Long time no see again, but I’m pretty sure we’re all full aware that I’m not so great with blog posts at this point. Obviously a lot has happened in the past two and a half months, but I can’t go into detail about all of it because, well, a lot has happened.
In the beginning of January I went on a ski trip with my first host family in Slovenia. It was my first time skiing and besides a small incident where I thought I had lost my expensive rental skiis, it was absolutely great! I had lessons so I learned pretty quickly but I was also way too scared to venture too far off of the baby slope because I didn’t trust myself on those things.
The week after the trip, I switched host families. It was really hard for me to leave at first, and I cried quite a bit, but once I was in the new family I was fine. My new host family is absolutely wonderful as well, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m a bit further from school and the city center, but I really like the neighborhood I’m in and I don’t mind bus/tram rides at all.
I took a day trip to Rijeka, a port city & the third largest in Croatia. I went with my host family and the exchange student that was with them before me. We went to see the kid’s parade for maškare, which is the Croatian version of Carnival, the Christian celebration before lent. There were these big groups of kids and each group had their own costume theme, and they would parade down and then do a little dance routine when they got to the main stage. It was adorable and a lot of fun to watch as well!
The following weekend, two other exchange students & I went to another celebration for maškare, this time basically just a big dance party at the concert hall in Zagreb. Of course, we didn’t realize that everyone would have on elaborate costumes, and we showed up in normal clothes, so naturally, we ran back to one of our houses and threw together last minute costumes…a cowboy, a college student, and a marathon runner.
A few of us went to a Dinamo Zagreb game about halfway through February. Dinamo is Zagreb’s football club, and we watched them play Rijeka’s team. We won, 3-0!
At the end of February, I went to Dubrovnik, one of Croatia’s most well known beachside cities, with Rotary. We were there for 2 days and all of us completely fell in love with the city. Our hotel was right on the sea, and of course, the second we had free time, a few of us ran to the beach, despite it only being like 60 degrees. Sure enough, it was way too cold for us and we were running out in a matter of seconds. We also ended up being there just in time for the Star Wars filming, so as we were walking through the city we got to see a lot of the set. I can’t wait for the movie to come out so I can point out the fact that I was there during filming! Before heading home that Sunday, we walked the Dubrovnik wall, which was absolutely breathtaking. I felt like I was on a postcard. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend and the weather held up pretty well, thank goodness!
As for more recent news, I just purchased my bus ticket to Split (yet another coastal city) for tomorrow morning to go visit another exchange student for spring break. I’ll be there for a few days, and then we’ll head back up to Zagreb for the rest of break and meet with the rest of the exchange students so we can all hang out for a few days. I’m excited, because I’ve never really done much for spring break before. I’ll (hopefully) post an update in the next two weeks about my mini-vacation.