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It’s Been Too Long

I’ve just been a little too involved with this exchange program to focus on schoolwork, adventures and keeping up with my family and I guess I forgot about the writing part of it all

Australia is treating me well.  I love it here… if I haven’t told you all before.

I finally got to ride a zip-line, which was fun.  It’s like those short ones on a school playground, only much larger and downhill… and through a path of trees.

My most recent adventure though was being a junior captain on a boat that set sail for nine days on the Great Barrier Reef.  I got to learn all that goes into captaining a boat out at sea and the nautical terms that go along with it.  I was also able to go snorkeling a few times and I got to cross off scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef off my bucket list.

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Australia is definitely helping me grow as a person, but it’s also helping me cross off items on my bucket list… which is more important, right?  Haha.

But that’s a quick update for now.

Thanks for reading!

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Visiting Greece

Well, I can check visiting Greece off my 17 Before 17 list!  So, as you probably figured, that is the reason I have not been active in a few weeks.

Visiting Greece was definitely not something I had planned to do so soon, but the opportunity came up when my sister, Sabrina, and her husband asked me if I wanted to join them.  My brother Sebastian also came along, as he had originally planned to go with them from the beginning.

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One great thing about visiting Greece, other than visiting the ruins and their beaches, is that my sister and brother can both speak some Greek.  Of course, we realize it’s not quite a popular language, but as I recently found out, we apparently have Greek in our blood that traces even further back than our connections to Scotland and England.  Our grandfather actually spoke Greek pretty well so my older siblings were able to pick up some of the Greek language.  This also explains why two of my siblings’ middle names are Apollo and Artemis (you know, other than the fact those are pretty kick-ass names).

So about our trip, I’d have to say one of my favorite spots that we visited was the archeological site Delphi Theatre.  Compared to other popular tourist sites I’ve been to in other countries, this one was just more interesting because the history goes back into the ancient times.  I also really enjoyed The Parthenon, which if you ever go to Greece, you cannot miss visiting this temple!

Visiting Greece was definitely as educational as it was a vacation, even though the first few days were rough due to the change in time zones.

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Volunteering

Well, I can officially check off one item on my 17 Before 17 list already!

Since I am staying in Massachusetts with one of my sisters for the summer, I decided to either get a part-time job or do some volunteer work during my time here.  After all, I need something to do during the day instead of sitting around playing videos games or reading… well, reading isn’t that bad, but you know what I mean.

Being an avid reader, I spend a lot of time going to bookstores and libraries and sometimes they can get a little messy, just as any store does.  Books will be in the wrong section or out of order and for a person like me, that’s very unnerving.  So I went to one of the local libraries in the area and asked about volunteer opportunities and guess what?  They have them!

So for the summer I will be working in a public library organizing the returned books and making sure things are in order a few days each week.

Because the job is not every day of the week, I still might try to get a part-time job so that I can make some extra spending money.  Of course, I’ll also be working on learning how to drive once I get my permit (which is also on my list).

We’ll see what happens.

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