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Crazy Canyoning - Croatia style!

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"Life is either a great adventure or nothing."- Helen Keller

Foodie moment

Situated with only the Adriatic sea separating Croatia and Italy, Split has many Italian influences, especially in regards to food. There are as many pizza and pasta restaurants as those that serve the national cuisine. We decided to try one of them tonight, and we were not disappointed!! A tasty pizza and delicious gnocchi bolognese had us rolling out at the end of the meal!

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Our other foodie moment was me sharing one of my childhood memories of a favourite food with Mark. When i was younger, and living in England, my Aunt Barbara lived in Spain and whenever she visited she brought Turron with her as a treat for me. Turron is a nougat type sweet which is made of almonds, it has a crumbly texture, and as i told Mark the best way to eat it is crumbled on ice cream. He agreed!

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Cultural moment

Today we came up against an annoying cultural moment. We wanted to get tickets to get the catamaran out to the island of Hvar, there were limited seats available and we really needed to catch that particular one (the ferry took us twice as long and dropped us in the wrong part of the island meaning we would have to get a bus). We went to the office two days before when we wanted to get the boat and we were told that they only sell the tickets on the day! I'm not sure why - but i do know its a massive inconvenience!! Tickets go on sale at 7am for the 11 am catamaran so we will have to get up at 8am to get the ticket, then go back to our accommodation and have breakfast/check out.. the worst thing is not knowing if you are even going to get a ticket.. because its so last minute it will throw all our organisation out.

Wow moment

We wanted to try something different and we saw that there was a canyoning tour available, so we booked it in. We were picked up in a mini van and taken for a 1 hour drive into the mountains. There was a group of about 15 of us and we all had to kit up into wetsuits and safety gear. Looking very professional, we made our way down into the canyon, clambering over rocks and sheer cliff faces. Once down into the canyon, our guide told us all to get into the river. We apprehensively jumped in, lucky we were in wetsuits, the water was cold! We rode rapids and swam over waterfalls, climbed over rocks (in and out of the water) and up and down cliffs (including pitch black caves!). We had the opportunity to do a cliff jump which was about 10 meters high and we both did it! The views above and in the canyon itself were amazing! After about 3 and a half hours, the tour was over, lucky for us as we were absolutely knackered! We got back into the van just as a huge storm rolled in, perfect timing! I highly recommend anyone to do canyoning if you have the chance, it was really fun and a great work out!

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What we learnt today

Today, thanks to canyoning, we learnt that we have muscles in places we never knew we had muscles, and they will hurt (badly!) after canyoning!! And I'm sure it will only get worst tomorrow...and the next day...and the next!

We also learnt that Croatia is entering into the EU as of the 1st of July. This will be a big boost for their tourism and economy. I think most people were happy about it, but there is some hesitation from residents about what the expectations will be of them after they join. I guess it is understandable after you learn how hard they fought to become independent from Yugoslavia, and now they perhaps worry they may lose some of that independence.

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Posted by travellinglise 10:18 Archived in Croatia Tagged adventure split catamaran canyoning turron Comments (0)

Hmmm.. we may need to 'Split' this bill.....

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Foodie moment

Our first taste of Croatian food was good. A cheese burek for lunch was a quick tasty snack. For dinner was an ok seafood risotto and a new delicious meal - Pasticada. It is a stewed beef meal cooked with carrots, cloves, nutmeg, red wine and diced prosciutto for hours, it is then served with home made gnocchi- yum!!

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Cultural moment

The most distinctive cultural moment that stands out in Split happens at twilight. As the sun goes down, every park bench, pier and wall near the marina has a group of men sitting, drinking beer bought in the convenience store and chatting about the day. It is just a guy thing, and it seems to be taken pretty seriously!

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Wow moment

The promenade in central Split is a great place for a wander, checking out the market stalls and enjoying a sunset beer. The interesting thing is that this one of the few harbours in the world that is able to cater for small local fishing vessels as well as huge cruise ships. Everything has its place and it all works together.

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What we learnt today

Biggest learning curve of the trip so far - Croatia is not cheap! The rising popularity of the country has meant that prices, particularly in the tourist areas, have risen dramatically. It almost seems like Croatia was a country that struggled economically for so long, that now they have a chance to make money they are jumping at every opportunity. Whilst there is still cheap options around, the prices match those in Australia and London - not the Eastern European ones you might be searching for!

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Posted by travellinglise 14:07 Archived in Croatia Tagged split Comments (0)

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