• Bob Tapper

Hello from London!


Life is full of changes, and finally landing in London has been a big change given my experiences during the first half of the year. While Vienna and Croatia were more about getting settled in my new life and exploring - London is about pursuing creative opportunities in a more serious fashion. I'm not expecting it to be all fun and games, because learning new things and challenging myself can be difficult. However, it's all part of the journey!


Saying goodbye to Zagreb was bittersweet, given the lockdown, earthquake, and subsequent re-opening of stores, restaurants, and travel. I was ready to go, but the opportunity below was presented to me before I left:


Zagreb Interview

I spent the last few nights in Zagreb at the Esplanade Hotel. This luxury hotel has a rich history. Built in 1925, it served as a stop-over palace for the wealthy, famous people who traveled from Instanbul, Turkey to Paris, France on the Orient Express. Some of the notables who have stayed here are Charles Lindbergh, Vivien Leigh, Richard Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, Alfred Hitchcock, Louis Armstrong, and Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones!


When I returned to my room on the first night, I found a note on my bed. The hotel manager wanted to know if I wanted to be interviewed by Goran Milic - a journalist with Croatia Radiotelevision and Al Jazeera. Here is the portion of his show where he interviewed me!

Plitvice Lakes National Park

This is an experience I'll never forget! Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Croatia! Or maybe the world! It is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia - located near the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. My guide and I visited the park shortly after the coronavirus lockdown was lifted, so there were few tourists and we pretty much had the park to ourselves! Given that over 1 million visitors are recorded each year, it was a rare opportunity to experience the breathtaking lakes and waterfalls with no crowds.

London Bridge

Well, this London bridge (known as the Golden Jubilee Bridge) is not falling down, but it certainly is empty! The coronavirus lockdown was pretty much in full force when I arrived, so the streets were very empty. Walking across this bridge with no people is a rare (and probably once in a lifetime) event.

Work.Life in Camden Town

I loved my co-working space in Vienna (Talent Garden) and Zagreb (BizCoworking), so finding one in London was a must! So here I am at Work.Life in Camden Town. Like the others, there is a cool vibe here - although not quite as full of people as before Covid. But even still, I've met really nice people at each space.

There are a few reasons why being in a co-working space is important to me. First of all, it creates some structure in my life and gives me somewhere to go each day. Second, I work on this newsletter and also my other social media accounts like Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Finally, there are tremendous networking opportunities. Everyone is friendly and wants to network, so meeting others is easy. Given my passion for creativity and fun through acting, voiceover, or any other media forms, this is where I need to be!


Finally...

The summer is now well underway, and we'll have to see how the continued re-opening unfolds. London is known for their pubs and restaurants, so they are finally allowed to re-open on July 4th.


The next event to happen is the re-opening of live theater. I'm not sure I'll be able to see a show in the next few months, but I'm not giving up hope. I didn't think I'd see Split, Croatia either, but things can change and you never know. But what I wouldn't give to see Dear Evan Hanson, and maybe Hamilton - for a second time!


Thanks for following along! Stay safe and healthy everyone!


ACTOR // CREATIVE // VOICE TALENT


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Bob Tapper

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  • Bob Tapper

Hello from London!


I can't believe it, but I actually made it to London! But first, let me start by letting you know that May turned out to be a great month in Croatia! As I mentioned in my last newsletter, non-essential stores opened up the last week of April. In May, hair salons opened, which was followed by restaurants and bars. By mid-May, they opened travel throughout the country, so I was able to get to see Split - a beautiful seaside community on the Adriatic Sea! I was also able to see Plitvice Lakes, a national park known for its gorgeous waterfalls and lakes. Both visits were such a pleasant surprise, given that I didn't even think I'd be able to leave Zagreb due to the lockdown.


But when I do think back to my time in Zagreb, the one place that will always be in my heart is...


King Tomislav Square

This is city park that I visited pretty much every day during my stay. After I grabbed coffee, I had a walking path that took me right past the park. I'd find a bench, sit down and sip my coffee as I contemplated life and gazed into the super blue skies of Croatia. The park is next to Glavni Kolodvor, the train station that was built in the late 1800's to connect Zagreb to Budapest and Vienna. On the other side of the park is the Art Pavillion of Zagreb. The fountain in the center of the square provided peace and traquility - something very much needed during that crazy time. When I look back to where I was at during COVID-19, I'll always think of King Tomislav Square.


Visiting Split

Split is a beautiful seaside town on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia - about a 50 minute flight from Zagreb. It was pure joy that I was able to spend four magical days there! Split is usually filled with tourists this time of the year, but not now. It was pretty much me and the locals. They provided just enough "buzz" to make the atmosphere enjoyable and fun. This video looks at some of the sites I experienced, including Diocletian's Palace and Marjan Forest Park!


Day Trip to Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes is a national park about 2 hours away from Zagreb by car. It is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. This area is rich in history, and many battles took place here. It's hard to believe that an area where there has been so much war (the Croatian War of Independence with the Serbs), can now be so beautiful. I had my own personal tour guide for the day, so it was educational as well! I'll share a video next month, but this picture pretty much sums up the day.


