i went to the coast with the 6th, 7th and 8th graders, and went to munich,
germany for oktoberfest....& of course i have been exploring zagreb to get
to know it better for when all of you come to visit :) plus, later this
week we are on october break....and i am headed to vienna with four other
women i teach with....my first time....i am very excited....so things over
all are going well....
i finally also started to focus a bit more on my teaching & curriculum...
i decided i needed to see the big picture of the year & now can focus
more on all of the topics i will be covering....my trip with the kids was
great....i got to know a lot of them better as well as the super cool middle
surprised me & got me birthday gifts as my birthday fell during the trip.
it was very sweet....and the coast again was amazing....it was bit too
cold for swimming...so i am not sure if the water in istria, the coast
area we were in, was a salty as the last place...bt it sure was as
beautiful....and i have been told i haven't even come close to being in
the most beautiful spots....can't wait to get there....on this trip with
the kids we visited a school (roc) where they study the ancient croatian
language and alphabet (glagolithic alphabet), the smallest town, according
to the guiness book of world records, in the world - Hum, a coastal
town with an ancient roman arena - pula, a great seaside town with an
ancient basilica - porec, an old mining town on a hill with an excellent
view - labine....we stayed on the coast in a quaint town known as rabat...
it was a fun filled trip with lots to see and do...the only thing that was
tough was all of the bus riding....but i saw some amazing sites, as you
will see in the pictures below....
then i was off to oktoberfest, where i met up with two of my friends from
romania - kathleen and bonnie....we stayed with excellent friends of
bonnie's right in munich and enjoyed two days of craziness....i never have
seen so much beer in my life...plus i really didn't understand the sheer
magnitude of oktoberfest....yes...thee are ten tents - which hold upwards
of 5,000 people each for beer...but outside of the beer tents there is a
huge festival going on with rides and games & food and fun for the entire
family....one of the coolest things about oktoberfest was seeing the older
couples in their 70s and 80s, dressed in drndls and lederhosen, going to
the beer garden for a some beer and tradition...we made it into a tent on
friday....from about 3pm on....and on saturday we couldn't get in due to
the crazy people that had started dinking at 9am....we couldn't get in a
tent throughout the day and early evening....instead we were outside of
one of the tents at the beer garden....and it was a beautiful sunny day
so it was perfect....but i have to say if i go back, which i hope to do
as it was such a blast, i would try and reserve a table for the nights i
knew i would go downtown to the tents....they are where its at....the
ooohm-pah-pah bands were great fun and the atmosphere was sooooooooooooo
darn festive....it was incredible....if you ever get the chance....do it
you'll love it....
on to the pictures....the first shot is my zagreb art shot...the cool
thing about this shot is that it is of my friend's from the ice amy and
stefan who stopped by for two days to say hi on their trip around the
area eastern european trip...they are standing with one of the most
famous croatians of all time - nikolai tesla...and his story is pretty
cool....what a smart guy....amy and stefan enjoyed their time here in
zagreb and i was very excited to have my first house guests....
the school as a consultant for outdoor education and team building...
we had a fun two days together before i hit the road with the kids...so
good to have seen him :)
the next two shots are from the first town we stopped in called roc...in
this town they teach their kids to use the old style croatian alphabet
as well as modern day croatian...the kids from the school worked with our
kids, which was really cool to watch...they knew how to speak english and
they taught our kids the glagolithic alphabet....the second shot from this
town was this cool sculpture on one of the buildings...i just really liked
from roc we went to hum (pronounced hume) - the smallest city on the
planet and it was way quiant...the next two shots are from there...the
first is from the bronze doors to get onto the city - if you look at the
top set of letters you will see the glagolithic alphabet symbols and the
bottom set are modern day croatian....the second shot from this town was
one of the houses people live in....they take great pains to make their
town quaint and cute and very clean :)
the next shot is a view from the town we stayed in- rabatz...look at that
crystal clear, cold, salty water....simply stunning....again you can see
how hilly is....again, it was stone beach, no sand to be seen...
the next shot is from pula - where they have an ancient roman colesseum you can wander all through....we brought a rope and the kids actually played tug-o-war, and the rest of the visitors cheered them on...it was tons of fun....
the next shots are from oktoberfest....the first is kathleen with ron and bonnie...all in traditional dress...nope, i did not dress in a drndl...not for me...but i wore a traditional hat that my grandfather wore when he went to oktoberfest many, many years ago...as you can see it in the next shot of me and ron and one of the HUGE pretzels they sell there....YUMMY!! the food and the beer were amazing...even for a veggie like me :) the next shot is me carrying some of the 1 liter steins....wowowowowow...it was incredible to see men and women waiters carrying between 12-18 of these at a time....talk about impressive....it blew my mind...i am holding just four and they are heavy....what a work out....the next shot shows you just how crowded the tents were...and this is what the waitstaff has to work through with the beers in their hands....it was mind blowing!!!!
okay...another update has been told....thanks to those who have emailed
to answer one question....someone wanted to know if i am missing anything
from home they can send me....what's really interesting this time is that
they have just about everything i need - i have found tabasco, tortillas,
tofu in many flavors and even black beans....plain black tea is missing,
but i am picking some up in austria this week...i even found some peanut
butter here....in many ways the stores have more for me than romania...so
i am not missing anything as of yet....
i hope all of you are well and enjoyed this installment...happy fall and
here's to the changing of the colors...the trees are incredible...drop
a line if you wish and more will come your way in the next two or three