Day 1: Arriving at the Microcampus

Tonight we got into Xizhou. It feels somewhat unreal. After a long plane ride and and even longer bus ride, we put our bags in the Yang's Guesthouse and went to the Linden Centre. I was immediately impressed with the whole place. It's beautiful here, and very relaxing. Plus, the food is amazing. It's organic and delicious and it sure beats the cafeteria food. After dinner, we sat out on the terrace and looked at the stars. It was incredible. We saw so many stars, and Mr. T's expertise really helped us get the most out of that. I'm here back at the Yang's Guesthouse. I'm exhausted, sticky, sweaty, and ready to sleep. Definitely should've drank more water today.  But I'm still incredibly happy and excited for tomorrow's events.

Hello, I'm Madeleine. I was in the pilot Microcampus program in 2012. In Xizhou, I researched Bai Minority Clothing because of my interest in the patterns and embroidery on Bai clothing. Though a seemingly lackluster topic, I found that my project became less and less about clothing, and more about the preservation of traditions in a village that is becoming more and more exposed to the world outside of the valley. I welcome you to take a look at my project, and see how my ideas and thoughts had developed over the course of a month!