Steve, outbound to Croatia

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Bok/Hello. Zovem se Steve/My name is Steve. Ja imam 16 godina, te su u Hrvatskoj za oko tri mjeseci/I am 16 years-old, and have been in Croatia for about three months. Throughout my stay so far I have been having a really great time, I think Croatia is a very beautiful country, with many nice people and many more new experiences waiting for me to try. I have been welcomed by my host family and host Rotary club very nicely, everyone is very kind and caring. Everyone is obliging, considerate and thoughtful. They have all made me feel very welcomed into their country. 

On the day of my departure I felt really nervous and excited to start my Journey/Adventure in Croatia, and to meet my host family. When I arrived in Croatia and met up with my host family we stopped at a café in the Airport to acquaint ourselves with each other and talk. After we talked for a bit we made our way to the town that I would be staying in called Varaždin. Varaždin is the city of young people, baroque, music, bicycles and flowers. The large mountains surrounding Varaždin as we drove in were amazing. I was glad that I had finally made it to Croatia. 

After about the first couple of weeks of being here, I started to get into the swing of things. For example, how I should live and do things with my host family. Also, I started to get used to how the school system is here, because in Croatia there are 15 subjects that students have to take, while in the U.S. there are roughly 7. Every day I have around a twenty minute walk to school and back. Usually everyday my host grandma is at the house to watch my host brother and I while my host parents are at work. My host grandma speaks no English what’s o ever, and my Croatian isn’t that good so it is hard to communicate with her, but we manage somehow. Almost every day we eat soup for lunch as well as the main dish plus seconds, and thirds, and sometimes even dessert. In Croatia lunch is the most important meal of the day. Each day I still, after all the time I’ve been here, have trouble eating all the food that is served to me.

I am very thankful to Rotary for giving me this amazing opportunity. I definitely would recommend exchange to other students. Youth exchange offers so many great opportunities and learning experiences, including giving students the chance to visit amazing places and make lots of nice friends from all over the world.

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It's great to see and hear about what you've been up to, Steve...what an experience!

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