during one of my first days in croatia we took a walking tour with one of the croatian teachers from school...jasna (pronounced "yaz-na" - the j in croatia sounds like a y)...it was great and that is where i got my first glipse of what a cafe town this truly is...although, unlike in many places, here you can only get drinks...no food....its wild...and people sit outside for long periods of time watching people and the day go by....talk about mellow....the "outfits" here are not as 80s as in romania...but its fun to watch folks none-the-less...and someday soon i will know what to ask for if i am looking for a latte...as they are not called that here.... below is one of the main cafe streets in zagreb....
this next shot is of the courtyard of the school....its a mostly vertical school...which means lots of steps...and in order to get to school i hop a tram (2-5 min) and then walk up a HUGE hill...its good exercise and really beats sitting in traffic like in bucharest...although i am buying a car this week...so i can get out of town easier than relying on a bus or train....
the shot below was taken at the main square in zagreb...trg bana jelacica...i have not really figured out how to speak and read croatian thus far...its crazy...trg - no vowels...and its a real word...crazy...but i will start taking croatian classe son wednesdays after school with the other teachers who are interested, we'll see if it goes better than my romanian...although in the end i was doing okay...sort of :)
the next few shots come from the old part of town in zagreb...the first is what is left from the burning of a bridge that connected the old part of town to the new town...the only thing left was the madonna which is still seen here...
then there's st. marks church....isn't it pretty...i love the tiled roof...i guess they have renovating the building for the better part of two years....i'll keep my eyes peeled to see if they finish anytime soon :)
the next shot is a tower where a cannon is set off every day at noon...called the burglar's tower...we were actually on it when the cannon went off...freaked out this guy that was there and didn't know it was going to go off...it was waaaaaaay loud and made the building shake...but it was cool :)
i have already traveled outside of the country...to slovenia, its capital ljublijana...what a cute town...has a river running thru it where we had
this building was amazing...look at the tiles it is made from....so colorful and striking... definitely made the other buildings pale in comparison....i loved it :)
back in croatia...the next shot shows you how there are some amazing looking bldgs right next door to ones that are following apart...everyone in bldg has to agree to fix it up...and in many places there could be upwards of 40 different owners in the bldg...hard to make everyone agree
then the next shot shows a woman i bought some veggies from...check out her scale..
old timer...love it :) there is an amazing market just off of the main square called the dolac....i hope to get there more frequently, but its not really near where i live or where i have to go for school...there is a fresh fruit and veggie market around the corner from where i live, which i am excited about :)
weekend...piva means beer...and notice...my name is on the poster...just
too perfect i think...i didn't make it to the festival...but i have had
some of the beer here...and like it so far....
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The American International School of Zagreb
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