The Update: Third Edition

Main square in Zagreb

Hello from Zagreb, Croatia and welcome to the third edition of The Update. You can find the first edition here and the second here.

We’re on day two of four in Zagreb and spent it walking around the city. The weather is perfect, we love our Airbnb apartment and the vibe in Zagreb is great! We enjoyed some pizza and saw a few cool spots around the city.

Overlooking Zagreb

Saint Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia

St. Mark’s Church, dates back to the 13th century

We’ll be hopping on a bus bright and early tomorrow and making our way to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Keep tabs on us via Snapchat and Instagram, as this UNESCO World Heritage site looks like it’s going to be b-e-a-utiful!

Since I last updated you, we made our way from Austria through Slovenia and now into Croatia.

Volksgarten flowers in Vienna, Austria

Volksgarten in Vienna

We spent six days in Vienna hotel hopping and sight seeing. We had pretty gloomy weather, but made the most of it anyway. Our favorite day was spent hiking around the vineyards on the outskirts of the city. We happened to be there for the annual Wine Hiking weekend and had a blast joining locals and tourists for some wine, cheese, and early autumn sunshine.

Vienna Wine Hiking Weekend Vineyards

Vienna Wine Hiking

Sun and Wine!

Our next stop was Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. We had another few days of chilly weather, but braved it for an afternoon out and took part in a free city walking tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about Ljubljana and Slovenia in general.

Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana

Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana

From Ljubljana we took a short bus ride to Bled, to see the famous Lake Bled first hand. Unfortunately, we never ended up getting the beautiful views you see in pictures as it was mostly cloudy during the two days we spent there. Lucky for us we booked a hotel and spa deal, so we had an afternoon of spa treatments to enjoy indoors. We enjoyed hour long massages and spent the rest of the afternoon sweating it all out in the saunas! We left feeling great and have decided to forgo alcohol until Matt’s birthday. Sometimes you just need a break. 🙂

Lake Bled in October

What Lake Bled looked like the day we were there

Speaking of alcohol, we met a couple from Canada (Hello Tanis and Eric!) at a pub who encouraged us to visit Vintgar Gorge. We are so glad we listened to them. How beautiful is this place?!

Vintgar Gorge Walk near Bled, Slovenia

Vintgar Gorge

Vintgar Gorge Slovenia

We’ll be in Croatia until the end of the week, when we head to country number 32…Montenegro! We spent Matt’s birthday last year in Seoul and this year we’ll be celebrating it in the coastal town of Kotor!

Korean BBQ Seoul

Korean BBQ for Matt’s 32nd Birthday

Now, this is where we need YOUR help.

We are quickly coming up on our next housesit in Barcelona, where we are going to be centrally located and within walking distance of the city center. We want to see the sites, eat plenty of tapas and drink the wine. So…

Have you been to Barcelona? Please leave us any and all advice on places to see, things to eat and wine to drink! Thanks in advance! 

About Alana

Alana is one-half of Great Big Globe. She loves animals, the Wisconsin Badgers, exploring new countries and chasing the sun.


  1. Hi Alana and Matt.Enjoying yor site and your great plans to travel the world! I started travelling for longer periods of time for the last ten years and loving every minute of it but we return home to work there and meet up with friends and family on a regular basis.
    Just curious; what dor you do to support yourselfs while taking this great trip and how long do you “plan” on contuning your trip?

    Enjoy the last part of Europe and the rest of your trip!

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