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2010-07-21 Not Goodbye

Since school has gotten out, I have been incredibly busy doing a myriad of things. On Friday, I went with a lot of my other international friends and climbed Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan! There were times when it was hard to climb, plus since we climbed all night long it was sometimes hard to see, but seeing the sunrise was definitely worth it. I would definitely recommend climbing it once if you come to Japan, but as all of my friends said on the way home Climbing Mt. Fuji once is a must. Climbing it twice is for idiots. Maybe they only felt that way since it was a lot of work without any sleep. After we got back from Mt. Fuji we headed straight to the going away party that IFL held. It was really nice but sad at the same time. It was the last time that I was going to see a lot of my friends, Japanese and international students alike. The next day, I woke up early to go to the beach in Zushi with about 15 other people. It was so much fun! I am definitely glad that I got to go, since the weather was so nice on the day that we went. Everyone did get burned though, even though we put on sunscreen, so even now, my body hurts from climbing Mt. Fuji and from being burned. I also got to meet up with Satoru and Erika, who studied at Linfield last year on exchange, so it was really nice to see them. Now for the rest of the time that I am in Japan, I am going to hang out with my friends as much as I can, as well as start packing and buying souvenirs. It does not even feel like the year is over yet. Even though many of my friends have already returned home, it has not sunk in yet that I will be leaving. I do not even know how many days I have left here; I refuse to count the days. But I am not leaving Japan yet. And even when I do leave, it is not goodbye. It is not sayonara. It is just until next time. Whether we will meet again in Japan, America, Belgium, Canada, Korea, France, Thailand, England, Germany, Australia or anywhere else around the world, we will meet again. If not in a certain place, then we will meet again in our dreams and in our memories. Tiffany Ross

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