Day 6: Rooftop Sunshine
First off, Happy Thanksgiving! Sadly I will not be able to spend it this year with my family back home in Shanghai, but having said that, microcampus is practically family. Earlier this afternoon, Mr. T and I went on a walk down to the guesthouse nearby. Which is owned by the past "mayor" or head of the village, but due to the large amount of work and stress of owning the guesthouse and being head of the village, he recently decided to resign from being the head council. After saying hello to some of the local villagers playing Mahjong, we continued to walk up the stairs to the rooftop. There we were able to see the many solar panels that have been hidden from the community walking at ground-level eyesight. I was amazed by the size and total number of solar panels that were located on top of the newer buildings. Furthermore, I was informed that there were many remodels of buildings, since they were built in a period of time in which the buildings' architecture and designs were not very pretty. The villagers used the money that they were given to get solar panels built on top of their updated houses. Also, there has been a change in the styles of solar panels. From the roof I was able to see some which were just a flat screen, while others were rows of tubes (which allows more sunlight to be absorbed by the different angles of sunlight throughout the day). Although it may have only been a short 10 minute excursion, I now have experienced and therefore gained more knowledge.