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Today is December 3 and day 16 of Microcampus. Today me and my group for service learning, Henin and Holly went out to make more connections with the locals and come back to talk with past people that we have made connections with. We went to see some new person that we have not seen before, we talked to her for a while and learned that she was into embroidery and that she is 62. Unfortunately, she is not eligible to be a part of our service learning project, but I am glad that we were able to talk and connect with her.

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Yesterday, we found one of our potential service learning partners, Ms. Zhou. Ms. Zhou is 65 years old and has her own scarf/textiles shop. She runs it with her daughter in law, who also has a shop next to her. Ms. Zhou is so nice, and she gives us hugs everytime she sees us, as well as fruits every time we go talk to her in her shop. This morning, we had mindfulness before SAS Essentials, and the mindfulness track which we listened to required food, so we got mandarins. After that, We had SAS Essentials which was Math today.

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Today was my first time doing wellness at Mircocampus. Me and two other people on my trip went out to get our 30 minutes in zone. We started off with a Crossfit workout for 10 minutes, we then ran around the square for 40 minutes. When we got tired we would walk until we would not get time in zone anymore. We went to the two Ficus trees and did suicides for the final ten minutes. When I got back I completed my 30 minutes.

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Our hiking trip was amazing with so many views. We all loaded up all of the food, water, and tents into the four vans before we drove to the mountain. When we got there Mr. Tafel picked three people to go first and set the pace of the hike, these people were called the first group. Then I was the leader of the second group, we needed to be five meters away from the first three people. As we got further into the hike it was challenging to keep a steady pace and not stop. When we were about one hour into the hike we stopped and took in the view from between two mountains.

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Today is the second to last day to interview people in the Xizhou community. Today I wish to spend my hour learning about the ten questions I set at the beginning of Microcampus. I really wish to find all of my answers and recap all of my other knowledge. The Cheese Factory is another place where I want to find all of my answers. I think that I will not spend much time in the shops but spend most of my time on Phase 3 because I need to answer my ten questions and not add on to my information from local contacts.

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Today is December 4 and day 17 of Microcampus. Today I went to Bao Cheng Fu, this place is one of the partners with the Linden Centre and also Microcampus. Today Julia, Henin and I all went there for wellness and still time. Still time is a 30 minute period where you and your group members all sit silently and watch to world happen right before your eyes. My group and I got our badminton kit from the back courtyard and left for Bao Cheng Fu.

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Today Hayley S. and I used our Down Time to work around the village. While walking we found a tea shop that looked very interesting. When we stepped into the tea shop, the owner ushered us in and showed us many different types of tea and introduced us to many traditional teas that the Yunnan province had specifically. He told us that his main job in the tea carrier is to find the 7 most important things in Yunnan. He let us try two different types of tea. However, the difference between this tea and the ones we find in the supermarket is that the tea was made into a jam.

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Hiking, an activity that I sign up to do every year, is a challenge to me even though I love it. Since I was the slowest out of all of us, I volunteered to lead the “pack”. Being in the first one was hard since our guide Max (Mr. T in disguise) wouldn’t tell me which way to go but to follow my instincts. I was struggling with the way to the top and had trouble breathing. According to Henin, my face turned pale and Mr.

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In the morning of Microcampus day 15, we undid our tents and prepared to leave our campsite clean. The campsite was full of ponds, flowers and ducks and chicken around us. I wished we could have stayed here for a few more days even though it was freezing at night. 

 

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Today was just a normal Microcampus day, with SAS essentials, pitching in and then finally WIPPIS time. Since I had to change my teacher support session due to other, I moved mine to Ms. Braverman, someone I had not been without in Xizhou yet. Ms. Braverman and I walked around Dali old street until we found Xizhou’s high school. The guard of the school was nice enough to let us on the campus with no reasons because we didn’t look like bad guys. The school’s campus was huge with designs that look like it could be a Chinese style residential area.

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Today my service learning group and I found many potential service learning partners. In the morning we had our week 2 wellness reflection where we talked about our social, mental, physical, and emotional wellness. While writing my reflection I realized that I should be more physically active. After lunch, Nina A., Chris L., and I headed out to SiFang Jie to make more connections. We met 3 very nice and interesting service learning partners.

