19.06.2011 - 19.06.2011 17 °C
We did pretty much nothing this day and it felt fantastic! We woke up late and put a load of laundry in the machine (for free!) almost right away. We had our crappy cereal and instant coffee for breakfast and spent the morning on our extremely comfy bed, waiting for the machine to stop. At 1200, two hours after we put it in it was still washing and we started looking for the Croatian word for spin. The machine had about 20 different options for washing and none of them made sense! I started turning the dial and eventually found the spin cycle. When it was finished we hung our still pretty wet clothes outside to dry.
As soon as we could we headed out. We started with looking for tram tickets, which seems to be a national sport here in Zagreb (yes i realize Zagreb is not a nation,) they are never for sale where they should be. We walked three kilometers before we found some and then realized that I had forgot my camera in the room. We took the tram back, picked it up and started over again. Eventually we made it to the bus station and bought our tickets for the next morning. While we were there the scent of delicious food wafted up our noses and we ate our first slice of borek. Super delicious, definitely trying to make it when I get home.
We headed to the botanical gardens we’d read about, which were very small and somewhat disappointing. We walked to the city center, which wasn’t all that far, Zagreb is very small. We had coffee (me) and beer (Shane) in one of the numerous cafes filling the squares, watching the sleepy town saunter by us. On our way back we stopped at a grocery store. Not any grocery store however, the most similar store to a walmart we’ve seen thus far. We bought some new wash clothes (getting hung up on the fact they charged us 4.5 kunas instead of the advertised 3.5 kunas, a difference of 15 eurocents! (which only matters when you see it!) Thank goodness we did buy them however, our washcloths from home were two months old and smelling like mold!
As soon as we got home we skyped our dads to wish them a happy fathers day, which was a wonderful way to spend two hours. We went to a sandwich stand and had awesome sandwiches. Shane’s was called a Zagreb steak which is a pork cutlet stuffed with cheese and ham, breaded and fried. They stuck it on a bun and loaded it with ‘tartar’ sauce, which is actually mayonnaise, wine and garlic. AWESOME! We ended the night with a beer on a patio, on a sidewalk, on a busy road. And to top off our wonderful evening we were serenaded with the sounds of two teenagers making out hardcore right beside us on the tram...for ten whole minutes.