Thursday, November 13, 2008


So I have been pretty bad about updating this regularly. It's just been a crazy couple of weeks. Ever since Tara was here, I have felt like I have been running from one thing to the next. I'm really looking forward to a weekend at home; just some time to relax and get caught up with schoolwork and my classes.

A quick re-cap: Three days after I got home from Munich and its Wolpertingers, I boarded a train to Zagreb, Croatia. Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, a member of former Yugoslavia until 1991.

After a winding train ride through Slovenia, complete with picturesque Slovenian castles perched up on the mountainsides, we crossed the border into Croatia. I've gotten used to hassle-free travel within the European Union, so the gruff interactions with the flood of border control police officers was mildly disconcerting. Still, within four hours, we were standing at the central train station in Zagreb.

The weekend was spent exploring the city and its many squares and gorgeous architecture. I'm not sure what I expected when I planned the trip to Croatia, but I definitely didn't expect what I found; a clean modern city with extensive public transportation and architectural masterpieces.

I just walked around and stared at its beauty. And because food is pretty expensive in Austria, I took the opportunity to really gorge myself. Phyllo pastries stuffed with meat and cheese and dripping grease was a favorite. So were the spicy sausages of multiple varieties served in a baguette for roughly $2.00. Because I went with a group, part of the trip included a buffet lunch at a traditional Croatian restaurant where I discovered that Fogo de Chão has nothing on Croatia. One course alone included more than five plates of various meats, stacked at least six inches high.

Desert was an amazing chocolate-filled crepe. I spent the evening trying the various tasty and inexpensive beers.

I'm still reeling from the realization that I am SO CLOSE to everything here. I can't believe I can hop on a train and be in Italy in four hours. Or Zagreb. Or Budapest. I want to see everything, go everywhere! I have to keep reminding myself that I have time, there's no need to pack everything in all at one. But that won't stop me from traveling to Budapest next weekend -- Bennett arrived in Europe yesterday and I am meeting him and Tara in Budapest for the weekend. I seriously can't wait.

Now if only it would snow here.