I'm on a Bus on a Boat

Trip Start Jun 08, 2010
Trip End Aug 26, 2010

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Flag of Croatia  , Korcula,
Friday, July 9, 2010

It was another day of an early check-out time combined with not being able to leave town until the afternoon that resulted in a lot of sitting. Sitting in Korčula was much more pleasant than sitting in Hvar, but it was still sitting.

Really, I can't wait to get a new rental car. I like jamming things into my day, not sitting and staring at the waves for three hours (one hour is fine). When I had a car, I was averaging two towns a day. Without it I was down to two days a town, and there just wasn't that much to do in the small island towns. I either needed to stay a week so I'd have time for excursions and cultural activities, or just a partial day would have been fine. Two partial days ruled out excursions, which seemed to require a full day, and made timing tricky for cultural events. That left most of a day with just gazing and eating on my schedule.

I left the island by bus. Not some fancy hydrocraft (that would have been cool), but a bus that got on a ferry. I had a lot of trouble planning my exit from Korčula to Dubrovnick. Ferries between the two towns don't run on Friday, the day I wanted to leave. The only bus mentioned in the guidebook and on the Korčula tourism website left at 6:45am. It would have been much less sitting, but I would have been much more tired, so I kept looking. Eventually, I stumbled upon the website of the bus company and found the afternoon bus, which fit my preferred sleep schedule much better.

It wasn't a bad bus ride. It was around three hours with a five or ten minute break at the start of the third hour. The route was definitely scenic. We passed a cool fortress wall running up and down the side of a mountain near the town of Ston. I'd like to go back for a closer look, but I'd have to find some sort of excursion since I don't have a car anymore (although technically I could blow a whole day and take the morning bus up to the town then the same bus I was on today in the afternoon). I may just have to save it for my next trip.

When the bus reached Dubrovnik, my original plan was to then take a city bus to my hotel. However, the bus line I needed only ran once an hour. After sitting around for long enough to confirm I had just missed the bus, I took a taxi. The taxi turned out to be very reasonable, just under $10 before I added in the tip, so I'm glad I went ahead and did it.

I think if or when Croatia does go to the euro, prices will definitely go up for tourist items. For example, paying 100 kuna for a 3 hour bus ride sounds reasonable. When you actually do the conversion to $16, it sounds like a good deal. They could easily charge twice that and (converting to euros) 28 euros still sounds fine. On the other hand, if they were to double the kuna price to 200, 200 anything for a 3 hour bus ride sounds unreasonable. The same thing holds for museums and food and t-shirts, etc.
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