We’re an example of what happens when a six month working holiday from Vancouver turns into a two year salaryman/modelling stint in Tokyo turns into two years in a bustling and unreal life in Hong Kong. Followed by, a geographically flawed and totally disorganized trip to Panama via Eastern Europe. Eight years later. Along the way, we’ve been lucky enough to have worked a variety of jobs that enabled us to live and travel in great places. And fortunate enough to know when to leave.

We first came to Croatia with backpacks on our back. Now, we have a wonderful son, a dog that doesn’t listen, and some small businesses that we deeply care about.

It’s been an interesting ride. From opening the first wraps and smoothies joint in the Balkans to starting up a lovely retro laundromat in Dubrovnik. Along the way, we’ve operated a bar dubbed by the New York Times as Dubrovnik’s ‘favoured drinking and hook-up spot’, the first legal hostel in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, recently awarded an Hoscar in 2012 as one of the best seasonal hostels in the world. In 2013, we converted our one-bedroom apartment in a baroque building next to Zagreb’s Main Square into Fresh* Sheets Zagreb – a fantastic short or long-term holiday or business accommodation. And our newest venture is a small bed and breakfast next to the Cathedral in the heart of Dubrovnik.

The philosophy behind our businesses is to create something or someplace that we would enjoy discovering ourselves. The type of business or service that offers that special moment of comfort, adventure, and community. We believe that a bed is just a bed. The greatest bar is just a bar. A restaurant is just a restaurant. It’s the experience that accompanies a place that makes the place. It’s that moment in time when everything comes together and you realize that you are so lucky, because what you are feeling will never happen again. Those are the moments of life that you remember.

Oddly, there is one event that explains it all. One evening, Sanja went to close up the Launderette. It was late but there was a couple inside and she didn’t want to put any pressure on them, so she went to have a quick drink. An hour later, they were still there. Only dancing. She asked if she could be of assistance, they offered her a glass of wine and told her that everything was perfect. They weren’t even doing their laundry. They had come across the place, loved the retro vibe and old-time music, decided to buy a bottle of wine, and were simply enjoying life.

That is what it is all about. And we’ll do everything we can to help you do the same. To enjoy life.

Safe journeys!

Jon and Sanja