On Thursday morning we caught an early morning train from Bologna to Ancona, where we planned to catch the 11 am ferry to Split in Croatia. We arrived, and managed to get tickest – the ferry really wasnt that full which was nice.
On the ferry we met Michael, an American who was studying for a Doctorate of Philosophy and Law degree at the University of Texas. We enjoyed talking with Micheal, and he joined us for much of our time in Split.
Christian, Jans friend, met us at the ferry and took us to an Internet cafe owned by an Australian. Apparently they are reliable at assisting people to find accomodation, and our experience can confirm that! We were able to secure a two bedroom apartment for to nights for about AUD$40 a night. It had airconditioning and was situated inside the walls of the old town which made it an ideal location. After washing and changing, visiting a supermarket to organise tea and breakfast for the following morning, and washing some clothes, we met Michael, Christian, Christians girlfriend Rebecca and Rebeccas friend Lydia for a drink at a wonderful bar up in the hills overlooking the town. It was a lovely spot and we really enjoyed the evening.
Christian and the girls headed for Dubrovnik the next day, and we spent the day wandering the town with Michael. The Old Town is based on a 1700 year old Roman palace built by a retiring emporer who liked the spot) he had good taste). That evening we decided to spemd the money on a restaurant meal, which was civilized, then wandered the streets, as this is very much a part of the world where everone comes out at night. We saw two live bands playing in the streets who were fantastic. We felt really safe in the streets; it seemed very much a family atmosphere, even after midnight.
We said goodbye to Michael which was sad, as we had enjoyed his company, and went home to pack. We were due to catch the 10 am bus to Dubrovnik the next morning. We really enjoyed Split and will return there briefly on our return to Italy.
(Apologies for the complete lack of apostrophes – cant find them on the keyboard!)