So again, it’s been a while since the last blog post… with some pretty momentous changes occurring.
I’m back in New Zealand and already more than halfway through a semester at University! Which after 18months off, has been a shock to the system to say the least. But on so many levels it is wonderful to be home, surrounded by water and my beautiful family and friends, and living in a flat in Kingsland/Mt Eden with the most gorgeous group of girls.
I know this trip was a long time ago, but tuning back in to the academic world and the rush of assignments and readings has left my brain well in need of a creative escape! So finally getting on top of the thousands of photos I took over the last year, and being able to write just for fun, seems like the perfect remedy.
Also, Jono and I are no longer together… So getting these stories out of my heart seems like a good way to find closure, but also honour the incredible adventures that we did have together. Breaking up after doing long distance for so long, leaves almost a translucent, dreamlike feeling to the relationship, almost a did it really happen..? Even though it finished after I returned, it wasn’t really enough time for our lived worlds to cross over. So I feel like it can be a hard thing for those around us to understand, as heartbreaks always are.
Putting pen to paper for me feels like a way to lend validity, and acknowledge that this was a major part of my life, and for a while, it was wonderful.
For now, it’s just stories (no emotional rants I promise). These are just the incredible places we visited, I hope you enjoy.
Dubrovnik. The castle city at the bottom of Croatia that literally looks like it came from the middle ages.
We had two nights here and stayed in an Airbnb pretty high up the hillside so had the most spectacular views…
However this meant that to get to the main city there were a solid few hundred stairs! Not exactly what you look forward to at the end of a long day exploring…
Nonetheless, Dubrovnik was incredible! New Years eve was a giant street party with mulled wine everywhere and some great Croatian talent on stage! (Well we’re assuming this part, seeing we understood nothing!) But everyone around us was singing away… so they must have been well known! We met some hilarious friendly Bosnians, and spent most the night dancing and ignoring the fact that wind chill was easily up at -14 degrees Celsius! Luckily the sun was out the entire time we were there… it was utterly glorious.
It was so nice to have a base for 2 days, rather than having to be up and on the road immediately… (definitely a lesson well learnt on the pace of travel! And Dubrovnik was the perfect little city to have a little more time to wander and explore! It was small enough to always find your way home, but there were also so many hidden alleyways and nooks and crannies to discover… Not to mention being surrounded by the stunning Adriatic sea!
I think Dubrovnik will remain one of my favourite places… purely for the fact that the old city just feels so set in another time, like you have just been transplanted into castle life. The game of thrones vibe definitely adds to it!
That’s all the rambling for now, I hope you enjoy the photos!
The cats of Dubrovnik are renowned, they just sleep everywhere!
This little guy was not enjoying his jacket haha
Getting told to move my
The view from our airbnb!
Another of the locals.
Walking the city wall…