Stay - Eat - Do | Split, Croatia!

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Yesterday, I spent a large chunk of time (larger than I would have liked) going through backed up emails I have from my blog. Because I haven’t been incredibly active, and I feel like pretty much most of my readers are people I actually know in real life, I don’t really expect to come across anything exciting in my inbox.

I was mostly right, since 99% of the things in there were alerting me of spam comments on past posts or monthly newsletters from other travel blogs that I can never quite catch up with. 

But then I saw it. 

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So you want to work for a pub crawl?

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For some reason, one thing that I haven’t really talked about much on this blog AT ALL is my experience working for pub crawls. I am not really sure why I haven’t either, because it has been such a massive part of my time that I spent in Europe. (Maybe a little too much…)

Well the time has come that I let you in on the behind the scenes look of what it was like working for a pub crawl in Europe, and how you can score a job doing it as well.  

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Best of 2012: My TOP 3 Favorite Memories

2012 has been a wonderful year for me, filled with unexpected changes and wonderful experiences. It’s actually sort of overwhelming looking back at everything I have done over the past 364 days. 

I have lived in four different countries this year! How crazy is that?!

I have many more exciting plans for the year to come, but first, I think it is only fair to reflect and appreciate all the things that I went through. I wasn’t able to do all of these things because I was making tons of money, but because it was something I really wanted and made it happen.

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Quote of the Week - Week 2

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When I was combing through websites and blogs for a great travel related quote for this weeks Quote of the Week, I came across many that I loved. It really is ridiculous how many great quotes there are out there relating to the lovely act of exploring the world. However, it wasn’t until I read this one that I truly felt something resonate with me. 

Ever since I have returned back home to California, after 17 or so months of living and traveling around Europe, I have found myself constantly remembering little stories and anecdotes of experiences I have had and forgotten about. Most of them are things that don’t sounds so significant to anyone else that wasn’t involved, but they had such an effect on me that I will remember them for the rest of my life. 

Like that time I got drunk making flavored vodkas with my friend Gethin for a bar in Prague….

Or puddle-jumping in the pouring rain with my friend Emily on a long walk back to her flat in London…

Or that evening I watched a Croatian thunderstorm from the outer deck of a ferry with my friend Mal…

Things like these could have happened to anyone, anywhere, but they didn’t. They happened to me in those specific places and I will forever have those memories to carry with me and remind me of where I have been. 

When you go somewhere new, it is nice to see all the beautiful sights of the city you are in, but it is more about the memories you make in that city, and how it made you feel, that you will remember for the rest of your life. 

What do you think? What is it that you take away from each new place you go? 

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To je službeni!

For those of you like me that DON’T speak Croatian, that means…

"IT’S OFFICIAL!"

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Let my next great adventure begin

I have been talking about it for awhile now, but I have made the final decision today to move to Split, Croatia at the end of May this year. I put the first step of my plan into action by purchasing my one-way flight there from London all of about 2 hours ago.

Ever since I received my confirmation email with my itinerary and boarding pass, I have just been buzzing and grinning ear to ear. (Thank you easyJet!)

It has been close to a year since I have stepped foot on a beach, let alone seen one in person, and coming from a girl who grew up in California, it feels like decades! 

For those of you that don’t know much (or anything) about Croatia, let alone Split, here is the jist:

  • Croatia is a Medditeranian country, surrounded by BosniaSerbiaSloveniaHungary, and across from Italy.
  • Split is the second largest city in Croatia, located on the Eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea.
  • It is referred to by it’s residents as ”The sportiest city in the world.
  • Funnily enough, Los Angeles is regarded as one of Split’s “sister cities.” 
  • From Split, there is easy access to fellow Croatian cities such as Dubrovnik, Hvar, Solta, and Brac.
  • In the summer time it is bustling with travelers and backpackers from all over the world that I certainly cant wait to meet! 

"Why Croatia?" you might ask…

Well the idea came about, because two of my friends from Prague will be moving there mid-May to work for another friends pub crawl that runs throughout the summer. One of them mentioned to me that they would be looking for people that have experience doing that sort of thing (which I do, from living in Prague), and it just set a plan in motion. 

I mean, who wouldn’t want to live here?

Split, Croatia

Plus, my visa is close to running up in a couple months in London anyways, and I would like to try somewhere new, unknown, and exciting… 

After some extensive research on flights, things to do, visa regulations, etc, I made the officially decision to take the plunge and make a move. 

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Headed to Split on May 28th!

I will be moving into a flat with my two friends from Prague (one’s Czech & one’s Aussie), which has already been sorted out by our future boss.

Starting work on June 1st for the pub crawl and so looking forward to it! It was really nice having a few months away from all the crazy drinking and partying, but working for a pub crawl is really one of the funnest jobs that you can have during the summer. Favorite part being that you get to meet amazing, fun, like-minded young travelers making their way through Europe. I can’t tell you how many connections I made and friends that I have around the world, just from working on the crawl in Prague last summer! 

Now it is just a matter of getting in better shape and some color on my skin before I get there…I don’t think I have ever been this pale in my life.

Soooo….HERE GOES NOTHING! 

Wish me luck :) 

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