Day 1: Long Day of Traveling

Today was the exciting start to our microcampus adventure... The extreme team gathered together at the Hong-Qiao Airport at 5 AM this morning, each individual hauling their heavy backpacks and dragging their suitcases behind them. Sadly, soon after the arrival of all members (excluding Julia who came late) we all had to say our goodbyes to our parents, whom we will not see for about a month's period. Although it was still early in the morning, many other travelers began to come and check their bags in just like us. While the bags were being checked in one by one, and the hosts of "Reality Bag Check" observed and announced the weight of all suitcases, we as a team talked about what we could offer to the group, as well as one "problem" that everyone else should be aware of ahead of time. Our long journey started with a crammed bus ride to the airplane, continuing with a 3 hour plane ride (which was surprisingly quite on-time). Upon the landing of the plane ride, I may have started my countdown a bit too late, which was shown after the plane hit the ground while I shouted out the number 2. Oops. However, aside from that fact, our journey did not end there, once again we squeezed ourselves onto the bus with our giant hiking bags. Smiles erupted on everyone's faces when they were all comfortably on the bus and full of food in their stomachs. Well, until the 3rd hour of the very long bus ride at least. The scenery, as well as Mr. T's mini lessons and rounds of "What would you do?" kept the team alive and on the edge of their seats. Kind of. Me, as a photographer, found the bus ride to be a very benefitting experience. Getting to see the beautiful mountains and sunset in the background. Also, the dark blue Erhai Lake that contrasted against the orange sunlight, reflecting onto the mountains. Even though it took us a while to reach the wonderful Linden Centre, in the end it was all worth it. Especially after dinner as we all met up in the Star Terrace and spent a good amount of time staring off into the sky. Admiring the vast amount of stars that you barely ever get to see in big cities such as Shanghai. Currently, I am super pumped about our arrival here in the village and cannot wait to get started with my inquiry project!


 -Nicole Chang

Hey, my name is Nicole and I am currently 13 years old. I was born in San Francisco, California and my parents are from Taiwan. Throughout my life I have moved 5 times so I am a pretty social butterfly. Leadership and taking risks are things that I feel confident at. Photography, dance, and swimming are my hobbies and passion. I had a very delightful time exploring new cultures on my microcampus experience in XiZhou and will miss it deeply!