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‘Meet me at the national theare, it’s the big yellow building…’
Big Yellow Building
And she wasn’t lying. It is very big and very very yellow! Barbara Slade is the next Wordee I met, in Zagreb - Croatia. Barbara said she would pick me up outside the striking building after she finished work and drive me to Jarun lake for a beer or two. Was my first female Wordee planning to kidnap or kill me?
Only one way to find out!
I turned up early to the National Theatre to wait for Barbara and to pass the time I decided to constantly get squirted by a kid’s water pistol. Actually wait, now that I think of it, it was his choice. Just as I was about to throw him in the fountain, my phone lit up with the words ‘Wordee - Barbara’. I answered and Barbara said she was at the other side of the Theatre. After a bit of ‘No you’re going the wrong way’ and ‘No, your other left’, I located a stunning Croatian lady waving at me. Barbara’s driving was interesting. It was clear that her accelerator foot knew exactly where she wanted to go but the rush hour traffic and ‘granny drivers’ were holding her back…while I was holding onto the seat for support.
(Only messing B…kinda).
We arrived at a beautiful lake surrounded by an array of pubs and after we carefully picked one, we sat down to discuss a range of topics including cultural differences, crime, Croatian economy, adventures in Vegas, jobs, beer, relationships and ‘are Irish guys aware of a new invention called the iron?’ - Barbara making fun of the fact I was in a very wrinkly tshirt. Come on! I’m backpacking around Europe, I have no time for Irons!
Our topic of discussion moved on to Croatian law and how it was more relaxed for certain crimes and also how the verdict all depended on who committed the crime. Eventually Barbara uttered the words: “Because I am a woman and you are a foreigner, I could kill you right now and probably get away with it.” This led to me thinking ‘have I told people back home I’m currently in Zagreb?’
But Barbara was a great Wordee and a great ambassador for the word Croatian! And she didn’t drown me in the lake after all. I had lots of fun meeting up with her and after we drank some mysterious green drink we got a free little lighty up thingy. (Only way I can describe it).
A friendly taxi drive took the above photo outside the National Theatre after we came back from the lake. I went back to my Hostel where the rest of the guys staying there were watching ‘Hostel Part 2′. What a movie to watch in an already dodgy hostel?! We were even more freaked out when the phone in the hostel rang at that part where all the phones are ringing around the world. You know the part I mean.
Thanks again for meeting up with me B, looking forward to getting another mysterious drink with you sometime!