Trip Start Aug 26, 2006
19Trip End Dec 07, 2006
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Croatia, while being another place I probably wouldn't have chosen to visit on my own, especially since it's only an eight hour ferry ride away from Italy, is truly an amazing tourist spot...... in the summer. The problem is, we came in the winter. In the summer, the area is a haven for extreme sports, and I desperately tried to find a travel agent that had information on paragliding, bungee jumping, windsurfing, white water rafting, or ANYTHING, but nothing is going on aside from in the summer months
The first day we docked in Dubrovnik, which is a sea faring town, kind of like Gallipoli in Turkey. The area is lined with unattended bars and restaurants, leading to "old town," an area that was bombed about ten years ago during the war. It's been completely restored and looks amazing thankfully, but the country still has some remnants (mainly in the form of land mines scattered throughout the area in off-beaten paths.... Aka- good luck hikers). After walking into the hillside city with its narrow streets and cobblestone roads, we went to a side restaurant that offered cliff diving. I didn't do it because the water was ice cold and I didn't have anything to change into, but a lot of other SAS kids plunged the 80 feet (one girl got hurt and was sent home, so maybe I made a good decision).
The next day, Pat and I decided we wanted to try the other tourist attraction city "Split," and caught the 8am bus there that actually travels through Bosnia. The city has the same kind of setup as Dubrovnik, and the same kind of tourist options in the winter (aka-none). We went into the city area and climbed the St
That night, after booking a stay for $12 in a local hostel, we saw the movie "Borat" at the local theatre, which was being promoted city wide. Afterwards, we went to some club Metropolis and then walked through a car party with locals. Well, I don't know what it's called, but a bunch of street racing cars were parked all over this parking garage while blaring different kinds of music, as the owners walked from area to area swigging whatever it was that was in their brown bags. I guess that was their pre-gaming before they hit up Metropolis with us.
The day after, we hit up the ferry to go to Brac Island, the windsurfing capital of Croatia, which has an amazing beach called "Bol." Once again, it was pretty dead, but scenic so I was still happy we went
Well ladies & gents, I only have one more country left, and the plan is to meet my cousin Tommy and head out to Madrid and Barcelona. Hope it all works out, because after that, it's a short 10 day sail home back to the states.
"To have purpose and meaning in everyday life occasionally defeats the spontaneity of living."