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Paros!

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Sorry I haven't been able to update this lately and I won't be able to until probably Monday after class but we are in Paros and we have had a fantastic day so far! Justine is being nice enough to let me borrow her computer now but I do not wanna steal it away from her for a long time so just know we are safe and having fun!! I'll try to write before the ferry Sunday night (which is at 7:45) just so you know I'm good! Have a good weekend!

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The last day in paradise...

Sunday

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After we all woke up Sunday morning exhausted but around 9:00, it was time to get breakfast, return the ATVs and pack up. We had a little trouble at the ATV shop due to the fact that while we were driving one car bumped the back of another and the tail light got smashed. Unfortunately, the guy charged my friend Lauren 20 euros to get this fixed which is ridiculous due to the fact that it was a piece of plastic. Anyway, after we returned the ATVs, while other sat outside to get a tan, Laura and I went shopping in the town of Santorini. We wanted to see everything at least one more time before we had to leave the beautiful island. While on the strip, we met Danielle, Allison, Alex, and Nita (the four girls that stayed at the other hotel) and shopped around with them for a while. At 2:00 we returned to our hotel, got our luggage, and the hotel bussed us to the ferry port again. Meredith and I were scared just even looking at this zig-zag hill for the last time because of the torment it caused us the previous day. When we reached the bottom, our friends were still in shock that we managed to drive down this mountain on an ATV. We waited for the ferry for about and hour and when it came at 3:30 everyone piled on because it was a transfer ferry so there were not many seats and we still had two stops to make on the way home. The group had to sit outside because there was no indoor seating left/ unless you paid for the business class seats but it wasn't too bad anyway. We read, slept, listened to music, played RUMMY 500 for about 2 hours, watched Meredith stick cards on her face because she was "sticky" and basically were delirious by the end of the 8 hour ferry ride. Luckily, we caught the last possible metro back to Monastriki and everyone jammed into the apartment. The internet went really slow considering there were 19 teenagers that had been deprived of it for the weekend. Since it was father's day, we were all trying to use the phone or skype and eventually around 2:30 am everyone was sleeping.

Class monday morning was definitely interesting. Jane knew we were exhausted and she was just happy that we were all safe and stuck together. I think she really likes the fact that our group is so close and we go on the island trips together. After class yesterday I just hung out and tried to get everything back together and ready for the island of Paros this weekend. At around 3:30, a group of us went to visit the well-known shoemaker in Athens named The Poet - it used to be this old guy (now it is his son) and he makes all of the leather shoes he sells and before you buy them, he tried to adjust or design them to fit your feet. Unfortunately I didn't find any shoes in there that I like (yeah I know you guys are probably all laughing because I am so picky!) but it was a cool place to go visit considering he has made shoes for some celebrities. Later on in the night, Ashely, Tasha, Wes and I watched Transformers but I was still so tired from the weekend that I fell asleep halfway through the movie. =] (it was ok because I've seen it before!) As for now I am just hanging out because at 5:00 we are going to visit the Temple of the Olympian Zeus!!

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Saturday in Santorini

Day 2 of the best weekend ever!

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We all woke up on Saturday morning and after breakfast, went to rent ATVs (4-wheelers)!!! It was very inexpensive (about 7 euros per person) for us to drive them for twenty four hours and we put two people on each bike! Our group of 15 left the ATV place and started on our adventure to the various beaches that Santorini had to offer. My friend Meredith and I were on the bike together and I was driving first. The beach we were going to was only about a half hour away - little did we know we would have a little bit of trouble getting there. After driving down the roads for about twenty minutes, we stopped at a gas station to regroup. We had all been following Jason but he accidentally missed the turn so we had to turn around. While making the left out of the gas station, Meredith and I got stuck four cars behind our group since we were bringing up the rear (because we got our ATV last not because we were slow!). Unfortunately, this led to Meredith and I missing the left turn we were supposed to make and deciding to make the second left turn because we had heard Jay say to make a left and we saw the sea! Well to say the least, we were very very horribly wrong. Remember that zig-zag road with no railings that I mentioned in the previous post? At this moment, I was driving down that and there was no place to turn around or due anything considering 1. the ATVs cannot be put into reverse you actually have to physically go out and push them and 2. cars were passing us if we even went slow for a minute which made the situation ten times worse. I ended up driving us to the bottom of the cliff and then all the way back up and we decided to go back and try that first left turn. (this was about a half hour after we had separated from everyone - at this time they had stopped at a gas station and two of the guys had gone out looking for us but they didn't see us anywhere) After traveling down the road for about ten minutes, Meredith and I thought of calling Jane, our professor, to get the phone numbers of the two kids in the group that had international cell phones. So with our little calling cards and the piece of paper we had with her number, we called Jane and told her that we had rented ATVs and "had gotten separated from the group for a little so we wanted to meet back up." (obviously at this moment in time we were NOT going to tell Jane we were lost because she probably would've freaked out considering she is like our mom!) Well, our luck must have been slowly running out because Jane did not have their phone numbers and told us to call our assistant teacher Maria who did not pick up her phone even after the third call. At that instant, we looked down the road and saw one of the boys Mike on our trip driving his ATV up into the parking lot! We ran over and were sooooo relieved!!! (just so no one is freaked out if anything Meredith and I did know our way back to the hotel so we weren't completely lost)

