Monday, October 1, 2012

September 25th: The Embassy Sent Me

Today (Tuesday) we had our orientation with our embassy staff and the staff of the Ministry of Technology, Education, and Sport and the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes of Croatia. It was awesome ;-) It was a bit of a long morning but it was nice how they had so many of the embassy staff come and speak to us. I guess that is the perk of having a Fulbright fellowship. All of the grantees were in attendance including the two that are the English teachers in other cities. Right now there is a picture of us on the Zagreb embassy website, but I'm not sure long it will stay. We all went for dinner later in the day and it was a nice way to get started in the city. On Monday night, most of us met up and visited a few cafes in the center of town along with a Fulbright grantee from the last cycle that has been very helpful to me. It was nice to feel like I knew some people in the city and I look forward to getting to know them better (and I definitely stole Amy's picture from Facebook).

I also went to look at another apartment on Monday, this time in a somewhat famous socialist building, Vitićeva Zgrada. The apartment was big (two bedrooms) and the girl renting it was a German student. The apartment wasn't furnished but she had already provided some things. It was nice, but she also had 7 others were looking at it, and she appeared to be quite young. I was so desperate to get out of the dorm that I would have said yes if she offered right there, but I had to wait a few days to hear from her. I used the time to find an internet cafe and look up a bunch of other apartments to call on Tuesday. 

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