Registration Day: On July 26th, the team put in hard work with the teachers to set up their class rooms, but the most important thing was all of the new faces that came to visit us at our camp!
Day One: Today we did all kinds of things. Opening ceremony, placement tests, our first classes, traditional Chinese dances including the fan, umbrella, and lion dances. After some rest, we learned about and made our own Chinese paper cut art!
Day Two: Today we started learning new dances like the dragon, Kung Fu fan, and ribbon dances! We also started small group sessions and have been hard at work learning and practicing our Chinese language skills. After dinner, we went to Walmart and bought snacks, drinks, and of course, soap and other personal hygiene products. It gets pretty warm during our day!
Day Three: Today was another big day! Great food, new language lessons to learn and practice, and making our dances look even better than yesterday! We ended the night watching a fantastic movie. As good as we are already, tomorrow will make us even better!
Day Four: Today was such a great day! Clouds kept us nice and cool (with just a little rain) and we improved so much. Troy's journalism department even came to interview some of us while we were practicing our dances, how exciting! The day was long, but it was very fulfilling. We just keep learning more and more in our classes. For our culture activity this evening we learned how to play Mahjong. The rules seem difficult at first, but we may have some master strategists among us. Here's to another great day tomorrow!
Day Five: Today on the first of July marks the end of the first set of weekdays, but don't worry, our weekend will be just as fun! We learned even more today, our dances are coming together quite nicely (look forward to a great show!), and we learned about traditional Chinese bracelet making. It was a great today to start July, and tomorrow will be just as great!
Day Six: Today concludes our first week of camp, and what a week it has been. We've learned
so much, made new friends, played new games, danced, and experienced so many things
important to Chinese culture. Today was no different as we learned some more advanced
ways to fold paper into beautiful shapes. It was tough, but they sure came out great.
We have come so far with our performances and we still have so much time to make them
Happy birthday to our very own Dr. Xu. 祝你生日快乐！
Day Seven: Today was just as interesting as ever! We learned about money today so maybe we can help you get a better deal next time you're shopping in China, who knows? Our friend Scott taught us how to use these strange yo-yo's where you hold the yo-yo with a string attached to two sticks. We also played badminton, hackey-sack, jump rope, and ping pong!
Day Eight: We went to a camp during our camp today, to Camp Butter and Egg for all kinds of fun activities. We climbed rock walls and rode zip-lines. Some of them were pretty intense. We celebrated the birthday of our fellow camper Lynn-Ann Koh today, happy birthday! We ended the night with a fireworks show on the campus. Happy 4th of July to everyone!
Day Nine: Today we got back into our normal routine, at least mostly. We are getting so close to show time and we are so excited for you to see what we've accomplished. Today we started trying on costumes for our show, we learned, we visited the book store, and made another trip to Wal Mart to prepare for the rest of the week. It was another great day in Troy!
Day Ten: Today was our last day of learning our show, we are now moving towards rehearsals before the final performance! It's going to be a blast. All of our practice came together for our last event tonight where we spent all the stars we had collected over the past ten days, but here's the catch: we could only speak Chinese or the prices went up. It was tough at times, but we managed to move out of the market with more than our fair share of goods. We may have even managed to get a trip out of town out of it. Look forward to tomorrow!
Day Eleven: Today was a bit warm, but we didn't let that bother us. We went to Montgomery for the day. First stop was Mr. Chen's restaurant for an amazing lunch and some shopping in the market. We visited the historic site of the Confederate White House in Montgomery as well as the Capitol Building for an interesting tour. We also stopped practicing our dances and started show rehearsals today. How exciting!
Day Twelve: Today was rehearsal day! We had to post a little late because we wanted to keep our costumes a secret. It was another great day, we got our last practice in and put the entire show together! We think it turned out pretty well.
Closing Ceremony: Thank you so much for coming to the show! We hope you enjoyed watching just as much as we enjoyed performing. Thank you to everyone that helped make everything possible and thank you to our parents for their support and care. See you next year!