Subota

I decided to list some first impressions of Zagreb.

Language. The headline means Saturday in Croatian. Bok means hi or bye or something like that. I still don’t know how to say thank you or hello for example when I’m at the grocery store where they don’t speak English and I think it would be kind to try to say something in Croatian. It would be helpful to learn a few words also because the product information on the groceries is usually in Croatian, Serbian and Russian, seldom in English.

My place. I got to my own place yesterday. There was something wrong with the pipes upstairs so the plumbers needed to do something in my apartment too. The first night I stayed at Chillout Hostel, which was a nice and clean place at the centrum. My place is near the centrum too and there are shops and everything you need really close. My place is on one of the main streets in Zagreb but it’s still really calm and quiet because the apartment is on the other side of the building than the street. My bathroom is really awful, but everything else is fine.

Restaurants. The service here is really nice and everyone at the restaurants speak English. The food (or coffee, or drinks) is not expensive either. I went to have a pizza at the best pizza place (so I heard) in Zagreb (Karijola) and it cost 50kn (6 €). Not bad, and the pizza really was the best that I’ve had in ages.

Groceries. Everything fresh you can buy from the marketplace. There’s a marketplace next to my apartment and I went there this morning. The marketplace was really crowded as it is Saturday and the tables were full of fresh stuff. I bought myself some vegetables. They would’ve had meat, fish and cheese too. I don’t know what the prices were, I got the impression that it was really cheap, but some of the places didn’t have prices written. So I just gave some kunas to the person who gave me some vegetables and money back. You can also find bread shops in almost every street corner. I went and bought myself a huge bread from a bread shop this morning and the price was under one euro. For other stuff you go to the store but I heard from Boze (my host/landlord) that vegetables and other fresh stuff are more expensive there and they are not as healthy.

Buildings. At the centrum the buildings are really old and incredibly beautiful. A couple blocks from the main square the buildings are just old. I found out that most of the pictures I take are about the weird/sad looking buildings. I don’t know why. Here are some examples.

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Wi-Fi. I don’t have any internet yet, that really sucks because I don’t know that much people yet and the only way I can stay in contact with anyone is through Skype, Facebook and WhatsApp. The operator was supposed to come and connect the internet on Friday but they decided to come on Monday instead. On the other hand, the absence of internet gave me a good excuse to go snooping around the city today. I went to the centrum and found a nice café/bar where I could use Wi-Fi. I spent two hours there, drank a couple cups of coffee and chatted with Mikko on Skype. Also, without the Internet, I had to think of other things to do. So I went to a bookshop and bought myself an English edition of a book by Zoran Ferić who, I guess, is a well-known Croatian author. Anyway, I’m sending you this post from the hallway where I go to steal the neighbours’ Wi-Fi while waiting for Monday. That’s when the school starts too, that I’m really looking forward on.  But more about the school stuff next week. Byeee!

2 Comments

Esko
Posted 7.9.2014 at 21.58

Sounds nice. I’ll start to learn a little bit of Croatian language as well because of our trip to Croatia next summer. Have a good time there. Is it ok by the way to comment in finnish? 😉

Maija Räty
Posted 23.9.2014 at 9.43

Thanks Esko. By the way thanks is hvala in Croatian. You can comment in English or Finnish, I can do both 🙂