JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Day in and day out – here in Croatia

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I know it’s been a little while since I posted.  But I have several posts in the works: a new Maškare post for 2014, more observations on cultural differences, and more insights on the process of being an American overseas.


For today, just some simple daily routine things.  Caroling season is over obviously, and I got all my tax stuff in to my accountant before heading to Europe.  Right now, I have some travel clients that I am doing stuff for – mostly Disney trips in the works, with a few other awesome trips as well.   But a normal day here is similar to a normal day back home.  I thought I’d talk about some of those things…


First – the grocery store!


Yesterday, we did some significant grocery shopping at the big grocery store near the edge of town.  In town, the shops are small, but there’s a bigger store farther out from the center.  Not as big as our grocery stores in the USA, but almost.


Here are some pics and observations….

(When you see prices, they are in Kuna, which is the form of currency used in Croatia.  Currently, $1 US is equal to 5.6 Kuna.)







overall view

overall view


Pasta aisle - now here they have some selection

Pasta aisle – now here they have some selection


Cheese and stuff!

Cheese and meats and stuff!




Coke! (and other beverages)


Here's something people in PA can be jealous of - wine in the grocery store!

Here’s something people in PA can be jealous of – wine in the grocery store!


Candy by the register!

Candy by the register!


Last minute purchases!

Last minute purchases! (they hope – just like home)


More register add-ons

More register add-ons


As you can see, some things are the same everywhere.  They want you to buy Skittles no matter what country you live in!


Other observations?  Cheese is a lot more expensive here.  Actually lots of types of food are pricier here.  Coke especially.  Coke is SO pricey in Europe.  That part sucks.




Second…. In other normal daily stuff… we’ve been trying to get into a better exercise routine.   We actually started running.  (Yes, I have been running.  Don’t faint over dead!)  Today, Miloš was playing tennis with some of the guys out on Kačjak (the peninsula above town) so I went with and went running laps around the peninsula while he played.  Then I watched him play for awhile when I was done.  The difference from back home?  Some great scenery while running.  Here are some pics from my run.  You might recognize some of the locations from blogs past…





Running/walking path

Running/walking path



View of the coastline


Our fave nude beach is empty in this cold weather

Our fave nude beach is empty in this cold weather





You can see the town of Crikvenica in the distance…



The weather has been rather cold the last few days, so this bit of sunshine was quite welcome.  (Although I can’t complain, considering the extreme cold back home in the northeast US.)


So that’s just a look inside some of the normal daily stuff here in Croatia!

More soon!





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?

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