ZA KONEC …

#Erasmus


Andrej se v svojem zadnjem prispevku osredotoča na preteklih pet mesecev, ki jih je preživel v Ljubljani. Hvala, Andrej za vsa Tvoja mnenja in srečno tudi naprej!


The time has come for me to write my last blog post.

Soon my trainee-ship is ending and I will be returning to Croatia at the end of June. My five months in Ljubljana were mostly very calm and peaceful at first, but very exciting in the last months. It was my first time sharing long time roommates and my first time renting a flat. I had two roommates from Croatia in my flat and they were not very social people so I adapted to their rhythm and was spending a lot of time alone in my room and with my hobbies, but I also made some friends outside of the museum through Erasmus trips. So February and March have passed and in April I knew my roommates will be leaving for home so I needed to find new ones. I was pretty lucky because the new roommates are pretty much the total opposite so we hanged out a lot more and we had a few house parties. With the new roommates, I started to go out a little bit more and hang out with new friends I have made. I have traveled around Slovenia a lot, from the mountains to the coast, and as a Croatian who used to make jokes about Slovenia and its size, it really does not matter if you manage it correctly. Ljubljana as a city to me is perfect size, since it’s not big, but has everything you need. With the bicycle, you can be anywhere very quick.

My time in the museum was busy. I did not work a lot at the museum itself, but I always had to take some of my work to work on it at home. In the museum itself, most of the time I was archiving photos, and basically there is no end to them. I could have done this job for another year and I would not be done, not even close. But with archiving I improved my Microsoft Excel, I learned how to use a good scanner and how to use the scanner wizard. Also, not to mention that I know a lot more about Slovenia now since I was scanning photos exclusively related to Slovenia, not only history, but geography too. Blog posts were my favourite part of the whole trainee-ship. I have been to so many museums in the last few months and to some of them multiple times. It was a cultural overload. The museums were varied with content, that’s true, but in each museum you can spend at least an hour of concentrated reading and watching. From my mentor at the museum I was getting a lot of feedback regarding my posts and she did not hold back. My photography skills have also improved because all the photos you can see in my blog posts were made with my DSLR and edited in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. In late May and at the beginning of June I had an opportunity to manage the Instagram business account for the Museum and that I found very helpful in general. I could see how things function when you have a lot of followers and what you need to do to keep your followers or gain more of them.

Everything that I learned in my time spend in Slovenia was helpful. We live in times where no job is safe, since technology is advancing rapidly, and you never know what kind of skill you will need in your life. That’s why it is always good to have a side hustle to have a little bit more security in your life. For example, mine is photography, but I also like to travel. Blogging gave me the needed push for opening my own blog (my mentor was joking that I should start a food blog since they are really popular, but I have other plans). Because I was managing the Instagram business account, I am keen on opening an Instagram acc with my photography portfolio. I have certainly did not expect that this trainee-ship will push me into that direction, which just proves that the museum is not typical old school museum you might have in mind. I will look with great fond to my time spend in the museum of National Contemporary history of Slovenia with my colleagues who were always helpful about questions I had, disregarding my lack of Slovenian language knowledge. There is always an opportunity for me to return to Ljubljana one day, but that’s up to life.

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Napočil je čas, da napišem svoj zadnji prispevek na blogu.

Kmalu se bo moje pripravništvo končalo in konec junija se vračam na Hrvaško. Moji prvi meseci v Ljubljani so bili mirni, čas je mineval počasi, a zadnjih nekaj mesecev je bilo že bolj živahnih. Prvič sem živel kot podnajemnik skupaj s sostanovalci. Moji prvi dve sostanovalki iz Hrvaške nista bili zelo družabni, toda  prilagodil sem se njunemu ritmu in tako sem preživel veliko časa sam, v svoji sobi in mojimi hobiji. Nekaj prijateljstev sem sklenil izven muzeja prek izletov, ki jih organizira Erasmus. Ko sta februar in marec minila, sem v aprilu vedel, da moji sostanovalki odhajata in začel sem iskati nove. Imel sem precejšnjo srečo, saj sta bila nova sostanovalca pravzaprav čisto nasprotje prejšnjih in tako smo več časa preživljali skupaj in imeli tudi nekaj skupnih zabav.