Meredith and I followed Mike to the beach and we met up with our group! They had been freaking out until they saw us and finally everyone was able to relax. the beach had red sand and the water wasn't crystal clear but pretty much sea through. It was not crowded or anything so we had plenty of room to lay out together and relax. Jason let me borrow his snorkeling stuff so I went out into the ocean and hung out with the fish for a while! It was great. Soon after we headed back into the small town, grabbed lunch, and drove to the black beach. (this time we had a better system for driving and if someone was not in sight we all started honking our horns and we pulled over at the nearest place possible - in addition, we all knew the name of the beach and the directions to the beach!) After a nap on the beach, about five of us wanted to go cliff jumping. Jason had checked out a spot for us so the five of us (me, anne, tasha, christine, and jason) swam out and huddled in a little cave. One at a time we climbed up the side of the rocks and jumped into the water! At first, I was so scared! I mean, I never used to be able to go on roller coasters before and now I was jumping off a cliff into the ocean with rocks about ten feet under! (we had tested before to make sure we wouldn't hit the rocks) I did scrape myself on one of the rocks on the way up - clumsy me I know - but it's fine the experience was great and I am looking forward to more cliff jumping in Paros this weekend. =] Immediately after cliff jumping, the group rushed over to Oia to see the most beautiful sunset on the island of Santorini. It was about a 45 minute drive from the black beach we were on and I drove Brooke's ATV because she was tired from all day. The ride was fun and this time we made sure to stay in the middle of the pack and I always kept my eye on Meredith mostly because getting lost twice in one day REALLY would have been bad. We arrived just as the sun was setting behind the clouds so although we didn't get the full effect, it was a sight I will never forget. Everyone lined up on the edge of the cliff and just stared into the distance over the sea and the hills.

Straight from Oia, we went back to Fira where our hotel was and drove our ATVs into town for gyros. Then it was time to go back to the hotels and shower before another exciting night of dancing on the strip. We went to a place called Murphy's and that was our favorite because they played American music so we could dance and sing. In addition, we met up with the other four girls on our trip that had been staying at the other hotel! We were all getting tired but we left in groups at different times. Anne, Christine and I walked home at about 2:30 am (because in Greece no one goes out until at least midnight anyway) and when I got back to the hotel, Tasha and Laura were still up. Laura went to bed almost immediately but Tasha and I decided to go out on the balcony and just talk about our trip and everything in our lives. We loved our "heart to heart" (haha) but when we woke up on Sunday morning with only five hours of sleep we decided that next time we needed to have talks like this at a more reasonable hour. All in all, it was a perfect ending to a perfect two days in Santorini!

Oh and just in case you were wondering about the weather here - it has been sunny and approximately 88 to 92 degrees daily. Jane said she felt two raindrops in Athens this weekend and that this was probably the most rain they would get for the month. Sorry about all of the rain back home! Hopefully when I get back on July 4th I can bring some sunshine from Greece with me!

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The Most Amazing Weekend Ever

Santorini

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Alright so I'm sorry I have completely been forgetting about this! After I write about this past weekend, I'll go back and fill in the gaps from the past week!

On Thursday, after class, we left in a group for Santorini!! Everyone was sooo excited and unsure of what to expect. We walked to the metro carrying all of our luggage, got off at the last stop, boarded the ferry and then sat there for an hour and a half until the ferry actually left. (The group was nervous about being late so we ended up being super early!) The ferry ride lasted from 7pm-12am and it was pretty much torture. After the first hour of playing cards and listening to music, we were all board/exhausted but every time we tried to fall asleep, we were woken up by the workers on the boat. First of all, we don't think they liked us because we were sitting in one of the restaurant style areas but there were other people sleeping there as well! Secondly, I doubt they were fond of having 19 teenagers unaccompanied on their ship. Thirdly, we are Americans. (One of the first lessons we learned as a group is to tell people that we are from Canada. It is sad but true.) When we arrived at the port we grabbed our luggage, found our hotel's bus, and drove up this CRAZY zig-zag mountain with no guardrail or anything! It was really scary. Soon after arriving at our room's and getting organized (of course that includes running through the rooms and out to our balcony and such) everyone passed out. We were exhausted and looking forward to Friday morning!

Friday morning - breakfast at 9:30. At breakfast, the group decided it would be cool to do an excursion and we signed up to take a boat ride to a volcano, hike up to the top of the five volcanoes, then take a boat ride to the hot springs and swim in them! It was awesome! From leaving our hotel, we drove to a cable car, took that down the island to the boat and then traveled to the volcano. Our boat looked like an oversized pirate ship. It was all made of wood and it had the sailboat time of charm. After climbing the rocky volcanoes in flip flops, we were all ready to hit the hot spring. I couldn't wait because I love to swim and this sounded awesome! Although there was a ladder to help people into the water, our whole group jumped off the side of the boat and it was great! We swam over to the hot spring (Wes in his life jacket haha) and the water was probably about 80 degrees so it felt nice after jumping into the cold sea water. Now, I'm sure everyone has heard of mud masks right? We decided to give ourselves our own facials (you are able to do this with the mud in hot springs) so we covered our bodies in mud and basically laughed the entire time. When we got back to Santorini we could either 1. take the cable car back up, 2. walk up or 3. take a donkey up. So hmmmmmm tough decision right? Funny. The donkey rides were great!!! Our donkeys kept zigzagging the entire way up and my donkey loved Justine's and we did get caught in a couple of horse stampedes but it was still awesome! At the top, we ate lunch and went shopping until about 5. We then started showers since there were six girls in one room and by the time we were finished we ran out for a quick dinner. After dinner we went out dancing! It was a great first day in Santorini! :)

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Still going...

santorini!!

santorini has been awesome!!! ihave sooo much to write about!!!! i cant now because we are getting ready to get on the ferry but i just wanted to let you know that everything is great!! (sorry everyone this is mostly so my mom doesn't freak out :) ) and HAPPY FATHERS DAY DAD!!!

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