When it rains…it pours

View from the top

View from the top

Started from the bottom now we’re here. At the top of Plitvice Lakes and all I have is Drake running through my mind. Also, it hasn’t stopped raining since we’ve gotten to Plitvice. So we braced the early morning rain and did a 3 hour hike through Plitvice Lakes. I knew it would be a miserable hike, but the views really makes up for it.

Steps around the lake

Steps around the lake

It’s a well kept park with paved or wooden trails which makes it really easy for tourists to get around. Luckily we beat most of the late afternoon crowds, otherwise this would’ve been packed with back to back tourists.

Water spills over from the lake above

Water spills over from the lake above

Hey look more waterfalls

Hey look more waterfalls

By the 16th waterfall, it really loses its awe factor, but it’s still beautiful nonetheless.

Country roads

Country roads

“We should do yacht week!”

“Let’s look it up!”

“So the US Virgin Island has yacht week and it’s roughly $1,200 for each person for an entire week.”

“That sounds reasonable.”

“Oh, it also includes a skipper!”

“Great! Let’s book it.”

“Wait, it’s for 11 people. Do we have 11 friends that would want to go on this?”

“I have 3.”

All true words spoken while we hid away from the rain in our cozy countryside cottage. My other friend then shouts from the dining room:

“Who are you people?!”

Apparently the 1%.

Cottage living for just one night

Cottage living for just one night

Also, as I get older, I appreciate the countryside a bit more than the glitz and glamour that the city has to offer. We stayed in this really cute little cottage for one night. As soon as we arrived at the house, we cranked up the heater and everyone huddled around it. We were wet, cold, and quite miserable from the long drive but I couldn’t have been happier.

Lub…Lub…Jana?

City Center of Ljubljana

City Center of Ljubljana

I looked at the flight attendant as she asked me where my next destination was.

Lub….Lub…Jana?

She looked at me and smiled and said, “Say no more, I understand you.”

Leave it to me to butcher another language. The spelling is “Ljubljana.” The actual pronunciation is lyoo-BLYAH-nah. So there we went for one night to pick up the last person to join our group. One day was enough to explore this little city of Slovenia. I was ready to head to Croatia!

My alarm went off at 5:30am. I prayed that it was just a dream since it was still dark out. When I realized it wasn’t, I turned and groaned and thought to myself…why on earth did we ever book our train ride at 6:30am? WHY?!

Our plan was to take the train into Croatia, pick up a rental car and then drive to our next destination Rovinj. Except on a random night in Lake Bled, we decided to watch Anthony Bourdain’s episode on Croatia and saw that he stopped by a small hilltop town to eat what looked like a little piece of heaven. There was no way we were going to pass up this opportunity so to Motovun we went!

Homemade ravioli with white truffle sauce and white truffle shavings

Homemade ravioli with white sauce and white truffle shavings

We stopped by Mondo’s restaurant which was the one that was featured on Anthony Bourdain, and let me tell you…it’s 10pm in Rovinj and I’m still thinking about that meal. I had the homemade ravioli stuffed with spinach and celery. It was topped off with a generous portion of fresh white truffles.

Our track for today: Ljubljana, Slovenia > Motovun, Croatia > Rovinj, Croatia. When the rain finally let up in Rovinj, I was able to capture one photo to remember the city by.

View of Rovinj

View of Rovinj

Notes: 6.81 Kunas to $1 (Things are expensive!)

Lake Bled’s Better Looking Sister, Lake Bohinj

We ended up taking a day trip about 30 minutes out from Lake Bled and boy am I glad! Lake Bled, meet your underrated better looking sister, Lake Bohinj. I’m a sucker for natural beauty and this place has it all. It’s everything that Lake Bled has and more. The plus side is that there are not many cars and since tourists head to Lake Bled, there are barely any people. Just you and nature.

The drive in itself was gorgeous. Doesn’t this make you want to frolic through the fields and sing to the Sound of Music?

This view can't be beat

This view can’t be beat

Lake Bohinj

Lake Bohinj

My friend decide to go paragliding and as appealing as that sounds, with my luck, I’d probably end up with a broken bone of some sort. I opted to stay behind to go canoeing in the lake instead. My goal was to simply stay alive for the next month and a half. Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours out in the middle of the lake.

