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Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2008

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Korcula Backpackers Happy House

Flag of Croatia  , Korcula,
Saturday, July 1, 2006

More fun with rubbish scheduling. Can you tell it's been annoying me slightly? Arriving at the ferry port at 8.10, I was told that there was no ferry until 16.00. Bloody hell! What is wrong with these people?? And I wasn't the only one this time, there were lots of people with backpacks sitting around looking quite annoyed. I somehow managed to occupy the 8 hours, though I'm really not sure how.
Even when I finally got my ferry to Korcula, it got in at the wrong end of the island and I had to take a bus across, which cost more than the ferry ride! Still, the Korcula town was worth the wait.

Korcula town is more of a backpackers hangout than a package destination, and subsequently has a much more relaxed, laid back atmosphere to it. I stayed a couple of days longer than planned :)
For the first time in a while, I was staying in a half decent hostel and the first non-HI place on this leg of the trip. And obviously non-HI. The Korcula Backpackers Happy House didn't provide much in the way of facilities - not even sheets, though it was hot enough that you didn't need theem - but what it did provide was plenty of good people and a great atmosphere. It also has to be the biggest party hostel I've been to in a while, and run by a guy that was on the South African Big Brother. Woo. Good job I was in the right right frame of mind for it, having been rather company starved the past couple of weeks.

Korcula town is walled, tiny and pleasant enough, though it doesn't quite compare with Hvar for wow factor. It doesn't matter, though, as during the day there's only one thing to do here: find somewhere quiet and pass out for a while. Everyone I spoke to, without fail, on being asked what they got up to would point out the places they passed out. Quiet and relaxed, exactly what I was needing. Plenty of drinking in the evenings was the perfect compliment to the lazy days.

A few of us did rent a boat one day, though the idea behind it was to find the one sandy beach nearby and pass out there instead of the rocky shores, for a change. The way they do things here does make me laugh - the guy with the boat didn't ask for any sort of security or deposit, he just took the money and gave us the briefest of instruction on how to drive the thing. A good day, though I do wonder at our mindset when we sat on the one sandy beach of the island and threw what few pebbles we could find at a floating bottle. Why throw rocks there, when they were actually difficult to find??

Definately a great place, exactly what I was after when I came to the coast.
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