The Up and Coming Destination
Trip Start Aug 25, 2012
24Trip End Jan 04, 2013
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After taking a 12 hour bus ride to Croatia- which was also filled with a deer almost killed by our bus- I had finally arrived. I went with a tour group and so naturally I had 1 hour to freshen up, scarf down some breakfast, and then hop on a bus for another hour or so in order to indulge in the wondrous activity of White Water Rafting.
Let's start with the attire needed to go Rafting in September: A wet suit. Being as that I'm not a size 2 twig but rather a woman with some curves, a wet suit was not my idea of a flattering addition to my wardrobe. However, I still managed to squeeze into it.
Rafting itself was a blast. It was serene and peaceful in parts and then adventurous and action packed in others. I felt like Pocahontas going "just around the river bend." All I needed was my faithful animal companions and I would have been set
I managed to muster up the courage to jump off a cliff along the river. I'd say it was about 20 feet high, which becomes increasingly intimidating the longer you stand on the edge. I felt as though my stomach traveled all the way up to my throat as I jumped off the cliff. The impact wasn't exactly comfortable either. Jumping into arctic cold water made me feel as though my diaphragm was collapsing, but the adrenaline of the jump kept me going.
Croatian countryside was gorgeous. I felt like I was in Yosemite for parts of the journey and then Hawaii for others. The water was astounding clear and the beaches were lovely.
While in Croatia, it wouldn't be a vacation without going to the beach. Beaches in Europe are..... different. Where there is sand in the U.S., there are rocks in Europe. This makes for clear and beautiful water, but treacherous, painful and often slimy ventures into the water.
I also had the opportunity to share a meal with some lovely girls in the historic city of Trogir. Fresh Calamari and fried baby octopus was...interesting, but tasty.
And how could I forget Krka National Park- as far as National Parks go, this one was simply stunning! The waterfalls were simply breathtaking. My tour guide described it perfectly when he said it was like being in Avatar- it was indeed.
One last thing I have to note about Croatia is of course the men. Walking into the smoke filled club was a revelation: There are still tall men on this planet! I don't think I saw one guy that was shorter than me whilst walking through the crowded room.
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