I didn't plan to be in Zagreb right now. In fact, nearly every plan I've made in the last couple of years has completely fallen through. But I'm here now, and I'm really enjoying myself and living this new life in this new country with my fiance. Sometimes it's hard to appreciate what you have while it's happening. I'm trying to enjoy and appreciate every day here because I don't know how long it will last. It's important for me to continue remembering that, the fact that this is not forever, and that this is an amazing opportunity and honestly, it's what I always wanted to be doing. I always wanted to be abroad, traveling, being amongst anything and everything foreign. Yesterday, I took the tram and then a bus to work because our car was getting winter tires. I stopped to look at the trams and it's really amazing how far Zagreb really goes with the street art. There are several trams that have been painted with "grafitti" specifically with Dinamo Zagreb grafitti. It looks amazing and cool and I'm so glad the city allows the (old) trams to look like this:
The tram I took yesterday had a new, or rather old, design to it:
There were pictures of old school Zagreb
It's really pretty and different
If I stare out the window too much from inside, I get a little dizzy because of the design on the window!
I snapped this one so quickly, but this is just to give you an idea of how the new trams usually look like.
Things are really great these days and it's so nice to take a step back and realize that this is what I've wanted and been waiting for all along. Tomislav and I have been through so much, going back and forth, and being apart from each other for up to 5 months at a time. It's hard to think about and remember those days because we can't imagine it ever being that way again. I can't believe we've been through that. But we made it through those long months apart and thanks to that, I think we have a stronger relationship than most because of the different course ours had to take. The heartbreaking good byes suck, the solo events and celebrations (that you often try to spend having together on skype (like Valentine's Day or raising a glass to say cheers behind your computer screen on an anniversary), dealing with the time difference and not being able to talk more than once a week because of work schedules.
Example: in the spring while I was in my last semester of grad. school, I was teaching all day and then going straight to night class after school so I wouldn't get home until after 8PM which is after 2AM in Zagreb and T has to wake up early for work, so we had to rely on a lot lot lot of e-mails. We've written thousands of e-mails and sometimes, it's nice to take a look back and remember where we were at that time. What's even nicer is being able to finally be together. Our plans are still quite unclear but what we do know is that we're not going to be apart any longer and we're very excited to go back to the States for Christmas and New Year's! Together! :)