Travel does not set rules. It sets you into a trance mood. I have had people asking me for the last three months how have I made time to travel, write, and read in synchronisation with my work life. The answer is easy. Love and passion for travel and writing, and most of all priority. I make work priority when I have deadlines to meet and project focus on certain activities, other tasks are planned. I utilise my weekends fully, I sometimes work extra hours on the week days from Tuesday to Thursday which gives me flexibility over Monday and Friday, I can leave early and come late. Also I plan my travel by road during the night to save up on travelling time so that the it gives me ample of time to be in the location destined. Also the myth that you need to leave your job to travel the world, does not work for me, I have found a very good if not perfect balance between my work life and leisure life. I adhere to certain decisions I make and believe in the power of dreams and faith, so it works big time. In the last 18 months I have travelled to over 14 exotic locations, which need time and lots of patience to explore. Not only the city life, nature and treks, but even experienced the culture. 7 countries covered so far and more planned give me happiness that with a decent corporate job that I surely like, fulfilling dreams is not a cakewalk but a journey to behold. Croatia became a beautiful milestone in that journey, it will be special, because as soon as I came back from this pristine country, the date I get hitched to my love Kris was announced. Very special!
Coming back to Croatia, I have three words, blue, azul and pristine. Blue is the colour for Croatia, the waters of the Adriatic Sea make Croatia a stunner. A pristine and natural location with crystal clear waters, dense forests, lush green meadows, colourful and myriad houses, an astonishing countryside and deep gorges in the young fold mountains. Anyone will fall in love at the first sight. My journey started from Stuttgart with Trupti, Sanjay, Rohan and Rohish organized by Eureka trips. We started on Friday night to wake up to a beautiful and marvellous countryside of Croatia on Saturday morning. First destination arrived much before time, Plitvice Lake National Park, a UNESCO heritage site, and the crown of Croatia. We exchanged some Euro for Kuna, the currency in Croatia, and felt so rich, 1 Euro is equal to 7 Kunas, not a bad deal. This park is natural and is a home to such a variety of species, aquamarine life thrives in the blue, chilly and pleasant waters of the Plitvice lake. This water against your feet is no less than a Thai spa taken at an expensive urbane salon. We walked 8km for the whole day inside the park through caves and gorges, through little cascades and gigantic waterfalls, through different hues and shades of blue, through the fresh greenery that made the water feel so relaxing, it was no more less than a trek through this national park, along the mountains, in between the valley and from above the waterfall, limestone rocks and young fold mountains, welcoming you, water everywhere at each view, a glimpse of a different shade, not a dearth of filthiness or dirt, air fresh as the smell of a blooming flower, lavenders across, frogs croaking and ducks quacking, a serene forest life at its best. I found my spot pretty early and did spend a good 2 hours
pondering over just nothing and doing nothing. Observing the fishes was my favourite pastime for the whole day. They were tiny, cute and some were so nano. I wanted to dive in this water, I felt it was calling me, but that was forbidden in the park, even the dragonflies on the light green leaves felt as if I was walking through the shows of National Geographic and Discovery channel, everything that I saw on TV as a child came to life in the national park. My friends and me had some ice cream on our journey, before taking a boat ride on the lake and it was yummy chocobar for the treat. Pictures were being clicked at every nook and corner, as everything seemed special and incredible. More than selfies we clicked nature, my photography skills have bettered a lot with this journey, there was lot of trial and error.
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