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During day 14 of the the microcampus trip, we have hiked up the horse tea trail and went camping in a farm land. We each indvidullly have grown from these four big mirocampus visions (experiential learning, personal growth, expanding intercultural understanding, and having a positive impact). For experiential learning, we hiked up the trail ourselves with some guidence from the guider. Personal Growth is where I was the leader of the hike when we hiked uphill and sleeping alone in a tent.

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Today I was partners with Angela for WIPPIS time. It was yet another beautiful day in XiZhou, there was no rain, and the sun was shining the whole day. For wellness today we biked down to Er Hai, we biked into a small path leading into the lake. There were many bugs there. We were surrounded by trees, shrubs, and many other plants. When we had still time there we realized that many things had died and decayed, but these things were the things that supported the growth of other plants. When we were biking around the lake, I saw a few graves and mushrooms.

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Today we did not have any WIPPIS time, instead we had a hike and a camp out. We pitched our own tents, carried our own bags. For dinner we ate XiZhou BaBa sandwiches. The hike was extremely tiring but once we got to the top, the view was amazing. The process was nonetheless enervating. After carrying our belongings to the top of the mountain, we carried it back down the same route. We took a car to the camp site and set up our tents. At night when we were sleeping the wind blew unforgivingly.

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Today, Instead of WIPPIS time, We went camping. We started our day like a normal day. However when after lunch we drove down to a hiking trail. It was a beautiful hike being able to see Lake Er Hai most of the way up. It was a great hike that wasn't too challenging but really beautiful. When we were able to get to the top we had a truly stunning view of Er Hai and other villages. We went back down the trail to the base in order to drive to our camp spot. The camp spot was very interesting because it wasn't what I was expecting. It was sort of a tent hotel.

 
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Microcampus. This 28-day spring trip is definetely a once in a lifetime opportunity. During this trip, we must complete an inquiry project of our choice, in which we decide on before we reach Yunnan. When I first downloaded the list of possible inquiry projects, it was intriguing to me the amount of topics avaliable, as there seemed to be countless. Furthermore, all of them seemed to be subjects I would have an interest in and enjoy would studying throughout the process.

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Today, I was worring so much about my inquiry project that it distrurbed my morning's mood. This was because we have almost a week time or more to finish our inquiry project and I could not visit the elderly people because of my time slot. I also felt lots of pressure because I am the first one to ask about this inquiry topic "wealth and status" and it is pretty hard to discuss with the villagers.

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Today I talked with some older people in Xizhou around Sifangjie to see what they know about the Flying Tigers. I'm not gathering information, but I'm getting a sense of how this piece of history is being passed down. When the next week starts, I plan to talk to the teachers in the school. Today is again a pretty normal day. I look forward to finishing up field research and synthesizing the information I have gathered with "hooks and hangers." It will be fun! We do have a hike and camping trip tomorrow! I will keep all of you posted on that.

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We have 10 days to decide how our final product is going to turn out. We had our hangs and hooks talk after the daily meeting. It's about piecing together the pieces of information we have gathered. The hanger is the type of our final product and the hooks are the peices of information we need to know to support the thesis and the type of product.

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Today was yet another sunny day. Tomorrow we have our hike, if the weather permits. Thankfully the rain has gone, and the sun has come out. Hopefully tomorrow there will be no rain, and the hike will be successful. Today we received the hangers and hooks talk about how we should continue on with our inquiry project. Soon we will be starting up on our service learning work. Last night for our evening activity Gabby, the visiting artist gave us an intro to charcoal. We drew a pair of scissors leaning up against each other. Many of my peers had great drawings.

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Yesterday for the evening activity, our house guest so kindly hosted an intro to art class for us. A couple days ago, a lady by the name of Gabby moved into Baochengfu. She is staying in Xizhou for 2 weeks working with the Linden Center teaching art classes. She then proposed an Introduction to drawing class. it wasn't exactly a drawing class but it was much better. We ended up using charcoal paints and powder. We started off the lesson with the quick usage of charcoal powder on a brush, we then moved to the charcoal pencils.

