Settling in

Trip Start Mar 24, 2011
Trip End Sep 08, 2011

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

We are enjoying our stay here at Aparment Milka which is right in the heart of Split.  We have ventured into the Growers Market to buy fruit, veges, sunglasses and a wallet, bought smelly cheese for Mark and cheddar cheese for Andrew.  Managed to buy a few essentials in the supermarket, but can't find a box of tissues anywhere!  The currency conversion is $5Kuna to $1AUD so everything is divided by 5 to find the Aussie equivalent.  Food isn't too expensive and alcohol is available just about everywhere.  We went to a little corner store and bought sliced ham, a stick of salami and a litre of gin for less than $20AUD.

Mark and David are on a road trip today looking at 5 boats up the coast of Croatia eventually ending up in Pula which is about 6hrs from here.  They looked at 2 boats yesterday and hope to look at 2 more tomorrow and then make a decision.

Josh thought that it was important to learn some Croatian so the word of the day is "Hvala" which is thank you.  Our attempts are met with a smile but I think that our pronunciation is very bad!  Most shopkeepers speak English and we haven't had any trouble purchasing goods; one old lady sold me a lettuce and I had to hold out a hand of change for her to pick through, it cost $4Kuna.  We have been enjoying fresh baked bread and it is so yummy we can eat it plain.

The apartment is across the road from the "Riva" which is a shopping strip along the river and the place to see and be seen.  It is very relaxing strolling along and watching the world go by.  We sat and ate gelato today enjoying the sun.

The temp is about 18deg but the breeze is cool.  Mark is enjoying the weather but it is just a touch too cold for me.

Our first night here saw us heading to the Riva for dinner.  We ate outside and had pizza, spag bol, and a beautiful dish of slow cooked beefsteaks in a rich sauce served on gnocchi.  I ordered it from the specials menu but didn't really know what I was ordering.  I was a little nervous about my choice but it was absolutley divine.  Melt in the mouth beef over fluffy gnocchi which sounds wrong but went together very nicely.  I found out the next day that this dish is called pasticada and is a local dish, so I have now eaten authentic Croatian (and so have the boys who helped me polish it off).

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Vanessa on

Your dinner sounds great! I cooked lamb shanks in slow cooker for friday dinner. Sounds like all going well for the time being. Looking forward to hearing about the boats!

Goode on

Intresting food

Michele on

So glad you arrived safe- sounds like you are all settled in and everything. You have got Jenny planning a trip too!! Looking forward to living vicariously through you

Zedlet (aka Angela Z) on

Have just caught up on all the comings and goings so far. I love that the boys all put up comments too - Mark you better pick up the pace too there! We want to hear about the boats you are looking at! But we know you are busy and what a big taks trusted to David and Mark to find the right boat. Glad you have settled in and have found the markets. Andrew how are your walking legs going? Your dinner the other night sounds ab fab! And i must say Vanessa's lamb shanks were a HUGE hit on Friday night. Love you all.

Carol Mc on

wow - steps!!!! Washing looks interesting too. So why has Josh got the room to himself - his room looks bigger in the photos? Did he win the toss?

Josh's wall at Log On is looking very interesting we printed some of the photos so the kids could see them too.

So how long are you in the appartment?

Don't enjoy the bread too much ...... hehe remember you have to come back to oz!!!

windisfree on

No reason for Josh getting that room. It is a bit bigger but he has ended up storing alot of things to make up for it.

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