between the lands

Jessica and Andrew’s travel journal

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Posted by Andrew in EGYPT, CROATIA (November 16, 2007 at 4:28 pm)

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Lets get the hard part out of the way—Croatia was expensive! Especially at this late point in our trip, to see prices like Western Europe in the middle of the Balkans was an unexpected and difficult shock. So If you’ve been dreaming about the out of the way 2-dollar Croatian vacation, sorry you’ve already missed the boat, cause the days of post-communism are long gone round here…
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But we are resilient, no? Por supuesto. With the help of some great couchsurfing hosts, Croatia comes alive. The best stop for sure was on the Dalmatian coast, CIMG5577 j with dalmatian.jpgwhere we stayed with Ljuba and her family in the town of Solin.
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Pomegranates off the tree for breakfast, a constant stream of Croatian porros, and an amazing once-a-year cultural event. In the nearby mountain town of Dugopolje, they were having their annual Klapa fest—Klapa is acoustic singing, sounds a bit like an American barber shop quartet, except there are 8, 10 or more people singing(either all men or all women)
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Click on these links below to listen to some Klapa—its good stuff.

The festival also featured some friendly non-musical competitions:
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Possibly the best part was when the whole town gathered at a huge underground cave, where a Klapa group performed a short song. They sang really quietly so the cave wouldn’t collapse.
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And as luck would have it, Ljuba’s good friend was both a Klapa singer, and host of the before, midway and after parties.
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Ljuba also showed us around the beautiful and historic towns of Split and Trogir.
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And best of all, we got to ride in a Yugo!!
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Slightly less exciting was the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Staying at the home of Martina, (more…)