Published: April 26th 2008April 26th 2008
Dubrovnik is amazing, but it has changed so much in the last year. It has suddenly become a tourist trap! There are groups of white haired English people roaming around on their rascal scooters and it is impossible to walk around without being in someone's photo. It's kind of too bad because last year it really felt like we were exploring the undiscovered. I suppose this is what happens, but I was really astonished to see how much it had changed in just 11 months.
Nate and I have a really relaxing 2 days. We're still catching up on sleep and sanity from the boat, and we've had some of the best food. Today we literally slept until 1 and were back inside at 9...I kind of felt guilty for spending most of the day inside, but it was necessary. We hadn't really planned on coming to Croatia, but after a few days in Western Europe we were ready for a challenge again. It's funny how traveling the world can make Italy and France seem not challenging enough. I guess I just feel more at home not having any clue how things work or what's going on...I remember having the same feeling of relief in Istanbul after a week in Barcelona. I just felt more at home in a foreign land. Anyway, I knew Nathan would love Dubrovnik because it's such a quaint little town with musicians on every corner, so we choose to detour a bit through Eastern Europe and then resume our plan through Athens, Rome and Florence.
We are staying in a family's house a stone's throw from the Old Town. We arrived in Dubrovnik via bus from Split without a place to stay. I knew that there would be tons of people at the station trying to 'sell' their houses and we decided to chance it and go with one of them. We picked a harmless looking lady and with the cheap price and great location, she had us sold. It turns out she, her husband and their two children live in the same house...we're basically just their guests for 2 days. The husband is very over eager and seems to be in a hurry every time he talks. He goes 10000 words a minute and it takes us twice as long just to figure out what he said. They seem really nice though and they have a lovely home with a great view of the sea and the town walls...plus it's dirt cheap which doesn't hurt either ;)
Tomorrow we are heading to Bar, Montenegro. At first we just wanted to go because it's called Bar and that's funny to two 20 something year olds, but after reading up on it it seems like a really nice place. From there we aren't exactly sure of our schedule...we need to make it to Athens but we haven't exactly figured out our route yet. I'm not sure how much access we'll have to internet, so I might not post for a few days, but no news is good news.
I know this is another short blog, but again it is late and we need some sleep before we head off on the road tomorrow morning! Hope everyone has a great day and you'll hear from me as soon as we can illegally steal some more internet ;) xo