Klevas in Croatia | weeks one & two
Hard ground, no sand. A towel with a semi mildew-ey smell from not completely drying from the day before. Laying face down, topless, with a pebble somewhere under the towel directly under my boob but not worth moving to remove it. Salt still stuck on my lips from the water, contacts in my eyes burning just a little from the same. The sun tingling all over my back, and butt, and legs while the hum of people talking at a polite volume so that the coffee cups and saucers can take the lead. The sea is calm, more of a whoosh than a crash when it hits the walk. Closing my eyes doing my best to catalogue each and every sound and smell.
This is how I remember most of my after coffee, post swim, lay down and nap by the water moments while we were there. The island Olib. Special in a special kind of way. While I know we will be back next year, it already seems so distant. It is so far removed from our “normal”, a beautiful kind of culture shock, that when we return to the states, it really feels like it was all a dream (as cliché as it sounds); a dream that didn’t last long enough.
I am thankful for our month holiday. I am grateful for our time together, grateful that my brother was able to join us for the first half (he will not be pictured in these posts to protect & honor his privacy xo), thankful that we have people we missed. Towards the end of the trip, I longed to be home with my dogs and my people/routine…but now I have my day dreams of Olib. Isn’t that just the way it goes?
There are copious amounts of photos that we will keep in our family album, but I’d love to share a few with you in this post and the next. I’ll include a map so you can have an idea of where we stay. It is the island that is blacked out and is about a 2.5 hour boat ride from mainland.
I pray that this island evades tourist traps, and tourism all together, honestly. It is stuck in another time and it is amazing because of it. While life still moves slow there, it has gradually sped up a bit since my first time there, *sad.
Thanks for sharing in some of our trip with us via photos. (Captions are written under the photo.)