Can I Stay in Croatia?

Sunset in Croatia

Sunset in Croatia

If I had a heart, I think I could fall in love.

Not with a person. No, that would be uncharacteristic of me.

Not with a thing – although I really really like my job, rap, and my books.

I might have fallen in “love” with the beaches in Croatia.

The water is turquoise, clear, and cool.

I might not know how to swim. Honestly, I don’t know how to swim, but that’s not important here at the Sol Stella resort’s lagoon. So yes, I might not appreciate all that the water has to offer. Yet, I appreciate it’s coolnees, its clearness, and its ability to relax me.

The clear Croatian water

The clear Croatian water

Croatia’s beaches are “culturally advanced” in that toplessness is normal. For me, learning to adapt was scarcely problematic.

I just sat out in the resort’s lagoon, floating relaxingly on my green tube. I just floated, happily thinking the work I didn’t have to do; the telephone calls I didn’t have to answer, the emails I didn’t have to read, the problems that I didn’t have to solve, and all the questions I didn’t have to answer.

Several feet down below me, I could see the floor of the lagoon. There was no murky water; no empty bottles; the floor of the lagoon was as clean as the water was clear. Instead of debris, there were smooth rocks and little white-tipped plants growing below water.

Life was (is) good.

I was relaxed because I was happy. I was happy because I was relaxed. I know, it’s circular reasoning, but it’s the best way I can describe my current state of bliss.

On the beach, with my Heineken in my hand, I saw the blue water lapping up against the shore, the beautiful ladies tanning on the beach, the clear skies overhead, and the breeze blowing along the coast.

How could I not be happy? How could I not finally appreciate my vacation?

Now that I only have a week left in Europe, I am trying to savor each moment. Even the minutes spent driving down the road are treasured. The view of the red-tiled houses built up against the hillsides, the cliffs overhanging the water, and the long round tunnels; all these make me content.

Red-tiled homes dot the hillsides

Red-tiled homes dot the hillsides

Early tomorrow morning, I’m going to leave the Sol Stella resort and head back to Italy for the next 5-days. I’m sure that I will also enjoy Italy, but right now, I don’t want to leave Croatia.

Can’t I just stay here?

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