 
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During a still time, I was by Lake Er Hai looking out on the beautiful scenery until I started to think about Home. This is the longest I have ever been away from my family and it is a bit challenging. I miss seeing my family every day and friends. I know that it is good practice for when I move on in life and in appreciate for the chance that is given. However, the 12 days have been truly amazing. I'm glad that I will soon see my family but also sad that this truly amazing journey will be over. 
 
 
 
 
 
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Today I went for another bike ride with Nolan to Lake Erhai. Again, it was very peaceful and tranquil there. My inquiry project is again on wheels again. I feel like by adjusting my project to focus more on preserving the Flying Tigers history. I made this adjustment because there aren't many people that actually remember the Flying Tigers and I can interact with schoolteachers and everyday people to see how this period in history has been passed down through generation.

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Today Annie and I went out for a bike ride during our wellness time. On the way to Er Hai, it was mostly down hill and it was relativley easy, but on our way back the wind blew extremely hard plus we were biking up hill. When we were down at the lake, we saw the water up close. After staring at the water for a while, I started to thin about swimming. It is the second week of Microcampus and I am already starting to miss swimming. Even though back in Shanghai, I never wanted to go to swimming training, I really wish that I could go swimming now.

 
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Writing an idea in the journal is very difficult because there are so many events that happened today. There is a time where I was the meeting facilitator and it was the first time I held a meeting. I was very glad that the superior group students supported me along the way because I was not very sure what to speak. I was really nervous and after the meeting, I felt much better and next time I would not be as nervous anymore. Another time that sparked me was during still time where I was in lake er hai with Barton.

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Today I combined Wellness and Still Time so we could have a longer outing, Nicole and me, we biked down to Lake Erhai and I sat right next to the lake on a rock for Still Time. It was very relaxing listening to the water brushing against the rocks and to see the algae waving about in the limpid water. Although I prefer Wellness and Still Time in the middle of the schedule, so it can function as a break, one benefit of having it first is that it readies me for Pitching In work and Inquiry Project work. 

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For evening activity we are having Mr. T Wiz Bang Allstar Superduper Trivia Night. This is the world renowned trivia game that is have heard so much about and am really excited to participate. It is the first time in about a week that we have had blue, clear skies. It was also the day we talked to the next Microcampus group. Angela, Laura and I had a skype call with the Micorcampus group coming right after us to answer some questions. It was great to meet the Tactical group and to be able to clarify some questions they needed to answered.

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Today was mostly the same as all the other days. Laura and I practiced hacky sack today. It's just hitting this sack with sand or beans inside with any part of our body (mostly feet) to pass the sack around. We have been practicing quite a bit these days. We are improving from not being able to hit the ball at all to at least being able to hit the ball once or twice and if we are lucky we pass it back and forth.

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I woke up to beautiful blue skies with barely any clouds. Today is Sunday and is a day of rest and recovery for us. In the morning we needed to complete a wellness reflection for the week. We took around an hour to complete the reflection. Afterward, we had lunch in House and a meal design by us students. Today was an absolute amazing day and hopefully will go for a bike ride soon. Today for evening activity we will be getting prepared for the week ahead. 

 
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After a week of communicating with villagers, I felt that my skills really improved. Today, for my inquiry time, I had a conversation with Mr.Du and he helped me so much. I asked him lots of questions and he was very open to talk with me. This time, there was no awkward silence and we both kept on making the conversation going, Mr. Du is a very nice, wise, and open guy which anyone can talk to. In the conversation, he would openly share his life with me and how he puts allegory to describe something better.

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Today was a beautiful day, the sky was blue and there was no rain. The sun was shining, but just enough so that it isn't too hot, yet it feels warm and comforting on our faces. Today was the first day of the second week where we got to choose our WIPPIS time partners for the week. Today I went to talk to horse cart drivers, but many of them were not willing to talk to me since I was not going to ride the cart, so I decided to go look for other people. I found a young lady who goes by the name of Ms. Pan. She made tie dye pieces which were extremely beautiful.

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