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August has been a month of highs and lows.
Highs: We finished out our month stay in Barcelona at the beginning of August, my sister came to visit for three weeks and we traveled Spain, Croatia, Slovenia and had lunch in Austria, and we got to reunite with our best friends at a music festival in Croatia. What could be better right? Seriously, nothing. And that may be one reason why August has been my favorite month so far.
Lows: But on the other hand, we learned something. All that fun costs money and well, it turns out we are broke. We are not as good at budgeting as we thought, though lets be honest, we never thought we were good at budgeting (hence why we aren’t budget travelers). So that is the downside of August.
However, I wouldn’t change it for the world. At this moment, we are working on figuring out what we are going to do. The only thing we know is we aren’t going to go home. That is simply not an option (and not just because we can’t afford the flights home). We are not going to give up on our dream and we are currently figuring out how to make it work for us. Hopefully in the next couple of days we will have some confirmation that our crazy schemes have panned out and we can keep on traveling (we will keep you updated!).
But anyways let us not dwell on the dismal lack of money and instead remember all the fantastic things we did in August. Travel is all about experiences and we would never regret any of the experiences we have had on the road!
August Wrap Up
I still can’t believe that in the beginning of August we were in Barcelona! It feels so long ago and I already miss it. We are hoping to head back to Barcelona in the fall around late November. Hopefully everything works out and we can do that because we have so much more we want to see and eat in that city! After all we only made it to 2 out of the 5 places that Expat Edna recommends.
We were busy the last week in Barcelona with my sister in town. We were trying to cram everything we had put off until her arrival into just four days. While slightly crazy, we got to explore more of this beautiful city and show her our favorite spots.
Overall I think it is truly the details of Barcelona that made me fall in love with it. I don’t think there is a city that has enthralled me more and made me fall in love with it just because of the buildings. Yes, in Rome I fell in love because of the archaeology but I can’t say that an apartment building in Rome made me fall in love, but in Barcelona I can say that.
After a bittersweet goodbye to Barcelona, we headed to Croatia. We first fell in love with Croatia when we visited to go to Soundwave back in 2012 and we fell so in love that we planned a reunion with all of our old roommates here for this year. The town of Tisno, where Soundwave is located, is a picture perfect quaint Croatian seaside village. I mean could you picture a more idyllic setting?
For five days this is what we woke up to. Yes, camping kinda sucks but with views like this in the morning, afternoon and night it was all worth it.
I seriously think that we need to purchase a villa in Tisno. We can add that to the dream list along with my villa in Crete!
After the music festival Hailey, Alex, our friend Daniel and I rented a car and started out on an epic road trip around Croatia and Slovenia. Our first stop was the stunning Plitvice Lakes which were mind bogglingly beautiful. I mean check out the color of that water?!?
After spending the full dat at Plitvice Lake we headed up north into Istria, which is actually where we are now. We were based in Bale but traveled out to the sea to visit the tourist town of Rovinj. Rovinj is a stunning medieval city filled with white marble and twisting alleys which eventually lead you to stunning views of the seaside. Really wished I had brought my bathing suit that day….
The following day we popped into Slovenia to visit Lake Bled. On the way up there I realized how close we were to the Austrian border so I had the grand idea to get lunch in Austria. We ended up in Villach and poor Daniel got to experience us all singing The Sound of Music while we crossed the border 🙂
watch at your own risk 🙂
*This is the kind of delightful things you can find on our snapchat @PursuitAdventur, and yes we realize we can’t sing but this was a special moment.
After visiting Austria we headed to Lake Bled. This fairytale lake is everything it promises to be in photos and more. I would love to come back and see it in different seasons. If you can get here, just go. It will be completely worth it.
After Slovenia, we spent three nights in Zagreb. I honestly, had no expectation for Zagreb what so ever and in return we were presented with an atmospheric city that was completely different from what we have seen in the rest of Croatia. We had an unbelievable time here, partly in thanks to Andrea from Zagreb Honestly and her and her husband’s hospitality. Three days was not enough in this city and we certainly will be back!
