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After getting my first passport in 2006 and traveling to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania my life changed. I began the process of getting rid of all my possessions and traveling the world. Traveling to over 110 countries and all 7 continents, hostels have been my home. This "new life" has taught me what is important and it was NOT accumulating money or possessions. Traveling is the best education. I hope my blog will encourage others to travel. My World Tattoo was a way for me to express my PASSION FOR TRAVEL.

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CROATIA, Hvar Town

Took the fast ferry ( 1 hour ) from Split to the island of Hvar to visit Hvar Town. It and Dubrovnik are supposedly the sunniest places in Croatia. The tourist season has come and gone. It is almost like a ghost town with only a few locals and the occasional tourist wandering the streets. Everything closes by 8 pm. A local bar had All drinks for only 50 kuna ($8.25). Can not imagine how expensive it is during the tourist season. Lol  nice beautiful and sunny place to recharge my batteries before flying to Zagreb, Croatia on the 31st. Then train to Slovenia and on to Vienna , Austria before flying to Jordan.

Note: Hvar is known for their lavender fields and shops have lavender in all forms.

CROATIA, Hvar Fortress

October 28, 2014

Walked up to the Fortress above Hvar Town, Croatia. The Fortress is about 300 feet above the town and construction started in 1282 but was not completed until the 16th century. The worst damage to the Fortress ocurred on October 1, 1579 when a thunderbolt struck the gunpowder store causing a huge explosion causing major damage to the fortress and parts of town below. 

CROATIA, Krka National Park

Day trip from Split (2 hrs each way) to visit Krka National Park. Plitvice National Park gets most of the headlines but locals assured me that Krka was just as spectacular. I was very pleased. The boat ride to the falls was beautiful and the entire hike around the falls only took a little over an hour. I elected to walk the 5 km (3 miles) back to enjoy the outdoors a little longer.

BOSNIA, Mostar (visiting famous Stari Most bridge)

October 25, 2014

Up at 4:30 am to get ready and catch the 6 am and 4 hour bus to Mostar. The road was high in the mountains and while I wanted to sleep, could not keep from watching the winding roads with the 1000 foot drops.