Welcome to Split, Croatia
Week One of Remote Year in the Books
A Lesson Learned
I left on a Saturday morning from my home in a Kia Soul Rental to Chicago’s O’Hare airport to catch my flight to Split. A fairly short (for international travel) 10 hours of travel with a layover in Frankfurt. That airport in Frankfurt is crazy big. I also learned the difference between flying within the U.S. and internationally. Let’s just say I was afraid I would miss my flight as I tried to deal with security and apparently having too many liquids in my carry-on. I did not know a shea butter solid lotion qualified as a liquid. Thankfully there wasn’t much left in it when I said to throw it out. But I made it with 10 minutes to spare repacking my suitcase again in the aisle of the airplane. I’m pretty sure I was red in the face at that point.
First stop: Split, Croatia
The first month of my journey with Remote Year is in Split, Croatia. It is a beautiful city rich in history. But before I was able to explore any of it, I was greeted by Maria, our Program Leader and met the first of my tramily (that’s traveling family). Shout out to Mike for being the first person I got to know and making the taxi ride with me from the airport to our apartments.
My temporary home is cozy with lots of homey details, but its most impressive feature is definitely the view! Nine stories up I can see the Adriatic Sea and a few of Croatia’s islands.
I can also see the WIP workspace from my window, a ten minute journey down stairs and hills. I’ve been so thankful for my Pure Barre classes and that I can continue doing them with Pure Barre On-Demand. But pomalo – take it easy. That is the motto of Croatia, and I remember that as I make my way up and down the hill, to just enjoy the walk and the view.
As an entrepreneur who has worked mostly alone from home, it has been a treat to share a space and work with others and have more human contact. The space itself is also fantastic!
I’m still getting to know my fellow cohorts but I am in awe of the diversity of people and the many talents that are represented among them. This includes other designers, musicians, writers and even a puppeteer!
The place I have probably visited the most so far is Old Town. Here are many amazing restaurants, shops, the Green Market and the semi-restored Palace of Diocletian. One of the local RY staff gave us a tour of the palace, sharing the history of it being built and how the walls protected the town within. We entered through the brass gates and through an underground chamber that was once used to dispose of trash from the protected town and now (cleaned up of course) holds shops. Game of Thrones fans would also recognize it as the area the dragons were kept.
The Old Town if filled with beautiful pathways, textures and stone work. I definitely have taken a lot of pictures, and plan to take more!
But it is also where I have enjoyed a decent amount of the food I’ve tried, including zucchini on pizza. It was different but actually pretty good. I’ve also been able to try with others Bokarria and Bokamorra. The first is a kitchen and wine bar with a stunning interior, including a chandelier visible from both first and second floors. I had pistachio gnocchi. Actually pistachio has been a theme for this trip because it was included on one of the pizzas I was able to try at Bokamorra too, as well as one of their desert pizzas. All were so good!
The first Saturday in Croatia I was also able to walk to Old Town from the WIP co-working space with a few of the sweetest ladies I have met in my RY family. It took about 30 minutes, but the views of the water were fantastic. When we arrived, we sat down for a few drinks in the square along with a charcuterie board. We spent about an hour chatting over the drinks and food in front of us and it was probably one of my favorite moments so far.
I’m looking forward to next week with a hiking trip and exploring some of the other areas of Croatia.
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