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Once again getting the better of me…

Yes, time that is.

It is flying along.

I mean, I have been super, super busy both at work and at home doing a bunch of things.

Let’s cover what has happened lately though:

  • Had a bike accident and hurt my left leg
  • Downhill mountain biking in Harz
  • Interviewing potential candidates for the new position at work
  • Ina celebrated her 35th birthday
  • Went to Croatia to visit Ina’s dad and go sailing
  • Helped Ina move into a friends apartment in P’berg
  • Someone built a pump track just up the street that I have been taking advantage of

I wish I had the time to write a better post, but an overview is all I can manage at the moment.

And I know, I still don’t have photos up from Nicaragua, not from Croatia – time, time, time…

Still gotta visit my sister before she leaves London.

How will I manage all of this? I mean, I also want to plan a trip for Ina and myself to Poland (maybe Krakow) for a weekend get-away to celebrate our anniversary. Man 0 man.

Anyways, I’ll leave you with a fav of the moment – take care all!

 

 

Croatia

I guess I’d better report on my time in Croatia while it’s still relatively fresh. Went down there cause Ina’s dad has a holiday house there and in the 7 years we’ve known each other I have only met him twice before. Seemed like a good idea at the time………………….

Flew into Zagreb and stayed there for a few days, a very nice little city with great food, cakes and gelato. People are also very friendly, so it was a good start (apart from the fact that it was pissing down with rain so bad like I hardly see anywhere!!). It didn’t help that we were recommended to bring only summer clothes with us (from inside sources – hint) because it was sooooooo hot. Luckily Ina and I both took our rain jackets with us and had a pair of long pants so we were ok. In all honesty I have to say, 2 days there is definitely enough, 3 was maybe going a bit overboard.

Anyway, from there we flew into Pula which was a massive climate change. It was hot, really hot. That was what I was hoping for because I really wanted to have a swim in the ocean. We had 9 nights + 10 days with Ina’s dad where he has a holiday house in Trget. Very lovely little spot on the Adriatic. 10 days was a bit of work though………………….well, a lot of work. I guess I won’t go into that, sometimes I never really know who’s reading this. I’ve given the lowdown to some of you out there already and if you twist my arm I guess I can give more up though.

So, Ina’s dad Rudy, also has a sailing boat and we went around some of the islands for a couple of days which was nice. First time we went out we had to come back in because there were warnings that the “Bora” was coming (a really strong wind that kills people out at sea every year). We were coming back at night and almost grounded ourselves on a beach due to a few things, GPS settings, auto pilot, map reading, skipper…………………….that was fun, NOT! A few days later we went out again and had really good weather with good wind,unfortunately one of the sails ripped (don’t like to say that I told anyone it was going to happen but hey, I did!). There was a spare sail down below and I set about the task of swapping them, got the ripped one down and hooked the new one in only to notice that one of the ropes was quite short and had drifted quite high up the mast. Climbed up the mast, grabbed the rope brought it back down and got the sail on. Slightly smaller one but it did the job. After coming back from that sailing expedition we only had one more night before our trip was to continue further down the coast, I slept very well with that knowledge.

We picked up a hire car from Pula airport and headed for Zadar. This is a very cool city with massive high city walls, nice cafs, bars, pizza and people. It is also kind of an island with only bridge access, very cool.

After Zadar we headed to Bol which is on the island Brac, this is a relatively popular tourist destination that can only be accessed via boat. We drove onto the car ferry and zipped across (I love car ferries!!!) it’s a very beautiful place in that typical kind of island way.

After Bol we headed down the other end of the island and left on yet another car ferry, much smaller, hard to believe they can fit all those cars on sometimes. Once on the mainland, we headed to Dubrovnic. This was definitely the highlight of our holiday (in my mind anyhow). It’s got to be one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of cities. All made from stone with huge walls, man is it cool. During the war the Bosnians tried to destroy it and it was extremely damaged but they’ve really fixed it up. Such a cool vibe there, man was that place cool.

After Dubrovnic we were on our return journey to get back home to Berlin, so our final port of call was Split. It’s listed on the world heritage organisation and we were expecting something rather nice (in lieu of Dubrovnic), unfortunately it just wasn’t. It was the most expensive city we’d been to in Croatia, the least friendly and the dirtiest. Complete waste of time unless you are island hopping since Split is home to Croatia’s largest harbour. One redeeming feature (kind of) was the cake shop in the palace, man did they have some good cakes. Not putting shit on German cakes or anything, nah hang on, I think I am.

So, here I now am, safe and sound back in Berlin, oooh, oooh……………..I forgot to mention, Croatia’s beer is one of the shittiest I’ve ever had!! Slowly Autumn is coming, well not that slow as a matter of fact, and the days are getting much shorter. Looking forward to winter and snow though, although if reports are true, winter this year will be much like the last.

Hope everyone’s happy and safe, just joined facebook (or should I say, got suckered into it) so look me up if you feel like it. Until next time, take care. xxoo