Crossing the Finish Line Together

Crossing the Finish Line Together

We reached Marco Polo International Airport outside Venice at 11 am. Ivan’s goodbye was surprisingly emotional with one hug after another. Then, we checked in, passed through security, and waited for our flight to Zurich. There was lunch and some duty-free shopping...
Trieste in the Rain

Trieste in the Rain

Yesterday we crossed into Italy, spending time in the seaport city of Trieste at the northernmost point of the Adriatic Sea. We changed money, had a brief tour of the city center, and posed for the obligatory group photo. Great Italian cooking tantalized the tastebuds...
Sunday in Ljubljana

Sunday in Ljubljana

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia, one of six independent republics created when Yugoslavia broke apart. Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Northern Macedonia are the other five successor states. They are relatively small in terms of geography...
A Natural Wonder

A Natural Wonder

Yesterday we visited Plitvice Lakes National Park in the mountainous center of Croatia. This park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Register in 1979 because of the unique natural ecology found here. The 73,000 acres of dense forest is a hiker’s paradise with a...
An Unbeatable Combination

An Unbeatable Combination

According to Ivan, our tour guide on this trip, it is unusual for American high school students to travel to Croatia. The most popular destinations are Italy and France. This is understandable. However, too many students are missing out on a great travel experience....
Driving Along the Dalmatian Coast

Driving Along the Dalmatian Coast

Yesterday we said goodbye to Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful and historic walled cities in Europe. We traveled north along the main highway where the Dinaric Alps meet the dark blue waters of the Adriatic. Rural seaside villages passed by in rapid succession, and...