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Today was a day of inquiry, a day of exploration, and a day filled with wonder... Ms. Mai and I had decided to explore the path beyond the Linde Centre, not knowing exactly what we might find. What had awaited us was something I couldn't image, as we both turned the corner to find the unexpected. To our surprise, we had found a couple of textile shops displaying their own handmade, beautiful pieces of art. I knew I was in for a treat, for what I was about to find did infact, push my project forward for the better.
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Today is December 3. Since it is Sunday we got to wake up later than usual. I woke up at 7:30 to do my laundry because today was my laundry day. Everything went out great, and all my clothes dried pretty quickly. We then had our pitching in, after our breakfast. I finished breakfast and the dishes pretty early so Mr. Tafel brought out the hacky sack. He taught us how to play and the best parts of your body to use. We started to play and it was really fun. We ended up playing for about 30 minutes. If everyone touches the hacky sack then you get a hack and you celebrate.

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Tomorrow we are hiking to the Jade Belt!  Today was also a very eventful day. After breakfast during SAS essentials Wilbur arrived, Wilbur is one of Mr. T's alter-egos.  Wilbur specializes in threading and is planning on making his own youtube channel even though he does not know how to use Youtube.  In the afternoon Ms. Braverman and I  got to go back to the cheese factory and asked Zhang Jie more questions concerning my inquiry project.  She explained about patterns, colors, dyes, preferences, etc.

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Today is December 3rd, day 16 of Microcampus. Yesterday was the day after the hike. We went camping, and in the morning our tent was freezing. The insides of the tent were wet, due to all the condensation and breathing that happened while we were asleep. The first thing that I noticed when I went outside was that there was frost on the ground outside, and that it was freezing. The clouds which were normally way up in the sky were much lower, and everything ended at the same place as if there was an invisible ceiling. For breakfast, we ate inside a dome that was a greenhouse.

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Today is December 3rd. It is our second Sunday here in Xizhou. Yesterday when we came back we had to set up our tents so that all the water from the condensation could dry up. We then had lunch outside, and came back had time for service learning, pitching in time, and some downtime and still time. We got to wake up late today which was nice after the hike. I was really tired yesterday as it was the 'after hike', so getting a lot of sleep was very good. I am not that tired but I am kind of sore on my shoulders. For service learning today we went to Si Fang Jie and in the alleyways.

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Today is December 3 and day 16 of Microcampus. Today me and my group for service learning, Henin and Holly went out to make more connections with the locals and come back to talk with past people that we have made connections with. We went to see some new person that we have not seen before, we talked to her for a while and learned that she was into embroidery and that she is 62. Unfortunately, she is not eligible to be a part of our service learning project, but I am glad that we were able to talk and connect with her.

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Today is December 3rd, 2017 and today is the day my Service Learning partners and I went out to make more connections with the elders of Xizhou for our Service Learning Project. Furthermore, today was also our laundry day. This meant that we had to wake up earlier on a weekend, which was not very pleasant for me. Nevertheless, I was glad to have new clothes to wear for another week. At 12:00 came lunch, and then Service Learning time right after.

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Yesterday, we went on a hike. We hiked up to the Jade Belt, which is 2600 meters above sea level. The way up was one-third of our hike, and it was also the most difficult. Many people tripped, got hit in the face with branches and leaves and also got bug bites. For me, the way up was okay, and it wasn't too hard since I have gone hiking a few times before. Once we reached the Jade Belt, it was much easier as the ground was flat and paved. We got to put down our heavy backpacks and put our chins on the edge of the rock and look down.

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Today was the first day I did laundry due to the past week’s illness. I fabric sorted my clothes and left them in the washing machine. Since the weather and air in Xizhou, Yunnan is very dry, the clothes dry very quickly. The dry weather cause my hands to crack and my skin to itch but it is all good because I have lotion.

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I could ramble on and on about the great things here in Xizhou - the weather, the people, the environment - but one aspect of Xizhou's culture stands out: the food. From the rice noodles to then Ma La Tang, almost every dish I've encountered has made my mouth water. Today, however, I had experienced something even greater. Ana M. and I were searching for a place to eat lunch, and we stumbled upon a small restaurant of Hui cuisine. Restaurants owned by people of the Hui minority group can usually be spotted by the Arabic writing on their signs.
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Saying that today was a busy day was an understatement. We rushed in and out of tents, and domes, to get ready without freezing to death. Though it was cold and busy, the sight of the mountains and trees we saw yesterday made up for it all. Like mentioned earlier, in my previous journals, we hiked up to the Jade Belt and down for four reasons, and those are personal growth, expanding intercultural understanding, solving real problems, and awareness of impact. Those were the main reasons why we wanted to go up the mountain.

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