A young couple, tight-budget travelers, cultural-heritage tourists, and local cuisine explorers.
Dita was born in Indonesia; had lived in Turkey, France, and Germany; traveled to most South East Asian countries, to the States, and to some of Western European countries.
Kiki was born in Croatia; had lived in France and Germany; and traveled to most European countries and to the States.
Both are living in Croatia at the moment, working real hard, recently married and doing a lot of road trips.
November 4th 2012
The decision for this road trip to Budapest was not a hard one. I happened to own a valid Schengen visa, a leftover of my previous trip to Strasbourg, and I asked a friend of ours and his girlfriend if they would go. So a week of planning, we booked two rooms at the Apartment4you Budapest through my favorite booking site, and it cost only €29 per apartment for two for one night stay. I prepared some itinerary based on a lot of Googling as it was my first time to be in Budapest. It was not a first visit to Budapest for Kiki, but the previous three were business trips, which means that he hasn't seen a lot of the city. It was the end of October 2012 and the day was super rainy when ... read more
September 25th 2012
This trip was done on easter 2012, the same roadtrip we had previously talked for Bratislava. It was cold and grey when we arrived in Vienna. And it was raining all the way to Vienna while we were driving from Graz. We arrived somewhere in the afternoon, found our hotel easily thank to our GPS lady that sounded very funny while pronouncing German street names with a thick American accent. We stayed in a quite nice hotel (considering the fact that we always backpack and sleep at the youth hostels), which we got for free from the miles collected by flights that Kiki had that year. He flies really a lot with Star Alliances group and they have good offers for exchanging the miles you collected. So there we were in Vienna staying in a nice ... read more
May 30th 2012
If you're following this travelblog, we apologize in advance for our super long off-the-blog period. It's not that we had stopped traveling, we have just been super busy to find a free hour to sit down and post. In fact, we have a pile of pictures and travel journals and notes to be processed to texts once we have some free time. Today, I finally have the time, while Kiki is still on a business trip to Montenegro. Let me get to this one story first. It's about Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. We hopped to Bratislava on our easter trip to Vienna. About the trip to Vienna itself, we'll get to that later. So, we were driving to Bratislava from Vienna. Few meters from the border, we tanked the car in a gas station where ... read more
June 30th 2011
This sentence is everywhere: Hum is the smallest city in the world. From the publications of the Croatian Tourism Board, the articles in my Croatian language learning books, the posts in any travel guide for Croatia, till the board at the entrance to Hum. Whether this is true or not? God knows. I mean, define city, what is it? The presence of a post office, a bank, a bus or train station, a city hall, and a gas station? None of those things presents in Hum. It is a village, if I can call it a village after all, consists of like no more than 10 buildings including a konoba (typical local restaurant), two or three souvenir shops, a church, two rented rooms for tourists and few houses of locals. I believe that was it. But, ... read more
April 26th 2011
Sunday, April 24th 2011, was one special day for us. Not only that Kiki turned 28 on that day, but also it was Easter, that of course was followed by the Easter Monday, a national holiday, left us with a long weekend. We had decided to visit Dubrovnik for that, which was a decision we had made quite a while ago, when we accidentally found a very good offer for flight from Zagreb to Dubrovnik for less than 40 Euro one way for each. Kiki has a colleague in Dubrovnik who kindly offered us her flat for us to stay in, so we didn’t even think twice to go. We flew from Zagreb on Friday evening after work, and our flight was delayed for half an hour, making us reaching Dubrovnik quite late because of the ... read more
March 15th 2011
In a normal circumstances, Kiki and I would come home to Bedekovcina from Zagreb at half to five every day, because that's when Kiki's office hour ends. Somewhere last week, he got this invitation from the German embassy to attend a dinner at the Movie Pub in Zagreb that was followed by a cabaret performance. We were expected to come at 8 o'clock in the evening, so we had more than three hours to spend in the city. We decided to go to Medvedgrad as we had been wanting to go there for quite a while already. It's a fortress ruin site in northern Zagreb, supposed to be halfway to the top of Medvednica Mount (or Hill?), Sljeme. It's actually not far at all from the city if we would've taken the short way through Pantovcak ... read more
January 31st 2011
What would first come to your mind when you heard about Croatian tourism? The sea. What would a tourist visit the first second he/she landed in Croatia? The sea. The Adriatic sea. Let me tell you: Croatia is beyond the sea. Forget the sea for a while, take your backpack and head up north. As all the visitors are concentrated in Istria and Dalmacija region, the Central Croatia is almost forgotten. In fact, Central Croatia, especially Zagorje and Varazdin area, host the most important and beautiful baroque centers, castles, and fortress one can find. There is no sea, but there is green hilly area hiding tons of cultural heritage Croatia has. Trakoscan Castle is located in Varazdin County, around 100 km from Zagreb. Kiki and I visited the castle in late November. As Croatia has a ... read more
January 30th 2011
Everyone knows that Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia, but only a few know that Varazdin was once the capital of the country. The city is said as the biggest baroque center in Europe after Prague. I have always wanted to visit Varazdin, especially after I read lots of review saying that it's some kind of "Little Vienna", as the Austria-Hungarian royalties chose it as their settlement. Varazdin is around 100 km in north of Zagreb, and only around 60 km from the town I am living in, Bedekovcina. With that short of a distance, I also didn't understand why it took us so long to finally pay a visit to Varazdin. I have been living in Croatia for 4 months, begging my boyfriend, Kiki, to take me there every single weekend, with no result. ... read more
November 22nd 2010
One Friday in late November 2010, Kiki had this invitation of attending some presentation of the project he supervised few months before. He had to assess the progress of some project on new technology to enhance olive oil production or something like that. The presentation took place in Vodnjan, one city in Istria. So it just crossed my mind suddenly: another Istria trip! And Kiki had the same thought, so we just hit the road, without any planning of how long we'd stay, where we'd sleep, or anything like that. We arrived in Vodnjan around 4 pm. Vodnjan is just about 10 km on north of Pula. So we took the same route as we did before, when we did the Pula-Rovinj-Opatija trip. Vodnjan was typical Istria. It was a very small town with just one ... read more
November 1st 2010
There was a moment where Yugoslavia was once a big power, and within that moment there was this big leader who made it happened: Josip Broz, as we know more as Tito. As I usually would argue with Kiki or Ginger-head or any other friend about Tito's political view or something like that, I would not now. Not this time. This is going to be just the place where the big leader came from. It was late October Kiki and I hit the road on Sunday morning, had decided the day before for a trip to Kumrovec, a small village in Zagorje area. I've read a night before about this museum we were about to visit, it's called Muzej Staro Selo, literally means Old Village museum. The idea is that the whole village is now serving ... read more