One of the most exciting months of my life
August 25th, 2014. It was a Monday. My flight was at 7:57 P.M. I thought saying goodbye to my friends and family was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do until I arrived at the Frankfurt Airpot in Frankfurt, Germany the next day. I'd never wish my 9 & 1/2 hour flight on anyone. I had a 4 year old that wouldn't stop moving around to my left, and aisle to my right with the occasional person walking by nudging my leg while I was trying to sleep. It seemed like I was the only one on the plane who didn't speak German. Did I mention the food was awful, I got MAYBE an hour of sleep, and I didn't have wifi. I finally reached the airport and couldn't be happier that it was over because I knew the next plane ride was only an hour & a half. I hopped on the struggle train when it came to finding my next gate. I had a 5 hour layover so there was plenty of time for me to find my flight. Little did I know, the gate would change 6 times (more or less). So I FINALLY reached my gate, got on my plane, and off I went to the place I now call home. I slept the whole flight, not that it was very long, and woke up to a flight attendant asking if I wanted my cookie. People were exiting the small air plane so I figured it wasn't the best time to finish catching up on my sleep. I stepped off the plane and into the air port. I waited in line to have them check my passport, grabbed my 3 suitcases, and met the strangers I would now call my family.
Good news: I made it through the first month! Bad news: I only have nine of those left. Exactly 31 days ago I landed in the Zagreb, Croatia. Little did I know, it would be one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen. I’ve already been to so many different cities, one of which being Dubrovnik. It’s on the coast & it’s also one of the southernmost cities in the country. In Dubrovnik, I experienced a beach covered in rocks, an ocean without sharks, and many many tourists.
When we went into restaurants, I was told not to speak English so we wouldn’t get charged the crazy tourist prices. The city itself is one of my favorite places. My family and I spent about a week there before heading home to Velika, Gorica but before that we that we had to make a little detour. We stopped in the small town of Ston. It has a population of about 2,000 people making it about 8 times smaller than than the city of Longwood. We have also visited Plitvice Lakes, Dvo rac Veliki Tabor, and Varaždin which was my second time there. My first time was right after I got here. There was a festival going on called Špancirfest.
I started school about a week after I got back and attend as regularly as possible.. Sorta.. We have 5-8 classes during the day of the week. Fourteen different subjects are mandatory for school here. These subjects include physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, English, Croatian, PE, homeroom, IT, politics, philosophy, math, and a choice between ethics and religion. For the first month or so, everyday is a new schedule and every other week switches off from morning school to afternoon school. With a normal 7 period day, morning school starts at 7:30 A.M. and ends around 1:25 P.M. and after noon school starts at 1:30 P.M. and ends around 7:25 P.M.
My exchange so far couldn’t have gone more smoothly. I love my family, I’ve made lots of friends, the food's delicious, the language is coming along, and I couldn't have made a better decision for my exchange. Everyday spent here is a new experience and adventure.