Well, itâ€™s time to Splitâ€¦ I am at the airport in Split, on my way to Bratislava. Upon arrival in Bratislava I have another flight booked to Bourgas (Sunny Beach), Bulgaria.
But the flight is only 20 minutes after my scheduled arrival, so I am not sure if I am going to make that flight or not. If not, I may just look for the next flight out to a sunny, Black Sea destination and head there.
In the meantime, here are my final thoughts on Split and Croatia.
Croatia is an interesting place. I am sad I could not visit some of the neighboring areas around here too on this leg, such as Serbia, Albania, Slovenia etcâ€¦ They all seem to be recovering quite well from the fall of Yugoslavia and subsequent wars and it seems like a time of renewal here.
Everything is relatively new and modern (likely due to the fact that a lot of stuff in the 90â€™s was burned to the ground). The people seem fairly niceâ€¦ and they know how to have fun. I was in a small town called Zadar for the first few daysâ€¦ the population there is a few hundred thousand, yet it had night clubs that held thousands of people, and they were packed. The nightlife vibe was pretty good there.
I then went about 150 kilometers south to Split where I stayed at Le Meridian Hotel, not out of choice but because it was the only hotel in the whole city that had roomsâ€¦ The hotel was very nice, right on the water, with excellent gym and pool facilities and is modern and nice and newâ€¦ however, I donâ€™t know if it was just my room or not, but I had the kind of room that has a door (locked) connecting to another roomâ€¦ well, the door must have been made out of paper or something, I heard every snore, grunt and even breath the two guys next door were doingâ€¦ after 4 nights of that I felt like I had an intimate relationship with themâ€¦ Iâ€™m not what the one guys deal was, but every night he would wake up at 4 and start grunting and sometimes even yellingâ€¦ SUPER!
The main nightlife area in Split is called Bacvice, which has entire complex of clubs and discosâ€¦ it is not too bad there. There is also a place a bit further away called Vanilla that was just packed both time I wentâ€¦ they also have a club there called Tres Toros which is a huge afterhoursâ€¦ as per Zadar, Croatians really enjoy nightlife, bigtime!
The only thing that wasnâ€™t so great was that the girls there werenâ€™t that open to quickly getting to know a new guyâ€¦ they seemed almost shocked if I suggested we go to my hotel or somethingâ€¦ although 3 cute girls drove me around one night to show me aroundâ€¦
So, that being the case, I heard about this Sunny Beach place on the Black Sea in Bulgaria and decided to make a run for itâ€¦ especially because I dreaded another night getting cozy with my neighborsâ€¦ considering I was paying $300 USD per night it would have been nice not to feel like I was living in a hostel!
Nonetheless, Croatia was enjoyableâ€¦ if you are looking for a European vacation in the summertime, definitely consider itâ€¦ itâ€™s nowhere near as hot and humid as places like Italy and way more laid back with fairly reasonable prices (except for taxis, which were almost ludicrously expensiveâ€¦ definitely worth it there to rent a car if you need to get around). Although it is starting to get a lot more expensive than it used to be (from what I hear) as a lot of people seem to be discovering it now.
Iâ€™ll update you soon on where I end up today.
*note: i did make it to Bulgaria… update from Sunny Beach soon