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  3. We order pizza , maybe twice a year.
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1270 Pula, Croatia

Karlo shares his thoughts about his hometown of Pula, Croatia and some of his memories.

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I have an open-mind about it.

When you have an open-mind, you are willing to accept new ideas. Notice the following:

  1. Young people usually are more open-minded.
  2. My boss never likes change. He does not have an open-mind.


I would probably be nostalgic at first.

When you are nostalgic, you have good memories of something in the past. Notice the following:

  1. When I listen to 80s music I get nostalgic for high school.
  2. She is nostalgic for her travel days.

at hand

Everything is at hand.

When something is 'at hand', it is easy to access or get to. Notice the following:

  1. In math class, you need a calculator at hand.
  2. Living downtown is convenient because there are many shops at hand.


That can be a downside sometimes.

The downside refers to the negative qualities about something. Notice the following:

  1. The downside of living downtown is the high cost of living.
  2. I like living overseas but the downside is I am far from my family.

From time to time

From time to time you can see music performances

This phrase 'from time to time' means sometimes but not often. Notice the following:

  1. I like to play tennis from time to time.
  2. My father cooks breakfast for the family from time to time.

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