was not there.

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Yesterday, we went hiking. You can go check out the Day 14 journal post. Anyway, after we went hiking, we went to another area to go camping. This area is super big, and it is just a field of grass. There is a beautiful sunset that time that was about to get covered from the peaks of the mountain. There was also a small island in the same direction of the mountains. There was a house right next to the campsite that looked like a hotel, however, it was actually an animal farm.

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I would first like to talk about how my dish duty went a couple of days ago. Since I will be washing the utensils and plates every five days or so, I thought a little bit of reflection could help me become more efficient. I must remember to wake up earlier than I normally do in the future; I was the last to join my group of three dishwashers because I was late to join breakfast. Cleaning up after everyone else made me more aware of the hard work put in by others, especially my parents,  as I rarely used to clean my plates in Shanghai.

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Alex K., Shirley X., and I went biking to Lake Erhai. It was beautiful. There were the high mountains in the sky and the blue waters underneath. There were also green plants on the side. We wanted to spend our time near the water for Still Time. We parked our bikes, took off our vests and our helmets, and went down near the water, passed the rocks. Shirley went first, then me, and then Alex.

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Today, Sunny Q. and I went back to the tea shop I came yesterday. There is the same lady that I met the day before. She is Ms. He. She poured us some Puer tea, which is well-known in Yunnan. We asked he questions, and she responded to us. The questions we asked were mainly about our Inquiry Projects. Since my Inquiry Project is about the connection between people and plants, I asked Ms. He about where the tea comes from and where are these plants located it.

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Today, I socialized with the people in Xizhou. I biked with the other Microcampus girls down the street around Xizhou for about three hours. Along the way, I had learned how to bike properly, such as letting the people in the back know what you are doing. I learned that biking is not just foot strength and pedals, it is also thinking and knowing where to go. We all also said hello to pedestrians, or "ni hao" in Chinese. It was amazing how their smile from greeting us made us happy. It really brought me into a positive mood. This is really noticeable when I was eating dinner with my group.

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This has become a Microcampus tradition now... No, it is not. It is just a quirky idea to Clark came up with and we sort of jumped on the bandwagon.

You see, Clark W. had the insight to bring his Kumon to Microcampus, and Sam B. decided now was high time to start learning some Kumon. So Clark started teaching Sam some Kumon, and soon Sunny and Austin had joined.

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Yesterday Mr. T talked about the return to Shanghai, which reminded me, we only have four days left here, and the last day, Friday, will just mostly be flying back to Shanghai, so really we only have three days left at Yangzhuoran. This is a short amount of time for us Microcampus students but for China alive people, that would be the first day where people would actually start to do activities full time, as the first day would just be traveling and settling in.

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You know those youtube channels and the blogs, where there is a list of acknowledgments that really touch you. If you bothered to read the behind the last pages of some thrilling novel, there is always a heartfelt and emotional thanks for everyone who supported him or her in his or her journey.

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Today was the day where we do most of our service learning work, and it was much more intense than I thought, as I was the only person in my group that could translate decently. The translating took forever, with 2 hours on hand, I got only around 4 minutes of translate out of the 5 minutes done, which is good, but apparently I also have to change the type of text box I use because it was different as one of my teammates said, so I left that up to them as I was already getting a headache having not only translating but also changing font and text boxes.

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I officially finished my inquiry project with super fast scenes and hyper intense music, with fast picture switches and loud sounds all across the board, which I was super confident in. When the "Pearls of wisdom came in I realized that I needed to stop speeding my video so fast with 0.5-second images and music as loud as my script, so I had to make some changes to accommodate my audience so that they do not get confused. Mr.

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Today was the last day of Microcampus essentials, which means that another major project is going to take over the stress that the SAS essentials originally left us, yes! That my friends would be the combined forces of the due dates of Service Learning and Inquiry project, which is about as nice as it can get. Today I also went and became the meeting facilitator for the first time, which was stressful at first, but I had the best feeling of relief after it was done.

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Today was a day of different colors. The day started off pretty well - the usual routines in the morning were completed and I was ready for my second field research. Accompanied by Ms. B, I visited two shop owners around the Linden Centre to gain a deeper understanding of business interactions with tourists. Both shops were quite empty, so I was able to conduct a very thought-provoking and efficient interview.

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After getting my hands back on the violin again, I began to realize everything that I was missing out on.

Firstly, I realized my violin skills were taking a dive. Paganini's Caprice #24, which I had begun to work on before my violin back split in half (Do not ask), was abysmal. The theme already sounded awry, with my fingering too high. The variations sounded even worse, as my usually smooth fingering turned into a frantic shuffle. My Intro and Rondo Capriccioso was even worse, with Camille Saint-Saens probably rolling in his grave...

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It was now time to put my plans into action. My first official interview was accompanied by Mr. Chen, one of the teachers that had a thorough understanding of the village. I would say that my conversations with two business persons went pretty well. The first person I met was Jiajia jiejie, a woman who ran a shop selling attractive goods to tourists. The other person I interviewed was Li Ayi. Although they had very slightly different views on the issues I brought up, I was able to gain a common understanding of the notion of tourism in the perspective of business people.

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Today the whole group payed a visit to Dali Old Town, and I do not hesitate to say I love Dali Old Town. I love how they preserved the old buildings but allowed new businesses to open up. I love how they cater to both foreigners and locals alike, and I love how they have opened up the place to tourists. In stark contrast to Xizhou, Dali Old Town has been completely and utterly cashing in on tourists. Filling the wide boulevards of pedestrian streets are tourists and locals alike, coexisting in a strange tourism hub. 

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