Initially from Minnesota with Croatian roots, Alex Schmidt moved to check in Croatia in 2015 earlier than returning completely to dwell a couple of years later.
“My great-grandparents have been Croatian. My grandparents have been 100% and that makes me 1 / 4. My grandpa was linked to his heritage, he grew up in Chicago the place there was a Croatian group,” Alex begins off explaining to Stanko Zovak on the All Issues Croatia podcast the place she was the newest visitor.
Alex says it was not till going to school in Chicago that she linked along with her Croatian heritage.
“By way of assembly extra of my prolonged family and seeing there was an enormous Croatian inhabitants there I used to be turning into extra intrigued with the concept of going to go to and I discovered a research overseas programme in Dubrovnik. There was a pull and I felt I needed to go to Croatia,” she stated.
Not realizing anyone, Alex then headed over to Croatia and spent a semester finding out in Dubrovnik. This could result in not solely her reconnecting in a stronger manner along with her roots, but additionally her household. She would additionally meet her now fiancé Dominiko.
After a long-distance relationship when she headed again to the US to finish her research, after which a stint collectively working in Eire, Alex made the everlasting transfer again to Dubrovnik.
“I noticed a lot potential in constructing a life right here it simply took a while to place it collectively. It has been plenty of laborious work and endurance however I can see all of the seeds that I planted now blooming,” Alex says.
Shifting to Croatia additionally meant a shift in mindset.
“Numerous focus (within the US) is on careers. Rising up within the US I actually hooked up my very own private id with my profession and the way a lot cash I used to be making. Right here there may be not a lot of an emphasis in your profession being your total character,” she says, including that the Croatian dream is extra about work-life stability and appreciating what you might have than within the US the place it appears to be all about infinite progress.
A kind of seeds was her in style weblog – The Conscious Mermaid – the place she promotes aware residing and accountable journey as she shares her journey suggestions and guides.
Alex now has additionally began her journey company Conscious Journey Croatia the place she encourages journey exterior the everyday vacationer areas.
On the podcast, Alex explains in additional element about her determination to maneuver to Croatia, a few of the obstacles and the way she overcame them and what it’s like residing in Croatia at present. She additionally talks about her initiatives and a few of her finest journey recommendation.
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