Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Pula

After almost getting to Rjecka, we had to transfer to a bus as the line ahead was broken. Once I was at the station got on the transfer bus to get me to the next train stop I needed. And then got on another connecting train, which was the final one. Quite the mission to get there, but definitely worth it. Only sad part was taxi driver wanted to charge me twice the price it should have been when I arrived, so spent 30+ mins walking to my place, lugging the worlds heaviest suitcase it felt like, with a heavy backpack to match.

The place is definitely the nicest ever. The lady is incredible. She upgraded me for free, to my own private room (since there was only one other couple here and its 6 person house only). And the new room was even cooler, not only was it private but I was upgraded not to a double, not to a queen but a king size bed all to myself. Heaven. After cooling off a bit, headed out to see the lovely sites. Went firstly to the ampitheatre which was built by Augustus!!! Its so old. There were so many old Roman sites around here (a big reason for me coming, and coast). Walked around and of course took millions of photos. Was really cool as there was a band competition going on in town between bands of Istra (the region) so music was everywhere. Listened to a couple of bands play before my stomach got the better of me and I headed home. Cooked dinner for me and the lady since she was so nice. And of course she has to be nicer and insists that tomorrow dinner is on her (Croatian style chicken apparently). After dinner she was really cool and took me for a walk around Pula, the non-tourist areas so I could see what real Croatia was like. Learnt a lot about the history and building styles.

Had a lovely restful day. Spent the morning emailing future hostels to get better directions as I don’t want to get lost . Had a nice lunch with the other 2 people here, and then we headed off to the cruise. It was a 2 hour cruise around the Brijun National park, which has 14 islands in it. The main was important during the former Yugoslavia control as a very important meeting happened there (between Russia). On this island there was also a safari and golf course. Very interesting. On the cruise was included wine from Croatia. After getting back from the cruise, we (went with the other couple) came home to a lovely feast prepared by the lady of the house. So nice, and flavorful. After finishing this lovely meal the storm that has been across Italy (where it killed 9 people) and Slovenia arrived. It was kinda scary, caused a mini flash flood and so much lighting.

Pula, Croaita à Ljubljana, Slovenia
Got up around 8 and packed up. Biba (the lady) made breakfast yet again. Afterwards went to walk around the coast. I was expecting the water to be horrible and mucky after the storm but to my horror it was fine. Beautiful blues and greens. Was lovely. Got my legs fully in the water. So annoyed I wasn’t wearing togs and walking back would have taken to long. ARGH. I seriously contemplated skinny dipping, but just as I had made my mind up to do it a family arrived at the beach I had found (was away from main one). So had to settle with just having wet shorts and legs totally in the Adriatic sea.

Biba made me lunch (even tho I had already eaten) and insisted that she make me sandwichs for the train. Got a taxi this time. Was a sad goodbye, gave Biba a big hug. Had 3 different trains to get to Slovenia. Met a very nice interesting girl to talk to on the way there. Actually met her just after the 2nd connection where I actually fell out of the train. Kinda embarrassed but luckily no one saw. They just saw the suitcase on the ground as I limped over to put my other stuff down. The suitcase kinda got away from me as I thought the train was going to move, so rushed and then lost my balance and the weight of the suitcase pulled me over. Thankfully no serious to the suitcase, altho my knee got stones shoved in it, which needless to say hurt, but no big damage. Eventually got to Ljubljana earlier than expected and found the right bus no probs. The bus driver was nice and dropped me off right outside the hotel which saved me walking (as hotel is inbetween bus stops)

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