Hi, my name is Kathrin, I am 33 years old and from Switzerland.
After visiting some friends in Austria I took a camping trip down the Craotain coast, just a bit more than a week, it was so wonderful... I got to Rijeka by train and from there took buses, I stayed at autocamp Selce, then in Zadar at Camp Borik and finally at Solaris near Sibenik. Near there I met with a friend who spent her vacation down there, and could get a ride home with her yesterday.
I loved loved loved it. I "fell in love" with that country. I had been there as a small kid, for three days, and it had been on the back of my mind to go back sometime... and this trip was a spontaneous idea. Me with a backpack and a little tent.... I loved the climate, the music, the language, the markets, the CLEAR!!!! water.... meeting people... meeting the people my friend was staying with and dancing in their kitchen while doing dishes...
I so want to go back.
My aunt may want to go with me next summer.
I really wonder if there are longer term things to do down there... if they take any foreigners for summer jobs or something... I asked at a campsite but they said they had enough unemployed people in that sector... I know but maybe there is SOMETHING I could do somewhere... I just miss being down there, after just a week, I know I am crazy maybe.
That's the way I am maybe too, it was similar with San Francisco where I have now been going for over ten years (had a scholarship to study there for about 4 years too). Going back there in August... but now after this trip I feel even more torn... before it was just Switzerland (because of family, mostly) and San Francisco... I help people there, I have been involved with helping homeless people, visiting disabled people. I really want to do things that help people. I am also a writer and songwriter, I do poetry, I am a street musician, I have very little financial security.... earlier this year I inherited some from an old man I used to visit so at least throguh my next SF trip I'll be ok and probably a while longer...
Sorry for rampling I just wanted to share with somebody who might understand. I just loved it down there. Sooooo beautiful. I felt really comfortable. I could imagine living there somehow. Well of course I can't really say after that time but I can imagine.
Just wanted to share.
Wow that was a long drive yesterday. Bout 15 hours altogether.