Kat Loved It, I Thought It Was El Stinko..

Trip Start May 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I know, the title is a bit confronting but it's how I feel unfortunately.

Don't get me wrong it's an amazingly preserved example of medieval architecture at it's finest and deserves all the plaudits it receives, BUT, I digress yet again..

So after another mammoth overnight bus trip from Ljbljana via Split we finally made it to Dubrovnik. Not a bad trip as far as 16 hour bus rides go but one neither of us hopes to do again. Love has it's price they say..

On arrival to Dubrovnik bus station you are absolutely mobbed by little old ladies who look like they need a good big drink of milk and a block of cheese, middle aged men who probably still live with the little old ladies and of course the young pension touts in the latest (fake) Von Dutch and D&G gear.

I haven't seen anything like it since the Greeeeeeeek islands back in 1996 so I set to work on the closest old lady to screw her down on price and ended up getting nowhere fast. These old ladies know their worth and they were sticking to their guns. Alls well that ends well and we got a great little place not far from the old town and a somewhat nice beach to boot. The little old lady even got her ripe block of fromage. Win win so they say.

We had roughly 4 days to take in Dubrovnik proper which meant a day walking around the old town itself and another couple of days on the beach taking in some rays. We were also lucky enough to be in Craotia for the Australia vs' Croatia match but more on that later.

To the Old Town then. As I said before it is an exceptional example of medieval architecture. Given that it's been invaded and bombed up to as recently as last the early 90's we're fortunate to be able to visit it at all. What got to me was the sheer volume of people that were going through there on a daily basis. I hear you say, 'but it's a tourist attraction, deal with it'! No, I don't want to, I want it all to myself, I'm a greedy backpacker and I don't want to have to deal with any stinking package tourists who come in for the day on their 2000 room cruise liner and infect with me with their monotonous drawl and lack of knowledge on anything but their particular exchange rate. Woe is me..

Anyway, it really is quite a nice place to view from afar and Kat loved it. Perhaps it's one of those places to visit in Winter. I hear it's still quite warm and the beaches aren't much chop down there so it'd probably be a winner.

A winner that is, unlike the Croatian football team in the world cup. God what a nail biter that was, bragging rights over the old lady and her middle aged, unwed live at home son were on the line so I was in absolute agony all match. We watched it in a bar full of locals not far from our house and were subjected to distress flares in the face whenever Croatia scored a goal but as we all now know, we had the last laugh. I came home tanked and proceeded to wake up the owners and give them some home grown in your face ungracious winner treatment. Luke Goldsworthy, everything I fed them for the next couple of days I learnt at your school. They couldn't wait to see the end of us (well me anyway). She even chucked the block of cheese at me as I walked out the gate singing our national anthem. In your face old lady..

And thus ends our time in Dubrovnik, an enjoyable place to visit if you don't mind 100's of thousands of people visiting it exactly the same time as you. And like I said, Kat really loved it, I just envisioned it differently but that's neither here nor there at the end of the day. No doubt your experience is or will be completely different to ours.

Next pod, Korçula - Croatia.


Nath and Kat.
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