Sorry for the delay--again. But the last few days have been so action-packed I havent really been on the computer.
Thursday was our last day of work at Rebro Hospital. During our last week we worked on a research project with 3 girls that just finished their medical school at U of Zagreb and are now interns (which, from talking with them is similar to what we do 3rd and 4th year, minus the freedom of 4th year...). They are super sweet and we went out for drinks with them one night and to dinner the next. Its crazy to think they have been in medical school since they graduated from high school (they do a 6 year medical school, no undergrad) and are now official MDs and they are younger than (almost) everyone in medical school in america.
During our last week we also had some more traditional croatian food with our physician mentors. Sarah and Andrea tried "chilapcici" (pronounced che-lop-che-chi, I didnt parkate since its beef, or pork, or maybe both...) and we all tried "cockta", Yugoslavia's answer to coca-cola during communist times when they couldnt get it across the iron curtain. It actually wasnt bad and many locals prefer it to coke these days (ive seen lots of people drinking it at cafes). Then went to a nice lunch (more like dinner considering it was at 430pm...) with both Robert (our official mentor) and Dr. Franticic, the head of the dept we are working in (technicaly called a professor here, which is in higher esteem than doctor). It was delicious and quite filling...
On Thursday night we went to a great traditional Croatian restuarant with med school girls mentioned above and that same night Josh arrived in Zagreb! We all left the following morning for Dubrovnik by plane. Dubrovnik is considered the Pearl of the Adriatic since it is probably the most beautiful coastal town in all of Dalmatia--the name of the southern part of Croatia's coast.
It is quite an impressive city. We are staying in an apartment in the old town which is really the pearl of all of dubrovnik. You feel like you are entering ancient times when you enter the walls as everything is quite well preserved from centuries ago. Being in the old city kind of reminds me of being in the old city of Jerusalem but there arent a million kiosks with people trying to sell you things, and there are more restuarants and less tourists (well at least at this time of the year...)
See my next entries for info about the rest of our dubrovnik adventures!