Officially have been living in Croatia for one week! It already has been such an amazing experience and I have been blessed to meet so many new wonderful people and see so much.
I am living with Lucy, a Canadian who played for the same club last year in Split. I have been very thankful to be living with her because she is familiar with Split and knows where everything is already. The name of the club I will be playing for is called Split ZOK 1700 and there are five Americans playing for our club.
This last week I have been able to experience a little bit of everything in Spilt. So far we have already walked through a famous palace in Split, which has a large market surrounding it (very cool they sell everything from fresh food to underwear and clothing at this market), walked along the sea to hike up Marjan Park, went shopping at the two malls, went out in downtown Split Saturday night, and started practicing.
Hiking up Marajan has definitely been my favorite so far. The hiking was a combination of walking up stairs (probably about 500) and walking along paths. The hike was very quiet, peaceful and had unbelievable views of the city. At the highest point of the hike you could see the whole city of Spilt. It was gorgeous to see the sea a long one side of the city and the mountains a long the other side.
I have been trying lots of new foods and have found the most amazing chocolate which I have been eating way too much of, called kinder bueno. Split has lots of delicious foods, another one of my favorites is called burek (croissant roll made with cheese in it). I have been trying a new food/meal everyday at the restaurant we go to get our meals at.
Palace in downtown Split
Our first team practice was last Friday night–we just did some serving, passing, and hitting to get in the groove of things. Monday we started two a days, so we will practice for an hour half in the morning and then an hour and half at night (9pm have to get used to practicing so late!) This upcoming weekend we will have off again because the locals on the team will finish their league they are currently playing in, and then our first match will be February 15.
We experienced an earthquake early Monday morning!! First and hopefully the last. It was quite an experience I was still asleep when I first heard a loud rumble and then soon after felt the whole apartment shake, it only lasted about 4 seconds.
I’m hoping to do a weekly post to keep you all updated :)