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Zagreb

From Crowns to Kunas.

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Not enough sleep last night - a late night and an early morning - 5.15am! We were ready this morning with our bags packed at 6.30am, hopped in our taxi and headed to the airport for our flight to Vienna and then to Zagreb. Prague at this time of day is pretty quiet so we made it out to the airport in good time.
Our flight to Vienna was delayed so the time that we had to make our connection was reduced somewhat. That was a stressful time as we had to get new boarding passes printed, go through Security and Passport Control a second time. We got there with a few minutes to spare.
As we came through the doors at Zagreb Airport the first person we saw was a guy holding up a "Gibson" sign. Yes! Now that was better than our arrival at Istanbul. We were taken in a van to our hotel in Zagreb - all very smooth and efficient.
Zagreb's population is around 800,000. We went for a walk up in to the main part of town - bought two huge salad rolls and bottles of water for $6 AUD in total - ridiculous. Croatia's currency is Kuna - there are roughly 6 Kunas to $1 AUD.
We walked back to our hotel and while we were looking for a Convenience Store we found a small ladies hairdressing salon just around the corner from where we're staying. Half way through our trip I'm in need of a haircut, so we went in to say hello and see if I could make an appointment. There were 3 mature ladies in the salon and no-one spoke any English. I sort of got the message across by yanking my hair and the hairdresser pointed to my watch to let me know when to come back. She wrote down the cost on a bit of paper, and away we went with instructions to come back in an hour. Once back in our hotel room Red found an App that translated English into Croatian. I told him what I wanted to say, he typed it in and voila - out came the Croatian translation. I took a photo of the Tablet page and went back to the hairdresser. She read it and then said "Okay". So after hand gestures, smiles, nods and a final shake of hands I left 30 minutes later after having a shampoo, cut and blow-wave. She did a good job!
It's been really nice tonight to just order dinner in our room and have a bit of a chill-out. Tomorrow we have a free day in Zagreb, and the day after is the start of our 8 Day Croatian Tour. Once again we're asking ourselves how big will the tour be and will we have a group that travels well together? We were spoilt with the Turkey Tour, please let's have another group like that!
Beautiful garden in Zagreb.

Beautiful garden in Zagreb.

A lovely park we found on a walk through Zagreb.

A lovely park we found on a walk through Zagreb.

Posted by Gibbo54 08:17 Archived in Croatia

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