One of my favourite things when travelling is one day trips, or side trips as I like to call them. I love the feeling of travel within travelling. For example staying in Tokyo and deciding on a whim to take the train to see the second biggest statue in the world in Ushiku, or venturing in little towns in Hungary while being based in Budapest. Sometimes it’s even crossing the border and exploring another country for the day.
When in Slovenia, my sister and I were hesitating between visiting Zagreb or going to Italy. I was torn between a city I had never been to and which could potentially be exactly what I like (eastern europe is my thing), and Italy that I unfortunately haven’t been visiting at all lately. I miss Italy so much… I need to plan a trip there soon.
The day before our trip to either of those two destinations, I got a tattoo and while chatting with the very sweet tattoo artists, they recommended Italy over Zagreb. The choice was made. The next morning however, the bus tickets were way too expensive to Italy so we decided to give Zagreb a chance. And I am very glad we did. The journey was lovely, we had the wifi in the bus (plus it was super comfortable), I could chat with a japanese solo backpacker and we even made friend with a very friendly guy studying in Ljubljana but from Croatia.
We unfortunately didn’t have much time in the city so we couldn’t take him up on his offer to grab a few drinks, nor could we really explore the city but I fell in love in just one day (exactly like it happened in Budapest a few years ago). Zagreb has everything that I like : it’s edgy, people are nice, it’s a very lively city, the architecture is great, you feel like you’ve finally reached eastern europe, they have great street art, great museums (the museum of broken relationships is such a must see), it just felt RIGHT. That’s my kind of city.
The pictures I took this day don’t pay it justice at all, so I’ll have to be back really soon to spend more days in Zagreb and explore the rest of Croatia!
Have you been to Croatia or Zagreb before? Or have you ever fell in love instantly with a place? Let me know!