Croatia Is Going To Be My Hot & Steamy Lover. I Can Feel It!

July 28 — There is no point in waiting until the end of the month to tell you how I would compare Split to a man. I know already. This is going to be a hot and steamy love affair. I love this place!

When we arrived last night I was able to catch a glimpse of a beautiful evening sky. I was so excited. Looking out the plane window to the coast line below was exciting and scary at the same time. I vividly remember seeing Floripa’s coastline and getting excited to live there for a month. Once on the ground everything changed and it was a horrible month for me.

Split didn’t let me down. No surprises or trouble at the airport, vans waiting to drive us to our apartments, and within no time we dropped off our bags and were ready to hit the town. My roommate and I decided to take a walk and found a place to have a late cocktail.

I guess it was about 11 o’clock at night and everywhere we went people were watching television. I assumed it was soccer. That’s what most people watch. It wasn’t. They were watching water polo. Obviously I know water polo is a sport and an Olympic one at that. I’ve never seen it televised elsewhere until now. Especially on every TV we saw.

This morning I couldn’t wait to get up, unpack, and then go explore in the daylight. I headed back the way we were last night and then took the path where I had seen droves of people come from. After turning a few corners I saw the water in the distance and felt at home and also in love.

I’m reminded of Nice very much. There are many things which feel familiar and comfortable. Of course, there are distinct differences as well. The one thing which is the same is how I fell in love with both immediately. Beautiful city streets, the farmer’s markets, the people in both places hook me.

As I was thinking how I’ll also be a like a schoolgirl this month, making sure I hurry up and get all my work done so I can go out and play an old familiar song plays to take me back. EMF’s Unbelievable is playing in the streets for a basketball event taking place.

I love to be taken back to those days. Visions and vivid memories of that song immediately flooded my mind. Having a child so young I have few memories of my youth pre-pregnancy and motherhood. This is one of them and it’s amazing how young I felt again. It’s less about feeling old and more carefree. I can’t really put into words the feeling because that time in my life was short lived.

The time when you get your first taste of freedom. Those times in your life when you don’t ever think anything bad can happen. Having the ability to live in the moment. Once I got pregnant I gave all of things up. They didn’t have a place in my life anymore. Now I was responsible for another person and not even truly knowing how to be responsible for myself yet, I did what I thought I had to do. Living in the moment was the first to go. All I ever thought about was the next nine months, then the next 18 years. Now forever. Most of what I remember is everything I did wrong as a teen and a mother.

Having coffee, listening to the music of my youth, and looking out into a beautiful sea, none of it seems real. Like a love affair. I’ll throw myself into this month and live a carefree and selfish life. Something for me. I may be traveling with others, but Croatia is mine.

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The workspace isn’t ready for us today so we have taken over a local restaurant right on the water where I had my coffee this morning. I know better than to schedule work for the day after we arrive in a country. There are too many things to get in order and settled. I took one call and that was it. The rest of the time I mostly read and talked with others. Some beach working is fine. I won’t be able to do it here because there are far too many distractions. Besides, the heat is too much for my laptop to take.

As others suffer through the heatwave I relish in it. I love to be warm and would rather be hot than cold. After Berlin bring on the heatwave! Compared to where I’ve lived I don’t consider it extreme at all. Some have said we’re experiencing triple digits. I don’t think so and didn’t bother to check. There isn’t any humidity so it’s not at all uncomfortable in a sticky way. I did have to buy a hat because the sun is no joke even in the early morning hours. I can handle the heat. I refuse to be sunburned.

My roommate doesn’t have the same opinion about the heat as I do. Our apartment is on the top floor and without an elevator. She counted 72 steps. Not awful, but I’m totally counting it as exercise! We do have air conditioning but not in our rooms. I’m fine without but she went and bought a fan. I heard some of the other Roamers slept in their living rooms because their bedrooms didn’t have air conditioning either. This is a time when being cold natured totally comes in handy!

What I call our team building or roommate building moment was when we put together a fan she bought for her bedroom. I’m not the best or most handy when it comes to things like this. It was definitely a team effort and let’s just say we bonded a lot while laughing. In the end we did it, tossed the “cosmetic” parts, and I felt like Rosie the Riveter!

A nice dinner out ended the day. Even with the crowds and this being the height of tourist season you can easily find a table for two without waiting. It’s yacht week or month. Here is where it varies greatly from Nice. While there are plenty of true yachts here, the term is used way too liberally. Not everyone is sailing on a yacht, rather a boat.

Yep, I’m in love. I deserve some love and I’m going to get all I can!

My end of day gratitude:

  1. Enjoying the warm weather.
  2. Having my morning coffee overlooking the sea.
  3. Feeling like a kid again.

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