September 11, 2012
Bok, ja se zovem Terry Cadet, ja sam petneast I ja zivim u Velika Gorica, Harvatska. Hi my name is Terry Cadet and I live in Velika Gorica, Croatia. When I first came into RYE, and they told me that I would constantly have to right a journal, I thought it would be pointless because I had never used a journal in my life, so why should I start now. But since I arrived, it seems like all I can do is tell people about how great Croatia is, and what better way then on a journal then the whole world can see. If you are reading this, you either know me or you plan on coming to Croatia for your year abroad, and if your coming to Croatia, then you are the luckiest person alive. Croatia has everything a person can ask for, it has beautiful beaches, a vast amount of open land and mountains that you can hike on during the summer and ski during the winter, and food that will melt your taste buds, I’m pretty sure since I got here I’ve spent most of my money on Burek which is this amazing type of sandwich with meat in it. It is not really a sandwich but I cannot describe it. I have been here for two weeks now and I made lots of friends, my host family is amazing, and the language is still a mystery to me. When I was reading journals from other exchange students who came to Croatia, I had so many questions that I could not find on their journals, and frankly I was to lazy to read everything they wrote, and if your not like me well here it is. In Croatia the daily life of a teen on a school week is pretty interesting, one week we have morning school which is from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM, and the next week we have school from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Before or after school depending on the week, students usually meet up before or after school for coffee, the drink a lot of coffee here. The weekends are pretty amazing because we get to go to clubs, dance, and have fun with friends. The first weekend I was here, I actually went in a limo and drove around Zagreb which is the capital of Croatia, and after that went to a club. Things here are very expensive so bring everything you can from your home. There are many activities like scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, and fishing. That is it for today because it is really late and I have to go to bed so laku noc.
So I've been in Croatia for exactly 3 months now, and I cannot describe how amazing this year is. 3 weeks ago the day after my birthday, I decided that it would be a good idea to twist my ankle playing handball. It was dislocated, and after going to the doctor they put a cast on it and I was forced to stay home for 3 weeks. There was a bright side to staying home for 3 weeks, I saved lots of money that I would have spent of coffee, I got to watch Croatian TV shows that helped improve my language learning, and I had people taking care of me as if I was a little boy :). Besides my injury, Croatia is the best.
I consider myself lucky because it seems as if I have no problems what so ever. My host family treats me as there own, I have no trouble making friends at school, going to school is no trouble, I am able to go out and have fun with my friends, and transportation couldn't be easier.
I haven't been anywhere with Rotary lately, but my Rotary club took me golfing, and gave me tickets to a handball game. My Rotary club is full of old men who behave as if they are 20 years old. They make jokes, they have fun, and they make me feel welcome. Rotary has also prepare a trip for the exchange students to go to Salzburg in December to meet the Austrian exchange students. Thats all for now but I will update you very soon. BOK BOK :D
January 9, 2013
Almost half of my exchange year is gone and I have never felt homesick, sad, or alone. I have an amazing family, and amazing friends. This winter, my family took me to Bosnia & Herzegovina to visit where they were raised and to go skiing. Skiing was very fun, but also very scary because I injured my foot a few months ago and I was scared to damage it some more. As I’m writing this I’m realizing how much English I’m forgetting. It seems as if I have to read over what I wrote five times before it makes sense to me, and hopefully this makes sense to you. The language is very difficult and I truly believe that it was created to give foreigners a hard time. But the exchange students and I are working hard to learn it, and we are succeeding. The weather here is killing me since I’m from Florida, it takes me half an hour to get out of bed in the morning. What I love most about this exchange is making life long friends w ho you can always be with and if you decide to come back to your host country, you will have people to come back to. That’s all for not. Bok Bok
April 13, 2013
It has been a few months since I wrote my last journal, and so much has changed. Rotary took us on a trip to a city called Dubrovnik, which is known as "the pearl of the Adriatic." It is very beautiful, and we spent a few days there. Despite the cold weather, some exchange students believed it to be a good idea to jump in the water. On my way home from Dubrovnik, I had the weirdest feeling. I realized that I actually missed my host family, and that I couldn't wait to go back home to them. That feeling surprised me very much. I have been getting more work from school lately, and I can't say i'm happy about it. I miss the feeling of watching all my friends work while I do nothing and relax. I am going on the Eurotour soon and I am so excited. Two weeks travelling Europe with your friends is something most people only dream about. Now, I cannot go a day without coffee. I drink it at least 5 times a day, and it tastes bett er every time :) I have Croatian language lessons twice a week which is helpful since the language is terribly hard, but sadly there are ending soon. I guess I'll have to find other ways to study the language.