Croatia – Day 2

Saturday, October 31

Basically, this whole day was spent traveling. We flew from Atlanta to London, arriving in Heath Row airport very early in the morning (for us). London was only five hours ahead of us because they set their clocks back a week earlier than we do. That meant we got an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night, then we were six hours ahead! London security was a little scarier than Atlanta security, if you can believe that. My sister forgot to take a water bottle that we’d been given on the plane out of her backpack, and I forgot to take a projector out of my carry-on. We were all thankful to be done with that!

Our plane from London to Croatia was small, but we got food! Olives and cheese in olive oil, along with some kind of spicy-ish cracker rings.

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I fell asleep during the flight, which was a relief, because my stomach was feeling rather precarious. When we got to the airport in Zagreb, it was raining and cold. We were met by a couple in the church and our host missionary. We carried our luggage to the cars, and gaped at the scenery.

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I think those are birch, ash, or aspen, but I’m not sure which. We drove for around 45 minutes to get to Krapina. Here are my thoughts as I sat in the backseat: “Man, this is a gorgeous country! We’re driving pretty fast…” *Looks at the spedometer.* “120?! We’re going to die! Wait, Europe uses the metric system! 120 kilometers per hour, not miles per hour! Whew!” Yeah, that’s my brain. I took some cool pics!

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We had to stay up ’till at least 8 Croatia time, which was hard, but we had coffee! We practiced All I Have is Christ for our host and the Croatian couple. They were impressed that we could pronounce the words correctly (apparently.) We took two of our team to the pastor’s house, and two to the local hostel, Barrock.

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After that, we were able to go home, take an Advil PM, and go to sleep. I slept like a log, as the saying goes.

Croatia – Day 1

So, I’m back! Our week was so eye-opening and amazing that I don’t know where to start. I guess I should start at the beginning. Seems logical, huh?

Friday, October 31st – We got to the airport at 4:30. Members of our church were there to see us off, and one little boy even made a sign for us! We checked our luggage, prayed, and took a group picture. Security in a little airport was not bad, thankfully. Our connecting flight to Atlanta was small, so we had to check our carry-ons. Not to worry – I had everything I needed in my backpack.

  • Earbuds
  • Ipod (for writing inspiration)
  • Writing notebook
  • Binder with lesson plans
  • Bible
  • Snacks
  • Blanket
  • Sleeping mask
  • Water
  • Super cool Captain America pullover

It was only a 25 or so minute flight, so they didn’t serve drinks. I had a window seat, and it was really cool (and kind of sad) to watch the familiar landmarks disappear. We flew over a nuclear power plant!! It was kind of one a big island with marshlands around it. Then we got to the Atlanta airport and waited for two hours until our flight to London left. I was able to get some writing done. (Yay!)

I don’t have any pictures from today, but I’ll leave y’all with a sneak peek of what’s to come.

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Croatian Vineyard
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Mountains!