How To Survive in Zagreb: Hello my New Home!

Hello World, hello (Just) Zagreb! Let me make a short introduction about myself. I am a 27-year-old adult in her life changing period. As I am experiencing it lately… I left my well paid job in Hungary to become a volunteer not only to make my parents and friends happy, but also to finally end up where I was planning to be several years ago. In Zagreb without any plans.

Planning… That is important, but do I still want it? We will get back to that later – so far, the answer is – of course! I got a chance to be a part of the European Universities Games Organising Committee for a year, to join the PR and Marketing department, where I have to speak Croatian all the time. But get ready,  because JA UČIM HRVATSKI or I’m learning Croatian.

Food, food and more food!

So I moved to Zagreb two and a half months ago. I am living with two lovely people, my flat/job mates and friends. Another Hungarian and one Polish girl. We are getting along quite well as we have been dwa bratanki [1] for a long time. Meet them!

EVS volunteers at EUG

What I knew about Zagreb before…hmm…well, that it is the Croatian capital city, I knew about Kraš – Bajadera, and that I have relatives living here. What do I know now? I know about gorgeous places like Jarun and Bundek; I can run for kilometers next to Sava; I can try tribal dance, parkour, rowing, aerial silk, pole dance and more. I know that the Museum of Modern Art has a slide at the back, that the Museum of Broken Relationships is funny, sad and upsetting at the same time, I know about the legend, Drazen Petrovic, and the impressive habit of lighting candles along Grad Vukovar Street on 18th November. I know that Trg bana Josipa Jelačića is a place where people usually meet, under the clock or under the horse’s tale, and I found a place where I can get a great 10-Kuna pizza slice. The Nutella roll from Dafina is just addictive, as well as big sandwiches that you can buy everywhere (and no, they are not empty, they put whatever you ask for in it). Dark Velebitsko (beer) is hard to find, but the best to have. Honey rakija is good for your health, and Cedevita is as essential in a household as Vegeta.

Roommates, the best mates

So to finish my first blog post ever, I would like to use a quote from Casablanca: ‘Zagreb, I think this is a beginning of a beautiful friendship’! A friendship between me and you and between the Polish and Hungarian roommates. And that is all for now. Until next time, I’ll try to enjoy and survive in Croatia :).

Best regards, Réka 

Survive in Croatia