Hello from Croatia!


September has been a month of changes, and all of them very welcome. I loved my time in Portugal, but being back in Croatia has been filled with memories - and some brand new experiences.


I started out in Zagreb for the first 10 days of the month. As I've mentioned before, this is where I spent the spring of 2020, just when Covid (and a major earthquake!) hit. I found the capital city much more vibrant than when I left it, and it was fun to revisit some of my favorite spots during this much happier time. The Zagreb Cathedral was standing tall (and as beautiful as ever) and the street scene and people watching was still really fun.

Zagreb to Split by Train

Since I love train rides, I decided to take a scenic and relaxing trek from Zagreb down to the coastal town of Split - at the Adriatic Sea. The trip took about four hours, and the train was quiet and comfortable. I spent the time listening to podcasts and taking in the amazing scenery!

Catamaran to Brač Island

I only had one night in Split before I hopped on a catamaran and headed to the island of Brač, and the town of Bol. There are several back and forth trips each day on the catamaran, and it takes about an hour. There are fewer trips when tourist season ends in October, so getting back to the mainland for visits will be a bit trickier. I love watching the other boats (big and small) as you cruise along. There's also a coffee and snack bar, and big screen TVs. The Adriatic Sea is so blue and clear! But...island life is now here!

The Sights of Bol

Since I'll be here until the end of October, there will be many more beautiful pictures of Bol to share. Like all the islands off the coast, the town thrives on tourism. Everyone tells me this past summer was the best since before Covid in 2019. It's truly a magical place, and I arrived just in time to see many tourists create a nice vibe. I'll be here long enough to get a good feeling for what it's like to be a local too.

Finally...

Being on a small, tranquil island is something I've never experienced. I knew that Brač Island would be a psychological change, given that my travels to date have taken me only to places with a vibrant city center. There is no city center in Bol. It's a small island town with approximately 1,000 local people. It was once a village of winemakers, fisherman, and sailors before becoming a first class tourist destination.


With no city center, there is just the boardwalk along the sea. There are lots of shops, excellent restaurants, fresh food - and boats going back and forth between the mainland and other islands.


The month of October will bring more changes, with even fewer tourists and many restaurants closing for the season. The last two weeks will be really interesting, and possibly challenging - with more time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. That is how I'm looking at this time in my life....and soon getting ready for my next move to Dubrovnik (back on the mainland) on November 1st.


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Hello from Croatia!


Yes, I've left Portugal and now back in Croatia. I can't believe I was in Portugal for 10 months! That was so unexpected, but I'm not complaining since I loved it there and plan to return next year. There were so many wonderful memories. I'm not sure I could list them all or even pick a favorite.


But here is how I finished up the month of August in Lisbon:


Castelo de São Jorge

For the best views of Lisbon, this castle (dedicated to Saint George, the patron Saint of England) is the place to go! It's probably the top tourist attraction in the city. The castle was established in 200bc by the Romans, but restored in the 1940s. So while it's not exactly historically accurate, there is much to be learned and experienced by being here. I couldn't have chosen a better day to visit.

David from the UK

I've always liked comedy, and getting out of my comfort zone and trying my hand at it was scary, but quite fun. David is an improv friend of mine (and good sport) and nice enough to go along with my obnoxious behavior and find the humor in it!

Improv in the Park

A friend of mine in Lisbon has a Meetup group that gathers monthly for various, fun activities and events. He knew I loved improv, so he asked me to teach a three-week (one evening per week) class during August. Now, I've taken many improv classes, but never taught one before. He thought I'd be good at it, so I decided to abandoned my fear of having no experience and jump right in.


I thought about all the fun exercises and scene work we did in my improv classes in California and also Vienna and put together a program. Everyone seemed to enjoy it - and I really had a great time. If the class is laughing, you know you've done well. And we did laugh a lot! 🤣


Teaching improv classes in the park (Parque Eduardo VII) in Lisbon during August 2021 is something I'll never forget!

Finally...

Last time I was in Zagreb, Croatia was just before Covid hit. I remember barely making it here before the borders closed down in mid-March 2020. A week later I experienced the scariest earthquake I've ever felt.


Fast forward 1 1/2 years and the city is bustling with people (many tourists) and businesses are open and doing well. I've been told this past summer was just like pre-pandemic.


I'm only in Zagreb for 10 days before heading to Brač Island in the Adriatic Sea, in Split, Croatia. I'm taking a six-hour train ride and I can't wait to see the country by rail.


I'm always remembering how grateful I am for living my life of travel. As Year Two comes to a close, spending it on this island should be a beautiful and peaceful way to celebrate it.


The Adriatic Sea is supposed to be clear, warm, and very inviting. Swimming, snorkeling, paddleboarding are all in the mix - not to mention exploring the island (and surrounding islands.) I can't wait to experience life on an island, and I'm excited to be able to share it with you!


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Hello from Lisbon!


It was time to say goodbye to Porto for now, and return to Lisbon for the month of August. I'll miss the history, architecture, and ambiance of my friendly Selina co-working space, my daily workouts at Fitness Hut gym, and the awesome neighborhood and Airbnb I've lived in for the past few months. It will be sad to see this adventure pass, but it's time.


However, this newsletter covers the month of July, so here's how I finished up my three month stay in Porto!


Cruising the River Douro and Wine Tasting!

You've seen some pictures of the Douro River in past newsletters. I loved walking along the boardwalk at different times of the day and night - watching the boats cruise around. When I first saw the river (and the magnificent bridges that cross it), I knew a "golden hour" cruise had to be on the agenda.


I found a wine tasting cruise (from 7:00pm to 8:30pm) that sounded like a wonderful way to spend a nice, summer July evening. A local wine producer hosted the Wine Tasting Thursday cruise, so we sampled four different wines from the Douro Valley as we took in the sights of the city from the water. The wines were really good, but taking pictures and video as the sun was setting was just as important to me. What a beautiful, unforgettable evening this was!

Porto Bridge Climb

I certainly like a bit of adventure every now and then, so I decided to hike up to the top of the Arrábida Bridge with the Porto Bridge Climb folks! The climb was 262 steps, or 65 meters (so glad I go to the gym!) but it wasn't dangerous. The bridge is very wide and you are harnessed and tethered to a railing as you climb. I guess this is necessary to prevent someone maybe crazy or drunk that may try to jump off!?! Scary thought. But the night time view of the city was magical to say the least. We celebrated with wine poured into a small, edible chocolate cup - yum! The climb was well worth it!

The Big Yellow Bus Tour

Most every European city (and the UK) has the Yellow Bus "hop on/hop off" bus tours. Even though it's a very touristy thing to do, it's a really great way to get to know an unfamiliar city. So one day I decided to hop on and just sit for the whole 1 1/2 hour ride. It was a glorious day with bright blue skies and lots of sunshine. You can enjoy the video below as if you were sitting on the bus!

Finally...

Being back in Lisbon is a bit strange since I've already lived here for six months. However, I'm anxious to meet up with my filmmaker's group - and hopefully get involved in a project or two.


When I was here earlier in the year, Lisbon folks told me Porto was "different" - and it was. Everyone in Portugal has been friendly to me, but I'm told the people in Porto are a bit more approachable and easy-going than those living in the larger "capital city" of Lisbon. I found that to be true. Also, given the way the city is laid out, finding good restaurants was easier - and I thought the food was more innovative, creative, tasty, and less expensive.


As for my travels beyond August...well, it's back to Croatia! This time, I'm staying on an island! So, stay tuned for that...


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Bob Tapper

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