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Anna-Maria Frid

I come from the hospitality industry, where I've spent years working, after graduating from university. Hospitality and travels are embedded in my DNA as well as sports. Among other things, I am an avid skier and am fluent in six languages. My addiction to travel brought me many rich experiences. I adore the outdoors and I spend most of my free time trekking, skiing, cycling, ice-skating or simply walking through the woods accompanied by my son.
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What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in all of Croatia and some of the surrounding areas. My specialty in Croatia is Zagreb and the region around it, Rijeka, Istria, and central Dalmatia. My specialties are adventure tourism such as hiking, biking, trekking, kayaking, and sailing. And all this while telling you all the stories, legends or merely historical facts, whichever you'd prefer. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"The travel industry seemed very logical after having spent a lot of time abroad as a child. Thanks to my family, who is multicultural, to say the least, I was lucky to have had the chance to travel around the globe since my earliest years. After having visited almost all four corners of the world, I started exploring my own country and was simply blown away by all this beauty that was literally at hand. And I have made it my mission to share this with the rest of the world. :) "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The first time I went to Peru, I was 15 and we went to visit Machu Picchu and found it to be a disappointing experience - it was crowded, poorly organized, and one could barely understand the guide.

So a couple of years later, I decided to give it another try. This time, giving the experience a completely different dimension, I decided to try hiking the Inka Trail to get there. The trail itself was great, the experience was unique and the last morning, our arrival to the top of the Machu Picchu mountain was planned before sunrise so we could experience the view of the Citadel from above while the sun was coming up between the mountains surrounding this ancient place. This is something that I will truly not forget for as long as I live - the sight of the sun coming up and slowly revealing the citadel one terrace at the time was the most breathtaking thing I have ever seen. At that moment I understood perfectly what it meant to be in awe of something.

Naturally, over the years, once I've started exploring my own country - off the beaten paths, away from the crowds and commercialized sites - I discovered many sunrises and sunsets like that one, along with other beautiful places, hidden coves, mountaintops or merely hidden streets and alleys in some of Croatia's many wonderful cities.

This feeling of being aware of the beauty that surrounds us is the thing I want to share with others. "

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