Our two weeks in Croatia are over and it's certainly bitter sweet to say goodbye. The country's been so good to us and Candace and I have fallen into quite the nice routine but it's time to move on. To Istanbul actually! It'll be a complete change from the laid back beach towns we've indulged in here but we're looking forward to it. We had to revamp our wardrobes a bit before heading East...the whole bikini and shorts thing isn't really the trend in Istanbul. So we picked up some more modest pieces, a scarf to cover our heads in the mosques, closed toed shoes and socks for me (bleh)
Ciao Croatia! Now for a bus ride through Bosnia for a day in Sarajevo and a flight to Turkey...can't wait!
Laying on the beach for the past week has been pretty tough for Candace & I so we decided to take a mini vacation to Dubrovnik! Its called the Pearl of the Adriatic and the old city dates back to the 13th century. The city's entirely enclosed by huge stone walls and its said that back in the day in order to trade in the city you had to bring a stone and thats how the walls were built. Inside the walls it's all little cobblestone streets, beautiful arches, bell towers, and churches. And since its a major tourist attraction its loaded with cafes and gelato stands...not necessarily a bad thing. Its also one of the locations Game of Thrones is filmed, I only somewhat followed the show but a lot of places were recognisable which was awesome. The best part of Dubrovnik is walking the perimeter of the city on top of the walls.
Candace and I made it more than a week in Croatia without eating out (lots of pasta and tea biscuits) so we decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner in Dubrovnik. It was so good! Mostly because we didn't have to cook it but I'm pretty sure the food itself was good. They did give us traditional Croatian shots before our meal so who really knows.
All in all Dubrovnik was absolutely beautiful and I'm really glad we could see another corner of this beautiful country. Only disappointment was the lack of John Snow.
Big thank you to the British boy who held an umbrella for me when it started raining.
Croatia is absolutely stunning! We've only been here for a week and I feel like I know the city of Split. Candace & I have spent a lot of time just wandering the streets and have just about walked the whole city. The green market (a local farmers market) is just down the street from our flat and we go almost everyday for fresh fruit and veggies. We've picked up some really good local cheese and eggs from the market too...definitely feeling spoiled food-wise this week. We know how to say goodday, thank you, please, sorry, and 6 (not so confident in the last one) and have made it by just fine so far. Weve been taking advantage of our kitchen and have cooked almost every night so far to save money, although the exchange rate is heavily in our favor. The other day I spent just over 5USD on a baguette, 6 yogurts, a huge bag of cookies, and lemons...not too shabby
The pictures above are from Suma Marian, a huge park on the western tip of the Split peninsula. We spent a full day exploring the park and getting a solid calf workout. The trails wind around the edges of these limestone cliffs with the blue Adriatic sea below...the pictures really don't do it justice. Churches and little houses were built straight into the limestone and had the coolest doors nestled right in the rocks. Before heading back into town we found a gorgeous beach with crystal clear water and a naked man who kept inching closer. One of my favorite days so far!
Other than beaching weve been exploring the old town...its the main hub of Split and its just a 5 minute walk from our flat. Its right on the water and has some amazing old churches and bell towers, cafés, and lots of gelato stands. Its where we've been going to watch the world cup...there are big screens showing the matches everywhere! The atmosphere in the old town for the Croatia game was awesome...it would have been so cool to see them advance. Hoping to see a US win here on Tuesday!
Things I've learned;
-Croatian women don't wear sports bras
-I've been eating a lot of bouncers recently (supposedly an egg on bread?)
-Sunbathing on a cliff side is surprisingly comfortable, can totally see why seals dig it
I have WiFi! Sort of loved being disconnected but there are a million things I want to document, it feels like I've been gone for months already. Candace & I are now in Croatia...we're staying in a perfect flat just east of the old city for the next two weeks. Should have WiFi the whole time we're here so updates to come!
Things I've learned:
-old Croatian men like to dance for Candace
-you can pay for produce with a kiss on the cheek
-laundry detergent is a great, great thing