JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.



It’s 1:30am on Monday morning, and I’m on a bus to Zagreb, Croatia. Alas, my eleven days here have come to an end.  It never fails – when you’re super happy, that stupid clock just seems to tick by in fast motion.

Just a bit ago, Miloš’ mom drove us to the bus station in Rijeka, and he and I waited there together until it was time for my bus to leave.  What can I say, I’m an emotional creative type, so it was a bit of a difficult day for me – ever since our bus ride from Zadar to Miloš’ town of Crikvenica, I’ve had my little emotional lapses.  But the best way to deal with leaving is to get excited about the next time, and I’ve got some major planning to do for when Miloš comes to visit me in three months.

I thought I’d write a little post that kind of touched on some of the highlights of our trip, but I will also be posting some more detailed reports in the next couple of days.  Miloš and I were talking earlier tonight about some of the favorite elements of our time in Zadar.  It was such a great trip in general, but there were definitely some stand-out places and moments.  I’d have to say that our day at Saharun Beach on the island of Dugi Otok was an absolute highlight, despite the fact that we both got totally wiped out by the sheer amount of sun we got that day.  In my opinion, this beach was the best one we visited on the whole trip – the water looked like what you see in pictures of the Caribbean – a light clear crystal blue – but it was right there in Europe.  All the water in Croatia was beautiful, but this was up a notch or two.  It was a truly wonderful day trip that we both thoroughly enjoyed.  We also had a wonderful dinner at Restaurant Kaštel the one night, which is located just inside the old town part of the city.  The food was excellent, the service was fantastic, and the atmosphere was beautiful and romantic.  We also made several visits to the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun on the end of the old town peninsula.  On more than one occasion, we took our drinks there for the evening, and just sat and enjoyed the sounds, lights, sea breezes, and each other’s company.

Just walking around old town was a pleasure in itself each time.  (Although we concluded that you just can’t get good ice cream in Zadar.  We tried SO many places in hopes of finding some that we really liked, but to no avail.)

Like I said, more details about my trip will be coming soon, but for right now, it’s time to finish my journey back home. (And start planning all the awesome things we’ll do when Miloš makes his first trip to the northeast US!)

Jen and Miloš in Old Town Zadar

Jen and Miloš in Old Town Zadar


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

2 thoughts on “Croatia…

  1. I have enjoyed seeing your pictures and reading your blog! Love you cuz!

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