The first thing we did was grab a boat from Dubrovnik to Mljet. There was very little planning involved in this, it was simply the furthest north we could go by sea from Dubrovnik, and we knew that ultimately we were heading north.
|You can't really see but this boat inexplicably has an NZ flag. Also, the picture was pretty so I included it. This is not our ferry. It was much more utilitarian.|
|This is our ferry, but only the view.|
|Who wouldn't want to stay at Hotel Penelopa?|
|One of the few beers I've really liked - it's very lemony and not very beery which is probably why.|
|Very excited about this giant spoon.|
|The vapour trail from the plane was lit up by the sunset in a cool way.|
The next day we hitched to Zaton Doli to catch a bus to Split, figuring we didn't have time for Plitvice anymore so we'd just cut our losses and hang out in Split until our ferry the next evening. This did not go as planned, though we did end up in Split. First, we had a hard time hitching out of Ston despite a lot of traffic. Second, when we did get a ride, their GPS led them astray and they had to double back to drop us off at Zaton Doli (which was actually only 8km from where we'd got the ride). Third, once we got to what we established was the bus stop, the bus didn't show up. For 2 hours. Here our luck started turning around. We still had snacks from our failed bus trip the night before and we were standing near a petrol station. After 2 hours we saw three beat up campervans pull in trailing NZ flags behind them. Well, All Blacks flags to be honest but it's essentially the same thing.
E knows the most about rugby so was quickly dispatched to run up and charm them into giving us a ride. She's brilliant and we were promptly on our way.
They were some of the most quintessentially kiwi Kiwis I'd seen in a long time and I basically just soaked up their stubbies, wife beaters, beer and slang for a while.
|Our bags under their rightful flag.|
The next day we paid to ditch our bags and spent the day exploring Split and using up the last of our Croatian money (they haven't quite adjusted to Euros yet).
|This guy's point is pretty cool. Mine is not. Though I challenge anyone to pull of that finger contortion!|
|E and I had a little ceremony as we swapped Major Barbara for The Help. We went to three hostels expressly to find book exchanges. This is what happen when you leave us alone together.|
|Attempted artistic shot of scenery in E's reflective shades.|
|I call this one "pregnant E takes in the sea air"|