My main resolution for this year has been to step out of my comfort zone and try out new things. It was mid-summer, I was lying in my bed realising I haven’t tried anything new, nor have I stepped out of my comfort zone. As the harsh summer sun rays were shining into my bedroom, I was wondering what went wrong.
Every single summer, my family and I go on holiday to Croatia. It’s a tradition at this point. We usually stay in Cavtat in Dalmatia. I love the town, and so I was torn between going there again or finally going to a new place. My suggestion of visiting a new country wasn’t very well received as my dad is quite picky about the countries he visits. Having been scrolling down through the travel pictures on Pinterest for quite a while, I’d had a few locations in mind. One of them had been Pula in Istria. The amphitheater and the gorgeous shots of kayaks floating on blue water in a cave caught my attention. I showed these pictures to my family, we booked the tickets, and off we went to Pula.
We spent the first day on the beach. I was swimming and jumping through the waves fixing my vitamin sea deficiency. Later in the evening, we decided to explore the city of Pula. Seeing the amphitheater was breathtaking. The golden hour has just started and made the experience even more magical. We walked around the structure and later went inside. After that, we went to a restaurant called Jupiter. It must have been one of the best restaurants in the town because it was packed. But the food was amazing. And that’s it. That’s pretty much everything there is to see in Pula.
We Googled the kayaking trip I’d seen on Pinterest and found out it takes place in the Kamenjak cape. If I remember it correctly, you board a boat in Pula which takes you near the caves. Then the whole group goes snorkeling into the caves, and then you continue further on using the kayaks. Or something along those lines. To see for ourselves, we drove to the Kamenjak national park the next day. We hiked to the location where the boat drops the explorers. We saw boat after boat just come and drop numerous groups of people who just jumped into the water and swam towards the cave. We realised it would be too tourity anyway, so we decided not to pay for this experience.
At this point, I was quite disappointed. Pula wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be, and I was excited about exploring the cave and trying out something I’ve never done before. And I wasn’t feeling my best the whole time. I will share with you why in my next blog post.
Everything turned a few days later. I was browsing on Google trying to find other places in the area which we could visit, and I came across Rovinj. From first glance, the old town reminded me of Dubrovnik. You may or may not know that Dubrovnik is my
And this is when I’m finally stepping out of my comfort zone. For lunch, we went to a restaurant called Mali Raj, and I ordered this meal. First of all, some of you might know that I haven’t had a good relationship with food for the past few years, and pasta was on my ‘list of forbidden’ foods. For that reason, it was a big deal for me. Secondly, I love prawns, but after they are already peeled from the shell, so seeing this on my plate was… well, a first time.
A few days later, my younger brother wanted to go on this… inflatable thing. I was down for it, because hey, I’m stepping out of your comfort zone. And so I did. The problem was that I didn’t have a pair of swimming shoes and the thing was way more slippery than I expected. So I came back the next day and loved it.
I also ate a bowl of rice (another fear food) with chopped up octopus (something I’d been scared to eat).
I also climbed these stairs (more like ladders) into the tower in The Chruch of St. Euphemia. The climb was quite scary and difficult but the views were worth it.
I also saw the sea bottom from a “submarine“.
And climbed this viewpoint.
I haven’t done anything too adventurous. But getting out of your comfort zone can be a long process of a lot of baby steps.
You don’t know how small your comfort zone is until you try to step out of it.
See you soon!
xoxo, S. V.