Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

I didn't manage to get much sleep on the ferry, thankfully the 'disco' stopped blaring out crap music before midnight but there is only so much comfort you can get from using a rucksack as a pillow and a travel towel as a blanket...
The ferry pulled into Split around 7am, just as the sun was rising, so it was bathed in a lovely light, making it look really pretty, with lots of palm trees lining the harbour on one side, an old looking tower in the distance and some attractive buildings.  I actually got my passport stamped when I went through passport control, although she seemed to take longer than normal studying the picture and me, I must have looked more rough than I thought.
I headed off into the melee, even at 7.30 it was busy.. The sun was shining and it was hotting up already, another scorching day.  Hat went on and I headed to an internet place to kill a bit of time, as I couldn't check into my hostel into 12pm.  The guy in the cafe said it was ok for me to leave my backpack so I headed to the palm tree lined promenade for a bit of people watching, lovely.  I enjoyed a lovely cold Iced Tea: cheers for getting me into that Kat!  I got a good vibe from the place, seemed like a lively and bustling town.
The directions to it seemed a bit obscure, rightly so, it was down some tiny little street, and looked like someone's house, I was a little dubious when I went through the gate that some Croatian would come out screaming at me, but thankfully I had the right place.  The hostel seemed ok, there was a little kitchen and the room had air conditioning, which was a result.  After a much needed shower I headed back into town, this time looking for the old part which used to be part of Diocletian's palace, the city is kind of built around ruins, which the guide book says makes it into a large open air museum, I can kind of see that.  The streets are really narrow, and filled with little shops, some really great jewellery shops, which I did well to pass by without buying anything!  Streets are like a maze, but if you walk around enough it seems you always end up either in the main square in the middle of the old town or by the palace, so you can't really get lost.  I spent the rest of the afternoon wandering round, trying not to get my nose any redder than it already is! 
After some much needed R & R later, I headed off into Split town again to see what it looked like at night..... It was amazing: people everywhere, and a real buzz about the place.  They've done a great job of lighting up the old buildings too.  The overall effect really impressed me, I would highly recommend Split, it's awesome!
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