Day two, beginning as early as day one had at 3 a.m., would be filled with a hike along a different section of The Great Wall and some cleaning up along the way. However, a lot of us students, except Brent, woke up with long faces not because of how early we were forced to leave our beds but because we had all slept through dinner last night, a dinner where we would be making and then eating dumplings. But after scolding Brent for not waking us up for dinner and hearing that we would be compensated by having dumplings for our late breakfast, we were content and set off.
Today’s hike was on a completely different trail. The hike was certainly easier than yesterday’s, during which we were faced with a 38 degree climb on the wall. We reached the Wall just before sunrise, and after catching our breath, we were given an awesome performance by William Lindesay and his son Jimmy, in which William told a story of some Nomads from the North coming to raid China encountering the Great Wall. In between, Jimmy would add some flavor to the story by adding in some historical details to better the story. One detail was the fact that the Chinese had land mines made with gunpowder and nails encased in a hallowed rock activated by a trip mine.
The way down was full of steep downhills in which we almost lost some members of our group, namely Aaron and Jake. But just as yesterday, we were greeted back in the barracks with juicy watermelon and dumplings for lunch, as well as two hours of playing Catan (a board game). –post written by Lwazi Bululu