Friday, 16 August 2013

EuroQuest: Day 2 - Zagreb

Hi everyone! So onto day two! We got up pretty early (or at least by my standards) because we were going SEGWAYING!!
Clearly I hadn't planned my outfit well - green top, green helmet & pink hair!!
We first got breakfast from this cute little bakery place near our hostel and ended up eating our pastries in the shade of a statue in the main square before embarking on our journey to the segways. We had to go to this really fancy hotel to get the segways and it was so pretty with a fountain near by. We split into two groups as there wasn't enough segways for us all to use and I was in the first group. So we went up to the terrace of this hotel and the guy was really nice and gave us a little demonstration and then once we were all happy with the basic controls we went off!

On the terrace practicing 
It was basically a tour around Zagreb on segways! We were on the pavements, which he assured us was legal there (it isn't in England) although not many people seemed to understand that as we got a few angry word thrown in our direction as we went along. We then stopped in one of the many parks and he took us off beginner mode. This basically meant it was easier to steer and we could go faster - much to Saras delight!

After about an hour we went back to the hotel to swap with the other group and we were let off to explore the area. We didn't really do much exploring but we did however find a new flavour of capri sun: Mystic dragon! I think it was some sort of dragon fruit concoction but it tasted really nice!

After the other group had finished we had lunch and had a little rest in one of the parks we had segwayed through before deciding to head over to the zoo.

An actual Zebra crossing!
We didn't actually go into the zoo as it was quite expensive and none of us were particular bothered about going in so we were let loose in the huge gardens next to the zoo in our groups of 5. However, we basically sat in a place called the Palladium of Echos for two hours and talked, where we found out we all basically spent too much time on the internet!

We had to meet back at the cafe afterwards where we performed our beloved pony song where 2 waiters (who didn't have a clue what we were doing) joined in and added some... interesting dance moves (!) rather than copying what we were doing!

Walking to the top
We headed back into the center and went to find the funicular railway which to our dismay was out of service meaning we had to walk all the way to the top! But it was definitely worth it! There were so many hand made craft stalls up there and the views across Zagreb were amazing. I really liked some tables that belonged to the bar which were covered in maps. They looked like something you would normally find on pinterest!

Market stalls

Cute table covers
The builiding in the old part of the town were also so beautiful. When I first saw the roof tops I honestly thought they were knitted?! They of course weren't - but they were so well made and everything was so clean compared to England which we decided was due to the lack of cars as there were so many trams you just didn't need a car.

Pretty roof tiles
View over Zagreb
On the way to the restaurant for dinner we went into to this adorable handmade shop that the other group had discovered the day before and it was amazing. I ended up buying a candle that looked like a glass of beer but there was so much cute stuff in there I wish I could have bought more!

Then came one of the most eventful nights of the whole trip. The night we were serenaded by drunk Spanish boys. At least, we think they were Spanish - the couple of us that took Spanish could pick out a couple of words but I'm not sure how accurate we were (although I believe Emii did get and A*/A for GCSE). Anyways, they basically kept knocking on our door asking us to let them in and then they started singing some random English songs to us. Eventually they left but I don't think they realised our age (these suspicions were confirmed when we were met with their guilty faces in the morning)

If you want to see more I filmed a bit of what we were doing so you can check that out here:
The video is a montage of several clips and pictures throughout the time we spent in Zagreb as apposed to these blog posts which a split by day.


I hope you enjoyed reading this and feel free to leave any comments!