An Unexpect Surprise During My Last days in Zagreb

I decided to spend my last few nights in Zagreb at a hotel. My Plitvice Lakes tour guide recommended The Esplanade Zagreb - a beautifully designed Art Deco hotel full of glamour, style, and tradition. It was built as an accommodation for the Orient Express train, which traveled between Paris and Istanbul. Many famous presidents, politicians, film stars, and musicians have stayed (and partied!) there.


I returned to my room one night and found a note on my bed. The hotel asked me if I wanted to be interviewed by Goran Milic, a Croatian journalist with Al Jezeera, who was recording a documentary for Croatian Radio Television. The documentary is about the history of the hotel (now celebrating its 95th anniversary), but also wanted to talk to out of town guests traveling in Croatia during COVID-19. Not being shy in front of the camera, I of course said "yes!" He was a facinating man to talk to, full of history, and the experience was so much fun! I hope to get a clip of the show once it airs. What a way to end my stay in Croatia!


Finally...

After much concern over whether I'd be able to get to London due to border restrictions, it ended up to be no problem at all. My flight left Zagreb around 9am on Wednesday, June 3rd going first through Frankfurt. After a short layover, it was onward to London Heathrow. Heathrow was very empty, and there were no issues getting through border control. I checked into my Airbnb by 4:30pm. It was an easy day.


I'm very happy to be here in London, but they are still in somewhat of a lockdown mode. It's been interesting to see how differently COVID-19 has been handled here compared to Croatia. In Croatia, I lived through a complete lockdown, only to see it fully re-open. Hopefully, more things will open here as the weeks and months go on.


I'll be in London through the end of September. I haven't really planned October and November yet, but I plan to explore more of the UK. It's way to early to be thinking about that - I'm just glad to be embracing my new chapter here in London. I remain forever thankful and grateful for the way the past five months turned out! 🙏


Thanks for following along! Stay safe and healthy everyone!


ACTOR // CREATIVE // VOICE TALENT


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Bob Tapper

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www.bobtapper.com

Outside US: +01 9494846275

Inside US: (949) 484-6275


  • Bob Tapper

Hello from Croatia!


Well, I had planned on telling you all about my trip to Split, followed by my trip to Dubrovnic. There would be beautiful videos of the beaches and the Adriatic Sea. I would also be showing you pictures of the new gym I joined, the new co-working space I'm working from, the interesting people I've met, and of course the wonderful food I've tasted here in Zagreb.. But we all know that didn't happen:)


Let's just say I got to know my neighborhood in Zagreb very well during the month of April! Actually, the month turned out just fine. The weather has been amazing, so being able to be outside has been a life saver. Dubrovnic, Split, and the islands off the Adriatic Sea will have to wait until another visit. But here's what I did experience:


Park Maksimir

Park Maksimir is the largest city park in Zagreb. It is over 200 years old and is about 316 acres. It's full of sunny meadows, gorgeous trees, hiking trails, and five lakes! I've spent many, many afternoons here, and it was a pretty easy walk. I'll take a blanket and do one of my hour long yoga workouts here. Take a walk through the park with me!

Sava River Walk

The Sava River isn't withing walking distance of my apartment, but I could take a short Uber ride to get there. It was a welcome change of scenery, and so beautiful!

St. Stevens Church Spire

The March 22, 2020 earthquake knocked the top spire (left) off of the Zagreb Cathedral. They wrapped the one on the right and used explosives to remove it until they are able to repair the damaged one. It was fun to see the small group gather each day to watch the progress! By mid-April, they were leveled out.

Changes in Zagreb

It was such a wonderful feeling to see things start to open last week. On April 27th, they opened all retail stores. Some buses and trams started to roll again as well, but it was actually the earthquake damage not yet cleared in the streets that prevented all transportation from opening. And...May 4th I can get a haircut! Then on May 11th, the restaurants will open, with sidewalk seating only - and social distancing in place. But it sure has been a welcome change from the darker days of late March and early April when the city was completly shut down!


Finally...

I've adjusted to things better than I thought. So many people lost the structure they had in their lives very quickly. So many people are hurting. I think the reason I've adjusted so well is that I never had any structure to begin with. I had planned on creating some structure like I did in Vienna, so my new structure had to be built around how the coronavirus affected Zagreb.


My new structure involves twice daily walks at 10am and 2pm, and daily online workouts. I also found many shows to binge watch on Netflix, and caught up on movies I had wanted to see. The best part of all was seeing the progress Croatia made in dealing with the Covid-19, and seeing things start to open!


So now comes the month of May, where a decision will have to be made. Can I - and how do I - get to London??


Thanks for following along! Stay safe and healthy everyone!


ACTOR // CREATIVE // VOICE TALENT


TAPP

Bob Tapper

tapp@bobtapper

www.bobtapper.com

Outside US: +01 9494846275

Inside US: (949) 484-6275


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