I love Ferries!!!!

Trip Start Aug 30, 2011
Trip End Sep 13, 2011

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Today we made it to Croatia!  It was a great day spent with a ton of relatively rude but entertaining Italians on the 5 hour ferry from Ancona to Split.  The ferry left at 11, but we had to make it to the ticket office by 9 to get our tickets.  Then we took a bus to the ferry to realize there was nothing to do there for about 1 1/2 hours. So we headed back into the old town of Ancona and found a meat/cheese shop to get our lunch for the day.  We were feeling a little shy going into a local place and my italian is worse than ever, but we succeeded. The woman that worked there was very nice to us and we made it out of there with some delicious salami, prosciutto, and formaggio, bread, and Fanta, my drink of choice (after wine) when I travel.

By the time we made it to the ferry office, there was a large crowd of Italian pushing themselves to the front of a line that wasn't going anywhere.  Finally at 10, the Polizei came and started checking passports so we could board the ferry.  It was a big ship that carried both cars and Italians.  We were almost the only English speakers, but there was one or two Australian couples as well. Mainly Italian families who felt very entitled to be where they were, and maybe where they weren't as well.  We sat inside the ferry for about 5 minutes, and spent the rest of the time out on deck.  Trent and I took some long naps, enjoyed our meat and cheese from Ancona, and had a wonderful time relaxing in the sun and wind.  Trent took lots of pictures of all the fascinating people we observed on the ship. We are both slightly sunburned, but we are thriled to finally be in Croatia.

We arrived at about 4pm.  Walked/wandered to find our apartment we were staying at. We couldn't find it, so we went to a square and called the cell phone # for the host.  He asked us what we were wearing so he could find us, and told us to look for a man who was 6'6, bald, and middle-aged. Sure enough, 10 minutes later we met the owner of our apartment.  He walked us to the apt, turns out his wife had sent us the wrong map, so we weren't actualy directionally challenged. Our apartment is a lovely little efficiency.  It is built into an ancient Roman Palace, and is 600-700 years old.  We have a bullet-proof door, so no one should worry about our safety tonight.  It has like 6 deadbolts, and the owner says it is required they have either a safe, or a bulletproof door. Big difference there, I'd say.  We are very excited to have air conditioning here!!  ANd the shower is super cool.  It has kind of a whole-roof shower head and also jets verticaly spread out as well.  Who knew, all this luxury was to await us for 450 kruna per night!!

Split is beautiful.  It is built around a Roman Palace, and according to my favorite guidebook, it has the best roman ruins this side of Italy.  We took a nap in our room, and then wandered around, took pictures, and had a lovely dinner.  Sea bass that was caught this morning, gnocchi with gorgonzola, and fresh arugala with dalmatian cheese, tomatoes, and herbs.  After that we walked around some more and got some groceries, and found a free band playing some tunes. The first song they sang was 'Let it Be', only they sang the word 'Lair it Be'. It was kind of funny.  Now we are back at the room, basking in internet access.  We haven't had it since Tuesday!!  ANd it has been so good for us.  We are finally getting out of the habit of checking our phones every 5 minutes.  Of course this apartment has wifi and even a laptop with connectivity, but at least we can only check our phones when we are in our room now!  Which hopefully won't be too often.  We have 2 nights in Split. Already did my first 'load' of laundry, so the nasty clothes I wore on the plain should be fresh and inviting.

Alright, I think I am ready to do some reading, and then hit the hay.
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chorsman on

So does dalmation cheese have spots on it and did you have 101 pieces? I'll bet the tomatoes you had there were not as good as the tomatoes you've been getting from my garden :) Your room sounds just lovely! Grandpa A would have been so comforted by the fact that you have a bullet-proof door. I'm glad he is not around for me to share that fact with. What, pray tell, is the logic behind that? I'm sure I will sleep better tonight with this information and the knowledge that your laundry is now clean :-) Enjoy and keep up the blog; you know I love it!

amberliu on

Apartment sounds lovely - like the one we had in Warsaw. This is making me homesick for Croatia, and I've never been. Sounds beautiful - and glad you are having fun!

Kari on

Sounds great! Mariah is missing u and told me last night she is going to kiss aunt Krystal on the face when she finally gets back 

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