One sphinx, two sphinx, 11 sphinx, none?!?!

Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2011

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Guesthouse Mira

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

So it seems that the sun setting properly (aka: not just dipping under the horizon for a couple of hours) has a great influence on our systems. Kinga and I slept well last night, even though the city stayed awake for quite a while longer than we would have liked.  Since our room's windows open right onto one of the two main squares in the inner old city labyrinth complex it was quite loud until about 4am, at which point the city crew came around and began power washing the stone floor and walls of the square to remove all dirt, trash, and animal waste that may have accumulated during the day.  There are tens, possibly hundreds of stray animals in the city, mostly cats but also some dogs.   I doubt there’s a rat, mouse, or squirrel within a 10 mile radius of the city though.  Ice cream continues to be 6 kunas per cone (roughly a dollar), a deal which we frequent.

We started the day with breakfast fresh from the market just outside the old city walls.  A loaf of bread the size of a pillow (5kunas) and a quarter kilo of cheese (25kunas-it’s awesome cheese though!!) with water made the meal.  Next, we headed down to Jezinac beach for a swim, followed by a lengthy search for any of the 11 sphinxes in the Old City.  Our search ended only after several hours wandering, when at the information booth (a miracle we found that at all as well) told us that only two of the sphinxes remained in Split -- one was under renovation and could not be seen, and the other had been moved far outside the city.  Great.  In our search, we did climb the famous Split bell tower though, and although we could not spot any sphinxes from there, the view was quite nice.

The day ended with more 6kuna ice cream, a 10kuna (unedible) grilled corn on the cob (maybe it was meant to be fed to the birds by tourists??), and a 10kuna Cotton Candy that made Kinga very very happy.
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