Dancing Organs in the Rain

Trip Start Aug 10, 2010
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Trip End Oct 28, 2010


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Old Town Hostel

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

I had heard many cool things about the city of Zadar, it had a big old town and really cool nightlife. So I decided to add it to my trip on the way north. After an hour long bus ride from Krka, I arrived in Zadar with no where to stay. My lonely planet guide said the Zadar Youth Hostel was good so I asked local bus driver how to get there and asked him to tell me where to get off. As we started driving I noticed we were getting further and further away from the city center and I didn't like that. Luckily for me, the driver didn’t tell me where to get off, so I basically did a big loop and ended back in the old city where I jumped off. Thanks to my trusty iPhone I found a hostel right in the middle of the old city. I was greeted there by two Canadian brothers and a rowdy group of young Brits. I took a walk around the old city to explore and see what I could find. It was pretty nice, although still not as nice as Dubrovnik.

One thing that Zadar was famous for is the sea organ. Basically there is a set of sets on the dock, and a bunch of holes in the ground. When the tide pushes up against the dock, it forces air into an underground organ and it plays different notes depending on how big the wave is. It was a really interesting thing to see and hear. Next to the sea organ was a huge circular solar panel built into the stone floor. During the day it collects sunlight and at night lights up in a colorful display of patterns and shapes all night long.

Later that evening it started raining, so the Canadians taught us one of their drinking games. Basically you pull a card from the deck and each one has a rule or a task you must complete. For example, if you pull a 7, you have to start counting off and every time a player gets to a multiple or 7 or a number with 7 in it, you have to say "fuck you,“ and then count in reverse. The player who messes up has to take a shot. We played that until the rain stopped, when our hostel receptionists took us all out to her favorite clubs in town. The first of which was on the water side and packed full of people, the second one was the bottom floor of a hotel which had awesome music (including Gypsy Kings) but was smokey as hell. It was a fun night of dancing with my new hostel mates.
The rest of my days in Zadar were spent lounging around the old city and exploring the historic sites. Each of my 2 nights there was spent at bars and clubs that our hostel tour guide Sarah took us to. It was a fun and relaxing city to be in. 
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