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On day 17 of Microcampus, we have our usual morning meeting and SAS Essentials sessions and execute the daily WIPPIS schedule in the afternoon. On the afternoon, though, I had wellness with Annie; on the way, we passed the Linden Centre to return a book that I had borrowed from the library on the Tea Horse Trail. During which we got distracted by a Chinese watercolor painter that was painting the white, sun-blocking wall in the centre's courtyard.

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Day 10 of Microcampus was the first day back from a weekend of rest and recovery, and a productive one at that. I learned how to operate a tea set with Ms. Zhao and visited two more shops for information, so when it comes to inquiry productivity, I would say that today was extremely fruitful.

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On day 14 of Microcampus, our group went on a hike in the mountains and camped after that. I had expected it to be much more exhilarating than what it had been, but that does not mean that the experience did not challenge me; however, it was still an experience that inspired personal growth, intercultural understanding, and positive impact.

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On day 4, we spent the most of our time in Linden Center because there was an electricity and water shortage back in Baochengfu; after a meeting hosted at the conference room, we walked around in Sifangjie to familiarize ourselves with some restaurants and shops that we would potentially want to pay a visit to, either for inquiry or meals.

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On day 2 of Microcampus, we took a longer route around the village for a deeper comprehension about the directions, roads, meeting places, et cetera. During this time, we went to the bank and collected change, visited and overseen some stores and factories, tasted the food of the locals, and made conversation with various shop owners.

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On the first day of Microcampus, we had a hectic schedule; after gathering at 5:45 in the morning and embarking on a four-hour plane ride to Xizhou, we arrived at our home in Baochengfu. We spent most of our day unpacking and resting, but we did go on a walk down the village to briefly familiarize ourselves with the vague layout of the place.

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After a stressful but profilic week and a night of paranoia, we arrived back in Baochengfu at nine in the morning. Until noon, we unpacked our tents in the courtyard for the morning moisture to dry off and raced to our rooms for a well-deserved shower.

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On day 3 of Microcampus, we had our first official SAS essentials session, and the committees we were a part of had gone to work. On the afternoon, one of the most memorable things that would stick out to me for the rest of the trip was our thirty minutes of still-time in the fields after our bike ride.

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Today is the first day we got to go out into the village and talk to locals. We have teacher support meaning that a teacher will come with us just to be there in case we need help, also not to waste other microcampus students inquiry project time. I signed up to go with Mr. T because he reccomended this contact to me. I was going to meet Mr. Yang, an old man about 95-96 years old. He has a really good memory, so I wanted to talk to him. But he wasn't at home and so we went to talk to Mr. Zhao at this Baba Shop and Mr.

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Since it was the weekend, we didn't do much. Gabbie offered to teach us some things about painting and acrylic paint. It was very chill and interesting to see how colors work together. It was also nice for Gabbie to show us some of her artwork she did. They are very colorul but so realistic. There is more color than it will have in real life but as Gabbie said, if you get the lighting correct, it will feel like it is real. I saw how colors can show up differently to the human eye on different background color paper.

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During lunch, Annie and I went to a pearl store and I decided to pick a shell out of a random bucket. The quality and quantity of the shell depends on your luck. I choose a shell which include 28 pearls with mostly pink medium size pearls.  The shop owners said that they raised the shell by themselves and there is powder when they drill the hole into the pearls. So the pearl cannot be made out of plastic, but the pearls intotal only cost 70 RMB, so I am debating the fact if it is a fake or real.

 
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So we are entering week 3, time flies. And I have never been feeling stronger about my Inquiry Project. Today I had my walk and talk with Mr. T in order to make sure I am in the directions and get some pointers about finishing up my field research which is going great for me so far. I will not be talking to teachers but I will be talking to more shop owners about the Flying Tigers. I made this decision because Mr. T pointed out that teachers often say what they are supposed to say but not what they want to say. It kept my project on track essentially.

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Today, Our house Gabby so generously asked us if we wanted an art lesson on paint. It was very fun being taught the different shadings and really just how many colors you can blend. We then were able to paint what we wanted and that was fun too. Sadly afterward I came down with a stomach ache and had to go to my own room in order not to infect anyone. The room is really nice and I'm glad I have it to myself but I missed out on evening activity and dinner. Hopefully, i am feeling better because I don't want to waste any more precious time here at Microcmapus 

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Today was the first day of the weekend to rest and recover. When we woke up, we woke up camping. We packed everything up after breakfast and headed home to BaoCheng Fu. When we got home we had to set up our tents so that they could dry out. After that, I took the greatest shower ever, with hot water and soap. It was nice to take a small nap in my feather bed with my pillow once again. During down time our service learning groups went out to have conversations with local's and make connections. I cant wait for tonight's sleep in my comfortable bed!

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This morning we woke up in our tents ready to go home. Many of us barely got any sleep, and many of us were paranoid about the wind or other things. We packed our things and headed back to BaoChengFu. We took the shower that was much needed and got time to ourselves. My service learning group and I went out to make new connections. We went to a pagoda where some elders were hanging out. I got to witness multiple intense matches of Chinese chess.

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Today we returned from the campsite in the morning. My group and I spent time making connections in order to assist us with my Service Learning project. We found our contact today and I feel really great about where we are and where we can go. This is a weekend that will be about rest and recovery from the 5-day grinds. I plan on making some phone calls and arrangements for my Inquiry Project. I plan to rest and start the new week giving all I can give. Half of this trip has passed already, so it should be put as a priority to give my best and trust the process.

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The highlight of my day was when Mr.Wang and I had a very good conversation to get to know each other better and we even talked about some parts that revolves around my Inquiry project. He is a very nice person to talk with and I think that he is willing to be our service partner if our following plans does not work.

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Today (Day 14), we went on a hiking and camping trip. That gave us a break from the Inquiry Project. The skies were very beautiful. Although it was an overcast day and there weren't any stars that we could see, the sky had the most splendid shade of orange. Actually, I have to say, the Inquiry Project is like a baseball game. There are punctuated moments of excitement and there are the three ball, zero strikes counts. It's one going to work if the process is followed accurately and thoroughly. So far, as for my Inquiry Project, it is going very great for me.

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