Our experience shipping belongings from Canada to Europe. Europack VS AGS, costs, and dealing with Croatian duties and taxes.

When we decided to make Split (Croatia) our temporary home earlier this summer one of our priorities was liquidating our assets in Montreal. That meant selling the condo (which we had rented out the last few years) and emptying out our storage unit (a 12*15 ft unit, for which we were paying $275/mo).

After weighing the pros and cons of: a) giving away all our stuff or b) shipping it all to Croatia we decided that we would seriously look at shipping it. I had heard nightmares about people doing this so I was a bit apprehensive. This post covers what we went through.
It’s very detailed but I hope it helps people who might be in the same situation we were. [Read more…]

Split, Croatia Guide (with day trips)

We first came to Split in 2015. After 3 visits, we decided we’d like to live here and in early 2017 applied for temporary residency. We’ve now been living in Split 7 months. Besides one of the most incredible natural setting anywhere (of the places we’ve visited only Cape Town compares), its old town is a UNESCO site that dates back to the Romans. Even after all our time spent here we still always look around in amazement at the history around us. [Read more…]

Rent our Apartment in Split!

We might have the most unusual apartment in Split.

6 months ago when we decided to make Split our base one of the considerations was being able to rent out our accommodations while we travel. We love Split but we also never want to stop travelling.

We found an apartment we liked and have been fixing it up to our tastes. Part of the process was bringing over our furniture from Montreal including many of the things picked up on our travels (which for now we just don’t have the stomach to get rid of). We have cabinets and a library from India, drums and paintings from Africa, a Thai bench, Javanese desks…it’s why I say we may have the most unusual apartment in Split. [Read more…]

Impressions of Šibenik. And on the untapped potential of Croatia

Impressions of Šibenik. And the untapped potential of Croatia

Šibenik is not one of those places that people mention when listing ‘must see’ destinations in Croatia. Maybe it’s why we didn’t expect much – and also why we came away quite impressed by our visit to this Central Dalmatian city. In fact, while Šibenik doesn’t quite rank up there with Split or Dubrovnik, I think it is just as impressive as the much more popular towns of Trogir and Zadar.

What makes Šibenik impressive? I’ll cover that here – but I’ll also cover why it could also be even more impressive. [Read more…]

Visiting the really pretty town of Primošten, Croatia

The really pretty town of Primošten, Croatia

I had never heard of Primošten – It was only last week, when planning our road trip to Šibenik, that I heard about this pretty little town/island. [Read more…]

Hiking Mosor Mountain – Split, Croatia. And why you don’t need to take a tour.

Hiking Mosor Mountain – Split, Croatia. You don’t need to take a tour.

People think that you need to book a tour if you want to climb Mosor Mountain. You don’t (especially since you can get here by city bus). Besides which, most organized hikes up Mosor Mountain only make it up as far as the Umberto Girometta Mountain house. The best hiking is done behind that, up the steep slopes of the mountain. [Read more…]

Getting a Croatian 1 year “Temporary Stay” in Split: Part 2 – Forms, documentation, opening a Croatian bank account, Health Care…and costs.

Getting a Croatian 1 year “Temporary Stay” in Split Part 2 – Forms, documentation, opening a Croatian bank account, Health Care…and costs.
In Part 1 of our experience in obtaining a 1-year Temporary Stay in Croatia
, I covered: 1) the conditions for getting a prolonged stay, 2) finding an apartment in Split, 3) having a proper lease and getting it notarized, 4) obtaining your Croatian Identification Numbers.

Knowing and having all the above, you are now ready for filing the paperwork required for your Temporary Stay. [Read more…]

Getting a Croatian 1 year “Temporary Stay” in Split: Part 1 – finding an apartment, signing a lease

Getting a Croatian 1 year “Temporary Stay” in Split Part 1 finding an apartment, signing a lease_edited-1

It started as a simple enquiry:  “How can we stay longer in Croatia?”. Now, a few months later, we have a leased apartment in Split and have been granted a 1 one-year “temporary stay” in Croatia.

We’ve had a few of our readers ask us about the process here in Croatia so I decided to write about our experience. [Read more…]

Why you should visit Klis Fortress. And the easy way to get there from Split

Why you should visit Klis Fortress. And the easy way to get there from Split

Klis fortress has become known the last few years as an obligatory ‘Game of Thrones Tour’ stop. But it is much more than that.

The first time we came to this part of Croatia (that’s a few years ago now), I remember having looked up at the huge impenetrable wall of mountains lining the coast. I had been amazed, I had never seen that kind of geography. The mountain range has always been a natural defense between the Mediterranean belt and, beyond those mountains, the rest of the Balkans. Approaching Split you see one gap in that wall of defense, a pass between the mountains into the interior. And right there, right in that gap, is a high mass of rock with a huge stone fortress sitting on top of it. That’s Klis fortress. [Read more…]

Our 60 Favorite Photos from 2016

Our 60 Favorite Photos from 2016

A couple of weeks ago I did a wrap-up of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) places visited in 2016. We took so many photos in 2016 that we decided to go through them and choose our favorites from the year.

“Favorite” photos doesn’t necessarily mean “best” photos. “Favorite” can mean a place that holds a special memory (like that dog lying at Lissette’s feet) or a place that was just overall a special place (Cape Town was for me “that special place”).  [Read more…]

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