Europe is always full of firsts for me. This was the first time for me to cross a border into another country. We were crossing into Croatia from Bosnia. Croatia just joined the EU not even a month ago and apparently they have gotten a bit stricter. We traveled with Tanja's cousin and his girlfriend who have crossed countless times. Of course the one time we travel with them they decide to pull us over. They just said two Americans and two Bosnians traveling together might look a little suspicious.
In the end everything checked out and was fine. But then it got a bit humorous when they looked through our purses. Tanja and I's more specifically. As American's I think I can safely say that we have a pill for every illness, ache, and pain. Advil and ibuprofen tend to be our best friends sometimes. We have learned that in the Eastern European countries we have visited thus far are not big on taking pills. Not unless they absolutely have to. Meaning surgery or disease. So that did not help. Plus I had some "just in case" tampons in my purse and she literally inspected them. Of course Tanja and I are just trying to keep a straight face. Not that it was funny, but it is funny when a woman looks at a tampon and doesn't know what it is or is a bit confused. (Tampons look different here)
She thought our medicines were drugs, but we literally blamed it on being American and how we always need medicine. We had to explain what each of the pills were used for which, was also pretty entertaining. For a moment of honesty we both have meds for our periods, but having her cousin explain this to the border control in the Bosnian language I understood when he would say, "PMS." That made it so great. Luckily this was just a day trip and we didn't have our suitcases for her to go through with all of our swimsuits and shoes spilling out all over.
More posts to come about our trips to the sea.
-Until Next Time