Stuck in Herceg-Novi
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July 25th, 2008 – by: cneoridium
At Herceg-Novi things went bad. I turns out, as a true tourist trap, they've started running busses in, but not out at night. This makes it so you have to stay in one of their hotels as you pass through... It's a tourist destination, but also a big transfer point, so they must be making a killing!
There were the usual home owners out at the bus station hawking rooms for rent.
Finally, we wandered back to the bus station and found the last rental lady again as she was giving up for the night with no takers. We finally negotiated a "you may as well make a couple of Euros instead of the room going empty" prices and got a room. It was still one our most expensive, and it was lame, just one of the kid's rooms in the middle of small house, like if you stay at the in-law's house that you don't know for Christmas. There was a huge rock concert that night in the old castle overlooking the town, which explained the crowds.
The town is really beautiful, even if it's expensive and touristy. It's built on a steep slope between the Adriatic and the mountain foothills. There are big, beautiful houses interspersed with ancient fortifications and castles on the hillside, and a nice harbor, protected by offshore islands.
One really weird thing that happened was that Zvonka walked up the hill to buy bus tickets when the office opened at 9. As I sat guarding the backpacks, I realized that this was the first time that we'd been out of sight of each other for the whole month. That happens when you travel, you're together 24 hours a day, always in each other's peripheral vision, to keep together.
Oh yeah, never cross the border into Croatia at the peak of tourist season. It took a couple hours to get across, in an endless line of cars and busses. When we finally crossed, it was nice to be back "home". I swear the trees and hills and shore are nicer there than other places...
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