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claire01px2023's picture

Today, we celebrated the fourth birthday of Microcampus. It was Pepijn's, and before him, there was Xander, and Jasmine and Erin on the same day. Mr. Tafel told us that usually, there are only about one or two birthdays per Microcampus trip, so we were quite the lucky bunch. The cake this time was a chocolate-mint one that Ms. Braverman got this morning from Dali Old Town. Since Pepijn's father worked at the Oreo company, we prepared oreos as well.

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Today I woke up and I was ready for a hot shower and hot food. I went to turn on the light and heard what sounded like thunder but I just thought someone must have been moving a chair or table. The light did not turn on and I started to realized what had happened. The shower was cold, really cold. We walked into the dining hall and there was no food, and no kitchen staff. We waited and eventually, Mr. T got out the food. Then the sky fell down... April fools! Today was also April fools but no one played any pranks.

lifan01px2023's picture

When I woke up today, I tried to turn on the lights. After a few flicks, I realized that they could not turn on. Then I remembered that yesterday we had an electrical problem and that it continued today. Turns out, this wasn't the case. Today's power out was because of the storm in the morning. We had to walk 20 minutes to the Linden center to charge our laptops and continue out Service Learning Project. Hope this doesn't happen again, especially since we are so close to the deadline.

 

cathleen01px2023's picture

I finished a book today, which was titled, "Althea and Oliver". It reminded me of some John Green books, such as "The Fault in Our Stars" or "Paper Towns". This book, though, was different. It tells a story about how a boy and a girl whose best-friend relationship became tarnished by a syndrome the boy, Oliver has called Kleine-Levin Syndrome. This syndrome is where teenagers, mostly boys, sleep for a long time, around a month or two. This reminded me a lot of my time here in Microcampus, like a disappearance for a month or two.

sejin01px2023's picture

Today, electricity came back and we were able to use our WIFI and lights in our rooms again. It was scary how much we didn't know how much we relied on electricity, I had always thought I would be fine without electricity, but when there was no light and WIFI in real life, it was really difficult and sad. 

joanne01px2023's picture

Storms are normal, as the weather just does what it does. Some people like storms more than other people and some people don't like it as much. Weather sometimes is good, sometimes is bad, other times, it doesn't do anything good or bad. It's just neutral. Today, the storm wasn't that good for us, as it cut off the electricity, so we do not have electricity for the second day in the row, which also means no hot water for showers. 

emily01px2023's picture

Fate has pulled off another April fools trick on us Microcampus students. 

As I woke to the low rumbles to the thunderstorms, I knew that something was not right. There was no light on. Not even the sky. Pitch black darkness greeted us.

"The lights are still out!"

audrey01px2023's picture

Today marks the first day of a new month, 1/4 of the year has officially passed by. Today marks a new beginning. As today is the first day of April, we were jumping in and down in the courtyard, hoping to fool or trick someone into one of our plays. As a joke, my roommates wanted to trick others in the group by saying we do not have electricity due to the outage yesterday which dragged onto today. But when we woke up this morning, trying to get ready for breakfast and the day, we realized there was actually no electricity at all. Our plans for a joke fell apart, it backfired.

pepijn01px2023's picture

Last night just before I went to bed looking up seeing the huge variety of stars. Sitting next to Jake and Alan thinking about how great Micrcampus has been so far. I can not believe the trip is almost already over and having to go back to Shanghai. We have done so much over the past weeks, making connections, doing our field research, service learning project. I believe that we have done great this trip and have made it a fun and interesting one for all of us.

jasmine01px2023's picture

I woke up to a classic alarm clock and found myself staring at the dark ceiling. I then quickly tiptoed into the bathroom to brush my teeth. As a natural habit I have grown into the past month, my hands fumbled on the surface of the wall in search for the light switch. My fingers felt an elevated surface and I pressed the switched as I waited for something to happen. Nothing. I pressed the button again receiving the same response. An extended day of an unexpected blackout. And this time nobody is prepared for it. When I went out of my room, it was still dark outside.

emilly01px2023's picture

Inquiry project and service learning ready for T-check! Mr.Tafel's Pearls of Wisdom sounds pretty scary, and it is actually pretty scary, maybe. 20 minutes talk is 1,200seconds talking and revising for the final inquiry project. Hours working on the inquiry project and now, we have to revise it? With inquiry project and service learning in mind, still time becomes unstill. Like I've said, the last few days will be really busy. 

emilly01px2023's picture

In the morning waking up, hearing the thunder, knowing something must be going wrong, unexpected blackout. The electricity meant to resume by 11 pm yesterday, but due to the thunder and lightning, there goes another power outage for half of the day today. Wrapping up service learning and inquiry project the last few days we can just chill. 

becky01px2023's picture

Nyctophilia: Love of darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness.

