This vacation within a vacation over the last 10 days or so has been quite the experience:
It began with Daniela and I driving to Cinque Terre, Italy and spending three days soaking up the sun and splashing in the Mediterranean Sea; all while living on mainly pizza and fish 'n chips. It seemed like we had just arrived before we found ourselves driving eight long hours back to Basel, just to do laundry and try to sleep before catching a flight to Split, Croatia the next evening. There we met up with Daniela's father, sister, and cousin. Together we shared a boat ride on the Adriatic that somehow managed to include blistering heat and sun, torrential rain, numbing cold gusts of wind, massive swells, and finally a beautiful sunset over calm waters, all in less than half a day! After three nights in Split we all piled in the car again and split 😂 - this time bound for Bratislava, Slovakia. Eight hours later again we arrived at Daniela's fathers apartment and were able relax, shop, and explore local cuisine. It seemed that just as we had caught our breath we were piling into the car again, this time bound for Daniela's hometown of Lučenec, Slovakia. Here I was able to meet her grandparents from her fathers side, as well as experience the pure simplicity of life in a tiny European village nestled between the mountains. I fell in love with grandmas scrambled eggs and grandpas garden, filled with everything from the best tomatoes I've ever had, to sweet and sour currants, and ripe fuzzy peaches. We're in the car now, headed back to Bratislava. Tomorrow, after what seems like forever, Daniela and I catch a plane back to Basel. And just like that, this little vacation within a vacation comes to a close. I've had the time of my life here, and the best part is that it's still far from over.
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