My finals are finally over and I'm currently in my 3rd Semester! Yay? Not sure if I want to graduate Uni that early because then I'll have to start thinking about future and stuff :(
After the finals I only had 4 days of break before starting the new semester. My friend Yosevine suggested we go to Croatia since we both LOVE Game of Thrones, and whaddaya know, they were filming for season 5! I asked my friend from Uni, Katerina, to come join and after an impromptu preparation we took the night bus from Munich to Split on October 2!
The bus ride from Munich to Split took about 16 hours, then we went around Split for only 3 hours or so before riding another bus to Dubrovnik for 5 hours. So in total we spent 21 hours in a bus on the first day, but once we saw the view...it was worth it.
As I've mentioned above, this post contains an overwhelming amount of photos. Sorry but I can't help to take tons of pictures. Throughout the post I'll also be featuring some of Game of Thrones filming locations and the scene they filmed there.
The old town of Split and Dubrovnik are covered with marble tiles and they glisten at night! What a wonderful sight.
Diocletian's Palace, Split
Diocletian's Palace Cellars
Once we arrived at Dubrovnik we immediately tried this croatian beer called Ožujsko and whoa they're really delicious! Like, on par or even better than German beers!
We stayed for one night in Dubrovnik at this hostel called Villa Angelina. The manager, Mathea, was super nice and friendly. She asked what we were going to see in Dubrovnik and I said, "Well, actually, we're here for the Game of Thrones filming" and then she went on and on to talk about the show! She showed us pictures of the crew filming right outside the hostel, and she introduced us to the show's extras that were on the show earlier that day, they told us about the scene they were filming and I got a little glimpse of what's gonna happen season 5!! She even told us which hotel the cast are staying. We were like, "Hm..do we go full stalker-fan mode and visit them tomorrow at the hotel?" But at the end we decided against it and went sightseeing instead.
Our apartment! :D
Before heading to breakfast we saw this people loading stuffs on the truck and I immediately thought: "Oh my gosh are they filming todayyyy??!!" But then after breakfast we checked the place again and they were already gone, I guess they're packing up the props and transporting them out of the city.
So the Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by this wall, separating it from the other parts of the city. It's like a miniature version of the Great Wall of China. After lunch we climbed up the wall surrounding the Old Town. It was exhausting but definitely worth it.
Thanks to Croatian Kuna, the prices became cheaper compared to Euro so we could afford eating out at restaurants and cafes. For lunch we ate Italian / Seafood at this restaurant called Ragusa 2. Apparently the city's name in the Croatian language is Ragusa. Below was our food, and we even got a free Vermouth as a welcome drink (which I really loved).
Gradac Park, just outside the Old Town, the venue of Purple Wedding
Dinner by the harbor at night just before our bus was about to leave for Zagreb!
The bus ride from Dubrovnik to Zagreb took 11 hours and we spent the night sleeping on the bus, like a real backpacker :p This particular picture above is The Grounded Sun, a part of an art installation in Zagreb called Nine Views, which is a model of the solar system. So all around the city you'll find the planets placed on the exact distance and size ratio from the sun, just like the solar system.
And one other cool thing about Zagreb: you get a free unlimited wifi at the city centre!
St. Mark's Cathedral with its uniquely tiled roof
One museum that caught our attention was this particular museum: Museum of Broken Relationships. I liked the concept and how the exhibits were really easy to understand because it relates to your everyday life. The museum displays common objects donated by the person who just went through broken relationships and each objects holds a story about the each person's relationships.
Dolac Market, a very lively traditional market at the city's main square
At the afternoon we rented a bike for about 1 hour and went for a little ride around the lower part of the city (Donji Grad or Lower Town).
There are lots of nice cafes and hip bars on the streets near Ban Jelacic Square, the city's main square. I like that the cafes are all rounded up in one area so you don't have to go too far if you want to hang out with friends and you can easily go cafe-hopping!.
Ban Jelačić Square