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Spectacular SANDY Sveti Stefan

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A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.

Foodie moment

Today we went back to Bastian III again (you have to stick with a good thing) for dinner this time. We ordered the traditional roast lamb rack with vegetables and mash, squid stuffed with cheese and ham, and our favourite salad, shopska! The lamb was the best lamb roast I (Mark) have ever tasted! We must have been given the best bit because we were last in the restaurant to eat, so it had been slow cooking all night. Amazing! The squid was also delicious, the stuffing particularly a highlight!

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Cultural moment

Tanning is an art, well to some people anyway. Most people are quite happy with the mostly even tan you get by laying on the sand, but a few people, especially in Sveti Stefan beach just out of Kotor, have worked out quite an interesting routine of standing poses. In almost contortionist style, they direct their most pale parts of their bodies so that they face the sun while standing, holding for 15 minutes and then changing poses. It was like watching some kind of strange mime / statuette street performance. Entertaining nevertheless.

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After taking a few bus rides around Europe, we began to notice a particularly strange job, that of the bus ticket seller. Usually a younger girl (late teens / early twenties) rides up front of the bus, counts people that board at each stop and then asks you to pay for a ticket after you have taken your seat. I can see why this job exists, it saves time by taking the job out of the drivers hands, keeping the bus on schedule, but why anyone would choose this job, especially the young girls is beyond me. The pay must be awesome because sitting on a bus going around in circles all day sounds like boreds-ville to me!

Wow moment

We took a bus (with regular ticket collector girl) to Sveti Stefan. An island just a 100 meters off the beach (an actual sand beach!). The island is very small, and is squished with many old multi level stone buildings that used to be a small village, "used to be" being the part you need to pay attention to. Now it is a resort, the whole island is one resort, the residents bought out and the hotel moved in. You can't get to the island unless you are staying at the resort, but you can admire it from the beautiful sandy beaches! Being able to lay on actual sand again was a treat, even though the temperature was in the mid 30's and the shade didn't exist. This just made the water even more inviting, and once you walked past the sharp pebbles on the edge ( why does Europe never make it easy!), you could swim around in the crystal clear water. I (Mark) even swam to a buoy I saw in the distance just to see if I could, luckily I could! Such a relaxing day - just what we needed!

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What we learnt today

Smoking, still the way to be cool in Europe, exists and is allowed everywhere. Restaurants? Yep no worries. Bars? Sure why not. Buses? Of course. Bus drivers? You better believe it! Old bus drivers especially, light up like smoke stacks, chain smoking their lungs away, and preventing most of the smoke from filling the bus by driving with not the window, but the bus door open! If you have ever noticed a bus door, they're not small things and doing 100kph with the door open makes for an interestingly windy experience.

Posted by travellinglise 10:25 Archived in Montenegro Tagged sveti_stefan

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