Time to Split

Trip Start Aug 10, 2010
Trip End Oct 28, 2010

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 21-22, 2010

Our final day at sea had arrived and it ended in the city of Split. Split is one of the other major port cities in Croatia, much like Dubrovnik. The city is famous for the Diocletian Palace, which was built by a roman emperor as a retirement palace in the 13th century. As time went on, the city grew larger and larger around it, but the palace still remains the center. As soon as we docked, it started pouring rain again, which is funny because it was raining on the morning we left, and it ended with rain as well.

The waterfront in front of the palace was pretty flashy, with nice cafes and white stone walkways bordering the water's edge. We spent the day walking around the old city, exploring the narrow pathways and squares. It’s hard not to compare the old city of Split to that of Dubrovnik, but this one looked more rustic and not as well kept; whereas Dubrovnik’s old city was especially clean and well maintained.

That night was our last together on the boat, and we ended it with a happy hour on the deck with the crew. During the day, everyone wrote a "nomination" on some notepads for people/events they would like to call out as “legendary” on the trip. I forgot to mention that during the course of the trip, I was given the nickname “inspector” as in inspector gadget, which I thought fit me pretty well. So a few of the nominations I received were for keeping up with this blog, sticking a camera on my helmet during white water rafting, and being able to sleep through my bunkmate Jason’s snoring.  It was a lot of fun as we recalled some of the funniest moments of the trips like drunken limbo, mating dances between the kiwi couple in the clubs, egging scardy cat girls to jump off the boat, and many others I probably shouldn’t repeat ;)

After we had our drinks together, a few of us wanted to check out the beach party that happens every weekend during the summer. We could hear the music blasting all the way on the other side of the port as we walked over there. They basically have a small beach bay, with a club on one end of it and a huge stage on the water’s edge. Unfortunately we were a week too late, as the Saturday before; there were some 10,000 people on this beach and in the water for a rave. It was still cool to see the people who were there dancing in the water though. So we all got some drinks and sat on the sand together, then checked out the club with was actually really busy compared to the beach.  Everyone was pretty tired from partying from the night before and we all had to wake up early to leave the boat, so we didn’t have too late of a night, but a fun one nevertheless.

The next morning we said our goodbyes and exchanged emails. Most everyone had to catch a plane later that night so we walked into town and had lunch and had dinner together before everyone headed back to London. Hopefully we can all meet up again when I go to London at the end of September.
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