Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Our Trip to Zagreb 3/3: Eat, Coffee, Love

It's been more than a week since our trip and scrolling through the roll, I decided to share some highlights with you after Amadea asked: Will you do a similar post about our trip as you did last year?? :D Well, our trips are literally 80% coffee and 20% everything else. In Budapest, it was so cold, that we literally wandered from 1 coffee shop to another. It wasn't as cold in Zagreb but we did that anyway. But TBH, this time we even went to some other-than-coffee shops, too. What I liked the most about our trip was being careless. I literally learned how to enjoy the moment there; of course, I did a snap or two so I can report back to you now, but other than that... I ate well, I slept well, I partied even better. And that's the beauty of these little getaways. They are so rare. You learn to appreciate those moments after I-don't-know-how-many months of work, stress, routine, even. What's the next destination, girls? <3

Where else:D

0,75l of beer for Sanja :p

I don't usually like burgers but THIS one. Oh, this one!

Til next time, 


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Our Trip to Zagreb 2/3: Tour de Zagreb with Swanky Travel (Museum of Illusions, Museum of Torture,...)

Even before Iva from Swanky travel picked us up for our walking tour, I knew that that particular Sunday afternoon is going to be bomb dot com. The sun was shining, people (including us) were a bit hungover but happy due to dancing and laughing (and traces of gin) from the night before. We were sippin' coffee on the Swanky Monkey Garden terrace (click here for the post) and not giving a damn about the fact that our weekend is coming to an end. We did not even finish the coffees when Iva was suddenly standing in front of us all bubbly and ready for the trip. Her good mood was infectious and soon we formed a little chatty group wandering through Zagreb, amused. See, the fact is, that all those city tours give us all sorts of negative associations. Museums and churches. Duh. Boring. In primary school, now and forever. Well, not this time. Ivas' last name could be MythBuster because she smashed all the myths about those boring city tours when the only highlight of the day is McDonald's at the end. Let me tell you, that after the Museum of Torture even I could not finish a McFlurry (I am an MCD ice cream queen, obvo). I also already told you on Instagram (@ sindiana.jones) that the horse of Ban Josip Jelačić was named Emir but what I did not tell you is that because of that little trick I remembered EVERYTHING about that mighty statue (did you know that Ban and Banovina can't be translated no matter how hard you try? It is not monarch, it is not knez, it is not car, it is and will stay Ban and Banovina). We also walked through an underground tunnel (Tunel Grič) where rave concerts were raving during the war. If you listened closely...well, you heard nothing but the acoustics in that place was damn fine if you uttered a word in that spot. Oh, and check out the Facebook page of Grički Top. And its last 10 status updates. You are welcome.

The statue of Ban Josip Jelačić (this statue was first removed due to political reasons, then brought back; now he is pointing in another direction; to the "future")

St. Marks' Church (the animal on the left is actually Kuna-Kuna is the Croatian currency)

Tunel Grič

Underground marketplace

Museum of Torture

Museum of Torture

Museum of Torture

Before/After renovation

Before/After renovation

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you ever visited Zagreb and what did you like the most!:)

Should you wish to book Swanky Travel for a walking tour or an adventure created individually for you (do you fancy some scavenger hunts, maybe? Are you coming with the boys/girls for the weekend without any plans?), you can contact them on Instagram (@ swanky_travel) 

See you soon in the next post:  Zagreb part 3/3!

Hugs and kisses,


Monday, 12 February 2018

Our Trip to Zagreb 1/3: 10 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Hostel Swanky Mint

I already story-bombed you on Instagram (you can find me @ sindiana.jones) about my weekend but sum-up travel posts are my absolute favorite thing to jot down! Me and my two best friends went on our traditional road trip and this time the destination was Zagreb (last year it was Budapest, you can find the post here). We stayed at Hostel Swanky Mint in the center of Zagreb and here are my 10 reasons why you should definitely book Hostel Swanky Mint when in Zagreb:

1. It is the nr. 1 hostel in Croatia by Hostelworld and TripAdvisor
2. It was actually an old dry cleaning and textile dye factory back in the 19th Century and the place is themed that way! How cool is that?
3. Right next to Hostel Swanky Mint is Swanky Monkey Garden bar&terrace overlooking the beautiful city. It feels like a little green escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
4. It has a p o o l (which is the main reason I am coming back this Summer! Judging by the pictures, the pool parties must be amazing)
 5. Free Wi-fi & Netflix (and chill)! Need I say more?
6. Helpful and genuinely kind staff. You know that kind of staff that is actually nice but just because they learned to be that way? And then you meet Swanky staff, people with the biggest smile who you can joke&laugh with (they instantly make your day brighter at breakfast already)
7. Let's talk about the Swanky breakfast. The waffles and the fruit orgy jam! <3 #NOREGRETS
8. Swanky Monkey Bar has the parties at night time. The barmen really know their stuff. You will order a classic drink, they will do it with a twist and what's more, you will love it (@lipnikfilip made me something-something out of gin and kiwi and it is currently my nr.1 drink!)
9. Swanky Travel-it is part of the Hostel Swanky Mint. You will not regret booking a tour with them since Iva does her job wholeheartedly. What's more, they can arrange a totally unique tour just for you! Are you coming with your bridesmaids for the weekend? Are you the adventurous type? You are not a fan of museums and churches but still want to explore Zagreb and maybe find the place where rave parties were raving underground during the war? Iva is the answer.
10. Vibe. I was thinking a lot about the last one and I can't put it in words. You have to be there to experience that and once you go, it will be your little place place in the heart of Zagreb.

Double bed private room called Šnajderaj 

Shower humour

Netflix n chill

Hope you enjoyed part 1 of the journey; in the next two posts you will join me and the girls on a ride (walk) with Swanky Travel and in the third one you will spend an afternoon in Zagreb with us!:)

Should you wish to contact/book Hostel Swanky Mint:

Booking: click here
Facebook: click here
Instagram: @ hostelswankymint, @ swanky_monkey_garden, @ swanky_travel 


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