RIT student, Andy Fleckenstein, is currently studying abroad at the RIT/ACMT campus in Dubrovnik, Croatia. While he is taking three classes, he admits that he is mostly there for traveling purposes and to experience all that Croatia has to offer.
Andy is truly making the best of his study abroad experience and his friends in Rochester are living vicariously through him as he frequently posts about his experiences on his personal blog. Andy has made it a point to get himself “lost” every single day. Although Croatia has very little American influence, he is enjoying the unique style, food, personality, and architecture that is now home to him for the next two months. Andy went into his trip with no previous exposure to the Croatian language. He has found it difficult to speak Croatian because it doesn’t have the Latin influence like the Spanish or French languages do. However, he is quickly picking up on expressions and greetings and is working hard to initiate conversation with the local people. He has even gotten himself involved in a few pickup soccer games!
So far some of Andy’s excursions have included acquainting himself with Old Town, climbing Mount Srd which is the mountain that overlooks Dubrovnik and traveling through Bosnia to visit Mostar the largest and most important city in Herzegovina, the Vlasic Mountains and the capital city of Sarajevo.
Andy is a month into the study abroad program and is now well acquainted with the city of Dubrovnik. He is beginning to start planning his trips to other cities in Croatia and in other countries. He will be traveling to Athens at the end of April and he is planning trips up north to the Plitvice Lakes National Park and Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb. There are also a few study abroad field trips that are included in his program that will be taking students to Montenegro and the island of Korcula.After the study abroad program is over, Andy plans to spend two extra weeks traveling on his own. So far Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, England and the Netherlands are on his radar, but he has plenty of time to decide where he will go travel over the next two months.
“Time flies by when you are having fun” and that couldn’t be more true of Andy’s current life in Dubrovnik. To learn more about Andy’s experiences feel free to check out his personal blog http://andyfleckenstein.com/.