Throwback to Spring Break

My happy place: Zadar Croatia

My happy place: Zadar, Croatia

Spring Break abroad was one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever gone on. My travel buddies were a bit more excited for the trip initially because they knew more about the countries we would be traveling to. However, for me, I was flying blind and got hit with the element of surprise. Each country blew my mind. For spring break I traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic, Vienna in Austria, and then Zadar in Croatia.

Prague

Prague was the most beautiful city I have ever traveled to. I learned so much about the history of the city and saw most of the major sites. The thing I loved about Prague was the buildings. I don’t usually like cities too much. Visiting them is nice, but I don’t think I could ever live in one. However, I think I could live in Prague. I felt like I was in a doll house community when I was in the old town. The buildings were so beautiful and it was so peaceful and quiet. It did not have a major city feel to it. I also loved how the river separated the towns. The Charles Bridge went across the river and it was so cool! I have attached a picture of the bridge because it was one of my favorite things to see.

Pragues beautiful Charles Bridge

Prague’s beautiful Charles Bridge

We went on a walking tour and ended up with a guy who had lived in Czech Republic his whole life and was very knowledgable about Prague. He was also very friendly to us and took us around for the entire day at an extremely low price. If anyone ever goes to Prague, make sure you find Tom with the orange umbrella to give you a tour! 🙂 I would definitely love to go back to Prague some day.

Vienna

I did not know what to expect in Vienna, but it certainly wasn’t snow and hail! The weather for our time in Austria was not exactly ideal but we still managed to have fun. We went to an incredible castle which was still being used by the King and Queen! They had another castle that they lived in but still used this one for special events and family gatherings. It had an incredible view of Vienna and of the countryside. Later that day we walked in the hailing, raining mess to see an underground lake and caves. I attached a picture below of a reflection of the cave in the water. It looked as though the cave went all around in a circle and it was almost difficult to see the water. We got to ride on a boat through the caves and the water was crystal clear but had a greenish/blueish tint.

underground lake

Mirrored reflection of the cave in the water of the underground lake in Vienna

One of my favorite parts of Vienna was its amazing market. I couldn’t walk two steps without buying or trying another piece of food or drink. I also couldn’t help myself when bargaining with the vendors for pants from India. I ended up with two pairs! Also, one of the days in Vienna we got kind of lost wandering around and end up finding the Parliament House and City Hall! The buildings were insane! We made sure to have mini photo shoots with each building and had an awesome time exploring.

Croatia

To me, Croatia was amazing. I absolutely fell in love with Zadar. We got to explore the small town, eat amazing food, go to Krka National Park (which blew my mind), and we spent time at the sea organ every day. The sea organ was an underwater organ. It was a series of pipes that led to openings in the steps where you could sit by the water. When the water and waves hit the pipes, it would make music. It was like the sounds of the sea were coming out. It was different with every movement of the water. There were also lights that would change colors and patterns depending on the sounds that came out of the holes. It was such a peaceful atmosphere and we spent as much time there as possible.

sea organ

Sea Organ in Zadar

Krka National Park was very cool. It was so green and the water was an awesome blue color. There were so many trails and different waterfalls. If it had been warm out while we were there, we would have been able to swim around and under the waterfall. The cold wasn’t going to stop us, but the coordinators at the park told us we were not allowed to swim. 🙁 We managed to have fun staying dry and warm while looking at the water though!

krka waterfall

Krka Waterfall

Another great part of the whole experience in Zadar was our hostel. It was the best hostel I have every stayed in. It had cool secret cubbies for our beds and we had our own shades to pull down so nobody could see you sleeping. Also, our view was of the sea and a huge cathedral that looked like a castle next to ruins. It was an awesome location.

I am so grateful to have gone to these amazing countries. I have no idea that I would fall in love with places I hardly knew existed. I knew nothing about any of the countries I went to, but gained a lot of knowledge about them while also enjoying the beauty of each of them!

The following pictures of some of my favorites from my adventures.

Liechtenstein Castle in Vienna

Liechtenstein Castle in Vienna

Telephone booth in Prague

Telephone booth in Prague

Posing with statues in Vienna

Posing with statues in Vienna

Schonbrun Palace, Vienna

Schonbrun Palace, Vienna

At the market in Vienna

At the market in Vienna

Krka National Park

Krka National Park

Great food in Vienna Austria

Great food in Vienna Austria

Krka National Park, Zadar, Croatia

Krka National Park, Zadar, Croatia

Boats in a harbor in Croatia

Boats in a harbor in Croatia

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

This is the City Hall in Vienna, Austria

This is the City Hall in Vienna, Austria

 

About the author

Taylor Satalino

I am 19 years old and live in a very small town in New York. I've never been away from home for more than two weeks and I've never gone a day in my life without talking to my mom. My dog keeps me sane and is absolutely one of my best friends. This semester is a bit different, though, because I am currently studying abroad in Ireland, finally away from home!