On Tuesday we went to a cheese factory so the next day we saw the traditional way to make cheese at a local family’s house. This family has been in the cheese business for generations and still uses a tree branch to stir the cheese early in production. The production rooms are very small and it took some effort fitting the whole group into the space.
Next, we drove to Smiljan which is Nikola Tesla’s birthplace and hometown. The village is practically in the middle of nowhere; the only attraction is the Nikola Tesla Museum. If you don’t know who Nikola Tesla is, he was a famous physicist and engineer who most notably invented the alternating current electricity supply system. The main museum is in a reconstruction of his house (the white building in the statue photo) and I was fairly impressed with the overall layout and interactivity.
For lunch, we ate pork on a stick which is a local favorite. It was absolutely revolting: super cold, fatty, and salty. Apparently, Stasa fed this to us on purpose to teach us a lesson that us Americans are spoiled. To be honest, that kind of rubbed me the wrong way.
We drove to our next hotel in the Plitvice Lakes National Park area. This was the night that I noticed bite marks all over my body that itched terribly. I showed Stasa and he said they were a combination of mosquito bites and bed bugs from our hotel in Pag. The pictures below show the mess that was and still is my elbow and arm.
All of us ending up going to bed pretty early because we had to wake up for another long hike the next day.