Veliko sem tudi potoval po Sloveniji, od gora do obale. Hrvati večkrat izrečejo kakšno pikro besedo na račun velikosti Slovenije, a če se razdalj lotiš premišljeno, potem nima velikost nikakršnega vpliva več. Tako je Ljubljana po mojem mnenju ravno pravšnja, ni velika in ima vse, kar človek potrebuje. S kolesom lahko kamorkoli prispeš hitro.

Čeravno časovno na svojem delovnem mestu nisem preživel veliko časa, sem bil v muzeju precej zaposlen, tako da sem še doma dokončeval zadane naloge. V samem muzeju sem opravljal delo dokumentiranja in arhiviranja fotografij, ki jim praktično ni bilo konca. Lahko bi enako delo opravljal še eno leto, pa bi bil konec ravno tako oddaljen. Prek arhiviranja sem izpopolnil znanje v programu Microsoft Excel in se naučil tudi upravljanja s profesionalnem skenerjem. Med delom sem se naučil tudi veliko o Sloveniji sami – ne le iz zgodovinskega, temveč tudi iz geografskega stališča.

Prispevki, ki sem jih pripravljal za blog, so predstavljali moj najljubši del pripravništva. Zaradi njih sem obiskal številne muzeje, nekatere izmed njih tudi večkrat, tako da sem izkusil veliko kulture. Muzeji so se med seboj seveda vsebinsko razlikovali in v vsakem od njih sem preživel vsaj uro intenzivnega doživljanja videnega. Z mentorico sva se o mojih prispevkih večkrat pogovarjala in razpravljala. Tudi moje izkušnje pri fotografiranju so se izboljševale, saj so bile fotografije, ki ste jih lahko opazili v prispevkih narejene z mojim DSLR fotoaparatom, popravljal pa sem jih s programoma Adobe Lightroom ali Photoshop. Konec maja in v začetku junija sem izkusil možnost upravljanja muzejskega Instagram računa. Zanimiva izkušnja je bila tudi zaradi večjega števila sledilcev samega računa, ki jih je potrebno obdržati ali pridobivati.

Znanja, pridobljena v času, ko sem živel v Sloveniji, so bila zelo dobrodošla. Živimo namreč v času, ko varne službe skoraj ne obstajajo več, nove tehnologije pa se skokovito razvijajo, tako da nikoli ne veš kdaj bo kakšno znanje koristno. Zato je vedno dobro imeti kakšen dodaten načrt, za vsak primer. Moja “rezerva” je fotografija, pa tudi potujem zelo rad. Prav pisanje prispevkov za muzejski blog mi je dalo tisto vzpodbudo, ki sem jo potreboval, da začnem s pisanjem svojega lastnega (moja mentorica se je šalila naj rajši začnem pisati o kulinariki, saj je to v zadnjem času izjemno popularno, toda sam imam drugačne načrte). Ker sem nekaj časa upravljal muzejski Instagram račun razmišljam tudi sam v smeri ustvarjanja profesionalnega računa na tem socialnem omrežju. Vsekakor nisem pričakoval, da me bo pripravništvo usmerilo v to smer. Muzej le ni nekakšna stara ustanova, kar bi si sicer lahko stereotipno mislili. Verjamem, da se bom z veseljem spominjal časa, ki sem ga preživel v Muzeju novejše zgodovine Slovenije tudi zaradi mojih sodelavcev, ki so bili vedno pripravljeni priskočiti na pomoč in so radi odgovarjali na moja vprašanja, četudi je bila moja slovenščina neznatna.

Vedno obstaja možnost, da se nekoč vrnem v Ljubljano, a o tem bo odločilo življenje.