It’s been a while since I visited the very southern parts of my country. I already blogged about our Afternoon in Dubrovnik so I will try to keep it out of the way, this time. Actually, it was my first time visiting any of the big croatian islands. In this case Mljet. To be honest, in two days that were there, we didn’t see much. It was a time thing and we had a 9 hour bus ride back home ahead of us. Not to mention we visited 4 dalmatian towns in 4 days. In a way, I feel bad we didn’t make the most of our time on Mljet but I guess it’s what we felt like doing at the time. Next time.
Mljet will always remind me of a beach bar on the cliffs and watching World Cup semi finals match between Croatia and England. On our way to the bar, we walked through olive gardens which, for me, is what Dalmatia is all about; sea and olive trees. My favorite kind of scenery. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all nice and idyllic. Our descent to the cliff bar was quite the challenge. I’m not gonna say scary but – scary! Very steep, big rocks and huge cave below that you can easily fall into. When we finally got there, the bar was closed. So we had to climb all the way back up without even properly enjoying the gorgeous view of the open sea. Didn’t even get to have a beer. Oh well.
The guy in the photo above is my friend Kyle. He’s a HSV fan so it was only natural to take a photo of him while holding a sign we found there (because, why not?). The story of our friendship is unusual yet common for this day and age. We met online some 7 months ago. He is from the US and meeting in person is not something that happens every day. We became fast friends right from the start. I always had a feeling we’re gonna meet, someday. So, we did. He came to stay with me and my family for almost two weeks. I can’t speak on his behalf, but his visit, us hanging out and travelling together is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. I can only say I am so glad I met him.
Since Mljet is an island, we had to take a ferry from Pelješac peninsula to get there. It’s a short ride but nonetheless beautiful. You can actually get a pretty nice tan while on the deck (or sunburn, in my case). Loved our ferry ride back. The sun was starting to set and it cast some awesome shadows all throughout the ferry. So, I took the opportunity to do some abstract snaps.
Again, I can’t speak on Kyle’s behalf but our first day in Dalmatia was my favorite one. It was the longest day ever since we arrived in Ston at 4.30AM so we had some 8 hours to kill until we could check into our airbnb. Also, our apartment was in a nearby coastal town called Hodilje. We were so tired and wanted nothing more than to check in and get some sleep. But, there wasn’t much we could do. So we sat on the beach and had lunch in a nearby family restaurant.
When we finally got a hold of our airbnb and some sleep, we headed out to walk around and have some beer. The weather was perfect. Summer breeze that only grew stronger as the sun set. We really had a good time, talking, laughing (him scaring me with non existent snakes). It was pretty much the only day where we just chilled, didn’t have to go anywhere or catch a bus. That’s why I liked it and kinda remember the most (even though nothing much happened). It was a good day. God bless.