From Croatia to Bosnia and Herzegovina

From Croatia to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Before arriving in Croatia, I had no intention of visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina. If I am being completely honest, I could not have told you where Bosnia and Herzegovina was two weeks ago. But after examining the map, I realized that in order to get to Dubrovnik, I had to go through Bosnia. And if I had to travel through Bosnia anyway, why not actually visit it and spend some time exploring. The beauty of not having a fixed plan…

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Osijek: A Glimpse of Eastern Croatia

Osijek: A Glimpse of Eastern Croatia

After Zagreb, I headed to Osijek, the fourth largest city in Croatia. My Couchsurfing host had recommended it to me, and I figured why not. I took the noon bus and 4.5 hours later, arrived in eastern Croatia. As I stepped off the bus, my heart sank. It happened to be a Croatian national holiday on August 5, and all the shops were closed. There was almost nobody at the bus station, and you could almost hear the sound of…

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Exploring Zagreb in One Day

Exploring Zagreb in One Day

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is a beautiful city that can be easily explored on foot or via public transportation. Almost everyone speaks English, and people are very hospitable, friendly, and eager to help out should you have questions or get lost. There are information centers spread throughout the city where you can pick up maps and brochures, or if you’re like me, duck in for some air conditioning. This is a rough guide of how I spent my day…

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Day One: Zagreb, Couchsurfing and the Story of the Lost Bag

Day One: Zagreb, Couchsurfing and the Story of the Lost Bag

Three planes and 19.5 hours later, I finally arrived in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. And surprise! My backpack did not arrive. My brand new backpack that I have yet to break in. That was loaded with pretty much all my clothes, toiletries, and life for the next 14 months. The universe was playing a nasty trick but I wasn’t about to let that ruin my trip. I filed a lost baggage claim with Croatia Airlines and hopefully, fingers crossed,…

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And I’m off to Croatia!

And I’m off to Croatia!

Today is the day. My flight to Zagreb, Croatia departs in a few hours, and I am feeling both excited and sad – excited to be embarking on my new journey, sad because I am leaving my friends and family. As of right now, I most likely won’t be back in the United States for at least 14 months. I’ve somehow managed to pack my life for the next year into one large backpack, a laptop backpack, and a camera…

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