So, here I am back in Zagreb, after a few weeks of heavy traveling through Kvarner and Istria. My discoveries have been wide and varied.
I saw shepherds living in half-abandoned villages at over 900 metres above sea level in Učka Nature Park, making sheep cheese – at under an hour away from one of Croatia’s largest cities!
I ate a four-hour meal in a converted olive mill (Toklarija in Sovinjsko Polje near Buzet; call ahead at 385-052-663-031) on top of an Istrian hill, where every bite tasted near-divine – a ‘slow food’ ritual par excellence.
I stood on mysterious stone circles on a clearing in a forest near the town of Bale where your voice resonates as if in a vacuum – a potent echo I could not explain rationally for the life of me!
I visited an eco-art center in the wild near Bale, run by a shaman who traveled the world barefoot and now lives in this quiet retreat running workshops on happiness, laughter and permaculture.
I stopped by Eco Centre Caput Insulae in Beli, a hilltop village on Cres island, where endangered Eurasian griffon vultures are nursed to recovery.
And these are just some of the many experiences I collected along the way…