Things that seem weird when you go to Europe

When we left Canada to travel full-time 4 years ago we didn’t think that most of our travels would be in Europe. It’s a continent we’ve fallen in love with. There are many reasons for that which I’ll write about sometime.

Arriving in Europe there are many little things that are very different than in North America. Other differences are very subtle. I decided to write about some of the things that have stood out for us along the way. Note: I’m not bothering with the glaringly obvious like that Europe is a much smaller continent, that countries are small, that people speak a lot of languages etc, etc. Most people know all that. I’m sticking to particularities that foreigners (especially North Americans) might consider weird, or just different, when coming to Europe. [Read more…]

Tourism…and when the locals hate you

We were at our local pizzeria in Split, talking to our favorite waitress. She always has stories of tourists, most told while laughing. She recounted a story of an Indian family who had walked in, wanting to use the bathroom. The restaurant charges 5 kuna ($1 Canadian, or about $0.75 US) for non-customers wanting to use the facilities. There were 4 of them and they wanted a volume discount to use the toilet. She laughed “it was so crazy, what am I supposed to do?”.

There was a story of a French couple who wanted a discount taken off the bill because they had not finished their meal, tales of groups of Englishmen getting drunk and obnoxious “so loud and I have no idea what they are saying”, and stories of South Koreans who wanted fish “but not the local kind of fish”. Throughout she laughed, there was no malice in her recounting of these stories, just a kind of wonder and amusement at the different people from around the world that come through the restaurant. [Read more…]

Working towards Permanent Residency in Croatia as Non EU Citizens. And why we decided to give up on the idea.

I’ve previously written about how we obtained a 1 year Temporary Stay in Croatia. It was relatively easy and when the time came to renew the stay for a 2nd year we were optimistic. Consulting with several lawyers however, it became clearer that things would be more complicated the second time around. Looking even further ahead at the prospect of Permanent Residency gave us even more reasons for wonder if it was all worth it. [Read more…]

Our 11 Favorite Places in Croatia (that you should visit)

We get a lot of private emails asking us “we are coming to Croatia in ____. What places do you recommend we visit during our stay?

We haven’t been everywhere in Croatia. For one, there are over 1,000 islands in Croatia. It would take us years to visit them all. BUT we’ve visited most of the major tourist spots in Croatia as well as many of the lesser known ones. So we have a bunch of favorite places that we would recommend to anyone. [Read more…]

Looking back at 2017…and forward to 2018 (it will be a year of changes)


2017 was not outwardly the most exciting year on the blog. We spent most of the year in Split (Croatia) setting up a base and getting temporary residency for a year. In all I spent 13 weeks out of Croatia during the year, going to Canada (to clean up some affairs), Mexico, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bosnia and Hercegovina. Lissette travelled even less, the only time she left Croatia were the 5 weeks we spent in Prague.

2018 will be different. We won’t be renewing our temporary residency and will be leaving Croatia on March 1st. We will be out of Croatia until at least the end of September. So we will be getting back to travelling full-time. A bit more on that decision further below. [Read more…]

A Visit to Sarajevo. A Microcosm of everything that’s wrong with the Balkans.

I just got back from Sarajevo. I’d like to be able to say that Sarajevo is a beautiful and interesting place, marvel at its history of being the “Jerusalem of Europe”, talk about how the people are welcoming and what gracious hosts they are. All of that is true.  But to stop right there would be to give you a glib, half-assed version of what I felt spending a week in the city. The truth is that the more time I spent in Sarajevo the more depressed I became about the current history not only of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but of the Balkans as a whole. [Read more…]

Reasons why I don’t visit your blog

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As a blogger I (usually) enjoy reading and commenting on other people’s blogs
. My favorite blogs have a few things in common: they introduce me to new destinations, they are geared to the independent traveller, they’re honest in presenting a true picture of a destination or travel in general. I’m drawn to bloggers who travel full-time or who are expats that have made somewhere else their home (ie. people similar to us). Reading and commenting on other people’s blogs has helped us plan our own travels and has introduced us to other bloggers, some of whom we’ve met and now keep in touch with. In short, interacting with other people’s blogs is part of being in the “blogger community”.
It’s good being part of a community.

But there are blogs that I either won’t visit (I may once, before realizing that your blog’s not for me) or that, with time, I’ll no longer visit.

This post is about the reasons I probably don’t visit your blog. [Read more…]

Wild, Wacky Skopje (Macedonia). One of the Strangest Places we’ve been

Wild, Wacky Skope (Macedonia). One of the Strangest Places we've been

Skopje is not the most beautiful place we’ve visited. But it might just be the most interesting and weirdest place we’ve ever been. Everywhere we walked we had “WTF?” moments: “there’s a pirate ship in the middle of the river! WTF?”, “look, there’s a London double decker bus! WTF?”, “those colors all over the monuments! It’s like the Cat in the Hat went crazy. WTF?”. Crazy statues, over-the-top buildings, stunningly contrasting architectural styles, Christmas music playing over loudspeakers in the middle of July…It was just all very bizarre. We loved it. [Read more…]

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