What a day yesterday! We walked and walked and walked. My legs are so sore today, but it was all worth it. The Plitvice waterfalls were absolutely gorgeous. Although we didn’t make it to the most impressive ones, since that was a much longer trail and it was 37°C … we had to be reasonable and stick to the shorter route (which did take us half a day).
I wore my step counter and we got to over 18000! Wow! This is my personal record. It equals about 14 kilometers. If the temperature had been lower, I’m sure we could have done more than that.
We’re still at our little B&B in Plitvice right now and we’re ready to pack and leave for Stara Novalja, where we’ll be spending the rest of our vacation. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for sunny weather, because the forecast didn’t seem so good from what I last saw. We’ll see!
Today we drove through 4 countries: Germany, Austria, Slovenia and our actual destination: Croatia. We arrived at Plitvice in the late afternoon and will be visiting the supposedly breath taking waterfalls tomorrow. I’m so excited! If it’s as pretty as most travel websites say, we’re in for a treat. So far, the weather has been amazing and the views are definitely beautiful.
It’s 10PM now and we’re dead tired, so I think I’m just gonna take a shower and get some much needed sleep.
The house is one big chaos right now. Yet again. This time it’s cluttered with bags and suitcases all over the place, as we’re leaving tomorrow morning for our road trip to Croatia. We’ll be celebrating our second wedding anniversary there on Friday! 💕💍
You probably noticed that the website has a brand new layout. I chose this one specifically because my blog is so visual, I wanted my photos to be as large as possible. Just in the nick of time before we leave so I can post my holiday pictures in full quality. 😋 More news from me as soon as I find a wifi connection abroad!
Lovely Sunday we had yesterday! Our local castle was open to visit. Or I should specify: the whole area around it, which is usually a closed private property. The main attraction was actually the old castle’s farm. They’re apparently trying to raise funds to restore the whole thing. Gert’s family (like 2 generations ago) used to live there. We like to say they’re from the castle, but they’re really from the castle’s farm. Haha! Close enough :-)
I should probably watch the news tonight and see if I can catch myself taking this picture lol
First things first, a quick update since my last health-related post: all the results came back clear, which is a big relief. Although, in a way, I almost wish they had found a little something that could have explained why we lost Sam just a few days shy of his due date. So that maybe if we could fix it now, I would know for sure that it won’t be a problem again in the future. But since nothing was found, it basically confirms that what happened was plain bad luck. It couldn’t have been prevented, and no one can prevent it from happening again. So, a new pregnancy will be like taking a leap of faith and hoping for the best.
Anyway, after that was all done and behind us, we left home to spend the weekend in the South of Belgium, a couple of kilometres away from the French border. It was organized by Gert’s band. Their main purpose was to practice new songs the entire weekend. I honestly hadn’t planned to go, but then Gert convinced me and I ended up agreeing at the last minute. I hadn’t seen any of them since losing Sam, and I was dreading it.
(Warning: lots of pictures ahead)
Wolf wasn’t quite sure what to think of his car seat. It was his first time in it.
About two hours later, we arrived to this pretty awesome room:
It had its own bathroom and separate toilet. Really nice!
There was plenty of space for Wolfie to have his own little corner …
lol He looks so proud! With his own mirror and everything :-)
Setup approved ☺︎
I’m not going to post pictures of people who were present. Because even though they’d probably be cool with it, we’re not THAT close, so I wasn’t planning to ask everyone individually. There were 14 of us total. Good thing the house was huge! It had something like 8 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, and a total of 3 floors with a fitness area, two kitchens, two living rooms, and a gaming room. It definitely didn’t feel crowded.
People obviously felt awkward around me, and the topic of Sam was completely avoided, even though it was clearly the elephant in the room. Only one guy brought it up when I arrived and told me how saddened he was by what happened, but he had had one beer too many, and so that quickly fell flat :-/ I couldn’t stop thinking about Sam and the alternate reality that would be unfolding there if he was with us. We had said a few times that the next weekend away with the band would be spent together with him. So the fact that it turned out to be pretty much the exact same weekend as before I was pregnant, REALLY sucked. I felt like crap, and I doubt I was a pleasant company to anyone. I almost randomly started crying during two dinners, and I felt completely detached from most of the conversations that were taking place. I like to think that I’ve overcome most of it by now, but there’s definitely something broken in me that will never be fixed.
Anyway, 90% of everyone’s time was spent practicing new songs. So I was kind of on my own most of the time anyway. I had hoped for a decent wifi connection to keep me busy, but alas, it was quite weak and miserable. Which basically meant I had to keep myself busy like in the good old days. My first plan was to go hiking with Wolf …
The weather was sunny and seemed nice enough. I took a few pictures around the house, and as I got far enough to see the entire property, I realized how big a farm it’s actually part of. It was cold as f*ck though! The wind was freezing and it was so unpleasant to walk. Wolf’s nose started dripping and his eyes were all teary. That’s when I decided it wasn’t worth risking him to get sick, and headed back inside.
Can you believe this is only the upper floor where our room was? So much space!
^^ The cute entry to our bedroom
I tried out the gym, out of utter desperation.
My little workout buddy ♥︎
I’m so untoned, it’s not even funny.
Ready for a shower, but a puppy hug first ♥︎
So, a couple of days later, it was time to go home!
He was dead tired! I’m not even sure of what, because he basically slept for 3 days straight lol Laziest dog ever.
I’m back home now with the worst cold. Figures! Half the people were sick, and of course, when you put 14 people in one house with half of them coughing and sneezing all over the place, they are bound to infect the healthy half. Pffft. It really sucks. My throat hurts so bad right now, I can hardly swallow or talk. *sigh* Wish me a quick recovery! I hate feeling like this :-(