From Heaven to Hell, (In a good way)

Trip Start Aug 02, 2010
Trip End Dec 06, 2010

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

From Heaven to Hell (In a good way)

Heaven would be the best way to describe Croatia. Gorgeous beaches, friendly people, beautiful
women, topless beaches and cheap beer. Show me a man who wouldn't enjoy that and I'll show you a liar! That is the best way to sum up that country, and if you have never been, shame on you! So book your  ticket now and thank me later.

We jumped on a train from Budapest, made our way over to Zagreb, Croatia, which didn't impress me simply because I was expecting to see high mountains and crystal clear waters, and if you ever go there, you'll know what I'm talking about. Not too worry though, after a few hours of looking around, we jumped on a train to Split, where yet again we are met with the
inconvenience of being double booked, but quickly set up in a nice room across the cobblestone street at the receptionist's friend apartment.

Were greeted by a nervous woman who insisted the world is ending in ten years as the Arctic is melting too fast, and were all doomed... So we had to wait to get into our room while she watched the rest of her news program, which wasn't so bad as they gave us some wine and a bit of food in the meantime. The woman eventually calmed down and soon we were in our room and ready to explore a bit before heading off to Havar the following day.

From Split we jumped in a ferry and cruised over to Havar, which is an island in Croatia, to meet up with Andrew and Caitlin. We were greeted by them at the port when we arrived, walked up the hill to where they were staying, and decided on resting our heads at that spot as the rooms were clean, comfortable, and there was an amazing view of the ocean from the balcony. So if your ever there, I definitely recommend checking out Lucas Lodge.

We spent the next few days wandering around the island, laying on the beach, drinking beer, checking out the castle, indulging in the local cuisine, and one day took a ferry out to an island called Bol, which has the most amazing beach I've seen yet! (Still haven't been to southern Thailand as of this writing)

After a very relaxing tour of the islands, we headed back to Split, jumped in a car that Andrew and Caitlin rented, and drove the most amazing stretch of highway quite possibly in the world, well I like to think so, and headed up to Dubrovnik. Wait till you see some of the pictures, you'll more than likely agree!

We originally planned on staying in Dubrovnik for 2 days, but ended up staying 5, it was that amazing.  We found a really cheap guesthouse to stay at, which overlooked the castle at the tip of the ocean, and was central to everything in the city. We did some sightseeing, ate great food, chilled on the beach, and had some beers, all in all a pretty wicked beach vacation. We said goodbye to our travel mates, jumped in one of the hottest minibuses back to Split, then got on the train and started the last leg of our European adventure starting in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Due to time constraints of the Eurail pass, we could only afford to spend two days in this beautiful capital city, but we definitely made the most of it. Our first night there, we met two Spanish guys who we got a long with right away, and hit the town for a few beers. After a couple of stops at various bars, we called it a night and decided to meet up in the morning and do the walking tour since we didn't have much time to explore. The tour was great, and the castle on top of the hill was even better, but still found ourselves with some extra time, so we decided to hop in their car and take a road trip over to Bled, which was from what we heard absolutely amazing.

Whoever told us that was not lying. I had no idea that Slovenia had Alps as well, and we had an amazing view from the castle we visited while there. (I'll let the pictures do the talking on that one).

That night we had a few beers, said goodbye to our Spanish friends, and made our way up to Prague, Czech.

The reason I would associate hell with Prague is because most mornings that what I felt like, because it was that much fun, and the people we met during those 5 days I'll never forget. It was definitely a city where at the end, all you can say is, I need to get out of here, in a good way, because if you don't, you'll never leave.

The city is beautiful, the people are friendly, it's full of history, and of course the beer is cheap. The first day Parkes and I attempted to do some sightseeing, but it turned into a pub crawl lasting from the afternoon till night.  Towards the end of the night, we were walking along the river and heard someone playing acoustic at an outside bar, looked over the edge, and saw that he was wearing a team Canada jersey! Awesome, so we decided we'd check it out, and see what his story was.

Turns out the guy was from Winnipeg, went there visiting and never left. So after some prodding he agreed to finish off his set with our request. There we were, drinking beers at a bar along the river, in Prague, thousands of KM's away from home, listening to “Wheat Kings” by the Tragically Hip, it was a pretty awesome moment. It was one of those moments that's needed every now and again while your travelling, to give you that ultimate comfort feeling.

The next few days involved sightseeing, meeting new people, and of course partying. One night even involved an all nighter, and a hilarious midget story, so we could watch the AFL (Aussie Football League) with an Australian guy we met named Matt. It was a pretty awesome night/morning partying with them and seeing them cheer like mad and lean on the fly the rules of the game, which I had never even heard of but was in it for the experience.  The championship match somehow ended in a 68-68 draw, and had to be replayed again the following weekend! From what were told this hasn't happened in over 20 years, and that we needed to catch the
next game, we'll see about that...

The last day we all parted ways, which sucked because we had made some great friends, but I'm sure we'll meet up someday. I've already started thinking about changing my mind and going to Thailand, meeting up with Matt, and checking out Cambodia, in fact I'm pretty much sold, as it was between Thailand and the Philippines, but lots of time to figure that one out...

Now on to pick up Donny in Austria and rip up Germany and that low key beer gathering called Oktoberfest!
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Atta boy, looking forward to seeing those pictures!!

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