At 8.50 pm gathering in the school to get on the bus at
9:00 am that would bring us to Charleroi. First all hand luggage and two
suitcases had to be weighed. After many overloaded we finally had the
correct weight .When we get on the bus we had already lost two children:
Halil and Redouane. Halil had to go to the bank and Redouane had
forgotten his identity card. Fortunately, he had already discovered that
in Antwerp and not in Charleroi. Arrived at the airport the check-in of
the luggage went smoothly but when wehad to go through passport control
ourselves ,it revealed that Domenica and Konrad still had a wrong
passport. Despite our preparation and good intentions, we had not
noticed that there is little difference between a Belgian (European)
passport and a temporary residence passport and despite all attempts the
border controls did not give in and Domenica and Konrad had to stay
behind. We immediately contacted the school to pick them up and left the
two students behind in a safe place because we had to take our flight.
This unexpected incident was a downer for the feelings and we often
thought about stragglers, but ... SHIT HAPPENS. The flight went well.
Some students have had serious sweaty hands, but we arrived safely at
Zadar Airport. Dino (Edin) was waiting for us and after a warm welcome
we went by bus to Zadar.dar.dar.dar.dar.
Arrived at the youth hostel we divided and installed our rooms the rooms
and we could settle in. Miss Katleen and Mr. Pol had to leave us soon
for some official affairs and we got from our Croatian "nursing school
student guides" a city tour in Grad Zadar. It soon became clear that
Zadar has a long and rich history. For our dinner we were welcomed in a
student restaurant and despite an uneasy start (about halal food and
meat ) the food was very enjoyable.
Than the students had some free time and Dino led us , teachers to
a cozy terrace where we could enjoy a cozy chat and a local delicacy. On
the way back to our hostel we saw the clearly troubled Kiani and Tina.
Timothy and Monica had a relational problem and the Dalmatian population
is not aware of the fierce nature of our students end therefore called
the police. Fortunately the friendly watchman of the hostel took care
over the lovebirds (chickens) and after a short time-out the love-crisis
was over and we were able to go to sleep . On the boys room there was a
restless moment with some turbulence and noise at night, but nothing
that we could not solve. So that small fire was quickly extinguished.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Early wakeup because at 9:00 pm there was an official reception planned
in the 'medical school'. Before we walked over there we could enjoy a
very tasty breakfast in a much too small dining room. At the school we
were welcomed by the headmaster and Dino and his team. Then we got a
tour of the school and we were given an idea of what the students here
see during the medical training.
dentistry, child care, elder care, physiotherapy and more. Hassan
tried to inject a dummy arm and Moufasa even got a massage. Then we were
split up and the boys went to the Naval School and the girls went to a
school for beauticare. They were well taken care of but It soon became
clear that the level of our students is not lower than the level of the
Zadar students. In the navalschool we got a tour and we were allowed to
witness how the 3rd year students learn to work with maritime
simulators. So we got a real picture of an engine and the control of
Than the local TV crew interviewed Moufasa and he would turn up later
that day during the evening news. For lunch we went back to the student
restaurant was where it was verry crowded, but the food was top and the
table manners as well. A short 'feet-in-the-fountain' moment and then we
got a city tour with a guide. who could tell us a lot about the special
places and buildings. He did it succinctly but also fascinating. At
various places of 10 sqm you could find remains of the 1st, 10th, 17th
and 19th centuries. And all through, on, under and between each other.
In the evening, the teachers of all countries were expected for a
meal together. Our students had to rely on themselves and were given
enough Kuna (Croatian money) to satisfy their hunger and thirst. We had
learned our lesson and decided that one of us would be around at the
hostel and so be available in case of another problem . Sure enough,
during the evening Tine showed up with a swollen leg as a result of an
insect bite. Because the pain and swelling intensified we went to a
pharmacist, took him out of his bed for some liniment . Because we had
no icepack we have plundered the refrigerator from the hostel and we
have someone fresh beer used as ice pack. The next morning we put the
now warm beer back in the freezer. Furthermore, this second night went
quiet and calm, with no police , hair pulling and yelling adolescents.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Again up early because this was the big day. We had to come together at
9.00 am to build up the stands and workshops . Together We went full
power and manage to do a great job . We were the only school that
offered a workshop and became some appreciation for that the. Our
students showed themselves at their best and did a great job,
congratulations for that . After the cleanup of the room we all got an
afternoon buffet offered in the arsenal. It was a very rich and tasty
buffet , here our students also showed themselves at their best and did
a great job,now they showed some appreciation.
That afternoon we were free and we went swimming all together.
Outside the city, we went looking for a suitable place, but the first
place we saw appeared to be very slippery. When the first four students
slipped and landed flat on their back before they had reached the water,
we have wisely decided to look for another place. A little further we
found a pebble beach. Here it was not easy to get into the water because
of large, small, sharp and / or slippery stones and pretty cold water.
