Croatia's capital city didn't have too much to offer. After a long bus and tram ride, we found our hostel. It was far too warm inside our hostel, so we set out to see the city and find some food. The historic center was nice, and we ate at a restaurant in the shade. Coinciedentally, we arrived on a holiday_National Anti-Facist Resistance Day, so many stores were closed. To escape the heat and curb boredom, we decided to go watch a movie. After purchasing tickets for Madagaskar [animated movie], Don had the clever realization that this particular movie might be dubbed in Croatian. We asked. It was. Switched our tickets to Sahara. Was decent. Nice to give the tourist gig a break for a day.
Day 2_National Park
Woke early to catch the first bus to Plitvice Jezero, one of Croatia's national parks full of lakes and waterfalls. After a confusing game of musical busses, we were finally on our way. Asked the tourist office at the park for a private accommodation, and a woman came and picked us up and took us to her house. Then she took us back to the park. Spent the day hiking through the woods to see waterfalls and clear lakes. It was stunning! Unfortunately, no swimming or wading. David did find a place to stick his feet in, where the very social fish mistook his feet for bread crumbs.
Day 3_long hot bus ride
Caught the bus down to Split. After 5 hours of riding, we decide to jump off at a smaller town close to Split, Trogir. Find the tourist office and ask for an apartment. A woman comes and picks us up and takes us to her house where she rents the 2nd and 3rd floors as apartments. Really great_has a kitchen and dining area, balconies and overlooks the coastline. Only problem is it's a few km away from the city center.
Day 4_holiday #2
As this was another Croatian holiday, ferries to islands weren't running on their normal schedule, so the nearby beach that we had our eyes on was a no-go for today. Walked to town for some groceries, ate a picnic lunch on the beach, walked back for dinner groceries, then returned to the apartment. Had a lovely dinner.
Decided to go ahead and try to rent a boat to get to this island with the amazing sand beach. After an extremely long walk, decide to forgo the boat and just hang out at the nice pebble beach we had walked to. Spent the day under a palm tree reading and playing in the water. Great fun. I suggest we call a taxi instead of walking the whole way back. Everyone agrees, but the only problem is finding a place to call from. Ask in a restaurant, and the woman tells us it will take too long for a taxi to come, but she knows a guy who will drive us for a fee. Turns out you can find unofficial transport services pretty much anything in Croatia. Spent our last night hanging out at the apartment and dodging mosquitos.
Day 6_back to Prague
Don and I rode the bus to the Split airport, which turned out to be closer to Trogir than Split. Flew to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, where we caught a train back to Prague. Found out Slovakian is not that different from Czech and I could understand almost as much as I could in Czech.