Day 8: Trip to Dali

It has been one week since we arrived and settled into our rooms here in XiZhou. We spent the afternoon learning about China's history and going out to find elderly in the village. Whom we planned to talk to and ask questions. Many of the villagers that we found only spoke in a dialect that we could not understand, which meant they could not understand us either. After we got back, everybody went back into their rooms to fill their hiking bags with heavy valuables. We all did this because we were going to take them with us, so we could get used to carrying our hiking bags before our hike. Excitedly, we all strapped on our hiking boots and bags, and boarded the small bus. On our drive to Dali, I looked out the window and I was able to see a good view of the beautiful mountains to the west.  In Dali we were recommended by Mr. T to try the "Ugly Brownies" at Sweet Tooth. Furthermore, Julia,  Michael, Kchen, and I walked by a little stand that was selling flat-caps. Instantly our eyes were drawn to the bright neon green cap that had the word YOLO printed on it. By the end of the trip, almost half of the group showed up wearing the same exact cap. And just like K2 said, YOLO is not just trend, it is the trend. Overall, today I learned many lessons and will definitely take them into consideration when I make good choices during this next week. I must always remember to stay positive and experience new things here in XiZhou!

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!