So Bosnia has treated me very well, and I’m settling in here nicely, but I was ready for a change of scenery. My car isn’t here yet, so I posted on a Facebook site for expats that I needed some suggestions, stating that I was looking for a few tours I could do over Labor Day weekend. Wouldn’t you know it, one of my awesome coworkers (I will call her C, I had literally met her only one time in the cafeteria…we probably spoke for all of 45 seconds at this point) offered me an amazing opportunity. She was headed to Trogir, Croatia, and did I want a ride? And did I want to stay in an inexpensive apartment with a view of the water? And did I want to hang out with someone who actually spoke the language?
Um…yes. A quick Google search confirmed it: Trogir was going to be awesome.
So we left on Saturday morning and started the 5ish hour drive to the coast. On the way down, C wanted to stop in Mostar and I was happy to oblige. This? This is Mostar.
Mostar is an amazing old town with an iconic bridge crossing the gorgeous green water of the Neretva River. We wandered around a bit, had a coffee, visited some shops, and then decided it was time to get on the road, and make our way to the beach. (I have every intention of returning for a longer visit.) After many hours, C’s expert driving landed us in Trogir, making our way through the tiiiiiiiiny roads that would lead us to our apartment for the weekend, who belonged to C’s friend’s mother. We arrived, shared a beer with our landlord for the weekend, and headed upstairs to be greeted by this view:
We changed, had a snack, and then took the opportunity to stretch our legs and head out exploring. We wandered around on the beach, enjoyed dinner and the sunset, stocked up on a few groceries, and headed back to the apartment. After some ice cream and red wine, we were spent for the day and decided to turn in.
The next morning we were on a mission : time to find a beach. The main beach along the boardwalk was fine, but C got some advice on finding some off the beaten path. After driving a few minutes to another part of the island, we found it.
We laid in the sun, enjoyed swimming in the crystal clear waters, relaxed, and generally just enjoyed the day. After about as much sun as this ginger could stand, we headed back to the apartment for a shower, (and in my case, a quick nap), then headed into the old part of the city, a Unesco World Heritage Site!
We wandered around the city (amazing architecture, so much to see!), enjoyed a Radler (half lemonade, half beer) in the town square, did some shopping, and enjoyed a most excellent seafood dinner at Restaurant Kamerlengo. I ordered shrimp scampi, and to my surprise, these were presented to me:
I’m sure there are parts of the world where serving entire shrimp to a person is completely normal. Let me tell you, my Midwest upbringing did not prepare me for this. C gave me some pointers on how to eat them, and I think I did an ok job. (Was unsure what to do with the heads, I got creeped out so I left them untouched.) At any point, regardless of the creep factor and the extra effort, the shrimp were crazy delicious. I loved getting to watch the “kitchen” at work, basically an old Croatian dude standing in front of a wood burning grill, throwing on fresh seafood and chatting with customers.
We spent some more time walking around and taking in the city, caught this gorgeous sunset as we made out way back to the water taxi towards the apartment.
That night as I slept, a CRAZY thunderstorm rolled in, woke everyone up and took out our electricity. (Took out the fan in my room and the AC unit in C’s room!) The next morning, discouraged by the rainy weather headed our way, we begrudgingly made our way back to Bosnia. Unfortunately we were not the only ones doing so, we got caught for nearly an hour crossing the bridge out of Trogir, stopped at the border crossing back into Bosnia, and were heavily delayed by crazy rainstorms that threatened our journey. The drive home took WAAAAAY longer than it was supposed to, but the trip was so worth it.
BIG thanks to C for letting me tag along on your trip, thanks for showing me the ropes and how to make the most out of my time here in Bosnia. Looking forward to many more trips during my tour here.