Day Nine

Trip to ShaPing! We went shopping in ShaPing (pronounced somewhat similarly by the way). I walked around surveying the goods of the vendors in this weekly market. There was fresh produce, fruits, meat being butchered on the spot, local embroidery and jewelry, household items, plastic stuff like Crocs (fake?), buckets, et cetera, and sweet treats. After sampling several local biscuits and a wafer, I bought some crackers with sesame and sugar, as well as a sunflower seed biscuit. According to Madeline C. and Madeleine V, the "world's best apples" were sitting in a fruit stall, so I bought five apples, as well as three bananas. On a random note, I saw a lot of spicy pepper vendors, and took a photo of a man grinding the peppers up.

We had a multitude of exotic dishes on out table at lunch. Crickets were the first dish; I didn't try any. But I did try a pancake with flower buds in it. It tasted slightly bitter, and I didn't like it much, but that might be because it was my first time eating it. Another dish was vegetables with tree bark. To be honest, I did not enjoy this meal as much as the other meals I've had here.

Another Random Note: I sometimes feel time-constricted. I mean, it's great here and all, but I wish we had more time to do our work. Between service learning, staff interviews, inquiry projects, both written and video blogs, and our school work, I think we need way more time to do all that stuff and eat, shower, and most importantly, sleep as well.


Gracias Audrey

Hola Audrey, as a parent and as your teacher I was glad to know that you feel time constrained--Madeleine has said this as well. For those of us back here in Shanghai (and elsewhere, like your grandparents!) we love to have news from you and hear about everything-it is good to know why we are not hearing from you more! Just remeber, this is a once in a lifetime experience, and you need to get all you can out of it. If you feel a little busy and out of your element, just know that this is great preparation for the future-at times as an adult you will feel too busy!

Photo one

I like this photo and was wondering, is the lady in this photo using braded string underneath her straw hat to carry something? Are her hair breaded with Beas tradition for women in Bai?

One at a time!

Hi sweet, it can be a little bit of overwhelming at times when you look at all the work you have to do and keep up with...But just remember one thing at a time. Embrace your experience and try your best for everything you're working on! Enjoy the moment which you've tried your best! We are always here for you! Love, Dad.

Hi! My name is Audrey... I'm really excited about Microcampus. I've never been to an area like that, and I'm looking forward to the fresh air and nice weather. I hope to learn how the people there live, as well as exploring the area and comparing it to Shanghai. Hopefully, I'll gain a great experience out of this trip.