By Julia Molden
And so we have once again come to the final day of our CLS summer school. How does the time fly by so quickly? Our final lesson of the week found us battling on with perfective and imperfective verbs and words ending in –ujući, which are usually but not always gerunds. It is a testament to Linda’s endless patience and good nature that, after listening to her native language being mangled for the past week, she and all of us were in high spirits even before the farewell dinner started. And none of us are going to forget this day, as we had woken up to the shock Brexit result back home and had started to consider its implications.
For dinner Dijana and her family had prepared a magnificent feast for us, with pršut and local cheese, home cooked risotto and a main course of local fish and all the trimmings. Some more of Dijana’s homemade pancakes followed and throughout the meal we enjoyed a variety of wines, including those that had been purchased at the winery earlier in the week. The happy chatter of the group finally came to an end and we said our farewells to our fellow travellers through this strange world of instrumentals, aspects and nouns with endings designed to confuse. Already we are beginning to think about next year’s summer school, which, it is envisaged, will take place somewhere in Istria. But between now and then there is a lot of planning to be done. So for the time being we say ‘Bog, bog i vidimo se u Istri’ as we all go our separate ways. We’ve had a brilliant time. Thank you Linda for putting up with us once again!