Sunny Days!!

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Kokolo House

Flag of Croatia  , Hvar Island,
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

 We got up early to go buy ferry tickets as they only sell them on the day and they sell out quickly in the morning. Then we went back to the hostel to pack and wait. At 11am we went and caught the ferry to Hvar. Trying to find the place we were staying at for the next 5 days was a little tricky because we had just typed the adress into the google map on my (Jackie's) ipod but it turned out that it was a street off. We ended up at some old run down looking appartments that we couldn't believe would be rented out as a holiday places and were pretty nervous. Just as we were about to go down the stairs to find which was ours a car stopped and asked if we were lost. We told them the name of the place we were looking for and to our relief they said we were one street off and pointed us to the right direction. The place was set up as the owner's home on the top floor, very nice hostel type rooms on the second floor and private double rooms on the ground floor and all connected with a big balcony on each floor. We had ended up renting a private room for the first four nights and then had to switch to a hostel room for our last night cz the privates were all already booked for that night. Our room had it's own sink, fridge, a few dishes, and a bathroom, which was definately nice to have for a few days.

  Our first afternoon/evening there we walked around town, went grocery shopping, had taco salad for supper (mmmm) and just played cards till we went to bed; perfectly relaxing.

 Our second day there we were absolutely set on spending the day at the beach so we packed up our ipods, sunscreen, books, and some fruit and went to check out the beach just down the road from our place. The path through the bushes to the beach ended up being a bit of a cliff to walk down but we managed. The thing about beaches in Croatia is that they are all mostly pebble beaches not sand. This one was the same and so we ended up renting a couple beach chairs for the day. The rest of the day we literally just layed in the sun listening to music, read, and went for the odd dip in the water. It was absolutely a much needed break from walking around all day in the big cities constantly sightseeing (a person can only do so much of that before they stop being fascinated by everything around them). We stayed at the beach from about 10am till about 4pm. James ended up with a bit of a burn on the front side of his shoulder, oops. For supper we had bought chicken and potatoes and salad and we were probably overly excited for it because for the past probably week at least we'd been having all crap like pizza, kebabs, etc. We prepared everything and then went and asked the owners, Branco and Irene, about cooking it on the bbq as they have one for everyone to use. Irene ended up cooking our potatoes for us in her kitchen and Branco came down and cooked the chicken for us; turns out they used to be caterers and so they like to cook, perfect! The supper was amazing, almost brought tears to my eyes, haha.

 That night we visited with other people staying in the dorms and the other two private rooms. Branco had told us quiet time was 11pm but we ended up staying up till about 1:30am, oops. But one of the couples had talked to him on their way in at one point and told us we should be quiet cz he didn't seem entirely happy so we wispered the rest of the time and figurd it was alright as he didn't come down and say anything. One of the girls that was there was from Brazil and James swore she looked like Penelope Cruz, I don't know if anyone else really saw the resemblance but she seemed pretty flattered.

 The next morning James woke up feeling a little crappy but we were still determined to get our beach time in so we packed up again and went to the beach. The weather was kind of cloudy and crappy so the massive rocks around the sides of the bay were empty so we decided to try laying out on those for the day instead of paying for chairs again. We only lasted about an hour or so though before we decided it was way too uncomfortable with edges of rocks digging into us and James still felt crappy so we went back for lunch. James didn't feel well enough to eat though and just went back to bed. We figured he must have gotten a bit of heat stroke and the beers he drank the night before probably didn't help. I ended up just making some lunch, reading and then when the sun finally came out I just layed on my towel on the deck outside to get a little more colour into me, another perfectly relaxing afternoon.

 Around supper time James woke up and was feeling a lot better. We ate and then decided to go for a walk around the pier in town and see what was all going on. There was lots of people out shopping around the little stalls, eating in the fancy candle lit restaurants along the waterside, lots of kids running all around, and of course a street performer in the middle of the square. It was cool to see the old town centre lit up at night and to see all the boats tide up in the harbour and then the yachts all lined up and tied up as well....some people just have too mush money! Some of the yachts were massive and had full crews walking around in their crisp clean white uniforms, wouldn't that be the life? After we were done admiring everything we went back to our place for bed.
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