Day 2: Exploring Xizhou
Day two at the microcampus was amazing. We explored Xizhou the whole morning and took a look at the new microcampus site- to all of the seventh granders out there, it looks like an incredible place! We're not staying there now because it's under construction. Instead, We're staying at the Yang's Guesthouse. At the guesthouse, there are beautiful wooden carvings that are extremely impressive! For lunch, I ate noodles at sifangjie- the town square. It was very delicious. Here in Xizhou, they have two types of noodles- mixian and ersi. I honestly confuse the two a lot, but so far I believe I've only tried mixian. The difference between the two noodles are the size and lightness. One is big, but very light, the other skinny but very dense. Confusing, especially for someone whose Chinese skills are completely lacking. I haven't been able to practice my Chinese with any local people yet, except for ordering food and people asking me where I'm from. So far, I'm able to understand them, but I'm so worried that I'm going to reply with the wrong word or meaning that I've asked Katie to help me clarify the meaning of words a couple of times before responding in Chinese. It's a pretty nice day here in Xizhou, not to gloat or anything. We'll be freezing when we come back to Shanghai!