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Our second week in Rijeka has come to an end

Posted by gramma on September 17, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Our second week was highlighted by our first party. It was small but everyone seemed to have a good time. Two-thirds of our readers were there, which is always good. Also, we were able to sign up two new readers! We have included a couple of pics from the party in the photo album.

 

We had 21 hours of reading sessions this week in spite of the fact that one of Steve's readers, one who came every day in the first week and usually stayed for two hours, was only able to come one day during the week because of overtime at work. We hope he is able to get back into his normal schedule this next week. Val's readers (so far) are all young ladies including a twelve year-old who is just beginning to learn English, a boarding school student learning to make dental prosthetics in a vocational high school and a college student who is a physics major. The latter asked Steve on Thursday how the moon created tides on the earth so Steve wrote out some equations and drew some diagrams and gave her a quick 'lecture' on gravitational forces on Friday.

 

Val's knee seems to be improving. Friday night she walked about 20 minutes to a pizza place where one of Steve's new readers works. Saturday we visited a spectacular National Park called Plitvice (pronounced Plit-veetse) Lakes, and Val probably walked a bit too far but doesn't seem to be suffering too much. It was so incredibly beautiful with more waterfalls in one place than we have ever seen.

 

Much of the Croatian coast is like the Riviera, lined by low mountains. The highways that run along the 'coast' are actually high up on the mountainside passing from tunnel to bridge, tunnel to bridge. The cities, like Rijeka, are then spread up the side of the mountains. Consequently, many roads tend to angle up and down the mountainsides. Those who travel on foot, however, are usually stuck with stairs and I have never seen so many stairs as there are here in Rijeka. Often a stairway will have more than 100 steps, never without periodic landings and sometimes with only 4 or 5 steps in a group, but in the end you have to climb them all to get to the next street.

 

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