After a month of freezing temperatures I arrived to Zagreb last week to find temperatures slightly warmer, but with no snow. I was happy that it was a move in the right direction.
I then drove to Plitvice National Park (which is awesome by the way) only to get caught in an April snowstorm and the victim of some very poor advice from Google maps. Long story short, I had to get park rangers to drag my car (with no snow tires) up a slippery hill.
After that headed towards to coast where I finally found sunny skies and warm(er) weather. When I popped out the other side of the tunnel that went through the mountains that separates the Dalmatian coast, there was an 11C (20F) change in weather. I was even more happy.
However, there is a big difference between warm and warmish, and the temperature along the coast, while much better than what I experienced in Germany, was still chilly. The end result is that I now have a horrible spring cold, complete with runny nose and hacking cough.
I also feel like I am jet lagged.
With only a few exceptions, I’ve been in a different hotel room every almost night for the last month. I’ll be in Dubrovnik for the next week doing nothing but resting, washing my clothes (you have no idea how long it has been since I’ve done laundry), getting my haircut and basically just enjoying Dubrovnik.
Next Monday I’ll be flying to Jordan, a country I last visited back in 2009. I’ll be revisiting sites like Wadi Rum and Petra and visiting some new sites in the north that I wasn’t able to visit previously.
With that, I’m going to bed and hopefully will be able to write more this week in Dubrovnik.
The folks at G Adventures and The Planeterra Foundation launched a the G Project this week which will award $25,000 to someone with the best idea for how to have a positive impact on the planet. After a popular vote to select the final 16, 4 finalists will be flown to Costa Rica for the Summit in the Jungle to pitch a pannel of experts. If you have an idea for how to help make the world a better place, submit your idea today.
I’d also like to thank Hostelworld and the JetPak Hostel in Berlin for hosting me for several days. It is seldom that I find an owner that actually cares about the quality of their bandwidth, but Neil, the owner of JetPak, actually does. I’m definitely going to look into returning here the next time I am in Berlin.