This school year, students of the training cycle “Audiovisual Direction” They have been the ones who have traveled with the Erasmus program +, and currently intern at Helsinki, Dublin, Bologna, Toulouse y Zagreb. That's where we travel today, Croatia, to meet Amador Alonso and tell us your experience so far. Amador is conducting FCTs in the same city Silvia Julián, student “Audiovisual Production and Entertainment“, although in another company other.
Amador Good morning! What you are doing business practices?
The practices'm doing in a production, specializing in making ads for advertising campaigns, en Zagreb, Croatia.
What tasks are you going to do, or have you already done?
Mainly, related post production of audiovisual tasks. Some sound mixing, minor corrections in assemblies, preparation of previously recorded material to be edited subsequently, color corrections… Occasionally, preparing unconventional audiovisual, such as timelapses or videos 360 degrees interactive Internet. I have also gone to shoot some advertisement, which I have done the Making of.
Why did you decide to take an Erasmus + placement?
He had had some previous experience abroad, Really good. It is a good way not only to put into practice the knowledge of the degree, but also to know other parts of Europe, other societies, cultures, art, etc. And also to make new friends. It is also a good experience to gain freedom and independence.
How were the preparations? What did they think your family or friends?
The hardest thing when preparations were seeking information about the city to find accommodation, previously. The rest was not complicated, as, As the Erasmus + within the EU, beyond the need to process the EHIC and perform the formalities of the institute, Not much else to do. Plan well what you want out, and what not, etc.
As for what my family and friends felt joy by my family and friends, although today, it is quite common that at least one of a group has already gone Erasmus or similar, so not a big change. Also, nowadays, it's easier than ever to travel and make visits. Yes there was some concern by some, because of the image of Croatia that some still have, perhaps still anchored in the images of the war in the Balkans, although once they have been installed here I have seen that has nothing to do.
It is not easy to find language? A high level you required?
The language set for practice is English. Everyone in Croatia speak English (except my home, curiously). From the tram ticket seller, a supermarket cashiers, Of course, business people. Even so, I think it would have been useful to have some knowledge of Croatian. It is a complex language, very different from Spanish, and I know it would have been helpful in the company. As most of audiovisual work in team, not knowing the native language of your teammates can make complicated coexistence. You can always talk to you in English, But this assumes or; forcing everyone to speak a language that is not his own and which may have less freedom, or speaking in common in Croatian, English trasladándosete then prompts you, getting lost so much of the information on the road and, maybe, any possibility of taking part in the process.
What kind of accommodation have you got? How did you get it?
I'm living in an apartment, small but comfortable, in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Zagreb. It is a quiet area, and in 20 minute bus are in the center, and, even so, It is next to malls and stores. I share flat with Silvia, a co-production also from Erasmus + in Zagreb. We got accommodation through Airbnb. Perhaps there is something more expensive than out looking for him here, but all agencies were in Zaragoza rent demanded payment of a higher commission which takes Airbnb, They not often included in price bills or utilities such as Internet and, Besides, usually they require a longer stay that we were going to be here for the Erasmus +. Airbnb was easier, why, It is focused on tourist rentals for days, find someone who wanted to rent an apartment for a period of three months was easier, including all costs plus.
What have you found most striking so far?
They are mainly four things I have drawn attention. On the one hand, landscape Zagreb. The climate is much wetter than Zaragoza, so everything is much more lush green. Parks seem forests, in which one can easily lose. The city is also on the slopes of the hills, so it is common to wake up and see snow on top.
On the other hand, price differences in many aspects. Not only in what may be making the purchase, but also in what would be the access to culture. Go to the movies, concerts, even the opera, It is much cheaper than in Spain. Movie tickets 3 euros and a half films (which are also original version, sometimes, even subtitled in English), or tickets to the National Theater with a maximum price of 18 euros, It has nothing to do with prices in Spain.
Also markets. In downtown Zagreb, next to the cathedral, this market Dolac, Central Market, which it is outdoors. It is a food market, crafts, flores… Almost every, if not all markets Zagreb outdoors are, in places. there are many, and they are always busy. Also Sunday market at Britanski Trg (British square), antique, and where you can always find something.
By last, Radio. There is no day that is not heard on the radio songs in Spanish. Enrique Iglesias mainly, also Despacito…Hasta la Macarena and Aserejé!
Have you already visited somewhere nearby?
Croatia is a small country, but full of contrasts. While Zagreb has a typical Central European environment, full of palaces, an old small houses and churches uptown…, the coast is totally Mediterranean, with a very similar to the Spanish coast or Italian landscape. I have traveled to Zadar and Sibenik on the coast, two small ancient cities, Venetian, very nice. As well, 30kms of here is the border with Slovenia, so we have also visited Ljubljana, or Trieste in Italy, just over 3 hours bus, and very cheap prices.
Here you have two photos of Zadar and Sibenik.
City of Sibenik
The Adriatic Sea from Zadar
What advice would you give to your colleagues who are thinking of doing an Erasmus + next year?
It sounds very topical, but would enjoy the experience to the fullest. It can be somewhat lonely at first, even a Erasmus +'re not going to classes, so it may be difficult to meet people beyond the company, but looking for the Erasmus + festivals across town can easily find people. As well, and mainly, travel. Whether only by city, as around, there are always things to see or do.
Thank you very much for giving us such a detailed interview Amador. We see that both you and Silvia you're having a good time and enjoying three months. Os is less than a month so I aprovechadlo good!