Time Flies When You’re at CIMBA
Written by Kelsey V. March 24, 2015
I spent this past weekend in Rovinj, Croatia. I was really excited to go to Croatia because I had heard great things from family and friends who have visited. We left campus after classes on Friday at 5:30 p.m. We took a bus to Rovinj and arrived very late, so we took it easy the first night.
The next day we decided to explore the town! Most things were closed because this is a tourist location that does not take off until mid-April, but it was beautiful nonetheless. It was a nice change of pace from previous weekends, being more of a relaxing and restful weekend! We sat on giant rocks overlooking the Adriatic Sea for a good portion of the afternoon on Saturday. We did a little hiking, where we discovered a small cave and beautiful cliffs. We climbed to the top of a hill and saw a beautiful Basilica.
Saturday night we wanted to try out the Croatian seafood so we went to a cute place by the sea. I got shrimp scampi and it was delicious!
Sunday we did more exploring and wandered our way over to a national park, which was beautiful. So many of our weekends here are jam-packed, which I love, but it was nice to take our time and enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding us.
By week 10, we’ve all started to form the lifelong friendships that people always tell you about before you study abroad. The “small town” feel of CIMBA really allows you to get to know the other students well and form these bonds. Traveling with each other only strengthens these bonds. You really learn a lot about a person when you travel with them! It’s hard to believe we are already almost finished with our time here. However, I know this is not the end for our CIMBA family! As a group, we have already discussed where our first All-CIMBA reunion should be held. My vote was for Hawaii..
Another advantage of CIMBA is how close it is to many popular destinations. I love that many students travel together in big groups on the weekends! Just last weekend, 25 of us went on the Croatia trip. There are even more of us going to Cinque Terre together this weekend! It’s easy (and cheap) to organize group bus trips so that nobody is left out and we can all travel together.