Where to begin with my little jaunt to Croatia.
Let’s start with what I was expecting. For whatever reason, I’m not sure why, but I envisioned Croatia as being a bit dirty, dingy, dodgy and maybe even a little dangerous. The 4 ‘D’ words you don’t want to have in your mind when you’re heading off to your destination. But I was super excited because Geo and I were doing a sail Croatia week with Fanatics so I knew I’d be with a great group of people and relatively looked after.
The other thing that was making me a little apprehensive was my bank account. By now it had been 2 months without work and I was scraping the bottom of the barrel. I was worried about completely draining the account in Croatia, blowing the budget and having nothing to keep me going once I got back. And I will admit that it did cause me to behave myself more than what I would’ve done had I had a little more cash to play with.
But regardless of all negative factors I was really pumped to be finally going somewhere with sun, beaches and warmth… and cheap booze. The weather in Chelmsford had been pretty horrible since returning from Switzerland and it had rained a lot so I was so keen to escape that, if only for 1 week.
Thankfully my expectations were completely off and I LOVED LOVED LOVED Croatia! Those ‘D’ words were all in my head and after a very short time, they left that crazy space as well.
As soon as we touched down in Split, Croatia, Geo and I were both in our happy places. It was hot and the prices were making me feel a bit more at ease with my financial situation. We met up with the tour leaders who happened to be mates of ours that we’d done the Running of the Bulls festival with so that kicked our week off to a great start.
We also found out that we’d been upgraded to a bigger and better boat than the one we had booked – so again, we were kicking goals. I didn’t really know what I was expecting in regards to the boat – our accommodation for the week – but I’ll admit I was pretty impressed when we got on board and got to check it out. Each room had it’s on little bathroom, and despite the rooms and bathrooms being, well tiny, they were comfortable enough and if you left the door open the cool air from the aircon in the hall would make it quite pleasant to sleep in. The bar and dining area of the boat was pretty nice and roomy and the deck on top of the boat had a paddling pool and deck chairs, so really, what more could you ask for!?
Day 1 was spent cruising from Split to Makarska, with a spot of rafting along a river in the arvo. It was a great way to get to meet some of the other people on the tour and a lot of fun too – ‘rafting in Croatia’ wasn’t something that was on my bucket list but I’m so glad I got to do it! We had just finished rafting and were waiting for the bus to pick us up, when the heavens opened up and it absolutely poured rain, we were totally saturated and within minutes the ground had turned into a swamp and the thunder and lighting were getting uncomfortably intense!
Welcome to Croatia – here is the most rain you’ve ever seen come down in half an hour! It was crazy and not at all how we wanted our trip to start out, luckily for us it didn’t last and every other day of our trip was clear blue skies and bright bright sunshine.
That night we went out to a cave bar – an interesting little place that is exactly what it sounds like – a bar in a cave! However after being up since 3am that morning, the suffocating smoke inside and the very pushy crowd, it certainly wasn’t a late night for me.