September 21 – 25, 2013
“By the way folks,” we went to Croatia. And it was excelinski! This entry shares our European journey to and through beautiful Croatia, including many delightful stories of Eastern Europe. I thoroughly loved Croatia. The people, the landscape, the food, and the ice cream were all to our utmost satisfaction. Especially the ice cream. We ate three, double-scooped cones a day, each. But, first things first!
Lizzie had printed out directions to a hostel in the west part of Zagreb. We risked it without tickets on the trams, but it we made it safely, only after gracious assistance from a local Croatian man who spoke the one single word we needed more than anything: “hostel.” The people were beautiful and mostly extremely good at English, thankfully. But, just in case I downloaded a learn-Croatian-today application on my device. A short bus trip later and I was a new-found historian and linguist of the entire region. Leastwise, I learned… (Cue Croatian lesson of the day)
Da li govorite Engleski? = Do you speak English?
This was a very clever phrase we learned into the second day of our stint in Croatia. Lizzie, of course, realized the “futility” of the phrase immediately. It was annoying when they replied back in Croatian, but we learned to reply with ‘da, da – banana,’ which means, ‘yes, yes – banana.’ Just a few clever Croatian critiques from Lizzie and Jarett for you. Some (Brock) ridiculed the usefulness of asking this question calling it a revolving conundrum, but the jury’s still out on that one.
The first morning, we arose to a sunshiny day, and shortly thereafter resolved to travel to the sea for some more fun in the sun. Our hostel assistant and new-found friend (from who comes the loud misuse of the phrase, “by the way, folks”) suggested Rijeka, Split, and Crikvenica. Crikvenica happened upon us at the bus station, so we went with it!
Crikvenica, a small Croatian town on the Adriatic Sea, was the ideal spot. Here, we purchased tons of ice cream. And it was wonderful. To boot, we acquired cheap lodging, ate the most delicious food, and made some rare acquaintances by sharing chocolate. That latter of which, is a rare occurrence, simply put. Additionally, we visited an island whose name we never knew nor ever will know. To get to this unknown island, we hired a random speed taxi boat without communicating, paid an unknown and ambiguous amount, but we had so much fun not knowing! An hour and some later, the lad returned to the island, picked us up (we were beginning to question our ability to swim the Adriatic Sea), and we were back at Crikvenica in no time! After 3 days of thrilling fun and adventures here, we decided to head back to Zagreb, spend one more evening there, and finally return to Vienna and home.
Yes, and thank you, folks for reading and for vicariously living our experience in Croatia! The following photos may help in that endeavor. Enjoy!