Day 23

We went to a part of Lake Erhai to pick up trash yesterday. It's a shame that such a beautiful place contains so much plastic wrappers and used tissues. We worked with some local kids from XiZhou middle school, and we got a XiZhou Volunteer hat to commemorate the event. However, the horse cart that we took there and back made me a little dizzy, as part of the road wasn't made of smooth concrete but of dry mud and rocks. We had gloves and trash bags, and I managed to fill two bags before we had to leave. I also found a ripped up burlap bag, but grass was growing on top of it! It was really old trash.

For evening planning, two other guests at Yang's guesthouse showed us how to play traditional Chinese games, before the laptop was invented. It was actually really fun, and the second game made you run a lot. We played tiao fang zi, or jump house. It was a different, more complicated version of hopscotch. Another game was diu sha bao​, or throw the sand bag. Team 1 stood on either side of the court and threw sandbags at Team 2, who had to run from one end of the court to another without getting hit. It was a faced-pace game. We had one of our free nights after that, and Madeline, Sabrina, Vella, and I played a game that we hadn't played in a very long time. Mah-jong. We taught Ms. Stagg too.

Picture 1: XiZhou Volunteer hat

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.