By Julia Molden
CLS summer school kicked off this year, at least for some of us, at Zagreb airport, from where we set off on our four hour journey towards our ultimate destination of Kožino, a small village a few kilometres north of Zadar. Our travels took us first to Plitvice Lakes, where we stopped for a late lunch and a brief re-acquaintance with this magical place. By the time we had polished off cakes and pancakes on the terrace of the hotel, the afternoon was well advanced and the kindly attendant on the gate of the National Park allowed us free entry on our assurance that we would only be there for five minutes. Twenty minutes and some one hundred and fifty steps later, we finally returned to the hotel and piled into our hire car for the onward journey to Kožino.
The second part of our drive took us through some beautiful countryside along the Bosnian border and across a varied landscape of hilly ridges, volcanic plugs and a vast plain, the name of which in translation was Bloody Field – the scene of some furious battles for supremacy in this area over the centuries. From there we turned south towards the coast finally arriving at our destination only a few minutes before the scheduled arrival of the rest of our group for a welcome drink which signalled the start of the week’s activities. Our host Dijana welcomed us to our lovely home for the duration and we all settled down round the pool to tuck in to cheese and pršut washed down by home-made wine. Early signs are that we are in for another treat as we set out to discover the area and cudgel our brains once again with all the intricacies and joys of the Croatian language.