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Today was good but also bad for me, as I have gone from a tea lover to a tea dealer. It all started with my water bottle with tea in it, which Sonia got interested in after smelling it. I had to control her but I realized that I could get her away from my water bottle by showing her the tea that I bought. It was the worst idea of the day. She started to smell like as if she was a vacuum and would not give it to me, I had to pry it from her hands to get it back.

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For my Inquiry Project today, I visited the tourism center for a radical Inquiry Project phase. Instead of talking to locals, I decided to up the ante and visit the tourism center, and talk to the professionals. Their job was to help tourists and provide insight about tourism, so I figured they would know more than the layman. I think that this is an unheard-of activity in Microcampus, and I was seriously concerned I would get thrown out. As it turned out, the guy was really nice.

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At one point in imperial Britain, the British household spent 5% of their income on TEA.

I have always wondered why: what was so good about tea? Although tea had a rather interesting flavor, it was bitter and bland. Why does the average British household not spend 5% of their income on fruit juice? Or soup? Now that I have drank some tea myself, here is my answer. There is nothing very great about tea, but it was better than water.

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Today we did the most challenging part of the Micro campus trip, hike for six hours straight with a backpack dragging our stamina and morale down at the same time. Before I went on the trip I grabbed comfort food, which will be important later on. We started by hiking up by a mountain, which led us to a forest path. The forest path lasted for about 2 hours and while we were on it, we dragged our morale up by naming every word that starts with an A, then a B, a C, and so on. We stopped at C as we were getting tired and also the fact that Mr. T had to control our volume.

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It struck me that in a 28-day-trip, brevity and efficiency were the key factors to get our tasks done. Before the trip, the ideal scope of my topic covered many different aspects of tourism and development. As I finished my last 3-to-5 interview today, I realized that I needed to narrow down my topic to something more specific that directly addresses an issue of my interest. I was offered with many options, such as a closer inspection of the Linden Centre's role in the Xizhou Community and the Erhai Lake policy.
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Today's photo printing went good, or disastrous I would say. When we wanted to write on the picture's back, my teammates forgot how to write their Chinese name, which made things complicated. I had to change Anders into 安的耳丝, which was terrible already, and when we did start writing it, the ink was smudged and we had to do it on another one. The other one we finished, but when we laminated it, it was erased due to the heat of the machine, so we had to write it with sharpie back in Yangzhuoran.

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Today started off with a very functional ringing clock that for some reason did not ring, although I think that reason is that someone did not turn on the alarm, oh well. The SAS essentials session was very intense, with no T and graphing calculator in hand, we had to resort to other solutions. Red did not have their lesson 10 up, so they did our work instead. When Ms. Mcdaniel finally released the homework, the reds realized, they have done the wrong homework. They were effectively scammed by us golds.

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After the hike, I decided to go to bed extra early so I could get in some sleep. I do not hesitate to say that I regret it.

8:30 I lay down in bed and listened to the sounds. There were people talking, people walking, cars honking, and at one point a full display of fireworks. Occasionally a beam of light would pierce at the inner layer of my tent, and I bit back a snarky retort.

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With too much time to spare, Austin Z. and I found ourselves back at Pessoa Coffee, for the 4th time.

Mr. Chen has tipped both of us off on Pessoa's secret menu, which consisted of one item, the Pink Drink. So we decided to try it.

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During down time, I decided to spend some time reading the news. 

It turns out I have missed out on a lot. Stephen Hawking died, A bridge in Florida collapses, and Putin has managed to get into a fight with Theresa May. This is only the tip of the technology iceberg.

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I remember yesterday I was strolling around Yangzhuoran, and I saw Clark reading about the Tea Horse Road. Casually, I proposed that he visit the museum, which was home to a lot of good information. He replied: "Oh, yeah. I was going to visit tomorrow". Casually chitchatting, I asked him what he did that day. He told me he had visited Mr. Du, an antique collector who was also one of my contacts. Out of curiosity, I asked for directions on where to find him.

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Today my twin and I took a moment to really reflect on how Xizhou has changed since tourism has brought in massive amounts of revenue. Here is a transcript on the debate we had over the positives of leaving a village as it is, and the positives of industrializing that village. Let's welcom my brother Evan, who is going to debate against me (Ethan) to show the conflicting points of view on this topic.

Let it be resolved that industrialization is more beneficial for local villages.

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This was probably one of the most hilarious events since. Our committee, the evening activities committee, set out for the Linden Centre to find some... movies. First our group of four were postponed, delayed, and suspended. Then, as we finally made our way to the Linden Centre, we were ushered upstairs into a TV room. The decor in the TV room and the neighboring library was hilarious. A huge bust of Mao Zedong sat on the counter, with the red words "Long Live Chairman Mao" stenciled in the bottom.

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Today, I took a moment to appreciate the food that was unique to Xizhou. I became a gourmet (or a foodie, if you are so hypocritical).

Microcampus Resolution Number 1: Eat healthy

Updated 5 months 2 weeks ago

My Service Learning Partner is Mr. Du. He is currently 74 years old and is the owner of the hotel next to Yangzhouran which is currently under construction. Mr. Du lives a peaceful life with his large family and loves to play Chinese chess and smoke water pipes.

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I will skip the tearful goodbyes, the uneventful plane ride, and the instructions. That is not what you are here for. 

What you are here for is the gist of the majestic scenery, the bloopers and blunders of our beloved friends, and my thoughts, which I can guarantee will be awesome.

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My Service Learning Partner is Mr. Du. He is currently 74 years old and is the owner of the hotel next to Yangzhouran which is currently under construction. Mr. Du lives a peaceful life with his large family and loves to play Chinese chess and smoke water pipes.

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Anders told me to write I love number 10 somewhere in my post, so that is why my title is I love number 10. I actually favor the number 7(Qi), but d not tell 10 I said that. The SAS essentials were pretty nice until I got to Spanish Yabla. The lady in the Yabla video spoke faster than I ran up the stairs today. I now must remind myself and others not to run up the stairs like we run to the baba shop every lunch out. Right, we should also not run to the baba shop like we run up the stairs too.

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The first fluorescent light in our room turned on at 6:30 a.m. It was the first official day in Xizhou - the early morning sky was a dim blue color, and the village was peacefully quiet. As we got introduced to some routines, such as dishwashing, schedules, and down time, spirit and energy seemed to circulate around the house. One remarkable moment today was a moment of serenity, an untroubled, undisturbed moment that arrived without precedent. It was a moment that I secretly longed for when I was sitting down in my room back at a city full of noise and humans. 

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