Monday morning we went to the Luna olive groves. Our tour guide told us that each olive tree in the groves grow with slightly different genetics than the others. A lot of genetic research is done here due to this unique situation. We also learned about the whole growing process. It takes years for an olive tree to produce its first harvest. The baby olive trees look more like prickly bushes to ward off hungry sheep.
Last year, there was a devastating amount of rain in Croatia; only 2% of the olives could be harvested. Therefore, I wasn’t able to buy any olive oil :(
Next stop was the Gilgora dairy factory. We had to put on hair nets, thin lab coats, and shoe coverings for sanitary purposes while looking super hot in the process. The factory has many production rooms and a cheese ageing room.
Their most famous cheese is the Paski Sir from sheep’s milk. At the world cheese festival in Wisconsin (yes, this actually exists haha), this cheese has taken home the prize for world’s best cheese a couple years in a row. We were given samples and the cheese was really good; I can understand why it won so many awards.
For lunch, a couple of us went to a place called McDarko’s. The restaurant was obviously breaking so many copyright and trademark laws, but it was really funny and clever. McDarko’s had only slight variations in the logo and menu. I ordered a cheeseburger and fries that tasted pretty decent. Of course, because we are in Croatia and the locals love their alcohol, the restaurant had a bar right in the center.
Rob, Ryan, and I walked around the city after lunch in search of some olive oil, but we came up with nothing. Ryan and I then decided to swim and chill on the beach.
A couple people decided to go to the party beach again that night but I ended up staying in. I was really tired and didn’t feel like going out again.