Rachel, outbound to Croatia
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Dobar dan! I have been in Croatia for a little over a month now and I love it so much to say the least.
My flight went very smoothly and I was lucky to have no problems. I went from Orlando to Frankfurt then Frankfurt to Zagreb. In Frankfurt my carry-on got checked for explosives and I saw notes my dad and brother wrote for me. I teared up a little bit in front of the security guy. My host parents greeted me in the lobby of the Zagreb airport with this little purple bouquet of flowers. They are so sweet and I love them so much. My host mom speaks English and my host dad doesn't but he tries the best he can. He wishes me good luck to school everyday. He is also an amazing cook. People here have a certain taste for sweet and bitter things. Everything I have had here has been a combination of sweet, sour or spicy. Lunch is the main meal and its the family time.
Everyone I have met so far has been so nice. Old people strike up a conversation with you when you are waiting for the tram or bus together. I have been stopped a couple times on the street because I try to help someone but I accidentally speak English then they know I'm foreign, so they ask to take a picture with me. I have been to a couple peoples houses and the mothers are very good hosts. Most of the girls in the volleyball club with me are very kind, even though most of them don't speak English well. My classmates are so cool and nice. I really like going to school because of them. In school I attend 15 subjects instead of 4 a semester.
Osijek is pretty easy to get around. After a week I got my sense of direction back. I kept getting lost because the main river (Drava) was to the North, not South. The trams make getting around very easy. A lot of people have bikes here because its mainly flat here so biking 6 miles from one end of the town to the other is a breeze.
Very few, little things seemed so foreign to me. Like how they store their milk outside the fridge in the pantry. Or just the smells of certain places. The fridge smelled so much like pepper paste i was knock back every time I opened it. and the bathroom cabinets smells of lime and nutmeg it was so weird. There is also a lot of stray cats and dogs here, which I find very strange.
If you want to read more, I have a lot more to say on my blog. Also a lot more pictures of the famously beautiful Croatia. And will soon be posting about the school system, food and experiences in much more depth soon. Check it out, also a lot more great captions.
Posted on Mon, October 17, 2016
by Terri Wescott