Bidding farewell to Croatian natural beauty.
My ESC in Murter has come to an end, after only 4 months and a half. In precisely 6 days, I will be in the bus to France. If there is one thing that I will remember for sure, it is the natural beauty of this country (and, I believe, of most of the Balkans Peninsula). I am already thinking about coming back in this part of Europe in a few years, because every trip here is an opportunity of wonder for the eyes.
During the last few weeks, I had the opportunity to visit 3 National Parks (and I couldn’t leave Croatia without seeing them at least once). With friends from France, we made a road trip across Croatia. Our first stop was in Plitvice Lakes. Half of the park was closed due to the heavy rain of the previous days but we were still stunned by what we could see (and it was less expensive). The mist gave the lakes a fairy atmosphere, and in some places, we almost felt as if we were walking on water. I really liked the paths made of wood: it really fits the landscapes, and is obviously more environment-friendly.
The next day, we went to Krka National Park. We chose not to visit the most touristic spot this time, and picked instead a village where we were apparently the only tourists for the day. We could hear the frogs and the birds from the river so well. In the late afternoon, the thunder burst and the atmosphere was really special. (Fortunately, we were back in the car before the rain).
After that, we went to the higher fortress of Sibenik: I wanted my friends to see the viewpoint with all those small islands. And it was definitely worth it!
Last weekend, I was finally able to go to Kornati, with Argonauta ! It was a trip organized for students of different ages, and people with disabilities : we were mostly in the boat, from which we could observe Kornati’s islands. I was especially surprised by the stones walls that crossed the bigger islands (probably former farmers fields). I had never seen such islands before, with few greenery. After lunch, we swam in a warm see, it was really pleasant. It definitely made me want to learn how to sail one day, because being on a boat is so soothing.
Bye Argonauta and the wonderful people who work there, bye Murter, bye Croatia, and see you again one day 😉
Rose, volunteer from France.
About the ESC : The European Solidarity Corps is a program of the European Union to strengthen solidarity in various areas: from helping the disadvantaged and providing humanitarian aid to engagement for health and the environment in the EU and beyond.
The program offers young people the opportunity to respond to the needs of the community, make a concrete contribution to society, and in the process gain invaluable experience and develop new skills. The program is also intended for organizations active in the field of solidarity that want to involve young people in their activities.