I’m now sitting at Frankfurt airport waiting for my flight to leave in a couple of hours. This place is huge, maybe five times the size of Helsinki-Vantaa. There are no straight flights to Zagreb, that’s why I have to make a pit stop here. The plane to Frankfurt was a nice little Lufthansa plane, I guess the next plane will be similar.

I’m really surprised how slow the wifi connections are here. I wonder how good  the connections are going to be at my new home. The price of food and coffee, however, doesn’t surprise me. 3,90 for a cup of coffee, and it tastes like poison. The bread roll was OK. They also kept the thirty cents of change as a tip without even asking. Kinda’ rude I think.

I got the schedule for my first day at school yesterday. We’re going to go to see all the sights already on the first day. Then there are going to be some group activities too and a photo-shoot (?). Even though I know that we are going to see the sights together on Monday, I think I might do a little sightseeing myself on the weekend. And what else to do? I don’t know anyone from the city yet.

My buddy student Ivan sent me a message saying that he can help me if I have any questions or problems. He also mentioned that the weather in Zagreb has been crappy lately. I wonder if it could be crappier than in Finland. I’ll bet that their standards are a little bit different than mine. 🙂 Looking forward on seeing the weather and the city and everything in just a few hours! I’m so excited (of leaving Frankfurt airport).

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The packing has started!

I just started packing my stuff and the suitcase is already full! A lot of my stuff isn’t in yet. I’m a little bit worried if I can fit all my stuff into just twenty kilos. Although I’m not a girly girl, I have at least five pairs of shoes that I want (HAVE) to take with me. I’ve been staying at Iisalmi for the past few days. Tomorrow afternoon we’ll drive almost 500 km to Helsinki with Mikko (my man 😀 ) to his sisters place and I’ll leave from there to the airport on Thursday morning.

I still don’t know about the schedule to our first week at the school but I’ll figure it out. Everything has worked out just fine so far so this must too.  That’s all for now, sauna is ready and I have to go and take the last löyly before going. It’s going to be a long time without sauna!

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Sounds like paradise

I have a little more than two weeks until I leave Finland. It feels like it’s raining all the time here, preferably when I’m either cycling to work  or walking my dog. At this very moment it’s +25 at Zagreb, sunny, the wind is two meters per second. Not bad! 😀 On the other hand, I’m going to miss my dog and my boyfriend, even the Finnish  weather (when it’s not raining). I can’t help but feeling a little bit sad about leaving everything back. I hope that this feeling clears off when I finally get to Zagreb. I know that this is mostly because I have never done anything this courageous or independent in my life and I’m just nervous.

Planning the trip is going well. I sorted out the insurance and Kela issues. I got a letter from Kela today that the aid has been granted. I didn’t need to deliver my rental agreement or salary information to Kela, again I was stressing over nothing. I got the agency Home in Zagreb to pick me up at the airport. They are going to take me straight to the apartment and help me with the contracts etc. The only thing that I have to worry about anymore is getting a residence permit when I get to Zagreb. The permit can be registered at the police station. They need a bunch of document in Croatian and it costs about 30 euros. When I get to Zagreb I also need to get my personal identification number from the tax office. I guess it’s something similar to a social security number.

I have been doing some research about Croatia in the past few weeks. There isn’t as much information about Croatia on the internet as you would think. The most interesting thing that I found was this Anthony Bourdain – no reservations episode that I found from YouTube: Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations – Croatian coast. Everyone check it out! I also ordered myself a Croatia travel guide. It has over 300 pages of information about places to see in Croatia and reading it feels like one semester isn’t enough. Endless amounts of islands, waterfalls and good food. Sounds like paradise.

Only 40 days to go!

First I have to say for people who don’t know me that well: I’m the master of freaking out over things beforehand.

I just realized I have only about 40 days until I leave Finland. Oh my god! The whole time  the trip to Croatia has seemed so distant but the dream is finally getting closer to reality. The hardest part so far has been sending the application papers to Croatia, everything else has been almost too easy. I bought my flights and my plane leaves from Helsinki on 4th September. When I get to Zagreb, I have a long weekend before the school starts on 8th. There’s just enough time to get to know the city a little bit and settle down for a while. I got a nice little flat near the city centre and I’m really happy about that. The flat is rented through the agency Home in Zagreb.

I also realized that I haven’t applied financial aid from Kela yet. Applying money from Kela is quite a mess because I don’t get money from Kela for my tuition yet. Also I’m working for the summer and I don’t know how that affects the money I get from Kela. I think I have to go and sort things out at the office. Man, they must really love me at Kela! On a positive note, I got an e-mail from our school a couple of weeks ago saying that I’ve been awarded a grant for my exchange period. Also fortunately, on wednesday, I have a day off from work so I can go to Kela and also figure out what insurance to get. What else to do on a day off, right? 😀

This week I got an e-mail from my school in Zagreb saying that my buddy student from the school should be contacting me soon. It seems that there are only two students from Finland going to Zagreb school of Economics and Management, both from Jyväskylä. They also sent me this video about Zagreb: Can’t wait 🙂



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