After almost 5 years of not having to do business travel, this year will be quite different. In addition to the routine work trip to Bucharest, I’m glad that I’ve finally visited a new country AND learning new part of the business.
Recently I went to Croatia twice in the period of 4 weeks. The first trip was to Zagreb and stayed for 3 days to close an Audit. That means I didn’t get to see the city much except trying out some local food in the city centre. So it’s quite uneventful.
For my second trip, I had to travel 2 hours by car to a small town named Virovitica. The town is quite near to the Hungarian border, in the middle of no where. The “hotel” is an old castle, 10 mins drive from office and only serve breakfast. Luckily we had a rented car which means we were able to spend weekend in other parts of the country.
We managed to spend the weekend in Plitviče Lakes National Park, known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. The park was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. It was an amazing site and due to ‘winter’ timing, we only managed to visit part of the lakes.
There’s lots of walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water, and an electric boat links the 12 upper and 4 lower lakes. There’s also bus service that brings you to different parts of the lakes if you’re not keen to hike.
Besides the National Parks, Croatia is also famous for it’s Adriatic coasts and not forgetting Dubrovnik (GoT – Kings Landing). A few locals recommended a road trip along the coast to enjoy the beach and lagoons.
I will definitely go back with David to discover the country.