Sitting in the dark without electricity, without wifi, without power, we could only listen to the creaks of the floorboards and we could only see the sudden flashes of light comings from our headlamps. 

Today, all the power went out. 

claire01px2023's picture

It was raining. The plitter-platter of the constant downpour droned on outside. The first thing we all heard in the morning was an ear-shattering Boom! as a loud bang of thunder seemed to roll right outside our door. The lights were still out. What was supposed to happen at 11 p.m yesterday did not arrive, as the massive rainstorm had cut out the power yet again. Without electricity, practically everyone's electronics were low on battery. Groaning, we realized that today was April Fools- what a great prank by Mother Nature herself!

dora01px2023's picture

Woke up to thunder and lightning echoing in our rooms. Yesterday the power in Xizhou was out from 7:00am-11:00pm, but that did not stop us from getting our work done. We traveled to the Linden Centre from time to time since they had a power generator there. Many of us woke up believing that we would be getting our Wi-Fi and lights back, but unfortuantely that was not the case. Many of us even thought that Mr. T was pranking us since today is coincidenty April Fools. In the morning we were just making predictions about the prank Mr. T was pulling.

emilly01px2023's picture

We were informed ahead of time that there will be no electricity today from 7 am to 11 pm. In the morning when using our bathroom, my first move was to turn on the lights and I realized there will be no electricity for the next 17hours. No light. No wifi. No electricity to charge computers when using iMovie for hours. Going out to SiFangJie seeing most of the stores having generators, all foggy in the air, the sky turning grey, I thought to myself, why can't today just be a restful day.

alan01px2023's picture

Today, the whole village of Xizhou lost electricity for the whole day. Waking up without light was a pretty weird experience, groping along the walls until I found my flashlight. For the rest of the day, it was weird working without electricity. The wifi was completely shut off, so we basically just worked on finalizing our projects and getting them checked with Mr. T. We spend a lot of time with our service learning partner Mrs. Zhang today, and she showed us many photos of herself when she was younger.

lifan01px2023's picture

Today was a very stressful and inefficient day, not because we chose to make it, but because there was a blackout. We all knew about this blackout before and all prepared for it, but it was not enough. Everyone's computer ran out of battery at least one time today and needed to walk to the Linden center to charge. Of the entire village, the Linden center was the only place which had electricity, which means the only place with WIFI and the only place with a working outlet. This was crucial because we are all working on our Service Learning video on iMovie and iMovie kills the battery.

jasmine01px2023's picture

Today was a phenomenal experience for me. I woke up fumbling to the light switch and realizing that the lights won't turn on. Then, my morning brain came to realize that it was the electricity outage we were warned about, and now it has come true. Before today, I have never noticed how much our lives revolve around electricity. I have come notice today that no electricity also means goodbye hot showers, outlets, lights, heaters, and most importantly: Wifi. This experience reminds me of a quote we were shared a week ago.

joanne01px2023's picture

Electricity. The thing that powers the world nowadays. When you don't have electricity, that includes Wifi, hot water, and lights. What would you do then? We still have to use our laptops for work, which made everything harder. But it wasn't only us without electricity. It was the whole of Xizhou where there was no electricity for the whole day, so it wasn't only us that had challenges. Many Restaurants used generators, or had gas stoves, allowing them to stay in business. 

emily01px2023's picture

Today for the entire town of Xizhou, the electricity is out from 7 am to 11 pm. And from today's incidents, it has shown me how bad of a memory I had. This morning, as I went into the bathroom, I reached out and tried to switch on the lights. To my "surprise", the lights did not open. Who would have thought? In the afternoon, as I had tried to open the lights in the closet, I had then realized again that the electricity was off. As I had tried once more to charge my computer, it did not light up. I then had to go to the Linden Centre to charge it.

audrey01px2023's picture

Starting from around 7:30 a.m. this morning, the lights, hot water, and all the electricity went out all throughout Xizhou. People used the sun as their main source of light, while fire, created by gasoline, kept families warm instead of heaters. As I walked through the dining room door, the food on the table seems to change a shade of color. The original pancakes were substituted by 饅頭, scrambled eggs were substituted by corn, 餌絲 was substituted by sweet potato slices. Things went downhill from there.

cathleen01px2023's picture

Today there was no technology, and the moment there wasn't, the day went wonky. I realized how necessary technology is to today's society. I had had a little taste of missing technology due to going to Microcampus with a smarter phone, though I never experienced something like this. The village had an entire day worth of no electricity, and specifically technology, because of rebooting and renewing the electric system. I imagined Shanghai without technology and how hopeless a modern city like Shanghai would be.

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