JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Sunday in Croatia

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With the caroling season post-work all done for now, I’m back in Europe – in Croatia with Miloš!  I arrived on Thursday, and got a wonderful surprise at the airport.  You see, Miloš had told me he wasn’t going to be able to pick me up at the airport because he had to stay in town to help his mom and get ready for my arrival.  Plus, he said that the car wasn’t allowed to drive out to that part of the country because it didn’t have winter tires.  (They do have strict laws here about driving in the winter with the wrong tires.)  Anyway, it was no big deal ultimately, as I had done the bus option plenty of times.  It’s not complicated and goes straight to Crikvenica.

Well, when I had my layover in Munich (which, by the way, their airport improved their wifi – now you can get 24 hours free wifi as opposed to the previous 30 minutes), I tried calling Miloš to chat with him, but no answer… hmmmm….  But I figured he was sleeping or something.  When I landed in Zagreb, I logged on to their free wifi (only 15 min – booo!)  I called Miloš on Viber (free calling and messaging app) to let him know I had arrived.  I told him I’d see him in a few hours, I grabbed my bags, and I headed to the exchange office to get some money switched.

While in line at the exchange office, I felt a tap on my shoulder.  I just assumed I had dropped something and someone was trying to get my attention.  BUT – it was Miloš!  He TOTALLY surprised me!  Turns out that he just needed to have tire chains in the car in case of getting pulled over – it was okay for him to be driving the car without winter tires.  (Plus, the weather was well above freezing anyway.)  I screamed “Baby!” really loudly when I saw him and got a super awesome huge hug.  (We had gone over three weeks apart this time.)  🙂  What can I say – fantastic surprise!

Upon arrival in Crikvenica, we went straight to the apartment where his mom had already prepared dinner – homemade beef noodle soup and lasagna.  Delicious as always!

This weekend, we went out in Rijeka on Friday night (great dinner at Spagho) and went to Maškare on Saturday night.  (New Maškare blog post coming soon!)

Today we took a long walk out to Kačjak (the peninsula above town) and back.  We got some wonderful pics while out on our walk.  I thought I’d share them with you!  (Click on the individual photos to see them enlarged.)



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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