Posted By Omar Carcelen
Pia talked about her country Croatia. She explained her country’s flag and crest which dates back to the 19th century. The chess board on the crest is because the country’s freedom was won in a chess game. Croatia borders Slovenia, Serbia, Italy (the sea) and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The capital is Zagreb and they have a female president. Their script is Latin which differs from Serbia, whose script is Cyrillic. Croatia became independent on 25th June 1991. The currency is the Croatian Kuna.
School starts in early September and goes until June. There are seven classes a day and 16 obligatory courses. School starts at 8:00 am and goes until 2:00 pm. She talked about the regions in Croatia and various items made in the country. Traditional foods include: peka (meat or fish and potatoes/vegetables), brodet (a seafood stew), bacalar (salted cod), hand-rolled pasta, turkey with a traditional bread, stuffed peppers and a dessert. Gingerbread is a traditional material, not edible, that is used to make ornaments. It is on the UNESCO tangible heritage culture list. The moreska is a traditional dance/performance and a tambura is a traditional instrument played at weddings and events. She talked about the UNESCO buildings & sites in Croatia. There are seven of them including the old walled city of Dubrovnik.
Summer can be very hot in northern and southern parts of the country but much cooler in the mountains. There are a lot of festivals, plays and concerts in the summer including one in an old Roman amphitheatre. Every week on the coast in the summer fishermen bring fresh fish and cook it there for you to eat. In the winter the temperature gets much colder. Everyone in Croatia knows how to ski – most people go to Italy or Austria. This year Advent in Zagreb was voted the best Christmas destination.
Pia has an older sister who is in university studying psychology. She has a younger brother who is in elementary school. Her parents have several stores. They import Cuban cigars and organise many events around this. They also have another company that makes equipment for banks. When she ‘grows up’, she wants to be a neurosurgeon.
She finished with a little quiz of seven questions. The winners got a gingerbread ornament and a chocolate. During questions she spoke about the differences between Croatian social life and Canadian. Croatia is much more social and a lot of young people smoke but stop when they get older.
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