Sun, May 12, 2013
Today is my birthday and I'm pretty sick.
I've got a sore throat and I am aching all over.
My buddy Shawn is flying into Zagreb, Croatia
today from California and so I must go meet him.
Barely alive, I land in Zagreb and find my
friend drinking an espresso at the cafe just
outside the baggage claim. He's Europeanized
already. I haven't seen Shawn in almost a year
and it always feels like it's been forever.
We hung out all the time in school but for
four of the last five years, I've been living abroad.
I've never been to Croatia before but fortunately
because of online poker I have some international
friends I have never met face to face. Dace is one
Although he warned me in advance that Zagreb
is just a standard functioning Eastern European
city, having someone show you around the city
is always a great way to start the trip.
We walk over to a street full of cafes, bars, and restaurants
and have a drink + a shot of Rakija, a Croatian
liquor. Dace's favorite topic of the day pointing
out combinations Croatians have to make money.
Croatians make on average $500 usd/month and
so the other unorthodox methods they use, such
as buying and selling parts, selling drugs, etc., are
It's getting to be almost dinner time so we head
over to this big park where there's a restaurant that
serves some food I won't be finding on the west side
We had two kinds of cheeses, I think they were croatian,
one of them was pretty salty. Spanish ham, and a salami,
a croatian specialty. It seems like every Eastern European
country has their own recipe for the "best salami" and it
tastes awesome everywhere. Conclusion, salami is awesome.
ćevapi, these little breakfast sausage looking things
but tastes much meatier...maybe porkier. These little
bad boys will shorten your life span, which means you
have to eat it at least a couple times before deciding
if the taste is worth part of your life.
You rip pieces of oven baked crispy bread and get
some sausage + onion + cheese. That cheese in the
middle I think is Serbian; it tastes milky and melts
after a second or two of applied meat heat. Awesome.
Shawn stuffed his bread like a burger/sandwich.
Dace and his friend were noticeably amused by the
first American-Croatian sandwich that was just brought
into this world.
I'm aching and my throat is sore so we're calling it
a night. Tomorrow we start on our road trip to