Down Days Are Important When Traveling

Even though I put in a decent day of work, it was a really relaxed and lazy day here in Dobrota. The day got chillier as it progressed, so I just kept adding layers. My host showed up late morning with a bowl of some sort of warm fruit compote (possibly pear) that was really lovely. Just as I was ready to quit for the day with only about 30 minutes of work left as I was starting to get chilled, she showed up with another pot of coffee for me, and then a bowl of plums! I can’t believe how lovely and generous she is.

I was done by 3:30 and promptly went out in search of the food store to get some stuff for dinner and breakfast tomorrow. The store was a lot closer than I expected it to be.

I cannot get over the fact that as long as the person is speaking clearly, I can understand prices when they are said to me. It’s just a small thing but feels like a linguistic victory. Numbers in Serbo-Croatian are almost identical to Bulgarian, but have fewer syllables, so that’s why I’m making such good progress with them. As an example, my total today was 5.43Eur. Forty-three is literally “fourten and three” in Bulgarian and “forten three” in Serbo-Croatian (the word “four” is long in both languages and is abridged slightly in Serbo-Croatian in this context).

When I got in, I put on a movie and enjoyed the heat in my room for a bit before catching up on some very neglected bookkeeping and figuring out how I’m getting to Skopje for my flight (hint: looks like I’m going through Albania and Kosovo!). Can you believe I’ll be landing in Barcelona this time next week?!

I have work for tomorrow, so it’ll be a similar day. I have to say that if it wasn’t raining, I’d be chomping at the bit to do more exploration, so this weather is a blessing in disguise. When you’re traveling long-term, you have to treat the experience like a marathon, not a sprint, and make sure you take care of yourself and have regular down days to recharge your batteries. I’m going to be on the go pretty solidly for the next two weeks as I make my way to AlmerĂ­a so, really, I’m happy to just have a couple of grey days on the Adriatic getting spoiled! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Down Days Are Important When Traveling

  1. What a nice landlady, knows just what’ll hit the spot.
    I’m glad you’re enjoying your new digs. Sounds like you have a working office too.
    Hope you stay warm & yes numero uno is very important.

    • Yay, I can go to bed now! Was waiting for you to comment on the post as that would tell me you’d landed safely. 😉

      She is a lovely hostess, isn’t she?!

      The office isn’t bad. It was colder than I expected, but the chair and table were at the perfect height, which was rather surprising.

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