Ultimately, almost everybody ended up in the water and we had a great
For our evening meal we had to go to a youth hostel just outside
the city where the Poles and Czechs were sleeping. We took the bus over
here. Because the Germans as usual thought they knew it and and we
followed them , we still had a long way to go on foot. The food tasted
after a good walk . For dessert we got a huge piece of very heavy but
delicious cake and then the start signal was given for the dance. That
did not really get going until the two pacesetters of the ' crazy
Belgians ' gave way. So the ball started rolling. After a while and some
searching for the right bus stop, we all went fairly early to bed
because it would be an early morning again.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Up early for a day trip by boat to the Kornati Island. 3 hours sailing
back and of course 3 hours back. Beautiful weather, beautiful calm sea,
cozy atmosphere, scenic views, frolicking dolphins, stunt flying
seagulls and spectacular cliffs. Then we docked in a cozy, natural
We could choose from a walk to the double-salt lake to enjoy a swim
or a walk around the lake or to climb the cliffs for a magnificent view.
The lake water was significantly warmer than the sea and we have enjoyed
it to the fullest. Dalmatians drop their sheep on these islands. They
are actually there to fend for themselves, and thus they naturalize.
Those wild sheep they call Devil-sheeps. With their old donkeys they do
the same. We have not seen those animals but found giant shit turds from
devilsheeps of old donkeys whether the Dalmatians themselves ... we do
not know. Again, the swimming was painfull because of the many sharp
Back on the boat we were offered a meal of fresh fish and we had to
experienced the singing of the head-master . we had no way to run on a
boat so … just undergo it and then back towards Zadar. We still had
great weather, beautiful calm sea, cozy atmosphere, nice views, no
frolicking dolphins, still stunt flying seagulls and sunburned and dying
Germans. Back arrived in Zadar they have to take the dying German boy to
the hospital where he was treated for a severe form of heat stroke, but
by late evening he was allowed to return home.
We had a free evening and so everybody could eat their own choice
and enjoy "Zadar by night". We ,teachers, went to a terrace and had an
enjoyable evening with Dino ,the Turks and some Czechs. It was a long
but very successful day.
Friday, May 8, 2015
Our last day in Zadar we could fill at will, so ... a longer
sleep!!! easeful breakfast and then all of us sung “Happy Birthday” to
Halil because it was his 18th birthday. Then we climbed the tower and
enjoyed the beautiful view. We walked along the fortress walls to the
glass museum where those who are interested were allowed inside.
curiously almost everyone wanted to go. we saw quite beautiful and
interesting historical things and we got a fascinating demonstration of
a lady who made miniature vases.
Then again there was a moment of free time to shop, to eat or do
whatever we want, and in the afternoon we went swimming again. This time
the water was much colder (about 4 cm cold!!!!), so only the very brave
of heart, or craziest people went into the sea. Obvious we came out
again pretty quickly. The sun was much too hot to sit in, so we went
back to the hostel and most of us already start packing. In the evening
we went all together to a pizza restaurant to end this wonderful week.
The students were enjoying a last night off. We enjoyed one last ice
cream from the best ice cream shop of Zadar and sat one last time at the
Saturday, May 9, 2015
early, have a quickly breakfast and then start weigh our suitcases:
reloading, weigh again , another reloading, weigh again and then hope
for a good-humored balance at the airport. Short intermission by Dino
for a Dalmatian coffee or a Bullshit and then heading to the bus that
would take us to the airport. This time we had to leave nobody behind
and everything went smoothly. No co-pilots with suicidal tendencies, no
terrorist attacks thus safe and secure, and faster than expected back in
Charleroi. It took some time to get our two suitcases and we had to wait
for the bus, but we finally made it back to the Kerkstraat in Antwerp.
Time to say goodbye had come. I think I may say that for everyone it was
a very successful trip and we will remember it for a long time.
What you certainly did
In Zadar you order either a coffee and then
you get a small cup of strong coffee or a bullshit and then you
get a big cup of coffee with milk.
At the quay of Zadar is a sea organ. the sea water pushes air in
a set of 35 sound tubes and squeeze out 'once in a lifetime'
Some students get famous sweaty hands in a plane.
80 decibels is very loud, especially at night.
quaystones in Zadar can be very slippery.
Mufasa sometimes has asthma and than his stomach can explode.
Redouans can damage t-shirts during his sleep.
Redouane is doing sports "Jacky chan", but now is going to do
The girls in Zadar are "whoula asahbi wheyoow, wheyoow."
Moufasa takes pictures of his pizza in case he gets hungry, he
can look at that picture to stop his hunger.
They have a lot of delicious ice cream in Zadar .
Among the 400 islands of Zadar there is a small round island as
flat as a pancake where you can marry, and therefore can not go
Dalmatians rather sit with sheep than with a woman.
Halil was pleased with his organ music.
In World War II, Zadar was destroyed for 90% by Allied bombs.
Zadar has a long and eventful history, under the Croatian,
Roman, Byzantine, Hungarian, Venetian, French, Austrian and
Zadar was in the 6th century destroyed by a major earthquake.
In Zadar are many Italian influences noticeable. You notice it
in names, streetnames, glass, ice cream and pizza.
6 days in Zadar is too short for most of us.
Nothing ever happens to the Germans.
Our students are fantastic, and our colleagues are too.
Dino is a wise, magnanimous, and bighearted person.
Mr. T. (Kid)