Reason #126: now you can use a guidebook to find all the amazing plants in the wild
Dalmatia is bursting with amazing flora, tons of plants, flowers and herbs. Islands, such as Brač, are especially rich and relatively untouched ecosystems.
Now there’s a fantastic pocket guidebook available to us nouveau-locals and visitors. “Vodič za šetnju prirodom – 103 samonikle biljke otoka Brača” (Hiker’s guidebook – 103 wild plants of Brač)
Kudos to the authors Tija Mlinac and Marisa Škaljac. Here they are promoting the book at the public library in Selca:
You can buy the guidebook at public libraries on Brač, or online: Purchase info @ super affordable 50kn
Reason #124: eat May 1st bean soup in great company
May 1st is a national holiday in Croatia – International Workers Day and it’s a custom to have a group outing or a picnic, cook a huge pot of bean soup and have fun. It’s an old socialist tradition that is slowly disappearing, but on Brač it’s still alive, luckily.
If you’re going to join one of these bean soup eating festivities, you can go for one of the urban, public events such as the one in Supetar where you could be served by the cool new mayor Ivana Marković…
Photo source: Ivana Marković FB page
… or you can go old-school and have a picnic at 600 m above sea level, up on the Vidova gora mountain, with the great folks from the “Profunda” hiking club.
Second helpings are not at all frowned upon, but some room should be left for the dessert. Great news, there’s always dessert in Croatia :)
The hardest part of a May 1st outing is getting back home when you’re completely stuffed and relaxed. Fortunately, when you’re at Vidova gora you can always say: “It’s all down hill from here”.
Reason #97: carve out a wooden snake if you can’t find the real deal
(Mama, ne čitaj dalje. Slika zmije! Nije prava, ali sliči.)
Poskok is the most poisonous snake in Europe and we got them on Brač. But more on the real deal in another post.
This post is dedicated to its impostor, a wannabe Poskok carved out of a piece of wood found on Vidova gora.
The fact that it’s fake won’t help my mom who’s terrified of anything that even resembles a snake. Let’s hope she reads the warning before she looks further.
The artist is Jurica aka “Lola”, a fellow hiker in the “Profunda” hiking club. It took him about 10 minutes, as something to do on a marenda (brunch/lunch) break.
Reason #73: in springtime you can pick flowers in the wild and your house will smell great
Did everyone else already know this but me? That freesias smell great!
Don’t know if you can tell, but the cat is very pleased with the freesias, too.
The great thing about it is that you pick these flowers in the wild, meaning you’ve had a nice walk outdoors and they were for free (which we, Bračani, really like :)).
Also in the wild: daffodils, hyacinths…
…. and cyclamen.
And tons more. Just come on over to Brač in early spring if you like flowers and hiking.