I can’t believe spring break is almost over. I couldn’t even believe it was here when we left last week. The semester is going so quickly.
We have just spent 10 lovely days in Croatia, a country I have fallen in love with. This has been the vacation of water. We spent 3 nights on the northern Croatian coast in the town of Rovinj, then 3 nights on the island of Krk, and then 3 nights in the mountains at Plitvice National Park. I will delve into more detail on each place separately, but all have been very quiet with extraordinary views of water. Our hotel room in Rovinj had a private balcony with a gorgeous view of the harbor and of the pretty, little town. Our apartment on the island of Krk also had a balcony with a view of the Adriatic and neighboring islands. Our hotel room near Plitvice National Park had a balcony with a view of the garden (no water view), but the National Park is a joyous celebration of water with its 16 lakes and myriad waterfalls.
Croatia in March is very, very quiet and peaceful. Many places are still shut down for the winter. Some of the main activity we encountered was locals getting ready for tourist season. You can see that each of the places we visited will be quite lively in a few short weeks. The Croatian people we encountered were helpful and friendly, always delighted when you made any attempt at speaking their language, and well versed in several languages themselves. Every time we visit a place, we pick up a few words. Here were my favorites on this trip:
- Hvala (hvah-lah) – Thank you
- Pivo (pee-voh) – beer (the local beer is quite delicious)
- Jezera (ya-zeer-ah) – lakes
- Živjeli (zheev-lee) cheers!
This get-away from city life out to the small towns and beautiful places of Croatia has been such a gift. We have watched the sun set over the Adriatic, visited a safari park, eaten at a restaurant devoted to truffles, been the only people on a 2 km long golden-sand beach, attended mass, visited a Roman amphitheater, chatted with a very friendly bar tender who was so delighted to have American tourists that he treated us to his “private stash” of grappa, watched a father make bows and arrows for his son’s birthday party, hiked around 16 lakes, taken hundreds of pictures of waterfalls, slept in, graded mid-term exams (multiple choice exams for me, essays for George), and rested in each others arms.
George has seen the light of eternal vacation at the end of the tunnel. He is currently grading the last of the exams, ready to come back and spend 6 more weeks with his students, and then launch into more adventures.