Land of the Giants

Trip Start Dec 31, 2010
Trip End May 14, 2011

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June 22nd - After leaving Kruja the bus carried on to the Montenegro border which was negotiated with less hassle than the Albanian one thankfully.  We were stuck behind a completely empty slow moving coach for a while until our driver eventually decided to overtake him, which he did at the bottom of a windy hill and by pulling out around it into a lane of oncoming traffic amidst numerous concerned expressions and a lot of tooting!
Driving along hugging the Adriatic coastline afforded beautiful views as the coach from earlier went back past us with a few 'waves'.
We had a photo stop overlooking the beautiful, rich peoples holiday isle of Sveti Stefan which lies about 3 miles from Budva.
After checking in at our hotel we walked into the old town to have quick look around before myself, Ben, Cheryl, Kirk, Lisa and Elisha set about finding a beach for a couple of hours. We settled upon a private beach which was free by this time time of day, to have a beer at and jump into the slightly bracing, very salty Adriatic sea. The beach was a little odd, with families on it but with loud music pumping out very inappropriate, expletive ridden music with quality lyrics like 'I found myself in Spain, I was like, what the f*ck' - all a little wrong...
Dinner was taken at our hotel tonight which was pretty nice, and we then walked down to the beach front (quickly, and closely following a girl wearing tiny shorts) to have a couple of drinks.  A number of the bars seem pretty good, based mainly on the fact that they have girls dancing on the pavement outside, and on tables and the bars inside, to entice punters in - it worked, and we ended up in a bar called The Trocadero which the males seemed to appreciate more than the females for some reason..

Interesting fact about Montenegro - on average people from Montenegro are the tallest in the world, with 6ft 1in for a man and 5ft 7in for a woman being the average height.  I preferred Central/South America where I felt tall!

June 23rd - Following breakfast we took the somewhat sweaty public bus to Kotor, an old town not far from Budva surrounded by city walls and with a fortress on the mountainside.   After a quick look around the town myself, Ben, Cheryl, Kirk and Elisha began the 1200m, 1350 step climb up to the top of the fortress.  Lisa, who has trouble with her knees, decided not to attempt the ascent.  The climb was really hot and sweaty work, with the stunning views over the bay of Kotor being much the same all the way up, just from slightly different elevations. I made a new friend on the walk up when at one of the photo stops, or rest stops maybe, a cricket flew straight at me and sat on me for a while.  We were also halted at one point by a bloke posing in a very odd fashion across the whole walkway, but eventually made it to the top of the fortress in about 40 minutes, and after a little respite, headed back down the steps to meet Lisa again and stop for a much needed ice cream.
We wandered about Kotor for a little longer among the labyrinth of streets and alleyways before catching the bus back to Budva.  Lunch next to the beach was followed by a boat trip, sold easily by a busty girl in a bikini, to Hawaii Island, a 15 minute sail off the jetty next to the beach.  The coast around here is really rocky so it was much easier to jump into the sea off the jetty for a swim around.  Kirk managed to get attacked by a sea urchin, which appear to be plentiful, before we sat on the beach with a cold beer for a while.  Myself and Ben wandered to a different beach on the island where the Canadians were swimming/bathing.  After a swim we attempted to climb up to some rocks jutting out into the sea to jump off like the local youngsters were doing, but this proved pretty difficult, maybe as I'm now 38, and all I really managed to achieve was falling off and slicing my foot open in 5 or 6 places.  I eventually managed to climb part way up one of the rocks for a jump and that was enough, no more injuries needed!
Later on we caught the boat back to Budva and headed out for dinner next to the beach.  After eating Kirk and I headed off to the pirate ship bar, where I experienced a nasty case of Budva belly and had to escape to the toilet quick smart. Too much dry ice in the pirate ship blocked our view of the girl dancing on the ship so we went back to the enticement of The Trocadero for a few more beers, not to mention test tubes.
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