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19th-Jul-2008 03:05 pm
Hi, my name is Kathrin, I am 33 years old and from Switzerland.
After visiting some friends in Austria I took a camping trip down the Craotain coast, just a bit more than a week, it was so wonderful... I got to Rijeka by train and from there took buses, I stayed at autocamp Selce, then in Zadar at Camp Borik and finally at Solaris near Sibenik. Near there I met with a friend who spent her vacation down there, and could get a ride home with her yesterday.

I loved loved loved it. I "fell in love" with that country. I had been there as a small kid, for three days, and it had been on the back of my mind to go back sometime... and this trip was a spontaneous idea. Me with a backpack and a little tent.... I loved the climate, the music, the language, the markets, the CLEAR!!!! water.... meeting people... meeting the people my friend was staying with and dancing in their kitchen while doing dishes...

I so want to go back.

My aunt may want to go with me next summer.

I really wonder if there are longer term things to do down there... if they take any foreigners for summer jobs or something... I asked at a campsite but they said they had enough unemployed people in that sector... I know but maybe there is SOMETHING I could do somewhere... I just miss being down there, after just a week, I know I am crazy maybe.

That's the way I am maybe too, it was similar with San Francisco where I have now been going for over ten years (had a scholarship to study there for about 4 years too). Going back there in August... but now after this trip I feel even more torn... before it was just Switzerland (because of family, mostly) and San Francisco... I help people there, I have been involved with helping homeless people, visiting disabled people. I really want to do things that help people. I am also a writer and songwriter, I do poetry, I am a street musician, I have very little financial security.... earlier this year I inherited some from an old man I used to visit so at least throguh my next SF trip I'll be ok and probably a while longer...

Sorry for rampling I just wanted to share with somebody who might understand. I just loved it down there. Sooooo beautiful. I felt really comfortable. I could imagine living there somehow. Well of course I can't really say after that time but I can imagine.

Just wanted to share.

Wow that was a long drive yesterday. Bout 15 hours altogether.

30th-Jul-2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Hello! I am from Croatia and I was really enjoying reading your impressions from your croatian trip. Listen, why don't you try to get in touch with some non-goverment organizations who emploees foringers?
How about being volontier on the island Cres and taking care about SUPs (espetial sort of eagls- they are under protetcion because they are daying out)? In the small place name Beli there is international comunity of volontiers who take care about those beautiful birds. How does it sound to you? In that case you'll be able to do your humanitarian job and enjoy being at seaside in Croatia.
Wish you all the best!

30th-Jul-2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thank you very much for this information. I love birds and all animals, have often helped out a poor bird I found that was injured!

I so want to look into that!! Right now, for the next few months I have other obligations that I have kind of already committed to... but maybe this would be what I could do next year??? :-))

(It is so wonderful to do something good AND to do something you enjoy doing at the same time.)

And thank you so much for saying you enjoyed reading what I wrote.
I still think about that trip a lot, it was very very special. I felt very very comfortable there.
Trying to learn the language now :-).

30th-Jul-2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
And? How is going? By the way, I am a teacher of croatian language. If you need some help - wellcome:)
30th-Jul-2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
It's in some ways very different from the two languages I speak, German and English. But I am not bad at languages....

Next Sunday I am playing music at a hospital physical rehabilitation center, my friend who drove that time from Vodice is responsible for patient entertainment there. We have decided to do a travel souvenir related thing this time. I am learning a song in Croatian, somebody translated the lyrics. It is a song I heard on the radio during my trip a lot, by Dalmatino: "Ditelina S Ce'tri Lista" You probably know it? I love that song! (I hope it is legal to watch it on YouTube. I should have bought the CD.) I can sing most of it already. ;-)
I noticed some words are different from what you would find in a dictionary, e.g. I didn't find the word "ditelina" and only after that other girl translated it I realized it is also spelled "djetelina".

I think what might be very difficult are the different cases etc, the endings. Should be used to it from German. That's my first language. I am Swiss.


30th-Jul-2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Well, croatian language, paralel with literaure language, has own dialects.Literature language is "(i)jekavski", for example: mjesto = place, mlijeko= milk, dijete=childe. In Dalmatia it is "Ikavski" dialect: instead of (i)je you have "i": misto, mliko, dite.
Well, now you understend why you couldn't find "ditelina" in dictionary. Because it is "ikavian" dialect and in vocabulary is "djetelina" .

Confusing, isn't it?
30th-Jul-2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, can be confusing!

Hey, thanks for the explanations! :-)
26th-Aug-2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
I am still learning diligently. I have a book with exercises, a not-too-difficult novel I am trying to read with the aid of a dictionary, and radio channels to listen to online. :-)
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