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by Faye Lax

Last Updated on July 24, 2015 by

It’s been almost 3 weeks since I arrived in Greece. I have my midterms this week and yet I feel like I just had my first day of classes. Time flies by when you’re not counting the days. It feels like I’ve been going to Deree for my whole college career; everyone is so welcoming and friendly.

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Besides the stress of the upcoming midterms, AIFS has been giving us the time of our lives. Last weekend, AIFS took us to Hydra for a day trip. It was absolutely breathtaking. To be honest, prior to my trip here, my idea of Greece was the way Hydra looks: houses on top of one another on high mountains and old cobblestones. I didn’t expect donkeys though- that was a pleasant surprise! The beaches, although rocky, were almost fake looking. I had to keep pinching myself to see if I was dreaming or truly experiencing such beauty.

The staff are magnificent here. They organized a karaoke night and this ghost club was filled with study abroad students having the time of their lives. I’ve never felt so free in my life. I’m not a shy person, but I most definitely do not sing or dance in public. But with this group of people, it was so easy to let go. I wish to hold on to the feeling I felt that night for a long time. And the friendships created here are special. I may not see any of the other students again, but I’m lucky to spending a month with them. Everyone comes into your life for a reason and I intend to remember that.

In addition to the organized trips, some friends and I took a train to Meteora and hiked up to the floating monasteries at 6:30 am. We spent seven hours walking and climbing through the most incredible scenery I’ve ever witnessed.

I could go on and on but I have to go study for midterms!

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