Croatia Under Siege

Often it is not the length of a trip that reflects your experience. I spent only a week on Mali Losinj, an island located of the coast of Croatia, but it was time well spent.

Have you ever wanted to travel to another country without the primary goal being to travel and sight see? This was one of those cases. In German high schools, all students must declare a major course they want to focus on. I chose the field of biology. During these three years in high school, your major course class will embark on a one week trip to study a specific aspect of that field.

The theme for our class was marine biology. Over the course of the week, we had to procure samples such as seaweed, sea cucumbers, etc. which we would then analyze and study.

This experience was right up my alley. My trip had the whole package: Traveling, diving/snorkeling and marine biology.

To be frank, I believe I spent most of my time underwater throughout our trip. What one must know, is that Croatia has some of the clearest ocean water on the planet, making any diving experience one to remember.

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The time I did spend out of the ocean was mostly invested in eating at various restaurants that were located on the island. Luckily for our class, the island was holding a special festival during our brief time there.The “Days of Bread” is a Croatian holiday that is held on October 9th every year. It is more or less the equivalent of America’s Thanksgiving tradition. I have been to many bakeries in my life, but never have I witnessed bread and cheese in such obscene masses. I might or might not have gained a few pounds that evening.

The “Days of Bread” is a Croatian holiday that is held on Oct. 9 every year. It is, more or less, the equivalent of America’s Thanksgiving tradition. I have been to many bakeries in my life, but never have I witnessed bread and cheese in such obscene masses. I may or may not have gained a few pounds that evening.

In comparison to my trip to Egypt, this one definitely had fewer sightseeing spots, but that did not make it a lesser experience for me. In fact, I enjoyed it more than cramping visits to a dozen sightseeing spots into an itinerary that barely stretches longer than a week.

For further information and cultural insight of Croatia: http://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/croatia/articles/croatia-dos-and-donts

 

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One thought on “Croatia Under Siege

  1. This is awesome!! Croatia is one of the destinations top on my bucket list. It is very cool that that is how German high schools operate. It seems like it is a very engaging way to learn, and also gives students an opportunity to branch out and experience new things they might have not done otherwise. It would be cool if schools in the United States did things like this, I think it contributes to a more well rounded, more worldly person. Your pictures are beautiful, by the way!

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