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The Great E.U. Quest – Croatia

List Item: Visit all EU countries
Progress: 12/28

hrCountry: Croatia
Year first visited: 2001

Weird fact time: from a very young age I have always had a soft spot for Croatia. This meant always wanting to vote for them during Eurovision (something I grew out of when my music taste developed more… but their 1998 song was pretty good), cheering them on during every international football match and having Goran Ivanišević as my favourite tennis player. To my knowledge I have no ancestry in this area (since Slovenia and Serbia also have also have this support) and I am guessing that it was due to the news coverage of the Croatian War of Independence when I was really young that shaped this affinity. 


So in 2001 I finally visited the promised land of Croatia with a week-long stay in Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian Coast. This marked the first holiday where it was just my mum and me… which also meant it was the first holiday where she alone was in charge of directions. Aside from Dubrovnik we also visited the nearby island of Korčula which was beautiful but typified why I have not since gone somewhere as part of a hotel day-trip; boring guide and no time to actually explore (which is what I love to do).


Aside from Korčula and a visit to Lokrum we spent most of our time in the old town of Dubrovnik. Since we got to know the area really well it has been really odd watching Game of Thrones since many locations for the King’s Landing and Daenerys storylines are shot there. The downside being that during important scenes I am very much aware that I have been there.

Since Croatia had yet to join the EU when we visited (and it had only really just recovered from the war) everything there was very cheap. This explains why we were able to stay in the five star Hotel Excelsior which now asks for hundreds of pounds a night.

croatia3 List item: Eat food that is too hot for you
Progress: Completed

The above photo of me is hideous, but it illustrates a time when I checked this particular item off of my bucket list. It was taken directly after my mum dared me to eat most of a jug of pepper sauce. I think a slice of bread was involved but, anyway, I think the picture speaks for itself.

The Great E.U. Quest – The Starting Point

List Item: Visit all EU countries
Progress: 12/28

I am a very lucky person in a number of ways. Despite being the child of a single mother (who is the best mum a guy can ask for) we still managed to have the most amazing holidays. I still can not quite believe how many different countries I have under my belt at the age of 24.

This particular bucket list item is a curious one since it is another that has a potential to be completed and then become incomplete within my lifetime. The item being to visit every country within the European Union.

Europe Visited - 1

The map (see above) shows how far I have gotten so far (although due to scaling there is no way to see Malta but for this exercise it should be a yellow colour since I haven’t seen it).

So far I have had the privilege of visiting 12 of the current E.U. nations and they are coloured in as blue on the map, something that struck me immediately is how all the countries I have been to are linked together on the map; except for Portugal since I have not been to Spain yet.

At some point in the future I will write about visiting each one when I am up to date with all the items I have already since I did promise proof. But for now I am writing this to officially class this item as being in progress.

If you have any suggestions of trips I should make to help cross off some of the remaining 16 E.U. nations (Spain, Ireland, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland and Luxembourg) I would love to hear from you since I have yet to book a holiday for this year :-D.