Canoeing on the lake

Canoeing on the crystal clear blue lake

Clear waters

Clear waters

After the lake, we headed to town to a restaurant that was recommended by one of the locals. I had the best goulash of my life. It was the perfect way to end the cold evening. I ordered the goulash with sauerkraut, beans, and chunks of ham. I savored every last bite of that stew.

Our last stop for the day was a visit to Savica Waterfall. It was about a 20 minute hike up to the top with an amazing view of the waterfall down below.

Savica Waterfall

Savica Waterfall

Oh, I’m officially over being jet-lagged. Thank goodness! I can now function as a normal human being. Tomorrow we’re heading out to Ljubljana for a day of sightseeing and where we’ll pick up one last person to join our adventures!

Lake Bled, Slovenia Give Me Sun!

Ready for boating!

Ready for boating

I don’t know if I could’ve dealt with another day of cloudiness, but at last, the sun gods are shining down on us today! With that, we headed down to the lake, which is literally 5 steps from our apartment.

To the island!

To the island!

Inside I'm hoping that this boat doesn't tip over.

Oh, don’t mind me…here I am being totally natural.

Boating seems like it would be easy, but it takes a lot of coordination which I of course, completely lack. After an attempt at rowing and somehow managing to throw myself off my seat, I gave up my reign of rowing to someone else. I think I’ll stick with navigating instead. Being bossy seems to be more of my forte.

View of Lake Bled

View of Lake Bled from up top

This is my kind of traveling. I love the peacefulness that surrounds this lake. Finally an escape from the hectic city life and the hoards of people on to blissfulness.

View from our apartment window

View from our apartment window

View of the castle from across the lake

View of the castle from across the lake

Must Do:

Eat the traditional Slovenian cream cake!

Rent a row boat and go out on to the lake. There are no motorized boats allowed so the lake is very calm with the exception of the wind.

Relax and take in the beauty that nature has to offer.

Copenhagen in 4 days

What a beauty! Nyhavn, Copenhagen

What a beauty! Nyhavn, Copenhagen

We landed in Copenhagen yesterday and I’m officially a functioning zombie. Also, I left 80 degrees SF weather to come to the rain. Why?!!! For a brief moment, I felt really homesick. I was walking along Polk and thought god, I live in a pretty damn awesome city.

Copenhagen is a mixture of London weather, Parisian architecture, and an amateur version of the canals in Amsterdam. I like it but I’m not sure if I love it. It’s a very small city and can definitely be covered in 3 days. Definitely a stop-over trip vs an entire trip dedicated to this city.

View from Church of Our Savior

View from Church of Our Savior

Highlight: Today we visited the Tivoli Gardens. Somehow just buying an entrance fee ended in us buying a day pass with unlimited rides. I’m not going to lie, it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. It took me back to 8th grade when Great America was a thing. We did most of the rides (read: most of the kiddie rides) and definitely got our money’s worth. I stayed away from the crazy rides like “The Demon” roller coaster. Uh, yeah…the last thing I want to do is end up in the hospital again during a long trip because we know my track record for that (See Turkey and Portland).

We kicked off the trip with a 9 course dinner at Host last night. 9! I nearly face planted on the table afterwards because I was so jet-lagged and full at the same time.

Duck heart soup - My favorite!

Duck heart soup – My favorite!

Pork belly

Pork belly

Fluffy bread

Fluffy bread

It was a very modern take on food and everything was prepared in a creative way. For the most part it was really good and definitely unique. I’m not sure how I felt about the ice cream though. It was a caramel salted flavored ice cream with popcorn meringue and….greens? I’d much prefer my salad to be separate from my ice cream but it was an interesting take on dessert. The meal was ~$80 per person. Not too bad for 9 courses and 3 wine pairings eh?

Greens in ice cream?

Greens in ice cream?

Tomorrow is our last full day and we decided on doing a canal tour. Then I’m meeting up with my cousin who lives about 30 minutes away from Copenhagen to see what real Danish living is really like!

Notes:

$1 = 6.6 dkk

Probably one of the most expensive countries I’ve ever visited.