Crikvenica or Crkvenica?

Me, myself and Irena, in the beginning of July, came up to the idea that we could visit the city of Crikvenica. Because of the fact that we’ll go on vacation in August, we decided to spend these hot summer days the best we can and so we decided to visit a different city each weekend.

It all began with Irena’s idea to visit Crikvenica. We had no idea that we would have such a great time. Our reservation was made over the E-turist agency. Our journey began the moment we stepped into the bus. I don’t know about you, but when I travel, I always bump into some weirdos that, by the end of the trip, don’t even know where they are. They were even questioning if the city that we were heading to was called Crikvenica or Crkvenica, which we found hilarious. They were making us laugh so much that our stomachs started hurting.

When we came to the city, we decided to visit the main square and have some coffee.

After that, we went to take a walk and visit the place I don’t like to talk about and that I have really bad memories of. It’s the special hospital for medical rehabilitation of respiratory organs and locomotor system Thalassotherapy Crikvenica, in which I was few times. Because, just few months after I was born, I was diagnosed with asthma and bronchitis, my parents decided to send me in Crikvenica to get better. My first time there was in 2001, when I was just 7 years old. My mother always says that it was so hard for me to realize that I will be there alone and that they won’t be by my side. It was not allowed for parents to stay with their kids. My parents had two options, to go home or rent some apartment or room in hotel. In that time, hotels and apartments were very expensive, so my parents decided to go home and visit me every weekend. They say I was screaming I will throw myself down the stairs if they leave. Imagine how it was for a mother to leave her child in that moment, while the only thing she wanted was for her child to get better. I hope now you understand why I felt like this about Crikvenica, until last week. I remember my mother came to visit one weekend, and just before that, I got sick and could not go outside which meant my mother could not see me. An awful period in my life. After that time, I went in the hospital three more times. As I was growing up, it was much easier for me to spend time in the hospital all by myself. But, the most important thing is, that now I see how special the city of Crikvenica is, it has something you can rarely find, that feeling of calmness and security. In 2015. I found out that I no longer suffer from asthma and bronchitis, which meant I don’t have to go again in the hospital. The main point is that we all suffer, but, if we want to get better, we need to bear up. I’m thankful to God that I’m no longer sick and I would recommend the hospital to everyone, especially to the parents whose kids have the same diseases as I used to. It is a really great hospital and one day they will be thankful as much as I am now. After all, I finally confronted one of my biggest fears and I visited Crikvenica. 

And finally, a little bit about our trip. We spent the whole day on the beach which was not very smart (we were lazy and didn’t buy sun cream). Also, we had lunch in Kavana Piko that offers a big range of food, but of course, as usual, we ate pizza and ice-cream but psst… I knew that you have to pay to enter the beaches in Crikvenica, which I find ridiculous, so we just walked a bit and found a beach that did not require paying. You should never go to the beaches that you have to pay for, because, first, it’s stupid and second, you are wasting your money.

After the time on the beach, we decided to take a few pictures on the main square, and it was so hot that I stayed in my bathing suit. 

On the way back to ? Zagreb, when we stopped in Ravna Gora, the driver started playing some folk songs from Zagorje, which Irena and I found hilarious. That’s how our little adventure came to an end.

I recommend to everyone who has problems that I used to have, visit Crikvenica, breath in some fresh air, spend some time there, trust me, it will help you! We are planning a trip for next week, but for now it will remain our little secret. You’ll find out everything when the time comes, and if you are going on vacation in August, be sure to go visit the seaside at least one weekend before that, just to have fun and forget about everything for a second. And, ofc, the right way is Crikvenica, not Crkvenica.

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