Zagreb (or: The Land of Giants)

Trip Start Mar 08, 2008
Trip End Sep 06, 2008

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Friday, March 21, 2008

On Friday, we took a train from Slovenia to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.  We didn't arrive to our hotel until the evening, and we were leaving the next morning for Dubrovnik, so we didn't have too much time for sight seeing.  But what we saw of the city was quite nice.  There are some very pretty buildings in Zagreb and lots of promenades where people walk around or eat.  The nice thing about a lot of the Eastern European cities we've been to are that they have these wide streets that are closed off to cars.  So the streets are filled with outdoor cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy your meal and do a little people watching.  There's a large mall underground mall beneath the train station, so we checked that out.  Because it was Easter weekend, they were having this little program for the kids, including a ballet dance performance by some girls.  These girls--who ranged from between about 10 to 16 years old--had on black leotards and little white tutus while they did a little routine to Swan Lake.  After that, the music changed to "Kiss" by Prince and the little ballerinas rip off their tutus.  Suddenly, these little kids are shaking their butts and gyrating their hips in their skin tight leotards.  It was like Little Miss Sunshine...hysterical.  Jeremy had a keibasa sandwhich that consisted of a huge piece of bread and 6 large sausages.  Miraculously, he managed to swallow the whole thing down  without going into cardiac arrest. 

On Saturday morning, we took a flight from Zagreb to Dubrovnik.  A word of advise to any reader who goes through Zagreb security screening: Don't go to through security until right before you're about to board the plane.  Until then, you're supposed to sit in the waiting area outside of the security area where you're free to get magazines, a bite to eat, or go to the restroom.  Once you go through security, you're stuck in a cramped, smoky waiting area and they won't let you go back out to use the restroom. 

Croatia is a land of giants.  At 6'2", Jeremy looked downright average
next to the other men on the plane.  We saw one guy who must've been close to 7 feet
tall and had to stoop the whole time on the plane.  Like a bunch of Vladi Divacs.  It was cold and rainy when we left Zagreb, so we were definitely looking forward to getting to the coast for some sunshine.  The Croatian woman sitting next to us assured us that even though it was cold and windy today, Dubrovnik would be warm and sunny for easter.  We'll see about that...
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