And then of course, how could we forget the cannon incident? We were enjoying the view from the Strossmayer Promenade when all of a sudden we heard a deafening BOOM! We all sort of freaked out but after a few seconds, which felt like minutes, we realized no one else was freaking out. Turns out we were seated just 500ft away from the cannon that goes off at noon everyday. We were scared shitless; we won’t be forgetting this afternoon anytime soon!
After Zagreb, we said goodbye to Daniel and returned to Split for a few more days with my sister. And as the sun was setting over this historical city we did the most couplely thing we could think of…. We took a sunset instagram photo for your viewing please 😉
After a final three days in Split with my sister, we headed back north to Istria where we still are today. We are here at the moment as Alex is spending the weekend shadowing a wine maker as harvest has started here!
So that is what we have been up to this month. As for the future, we are not sure. We have accommodation through September 3rd and then it is back to the drawing board to see where we end up! Hopefully one of our schemes, be it workaway, winning the lottery (ya right!) or getting a wine harvest job will happen and we will have a place for September or October. Stay checked in with our instagram and snapchat (@PursuitAdventur) to keep updated with our lives!
Our Top 5 Instagrammers and Snapchatters of the Month
And now for our favorite Instagrammers and Snapchatters of the month! We decided to add in Snapchat this month because we have been loving it to give you guys daily updates and keep up with all of our friends and fellow bloggers. If you haven’t tried it and think it is all about dick pics, well you are following the wrong people! Try it out and check out ours and our favorite bloggers’ for daily updates from around the world!
Amirah Cook from Cool Young History
Amirah has been traveling internationally for the last two years on an indefinite honeymoon with her husband. Her instagram is full of helpful tips, quotes and photos of her doing what she does best, traveling the world.
Maria from Travelling Buzz
Maria is a Bulgarian travel blogger who is traveling all over Europe and showcases the best it has to offer, especially her home country! Her instagram is full of adventure inspiring landscapes that make you just want to get outside and do something!
Edna from Expat Edna
Edna from Expat Edna is a freelance writer and travel blogging and our first blogger friend! Woohoo! We know how to make friends 🙂 We actually “met” through snapchat and her snapchats are always fun and full of humor and food! Seriously, I think I need a list of all the restaurants she went to in Paris because they all looked AMAZING! Check out her instagram and snapchats for what she is up to right now in America and her upcoming trip to Iceland as well! (Snapchat: @expatedna)
Jasmine from Nomad Girl
Jasmine from NomadGirl.co is a travel blogger who has been traveling around Southeast Asia and her instagram photos always capture the color and life in Asia. Honestly, I dream about returning to Asia every time I look at her photos! (and not just because it is cheap there) She uses her background in education to travel, work and volunteer around Asia.
Adventurous Kate, Drew Binksy and Migrationology
These three are probably three of our favorite people to follow on Snapchat. We were actually first introduced to snapchat as a way for bloggers to share daily life through Drew Binksy aka The Hungry Partier and we have since enjoyed his funny and entertaining updates of his life on the road this summer. Check him out at @DrewBinsky.
Adventurous Kate is another one of our favorites to follow. This year she started out in Central America, headed over to Europe and just got back to the US for a couple of months. We love following her views on life and travel, especially her thoughts on long bus rides and flights! Follow her at @AdventurousKate
Mark of Migrationology is guaranteed to make you hungry with all of his snaps about the amazing food he eats. He is currently based in Thailand and I seriously think he spends most of his time eating! If you ever thought about going to Asia to eat all the amazing food there, his snapchat will definitely convince you to buy a ticket on the next flight there! Follow Mark at @migrationology
So there is what we have been up to, where we are going next (aka NO CLUE) and our favorite instagrammers and snapchatters of the month! If you guys have any suggestions for people we should follow on either Snapchat or Instagram let us know as we are always looking for more wanderlust inspiration!
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