Croatia 2016: Day 1 – An Early Arrival in Split

In 2016 we are leading 4 high school summer trips. You can read all about our Global Innovators trips or get in touch to ask us any questions about the programs. Our 2016 Croatia trip focuses on sustainable development and small business in the country. During the trip, students take turns writing a daily blog post to describe their project process and exploration, follow along here. Naimh is the only student on the trip coming from the UK, and flight connections meant she arrived a day before the rest of the group. Here is her first impression before the rest of the group arrived.

First Reactions:

Croatia is absolutely stunning! There is so much culture to observe with many sorts of people within it. It is extremely hot, and I am currently very thankful of airport air conditioning whilst we are waiting for the others to arrive.


What is quite surprising is that there many more tourists than I expected! Also the state of the old town as it is over 1500 years old. I really like how busy it is, it always seems bustling and full of people (usually eating ice cream or pizza). Yes weirdly it is sort of a custom (or a tourist thing) to eat ice cream more or less all the time (11 am breakfast ice cream anyone?). I’m not complaining of course.

The First 24 hours:

The flight here for me was relatively short compared to the rest of the group, which is good as I have no jet lag and I only lost one hour to the time change. I was overwhelmed last night when I landed by the sheer heat that is still apparent even after 9 o’clock in the evening. We hopped on a bus from the airport that took us to the centre of Split (which may I say is an absolute maze inside the old town!) and then went for a pizza, and the portion size was huge! Finally, whilst taking turns carrying my case, we hazily located the apartment. And yes it was still almost 30 degrees at midnight!!!