My Croatian Experience...
Highs: The coastal town of Rovinj; bus and ferry rides; Trogir; Brac (specifically Bol); food; entering
air-conditioned spaces (believe me that these moments were beyond appreciated).
Lows: Experiencing 'gelato envy' when my sister got a far better flavor that I did.
Best Moment: Arriving in Rovinj and seeing the colorful buildings and the Italian influence.
Smells: Grilled fish being served at the restaurants; lavender in the markets (that comes from the
island of Hvar).
Sounds: Waves crashing in the sea; Vespas weaving their way down the small streets; people
cheering while watching the World Cup.
Sights: Colorful buildings of Rovinj; amphitheatre in Pula; the Croatian coastline; vineyards;
Diocletian's Palace; island of Brac (specifically Supetar and Bol); island of Trogir; wonderful views of
Split both from the tower within the walls and from the park on the outskirts of the old part of the city.
Tastes: Gelato; grilled calamari; Teran wine (in Istria); excellent produce; Plavac and Posip wine (in
Dalamatia); cuttlefish-ink risotto; Suvarnik (almost like a spinach pizza); cookies and pastries;
strudel; brandy; a specialty cheese (I forget the name--it tastes like a Petit Basque); spaghetti with
Purchases: A pair of pants and three shirts. (I also tossed a pair of pants and two shirts. I gave my
sister a pair of pants to take home with her.)
Street Food: Paninis; gelato; pizza.
Fun Food Finds: Can't really think of any.
Western Companies Out Here: McDonald's.
Other General Info...
Visa needed? No.
Type of currency? Croatian Kunas. Almost six kunas equal $1 U.S.
Transportation: We're using buses to get to different locations. Ferries are used to get from
island to island. Buses aren't very cheap - they're about the same price as ferries. Low-cost airlines
are available within the country as well as to other destinations. We're flying on Sky Europe from Split
Things Croatia Is Known For: Large amount of islands in the Adriatic; figs; the civil war in
1992; wine; honey; olive oils; brandy.
Local Spelling of 'Croatia': Hrvatska
Costs: About $500