Within the Palace Walls

Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
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Trip End May 15, 2011


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Guesthouse Mira

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Friday, July 16, 2010

We've arriven in Croatia!! This place is quite amazing, we’ve never seen anything like it.  Our flight was uneventful for the most part, they played two Mr. Bean episodes and some Norwagien film in Norvegian with Norwegian subtitles.  It was quite something…  During our descent, we saw a great many islands scattered in the ocean and planned to go to at least one of them, hopefully many many more.  Following the "Globetrekker’s guide" from the iPhone, we decided to not take the airport shuttle to Split, but to walk across the tiny parking lot to the other side of the street and take a local bus for less than half as much to the same central bus station.

Split is VERY different from Norway.  For instance, we saw the moon today for the first time in over half a month.  Also, not everyone speaks English, and not everyone wants to help you find your tiny little hostel room at 8pm when the nightlife is just beginning.  The Diocletian Palace is an out of this world place.  It is a labyrinth of old palace remains such as pillars, walls, and corridors, filled with modern day shops, bars, and restaurants.  At the same time, it is the residence of locals as well.   Ice cream costs 6 kunas, which is a little over a dollar.  Birds are abundant and loud, but they don’t seem to attack tourists in swarms so Kinga and I feel safer than in Iceland.

Finding the hostel we’re staying in was an incredible pain.  As mentioned before, the inner city is a labyrinth with parts both above and below ground.  Countless tiny corridors connect various side streets and squares filled with live performers, waiters, tourists, and locals.  When we finally found (after approx. 40 min. of meandering) the address where the hostel was supposed to be and we rung the door bell, we were greeted by a slightly disoriented, stressed looking young lady, who told us we’ve come to the right place, but that the rooms here were a mess and that we would just need to stay in the doorway for one minute and that she’ll return.   Hmmm… Okay, so she did come back, and she led us through the labyrinth to some little side alley where she took us inside a 3-4 story building to the third floor, where (after some confusion with the key- she didn’t have the key and needed to call someone who did) we were finally given a room.  The room is quite lovely though and looks right out onto one of the main squares.  The owner of the apartment, Mira, lives in the kitchen which she’s transformed into a studio apartment and she is subletting the other two bedrooms in the apartment to hostelers like us.  We are in one of the rooms and an Australian couple is in the other.  We are about 300m from the harbor and the 'Riva,’ which is a waterside common area where they have concerts at night and restaurant service, etc.  So far everything seems great.
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