Time for another trip

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

I have been having travel withdrawals and spending my days daydreaming about hoping on a plane to my next destination. Because of this, I have been spending the last few hours watching the videos that Kristie put together from our previous trip. I love the¬†videos, because for a split second, I escape again back to when I’m the happiest….with a backpack, some european destination, and a passport in hand.

WOW airline just recently launched some major deals to some amazing destinations for super cheap. I see Paris, Amsterdam, Iceland! I’m itching to book something quick and will probably do it in the next few weeks. Just have to decide where to next.

Here’s are the videos of us in Slovenia and Croatia from our last trip. Enjoy!

Slovenia –¬†Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj,

Croatia – Rovinj, Plitvice, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik

By the time we reached to Plitvice, I was tired and miserable from the rain…but we toughed it out and put on our warmest clothes to hike the beautiful Plitvice Lakes. So worth it, but you can read it all over my face in the video.

Video c/o Kriste from www.kristiewashere.com

There’s no place like home

King's Landing

King’s Landing

As soon as I set foot in my apartment, I let out a sigh of relief. Home. It felt good to be finally home. I missed my little apartment. I missed my job. I missed my weekly routines of coffee runs and Soul Cycle classes. But most of all I missed HB. It was an amazing trip for sure, but a month and half was just way too long.

My jetlagged self decided to wake up at 3:30am this morning and rather than struggling to go back to bed, I just got up and drove to work. The perks of getting to work this early? No traffic and you get the entire laundry room to yourself. 3 loads of laundry, a month and a half worth of clothes, all clean and nicely folded. I know. I have way too many clothes to last me for 3 trips without having to recycle anything.

I’m looking at the clock and waiting for that moment when I crash onto my keyboard.

Croatia was amazing, but hands down Slovenia can’t be beat. Why? For one, no one really knows where the hell it is. I only know because Rickie Steve (We started calling him Rickie, because at this point in our travels I feel like we’ve become the best of friends) recommended it as an additional visit to Croatia. Slovenia is like Lake Como but with an entire country. Its untouched natural beauty leaves you speechless. I loved every minute of my downtime in this country.

From Slovenia, we came through Croatia. Beautiful beaches and small mountain towns but it’s all very touristy.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Our last stop was to Dubrovnik or aka King’s Landing if you watch Game of Thrones (aka HBO’s soft porn. Seriously written by a teenage boy). It was the perfect way to end our vacation since the town was small enough to explore in just one day. We ended our last night with a piano performance from a local award winning performer. For one hour, we watched a lady beat up a piano and throw her head back with crazy in her eyes. I wasn’t sure whether it was passion or she was having some kind of a seizure.

Thank goodness we didn't have to walk all the way up.

Thank goodness we didn’t have to walk all the way up to get to our hotel.

I’m still salivating over the delicious fresh seafood from Croatia. Look at how fresh it is! I kid you not, I cleaned up that entire plate with my friend. There was no way we were going to leave anything behind. It was also very affordable at about $30 per person.

Fresh seafood!

Fresh seafood!

Ah the last of it. Our last stop was to Munich, Germany where we planned on celebrating Oktoberfest. My liver has been prepping for this since I left for So. Africa. I knew that tacking on Oktoberfest to end the trip may mean in ending my life, but…to Oktoberfest we went! I was also excited that my best friend Andrea flew from SF to Munich just to celebrate with us for 2 days. She’s crazy, but that’s why we’re friends. When given the opportunity to travel and experience something this exciting, you simply say yes.

Oktoberfest with the bestest!

Oktoberfest with the bestest!

Inside the Paulaner tent.

Inside the Paulaner tent.

I think I’m ok with settling in San Francisco for a while. Not a bad place to stay put if you ask me.

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!)