All’s well that ends well. After a bit of a detour from the Hungarian/Croatian border which forced us to backtrack and go through Slovenia, and a total failure to contact our Air B and B host, we are now ensconced snugly in our little Zagreb apartment for one night, and all is right with the world.
At the border, the problem was that I’m traveling with an American passport and did not bring along my Czech permanent residency booklet (which looks a lot like a passport) and because we were entering a non-Schengen country from a Schengen country and they had no way of ascertaining how long I’d been in the Schengen zone, we had to turn around. The guards at the Slovenian/Croatian border raised the same issue, and we thought we were looking at a vacation in Slovenia, which wouldn’t be horrible, but it wasn’t our plan. Eventually they relented and made us promise that on the way back we’d at least have a photocopy of the permanent residency permit, which we can do.
Then, we got to Zagreb and started looking for our Air B and B, and things got very confusing. It’s on a very busy street, with a tram line, so we wound up parking several blocks away and walking back to it. But, our host wasn’t answering our calls. We eventually located the apartment but there was nobody there. The door, however, was open. In fact, we couldn’t figure out anyway to lock it. First, since nobody was there to meet us and we couldn’t contact them, we felt sort of as if we were squatting, or even trespassing. Then, we didn’t feel secure leaving anything there, and were planning to leave a suitcase in front of the door when we did sleep. ‘A short walk from the center ‘ didn’t sound like such a great selling point any more.
So, we went and got the car and parked it here, but didn’t move anything in. We went out for dinner. But every place we went turned out to be drinks only, except the kebab stand and they wouldn’t take a credit card. So, we went to the grocery store, came back here and made sandwiches.
We eventually did find a message from our host online confirming that we were in the right flat and telling us how to lock the door. It was that kind of thing where it’s easy once it’s explained but you never would have guessed it.