Good Morning, Good Guinness

I mean, I know there’s a joke about a Guinness being a meal, but is it really a Thursday morning breakfast? Spotted this on the walk to work last week. Must have been a lively Wednesday night for someone–especially as the closest bar is at least a hundred yards away.

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Croatia by the Numbers

Hailstorms spent hiding on the portico of a basilica/mausoleum: 1

Clouds of cigarette smoke accidentally walked through: at least a dozen, ew

Roadside breakdowns while driving up a mountain: 1

Elaborate breakfast buffets consumed on a hostel balcony: 4

Outdoor choir concerts stumbled upon: 2

Adorable French children befriended: 1

Bell towers climbed while Vertigo played in the back of my mind: 1

Nights spent dancing on a giant outdoor light-up disco floor: 2

Green-blue waterfalls admired: at least 10

Island beaches sunbathed on: 2

Servings of the very strong local rakia consumed: 5, aka plenty

Total days spent in Croatia: 14

Total money spent: $1,078

Average per day: $77

Total money spent, minus the airfare: $906.36

Average per day, minus the airfare: $67.74

Expanses of otherworldly blue water seen: leagues

Looks good from here

Looks good from here

A Short Photo Tour of Zagreb

By the time I got to Zagreb in June 2013, I was worn out after nearly two weeks of late nights along the Croatian coast. I stayed just a couple days in the capital city, long enough to visit the Museum of Broken Relationships, catch a choral concert outside the cathedral, and eat burek. I spent at least half a day seated on a bench in one of the plazas, near a bubbling fountain, reading a book in the sunshine–a very pleasant experience, but one which doesn’t lend itself to exciting retellings or dramatic photos. So here’s a photo post of some of the sights I enjoyed on my short walks around Zagreb, a city worth a closer look on another visit.

Cathedral of the Assumption

Cathedral of the Assumption

Grand interior

Grand interior

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I always enjoy a good stained glass window

I always enjoy a good stained glass window

Opera House

Opera House

If you're looking for a change in your eyelashes routine, you've come to the right place

If you’re looking for a change in your eyelashes routine, you’ve come to the right place

Decorative flourishes

Decorative flourishes

Church of St. Mark

Church of St. Mark

This tile pattern depicting the coat of arms of Zagreb is very old, but it kind of looks like a pixelated video game screenshot

This tile pattern depicting the coat of arms of Zagreb is very old, but it kind of looks like a pixelated video game screenshot, or Legos

Possibly the only non-sketchy train station neighborhood in Europe--this is across the road from the main station

Possibly the only non-sketchy train station neighborhood in Europe–this is across the road from the main station

King Tomislav

King Tomislav

Burek! Delicious meat (and/or cheese) pastry

Burek! Delicious meat (and/or cheese) pastry

Next up, Croatia by the Numbers, and then on to new countries!