For the May 1st weekend I decided to see what a yoga retreat looks like and went to one with a friend. It was organized by Slovenians who seem to have more free days around May 1st so the long weekend turned out to actually be 5 days.
And let me warn you for future reference – if you want to participate in a retreat organized by Slovenians, you better be in really good shape because they seem to be able to exercise all day long and continue that days on end (it turned out I can’t). 🙂
The retreat we went to was an acro yoga retreat that Danijela (friend I went with) and I practice occasionally. I actually thought we were doing fine until this retreat. 😀 The people who came practice acro yoga for much longer (and most of them are actually yoga teachers who have daily practices) so it turned out us beginners had some problems following the more advanced poses. Still, we did our best and I’m quite happy with that.
Even though it was an acro yoga retreat, we would start each day with a yoga session – the sessions were organized by the elements so we went through earth, water, fire and air. I found it really interesting that the hardest one for me was water because when I look at my natal chart (astrological) water is the one element missing in it.
And as if yoga wasn’t enough, we did some rock climbing as well. 🙂 Well, they did. 😀 I tried one day, realized it’s not the thing for me and when the next day they went for more, I enjoyed the sun and the beach and went for a really short swim (the sea is still very cold!).
To sum up my experience – I loved it! I ached all over for days but had the greatest time and met some wonderful people. I also realized I’m in terrible shape. 😀 At least compared to everyone else who was there. My body still feels weak, like all the energy went out of my muscles and is very slowly finding its way back. Still, wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Here are some pictures of what it all looked like:
Did not climb far 😀
One of the best Istrian sunsets
- What acro yoga looks like
Swimming at 14 degrees Celsius (not for long though) 😉
And autumn seems to already be here…
When I looked back on my vacation, I realized I really did get enough rest and I enjoyed my time off. Even when the weather turned cold and windy. The books occupied my time while I waited for the sun’s return.
I’m not sure if you can see it in this picture, but the wind “bura” was blowing and there is a white fog over the sea.
But then, when the wind and the rain stopped, it became possible to catch pictures of sun through the trees.
Most of my vacation was spent in Smokvica, we just traveled for the last few days to southern Dalmatia to watch Maraton lađa – a famous event in that part of Croatia where teams compete on the river Neretva in rowing old-fashioned boats native to that region. For 22,5km! That is more than 2,5 hours of rowing.
But before the main event, we were lucky to have dinner at a place that features this sunset in front of it.
And views like this one:
In order to get to the start of the race boats are organized for tourists that first take you for a swim and a lunch and then to the start of the race.
And here go the teams – there were 34 of them.
This is what cheering from the boat looks like. 🙂
And now I’m back in Zagreb, just so you don’t think my hair always looks that disheveled, I have a fresh hairstyle.
(that will probably be disheveled in 2 days time) 😀
It took much longer than I expected to get this post published. Ever since I got back from vacation, life was hectic and time to spare wasn’t to be found anywhere. Rovinj is beautiful. I kept taking photos from every possible side (they are not all here). 🙂
View from the St. Euphemia church
Steps in St. Euphemia church if you decide to climb the bell tower
The bell tower
How small streets end in Rovinj, straight in the sea
At the beach (=rocks around the town)
Walking around (the view)
Houses of Rovinj
One of the many pics of Rovinj I took
One from a boat
How it looks from the island of St. Catherine
As I already mentioned, I absolutely loved my summer vacation. I was lucky that after Vis I got to spend some time in Smokvica again, so I could recuperate from Vis.
You will not be able to tell that from the pictures here, but I spent most of my nights awake having fun with a little group I met my first evening there and with friends who were there already. We basically drank and danced the nights away and I ended up getting home later and later as the nights progressed.
So I spent my nights out having fun and days sunbathing on the beach and enjoying the company of my friends. 🙂 Which is how I ended up seeing several sunsets and sunrises (actually it was the sunrises that I was most surprised to experience – I’m usually never awake at that time). 😉
On the ferry
View of Kut (other side of the Vis village)
Walk to a special beach
Still walking to the beach
Not there yet (it was a bit far)
Komiža (another town on the island of Vis)
The special sunset when you need to wish for what you want in the next year (and be very careful as those wishes tend to come true)
Leaving Vis at 5:30 in the morning
Sunrise from the ferry
P.S. I got warned on facebook that Komiža is not a village, so I fixed that now. 🙂