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Because He Said I Wouldn’t


It’s been teasing me since before we got here. Look at any website or open any glossy brochure about Croatia and you’ll see it: the piercing aquamarine water of the Adriatic Sea.

Brac Croatia

Author: Ivo Pervan Source: Croatian National Tourist Board


Since we left Honduras we haven’t seen anything so perfect and pure. At every view of the coast, it was beckoning me.


I had to get in.


But I was determined, and even moreso when Pete said: “You won’t do it.”

We were at our hostel in Split, getting ready for a day trip to Brac, one of Croatia’s 1,100+ islands. I was debating wearing my bathing suit under my clothes or just bringing it with me when Pete interjected with his defiant statement.

Oh really? That was as good as a challenge. Under the clothes my bathing suit went, and we made our way to the ferry.

An hour on the ferry and another hour on the bus and we arrived at the small town of Bol. One of the wonderful things about being in Croatia during the off season is that we weren’t crawling over tourists to get where we wanted. The bad thing about being in Croatia during off season is that transportation is infrequent and ultimately limited our time there.

After a quick lunch we had only two hours – one hour at the beach and a half hour to walk each way. As we neared the beach, Pete suggested that I wouldn’t have adequate time to dry off in the sun before walking back. And then, under the guise of a giant smile, he muttered “I win” under hs breath.

Shoes and socks off. Leggings off. I kept my dress and jacket on for a minute longer as I walked down to dip my toes in.


“You don’t have to do it, I won’t think any less of you.”

Jacket and dress off and I waded in. The shock of the chill was enough to make me gasp, and I was only knee deep.

A couple steps further, the waves lapped at my waist and my feet sank in the bed of small rocks until the cold water reached my belly button.

Cold Adriatic waters


I could hear Pete laughing and the camera clicking. I felt the urge to run out screaming but knew that this was not quite good enough. I was only half way there.

Show off

Showing off a little before making the final plunge deeper.

I gulped a few big breaths and made the final submersion. My shoulders were beneath the water and suddenly my heart was racing with a jolt. My legs began to feel numb.

I lingered a millisecond longer and made my exit to the warmth of the sun and my towel. Despite not dunking my head, Pete admitted he was impressed, and defeated.


Because he said I wouldn’t, I HAD TO.


(But why didn’t I think to bet him at least a foot rub for it?)

Warming up


31 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Hehe, always the best way to get someone to do something! :) But you did do it, and I don’t see many other swimmers there with you!
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  2. I’m sure I don’t need to tell Pete that there are better ways to use that leverage. Still, getting your wife to swim in freezing cold water for a blog post is quite impressive (and funny).
    Nice to have the place to yourselves though. Looks like a beautiful spot.
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  3. That a Girl !!!! That was hilarious & beautiful pics too.

  4. I would have done EXACTLY the same thing… but probably emerged from the water and run up to hubby to give him a big dripping wet hug.
    Excellent work, Dalene!
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  5. Haha I guess reverse psychology works with adults too!
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  6. So impressed!! I love turquoise water. But I do not like cold water. Not sure I could have done it ;)
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  7. Haha, GOOD FOR YOU! I love proving my husband wrong sometimes ;) Croatia is on my list…..and it looks beautiful!

  8. I would have enjoyed the beauty from the shore :-)
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  9. Love it! Good for you. I wouldn’t have backed down either. Too bad you didn’t drag him in with you!
    Finally, that water IS beautiful!!!
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  10. Hahaha! I don’t think you give up your foot-rub demanding rights just because you thought of it afterward. After all, you were providing entertainment and photo material — he *owes* you. ;)
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  11. How could it look so blue and pretty yet be so cold? I didn’t think that was possible! Also no fair! haha
    Surprised he let you get away with a no head dunk though…. ;)
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  12. I was like that diving into the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Town and it was during the heat of their summer.
    The water is ice all year round. I lasted only a couple of minutes Sure cleared the head though.
    at my brother’s wedding there a couple of years later, one of his guests dived in naked for a bet- He got $70 and a shrivelling of the old boys- not that we were looking!!
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  13. Reverse Psychology! haha! Im so jealous of your trip to Croatia! I have always wanted to go there
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  14. Hehe! The water looks beautiful and very tempting to get into! But November? Brrrr. I thought it was bad getting into the Adriatic in Greece in April, which was freezing… we only did cause we had to pee haha!
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  15. I LOVED Split and Brac! The water was so shallow for so far out that all the Croatians looked like a bunch of Jesuses in Speedos walking across the water. Haha.. Anyway, glad you enjoyed your time there!
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  16. Would you say it’s worth visiting Croatia in November? We plan on going to Brac and around there for week. Any do’s and don’ts?
    Will it rain a lot?

    • Hi Tati! There are some definite benefits to being in Croatia in November – mostly because there are so few tourists and you will have it almost entirely to yourself! And we never had rain there once.

      That being said, it can be chilly (especially the water, obviously!) And you have to pay attention to transportation schedules as your options will be much less during the off season. Hopefully the weather holds for you though, as I believe that Croatia has one of the most beautiful coastlines I’ve ever seen!

  17. Beautiful spot for a polar dip!! Were the waters freezing? It looks absolutely gorgeous and it’s fabulous to see you taking the time to shoot photos!

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