About

Bok! Hi!

My name is Kristina, and I am the writer behind The Croatia Chronicles.

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I work as a freelance writer and editor, helping small businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations uncover, refine, and embrace their authentic mission and voice through storytelling.

It’s no secret then that I love a good story, and I especially love experiencing stories through travel.

A Different Kind of Blog

On this blog, you won’t find top X style posts or traditional travel guide articles. While I do love these types of pieces, I’ll leave them to other blogs and websites I admire.

My blog serves a different purpose. Here, you’ll discover what it means to travel deeply.

Within these virtual pages, you will find all sorts of travel stories about Croatia, from stellar trip moments to poignant memories, with quick travel tips sprinkled in-between.

Every post will offer some part of my direct, personal experience of Croatia, and you’ll get to read about my joys as well as my challenges of traveling the country.

Why Croatia?

While I was born and raised in the United States, I have been traveling to Croatia with my parents and grandparents since I was 6 years old. I grew up there,  in some ways, over many long summertime visits throughout my elementary and high school years.

My family’s love for their home country came through with each visit. They taught me to love and appreciate travel–and especially all things Croatia–just as they do.

Ever since my childhood years, my love for Croatia has only grown. It’s a boundless love, wrapped up beautifully with heritage, family, friends, and place-based wonder.

It is this love that prompted me to move to Croatia following my college years and teach in Rovinj.

Today, I am based in the U.S. but I can never resist Croatia for long.

In the summer of 2017, my husband David and I were happily married in the Zagorje region of Croatia, where both my mother and father were born. It was a remarkable day–we couldn’t have asked for a better setting or for better company.

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Photo credit: Vlado Cvirn / Location: Bluesun Hotel Kaj, Marija Bistrica

A Grand Road Trip Adventure

This spring and summer, David and I returned to Croatia and embarked on a 48-day road trip across the country. Together, David and I explored 7 different regions of Croatia, including:

  • Dalmatia
  • Gorski Kotar & Kvarner
  • Istria
  • Lika
  • Slavonia
  • Zagorje
  • Zagreb

Over the next few months, you’ll see content–both photos and stories–from our grand Croatia road trip adventure.

As I prep this exciting content, feel free to contact me in the meantime or follow me on Instagram. I’d love to hear from you! Cujemo se!

With love,

Kristina

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5 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Kristina, my name is Blazenka and I am also from Croatia but live in Germany. My husband is Dutch. Our son Luca is for studies in Big Rapids! I found it very funny to see that you are from Grand Rapids! My parents are from Vrlika and I wonder where your parents are from! Regards from Germany!

    1. Hi Blazenka! Thank you for stopping by my blog! How fun that your son is studying in Michigan! Hope he is enjoying it–although now the weather isn’t so great. :/

      My husband and I were in the Dalmatian Zagora region during our 48-day road trip, but didn’t make it to Vrlika. We did spend time in Imotski though as well as Sinj and the village of Sutina. We also saw the wonderful Vrlicko Kolo when we were in Vukovar during the Svi Zajedno Hrvatsko Naj Festival of Croatian cultural intangible heritage–that was such a treat!

      My parents are from the Zagorje region–from two villages near the small town of Konjscina, which is about a 15-20 minute drive from Marija Bistrica.

      Pozdrav iz Michigana! 🙂

      P.S. I hope you will stay in touch! My posting has been a bit slow since I am in graduate school right now and my schedule is never consistent, but I invite you to subscribe to my blog newsletter if you’d like updates in the future! 🙂

      If you’d like, you can subscribe to my blog newsletter here: https://tinyletter.com/thecroatiachronicles.

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