Split and Dubrovnik and a Series of Fateful Encounters

Be it the large festivals in Croatia, the alluring beaches or the planets aligning – somehow, multiple friends and I all ended up in Croatia at the same time. I expected to meet up with Kate in Dubrovnik, but after Gil and I went our seperate was after Zadar (him back to Israel and me back on the road) I was prepared to hit Split by myself. But, minutes before I stepped onto the bus, I saw Kate post on Facebook that she had changed her plans and was, within the exact same hour, stepping on a bus herself from Zagreb to Split.

I got off my bus with no accomdation and exactly 1 hour before Kate arrived, and I decided to try and find us an accommodation. When you depart the busses in Croatia you are greated with a massive swarm of people waving signs reading SOBE on them. A sobe is a room in a house that a family opens up to travelers, or its a proper hostel, or an apartment. You never really know. I decided to try my luck and asked the least aggressive woman sitting on the bench gingerly holding a SOBE sign. To get to her I had to pass through the swarming crowd, and she watched me the entire time. Thinking she would award my persistence to reach her by walking me to the SOBE or something hospitable, she simply handed me a telephone number.

I thought it was a hysterical business process, and was amused by her antics, so I called the number and booked a room for two. When Kate arrived we headed to the Sobe which was maybe the most confusing of directions and even opened a beer for the passenger of a passing by car – he left us holding two beers and drove off. Croatia man, Croatia. We took a navigating break to sit with our gifts and enjoy the sunset.

We found the Sobe and it turned out we lucked out and actually ended up with a decent one! There was a kitchen and a bathroom and even…AIR CONDITIONING! Kate and I were on the same page of mental, physical, emotional exhaustion and we spent the night walking around Split, watching the sunset and recuperating with each others’ company.

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The next day I visited Diocletian’s Palace and did some more exploring of Split before I headed off to Dubrovnik to again meet up with Kate, who departed early in the morning. We had planned to rent an apartment in old town Dubrovnik together – and when I arrived to the apartment I was thrilled to find Kate, Jimmy and Shopvy all there! It was unreal that all our travels brought us to the same city at the same time. Even more than that, our other friend Imogen was also in town and yet another friend Zhenia was arriving the next day!

We met up with some people Kate met in Budapest that night and all had a blast getting to know each other – nearly everyone was from Australia besides Kate (Canada) and me. Early the next morning, Jimmy and I took a hike. It was an unplanned hike because we intended to take a gondola up, but it turned out to be obscenely expensive and budget travelers must do as budget travelers do – we walked.

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and it was worth it.

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The bandage on Jimmy’s forehead is from an angry Croatian man hitting him over the head with a glass bottle but Jimmy is alright and I hope his parents never read this blog because I believe the story they know does not involve a bottle and most certainly does not involve an angry Croatian man.

Photos from the City Wall

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We got weird.

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Why, fancy seeing you twice in Croatia!

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Dubrovnik continued, Kayaking in the Storm

Posted on by Reagan J Payne in Part II, Uncategorized

One Response to Split and Dubrovnik and a Series of Fateful Encounters

  1. Grandmother

    What special friends to be independent and free but.to be able to come together and celebrate the journey spontaneously on a whim when you chance to meet!

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