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 Time to Say Goodbye 

201130Jun
Submitted by Björn Deh on Thu, 06/30/2011 - 08:30

My time in Athens has come to an end, and it truly was an amazing time that was influenced by so many people, places, and memorable experiences. So I packed my bags with mixed feelings before I had to head home. But before I eventually arrived at home, there were a few things left to do.

First, I finished all my finals and papers before Richard and I decided to go and relax a little at a nearby lake called Strouds Run. As soon as we arrived the good weather was gone, and we ended up spending half an hour at a nearby hut to let one of the loudest thunderstorms ever pass us by.

The next day it was time to say goodbye to my roommates and friends. My neighbors (all seniors) and I decided to throw a big farewell/graduation/going-away party. Many of my good friends came, and we had a wonderful evening that ended way too early. The next day was completely dedicated to packing all my stuff, cleaning my room, and treating my hangover before I headed out on a little trip to the Pacific Northwest.

 

Second, I had planned a long time ago that at the end of my stay I would visit my host dad and my friends from my high school year from way back when. The first two days I spent in Portland strolling through downtown and catching up with one of my good friends.

 

She introduced me to Bubble Tea which I still have to find here in Leipzig. The next day we made our way up to Napavine, a little town right between Portland and Seattle, where I met with my host dad. The next day we went to Seattle to watch the Mariners play the Angels. I have to admit I'm not a big fan of baseball but being in the stadium and watching the game is actually enjoyable.

 

 

There are so many things going on around you that it never gets boring. Washington State is known for its beautiful nature and we decided to take a trip to Mount St. Helens where we hit the trails and looked at the devastating effects that are still visible from the eruption over 30 years ago.

 

Then I spent the last night with my best friends from high school reminiscing about all the things that got us in trouble.

Finally it was time to leave for Germany. I went back to Portland the next day where I waited for my flight that would take me back to Columbus and then back to Germany. After 28 hours and five different flights, my plane touched down in Leipzig where I was welcomed by my little family. The first week back in Germany has been just as busy as my last week in the States. Visiting my family, planning vacations, and looking for a new apartment has helped to bypass my jetlag. At least I think it….zzzzzzzz!

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