Crete, Greece

(Written for the Iowa State Study Abroad Center)

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After three months of only digital communication, my family and I were finally reunited on the Greek island, Crete. This was the first time we were all together since August. Our night was full of catching up, endless laughing, and story telling I will value for a lifetime. After some much needed sleep for my family traveling from America, we shared a meal at a local, family-owned restaurant. Being some of the only people on the island, we were taken in with open arms by everyone we met. Meals were served with complementary appetizers, fruits, desserts, and drinks.

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Our third day on the island we took a beautiful dive at a nearby diving center. My dad, a more avid diver, introduced my brother and I to the sport a few years back. After a quick review of our equipment and hand signals, we geared up and hit the water.

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Scuba diving brings a whole new perspective to the ocean: you get to see beyond the never-ending blue waters to the undiscovered depths. With respect and proper training you pass through without leaving a mark but take with you reverence and admiration for the untouched beauty. With our tanks low on oxygen, we headed back to shore. A little rusty after a few years since my diving certification, it was great to get back in the depths of the ocean.

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Back on land, we walked around random towns, hiked to the top of castles, and zipped around the island in our tiny rental car. After our fun and relaxing days in Greece, we were ready to be in the mountains. Stay tuned!

ATHENS, GREECE

The Acropolis and The Olympic Stadium

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