Hey friends, so after a very stressful week of classes, I decided to book a last minute trip to Croatia this past weekend (last minute as in booked on Wednesday, left on Thursday). It was the perfect stress reliever of a weekend, as Croatia is so chill, beautiful, and full of history- definitely worth the spontaneous 15 hour bus ride. I've been trying to work on my spontaneity so I think this definitely earns me major points.
I realized before I left, I literally knew zero things about Croatia so here all of my cool facts and pictures for you to hopefully convince you to visit this wonderful country.
My trip was centered out of Split, which is one of the coolest and oldest cities on the Dalmatian Coast (which yes Dalmatian as in the dog which there were tons of). Split is a pretty wild city centered around the Diocletian Palace- one of the most well preserved fortresses of all time. And IT IS ALSO WHERE THEY FILMED GAME OF THRONES SO I NERDED OUT SO HARD. I actually got to eat dinner in the palace one night, which was amazing and everything was super cheap. The Croatian currency is actually the Kuna, which are these cool little fish coins. One Kuna equals .13 Euro so it's pretty weird (but also feels fancy) to see a dinner bill that is for 600 Kuna.
We also took a cruise out to the Island of Brac- also incredible as Croatia is known for it's turquoise water and beautiful beaches. The boat ride was absolutely beautiful and the beach we were on had one of those wipeout courses with all of the inflatables- which made for some pretty good fail videos of all of our athletic attempts. There was great seafood, beautiful views of the mountains, and I can honestly say it was one of the most relaxing days of my life. Also a prime spot for taking very mermaid-like photos
We also did white water rafting, which was amazing. The river wound through canyons and was the most clear water I have ever seen in my life.
The highlight of the trip though was for sure KrKa National Park. It was the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life. The waterfalls and the hiking was amazing and I could have spent weeks more just in the park. If you go to Croatia DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT SWIMMING IN THE WATERFALLS AT KRKA.
All in all, Croatia is a lovely country with lovely people and I would go back in a heartbeat.
Next weekend- Brussels with the roommates (stay tuned for pics from the Belgian waffle cooking class we enrolled in)
(also feel free to translate the title (a Croatian proverb)
I'm Liz Bixenman, an interior design student living in Rome for the semester. When I'm not doing schoolwork, you can find me wearing a cat shirt, reading a book, and most likely eating more carbs than I'm proud of.