We begin our day at 7. When we have yet another amazing breakfast at our hotel. It was funny because a lot of French people are in this hotel for whatever reason. And a French woman dropped her toast on the ground. She couldn’t find it and one the people on our tour pointed it out to her. She picked it up and she blew on it and put it on her plate. And us Americans were saying no no don’t eat it. Because we as a society are trained to be scared of germs. The Lady smiled and walked over to us and said, “in France we have a saying, “the little bugs don’t eat the big ones” Meaning the little germs or bugs won’t hurt. It’s funny how different cultures and people from different countries can be. We’re freaking out about her eating the toast that touched the ground while she just blows on it and walks off. Not sure if I mentioned yesterday but we’re in Zadar, Croatia. Which is right on the water. It’s very apparent how Mediterranean this place is. Lot’s of seafood and olive oil. Very different vibe eating the Dinner hear compared to the other sode of Croatia that we were before. Extremely interesting to see such a chance in people, food, culture, just by going to anothet side of a mountain. Anyways today we’re heading somewhere else. Not sure where but I think it’s still sea side.
We took a tour of downtown Zadar. The guide we had was very smart and very helpful. He answered every question we had. Our plan was to take a tour from one part to another and then we had two hours to walk around and have free time. Then we were to meet where we started. Well with a group of a bunch of old people I’m very surprised we even made it back.
My grandma was trying to rely on some map. She wanted to get some sea salt from the local Adriatic ocean. She asked the guide where we could get some and he pointed it on the map. That’s it, and she thought she could remember where it was somehow. To make a long story short she was being fucking annoying. Okay I’m gonna tell the lomg story anyways for my future self to read later. She was relying on the map but she didn’t know what the hell she was doing. I was trying to relax and just see the sights. No rush, no pushing my head into a map pretending like I understand it. She said she’d follow me but she clearly didn’t trust my instincts. Which was what I was relying on of course. The area is very small and there’s a main road/alley thing that would lead us directly to the end. So I was just trying to find that alley. She kept looking for stupid ass landmarks. Then we met this other old lady who was just wandering around, completely clueless. And we took her with us. I knew the direction we were having to go but we weren’t on that road so I didn’t know for sure where we were. They kept questioning me and that dumb old lady is like, “now don’t tell me you’re lost. ” like okay lady, we found you in the middle of the town just wandering alone. You would most definitely not find your way back and the fact you’re alone with no partner to get lost with you is beyond me. But I got us to the area we needed to go.
But throwing that negativity away, (I won’t always vent about my grandma on this.) We went on the tour and it was pretty amazing. The town is built several feet above where it used to be and they have clear Plexiglas floors so you can see the old road. And there is several old stumps of pillers that used to be there. And there were a couple intact. One had a chain on it where they used to chain petty criminals there from 1-3 days depending on the crime. And something way more amazing is at the end we got to this giant circle on the ground made entirely of solar panels. And durinh the day it soaks up the energy and at night the whole thing glows up. It’s supposed to represent the sun and there’s also 9 of the planets. and at night they all glow up. I wish I could have seen that. Oh and another crazy thing was the sea organ. The first and only sea organ thwy created using the steps that are by the ocean. They incline and a step is taken each every certain feet. And there’s some sort of contraption where the wind blows into these holes that are in the edge of the land and then water goes into it as well and the pressure of the water and depending on the wind speeds there will be a harmonic noise that’s created. It definitely doesn’t create an actual harmony or rhythm of music but the sounds are still very aoft and calming. It was only a little windy but the guide said when it gets really windy it can get very loud. It was so interesting and I feel lucky to see the only sea organ on the planet.
The last thing is that the guide told us there were these sort of things in the air that are found in antidepressants as well. I can’t recall the word but yeah. Something to do with the water and the salt and stuff. Creates a special kind of air. It was amazing to hear that kind of thing. Honestly I wouldn’t mind living there. He said they have very very few pollution because they had no major factories or any type of thing like that. The air and water are both so clean. I didn’t find a whole lot interesting at Zegrab but here at Zadar I really felt good here and liked it.
We are back on the bus, it’s 1:00pm and we wre heading to a place called Split. We will go on another tour and then eat dinner.
We arrived in Split. The guide said the streets are too small for our coach bus to drive so we will tae a walking tour later this evening. We have to get up super early tomorrow. Wake up call is 6am. Breakfast at 6:30 and then we have to leave again by 7:30. that’s basically what we do each morning. Wake up, put our bags out into the hall for the guys to take to the bus, eat breakfast, check out, then get back on our bus to drive somewhere else. Usually to the tour of the city we are staying in and then we leave the city to go somewhere else in or out of the current country. Tomorrow we don’t get a tour because we take it tonight. Tomorrow is a couple hours in the bus and then we cross the border to Bosnia. We only stay in Bosnia for 24 hours before we come back to Croatia.
I really love this trip. Seeing such new things, experiencing a totally different world. Basically being treated like royalty by waiters who bring ua food. Not really, I guess out waiters in America treat us well too. I just feel different here. I really love having to eat and be ready to get back on the bus. I love arriving to new areas but I also love getting back on the bus to go to the next destination. I love the feeling of excitement for what I will see and eat next. This is truly a life changing experience.
We had a tour of Split, Croatia. Mainly on this old emperor’s palace and we learned about stuff he’s done. Then we had dinner that was okay. Wasn’t my favorite but oh well. I wanted to walk around on the sea side. It was amazing weather and the temperature was just so nice. But my grandma has it in her head that I need her to be with me at all times. And I don’t. I’d rather be doing this trip alone. But anyways she was being so annoying so I just walked her back to the hotel and I left her there to go back down to the water. It was great walking around seeing all the vendors. I got a phone case that I sort of regret getting cause it kind of sucks but oh well. I just walked non stop. I had a great time. Now I’m up late and I have to get up early so I better sleep.