From the top..
10.07.2012 - 15.07.2012 -37 °C
So, Have now been in Croatia for about 3 days & my head is about to explode due to the heat, only made worse if i think super hard to write these words. Left Australia on the 10th July @ 9.50pm & persevered through 28 hours of flying .. (yes. 28 hours) to arrive in super sunny Dubrovnik at, local time, 5pm. Currently sitting in a pizzeria in the Port of Dubrovnik enjoying a beer and a light meal at about the same time 3 days later, and I wasn't kidding when I said it was Sunny, It's 37 degrees.
We have been trying desperately to relax following our resignation from respective employment & new found freedom, however, It's not as simple as we originally thought. Having resigned our posts as full time employees (Pat, as a qualified electrician - working 6days a week & myself as an office worker - 5days, who spent three nights and two days a week moonlighting as a waitress at a local cafe) - relaxation doesn't come easy! We thought we outsmarted jet lag, by staying up until the ripe old hour of 9pm on the night we arrived - aka. 4am Aussie time. However, that didn't stop us from waking at an even more ripe hour of 7am. Day two, sleep at 9pm & waking again at 7am. Yesterday, sleep at 10pm & awake, yet again, at 730am. So how do we spend the day? Getting way too drunk on the local beer of choice 'Ozujsko', lying on the beach & strolling Old Town on a daily basis trying to find the cheapest pizza & alcohol. What else is there to do?
Of Course! Book a Beach Kayak tour!
All set to leave at 5pm tomorrow, following our Saturday night Pub Crawl from 9pm tonight (upon arrival at the first pub it's all the alcoholic beverages your body can handle in the first hour.... yesss) Though I have only been here for a short time and having only spent time in Dubrovinik, I am in no real position to comment on Croatia in general, however, the city itself is a postcard. It is beautiful & despite the amount of tourism / port traffic (boats, fisherman, tourists and cruises) it remains natural & untouched. I would recommend my experience so far to anyone & any Australian willing to travel the 28hours to get here, as it is well and truly worth it. Being that we are here in a peak time for all European travellers - seeking sun and Summer -also in the height of the Aussie winter - yes, it exists, having been a regular traveller of South East Asia, namely Patong in Thailand I cant compliment this place enough!! The hospitality can sometimes leave a little to be desired, particularly in comparison to Asia & even Country NSW. The beauty of the landscape and price & taste of the local beer does indeed make up for it!
Tuesday, is Hvar, the sunniest island in Croatia and the home of all things party and techno. Stay tuned, as things remain eerily mellow & quiet, I assure you its all about to change....