We arrived to our hostel around 6:30 a.m., even though check in time wasn’t until 1:00 p.m. Fortunately they had a room available for us, and because of the rain we decided it’d be best to get some sleep in a room that wasn’t moving for at least a few hours. When we woke up we realized the rain had stopped. It drizzled throughout the day but it was nothing too burdensome, and we both really enjoyed how the buildings looked after they were wet. It was very fitting with the city.
We browsed in and out of stores, and made some good shopping purchases in between. Around the early evening we decided to go to the top of the city via the funicular. 55 seconds later and we had made it. After checking out the view we turned the corner and found a very interesting museum that we had actually read about before coming to Zagreb. It was called the Museum of Broken Relationships.
The idea for creating this museum came from two Croatians who had once been in a relationship together but had broken up. They realized that people mourn the loss of someone who has passed away, or celebrates the ending of a student who has graduated from college. But nothing ever recognizes those who have lost love. This museum does just that. Instead of throwing away, or burning, things that reminded people of their broken relationships, they instead mail them to this museum along with the story that went with it. It was very creative, and quite depressing. At the end Ariel and I really wanted coffee, but we thought we’d continue our walk instead and not sit in “Brokenships Cafe.”
Upon leaving the museum we explored the city a bit more. We saw the Croatian Parliament building, Roman ruins, Churches, and the oldest pharmacy in Europe. Ariel and I didn’t know if it was because it dewy outside and very quiet, or if that’s just how Zagreb feels, but we felt like we were in a completely different era, and we kind of liked it.
We ended the night with a delicious meal and a few drinks to celebrate Ariel’s birthday. Due to an early flight and a long day ahead we went to bed rather early. Vienna, we knew you were waiting for us!