Oh, Split. *Insert all of the heart-eye emojis here.*
Beachfront living has provided some of my favorite experiences of the year so far, but also some of the biggest challenges– from staying motivated to balancing work and visitors to keeping myself healthy.
Despite the challenges, Split, and Croatia in general, has been an incredible place to spend a month. And, as always, I learned a lot about this part of the world and myself throughout my time here:
- One of my favorite experiences of the month was getting more involved with Remote Year’s Positive Impact initiatives. We held a fundraiser at our coworking space to raise money for cooking meals for the homeless in Split, volunteered with a local dog shelter and continued an existing project helping to design and create a website for a non-profit in Lisbon, called Projeto La Tinha, that works with under-served youth to create their own cameras from recycled items and teach them about photography and art.
- Another highlight of the month was having friends and family visit! They were my first visitors of the year and it was great to introduce them to my tramily (travel family) and show them around my home for the month.
- With so many visitors and so much to do, I definitely took advantage of my afternoon work schedule by making the most of my morning free time (one of my personal goals!) I hiked a mountain to an abandoned fortress one Wednesday morning, went for countless walks and swims, explored Old Split and even went cliff jumping, (sorry, Mom!) before signing on at noon to start my work day.
- Despite all that morning activity, I learned that I am still very much not a morning person.
- The fact that the beach is close enough to take a swim break (or two, or three) during the day is one of the biggest perks of staying in the Znjan Beach area in Split.
- The downside of this area, however, is the lack of food options. I definitely struggled with eating healthy foods this month (what even is a vegetable), as well as keeping up with an exercise routine due to the heat wave we experienced. I could tell I wasn’t taking care of myself very well when I came down with a lingering summer cold mid-month.
- When I say it was hot, I mean it. Average temperatures hovered at 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for most of the month and I was sweatier than I’ve ever been in my life.
- Despite the heat, the Croatian coast is an absolutely beautiful area to explore and filled with wonderful people. Below are some of my favorite spots– I highly recommend a visit to check them out yourself!