Why we returned to Croatia- Interview

 

Where did you live prior to moving to Croatia? Where did you live prior to moving to Croatia?
I lived in the Middle East, more specific in Kuwait, Qatar and Oman I lived in Wolfurt, Austria
How long? How long?
I have lived there for 10 years  From birth until September 2015
Why did you decide to return to Croatia? Why did you decide to return to Croatia?
Having a family in Croatia, and not knowing about my roots, culture and in general about life in Croatia made my family decide to move back. I wanted to connect with and learn more about my roots  and I needed a change of scenery.
What did you miss the most about Croatia?  What did you miss the most about Croatia?
I missed my family members who lived in Croatia the most, but I also  missed not knowing as much as I would like to about my culture and my background. I spent almost my entire life in Austria.  It definitely was a very nice  experience, but  I think I have subconsciously always wanted a more „laid-back“ lifestyle. I really like the pace of life and the culture here.
How do you feel being back (coming back to family roots)? How do you feel being back (coming back to family roots)?
It feels great! I have finally had the chance to  experience life in Croatia Everything feels like home to me and I’m surprised I adapted this fast.
 Which place do you consider „home“ and why? Which place do you consider „home“ and why?
It’s really hard to say.  If I have to say where my life was better and if I would have to choose between the countries, I wouldn’t know what to answer. Life here and in the three countries is just too different to be able to compare. Definitely Croatia.  It’s simply because Croatia’s culture matches my personality better.  They say home is not a place, it’s a feeling. Well, that feeling
Has growing up in the Middle East influenced you in terms of your life in Croatia now?  What about your Austrian upbringing makes you stand out amongst your Croatian peers?
Now I am in my 20s and I am student at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management. My international background opened various opportunities, both career and personal vise. I  have had the privilegeto live in another country which, I’m sure,  enabled me to develop some personal traits and habits that will be beneficial in my personal and professional life.
What is the best thing about being back in Croatia? What is the best thing about being back in Croatia?
The best thing is that although I am home,  I am not lacking any international atmosphere, nor am I lacking the student lifestyle of partying, and hanging out with friends. It really feels like home now. Although I have always felt Croatian, I thought it would take me a longer period to adapt to a new/old  environment. I ended up adapting very fast!  I am also very happy  that I’m improving my Croatian.
 Would you recommend to others to come back and why?  Would you recommend to others to come back and why?
I would! Being able to live in Croatia where my roots are from, and just being surrounded by my whole family is a wonderful feeling, and I would want for everyone to experience what it means to be back home. Definitely.  As I said, for me home is not a place, home is a feeling.