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Another Croatia trip flies by…

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Another trip to Croatia has flown by….

Well, once again, I’m sitting on a train, writing a blog entry about my travels.  I’m on my way back to Vienna after another ten days in Croatia.  I seriously can’t believe how fast the time goes by.  As usual, Miloš and I had a wonderful time together, and the days seemed to go by in fast forward.  And we don’t have long to wait between seeing each other again now, so I’m keeping positive… but leaving day is always the hardest, I won’t lie.  (Plus, I’m always extra emotional when I’m tired….. and let’s just say I was especially tired….)

When Miloš’ mom was driving us into Rijeka late this morning (so I could catch my train), I was thinking about how we’re into the month of March already.  I’ve been in Europe since January 20th – 6 weeks total so far.  Just a week shy of my entire stay last year at this time.  Although, since the first two weeks of my time abroad were in Croatia this year, it doesn’t count towards my three months as a tourist in the European Union, so I still technically have a bit of time left allowed on my stay.

When I first arrived on this particular trip, Miloš picked me up at the train station and after dropping off his brother, we headed straight to Burin.  Burin is the restaurant in Crikvenica where Miloš took me for my birthday back in January.  (He also took me there for a yummy farewell dinner on that same trip.)  This time, the occasion was a belated Valentine’s dinner, as we didn’t get to spend Valentine’s Day together.  The food was amazing, as usual.  (And coming soon, I’m writing an entire post just about my food experiences in Croatia!)  But seriously, if you’re ever in Crikvenica, go to Burin!  I can’t recommend it enough!

After dinner, we went to Miloš’ grandmother’s apartment (where he lives when he’s home during off-season and breaks), as we weren’t getting into the other apartment until the next day.  (As I might have mentioned before, his grandmother’s apartment is really only big enough for us to be there together for a night or two, not for an extended stay, so Miloš just lines us up somewhere else to stay.  During the winter months, there are lots of empty vacation rental rooms that various friends of his family own.)  We had a little bit of time to get ready, then it was time to head into Rijeka for a long night out on the town.  Our night out was great fun of course (you can read about some of the regular bars and clubs in my Croatian Nightlife post), and after sleeping a couple hours after getting in Sunday morning, we headed over to the other apartment and got some real rest.

The weather was beautiful on this trip – not like the constant cloudy rainy days of my January trip.  Each day, we slept in a bit and then headed out to take leisurely walks around Crikvenica in the sunshine. Most days, I took my laptop into the town center to use the free wifi to check emails and do some work.  And most days, we stopped for a drink of soda or tea at Sax Bar, which is nestled along the picturesque seaside.  Some evenings, we visited Cafe Bar Nik, where Miloš’ friend Toni works, or went to Toš for a drink and dessert.  And then most nights, we stayed up late watching movies or some of the TV shows we both watch.

We also got into Rijeka quite a bit on this trip as well.  Wednesday night we went to the movies to see Silver Linings Playbook.  (What a crappy name for a movie.  But we actually BOTH enjoyed the film – it was really good.)  Wednesday nights are half price with a code that Miloš got from his friends, so it makes going to the movies not as expensive.  And I’m always up for movie popcorn. 🙂

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the two of us went into Rijeka on the bus and stayed out all night, each night.  For some reason, my motion sickness was kicking in quite a bit on some of those bus rides.  (I get really bad car-sickness sometimes, and the bus drivers all seemed to be driving like mad men this week.)  On Saturday night, it was so bad, that it took me two hours to recover once we got into Rijeka.  (I felt like I had taken several rounds on the Tilt-o-Whirl.)  I was drinking sparkling mineral water at the bar until I was finally able to drink something real.  Each night was different at the various clubs and bars.  (Palach had awesome 80’s music on Friday night, which was probably my favorite part of our nights out.  We danced for hours!)

Alas, like I said, the time flew by.

Once you get to that last full day, you really try to savor it and be in the moment, but the clock keeps on ticking.  And so often during our visits to each other, we try to stay up all night on our last night together, but we inevitably end up falling asleep in the early morning hours.  And then that blasted alarm clock goes off….

So that brings me back around to where I started – on the train.  I’m on the long stretch between my layover in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Vienna.  The layover was around an hour long, and  Miloš and I chatted on the phone for about 15 minutes of that time.  (If there had been internet at the train station, we could have chatted longer, using the Viber app, but we had to do the old-school expensive way.  It would be SOOOOO fabulous if all airports and train stations had free wifi!)

I’ll get home tonight around 10:30pm or so.  Then I’ll grab a bite to eat before laying out my stuff for tomorrow – I’ve got two job interviews!

Here are some pics from this past trip….

Jen & Miloš in Crikvenica, Croatia

Jen & Miloš in Crikvenica, Croatia

One of Crikvenica's beaches

One of Crikvenica’s beaches

A dock at sunset

A dock at sunset

Jen posing on the dock

Jen posing on the dock

Lovely ending to a lovely day

Lovely ending to a lovely day

Me being my dorky self

Me being my dorky self

Hotel Therapia

Hotel Therapia

View of the sunset near Sax Bar

View of the sunset near Sax Bar

Sunset at the beach

Sunset at the beach

Sunset at the beach - the sky is so pretty, it almost looks fake!

Sunset at the beach – the sky is so pretty, it almost looks fake!

Crikvenica kitty cat

Crikvenica kitty cat – we saw him several times in the alley way that we walked every day

Beautiful building

Beautiful building

Climbing rocks along the seashore

Climbing rocks along the seashore

View from the early morning bus ride after a night out in Rijeka.  This is one of the villages along the way.

View from the early morning bus ride after a night out in Rijeka. This is one of the villages along the way.

Another sunset pic!

Another sunset pic!

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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?

One thought on “Another Croatia trip flies by…

  1. Great post on travel to Croatia! Have you ever visited Bol in Croatia? It’s a small Mediterranean oasis almost whole covered in beaches. especially nice is Zlatni Rat beach.

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