Cody and I are in Split, Croatia! It was one giant adventure getting here, and has continued to be a little otherworldly at times, but mainly in a good (or at least humorous) way.
We flew into Dubrovnik and then took a 4-hour bus ride up the coast and through the mountains to Split. On the way, our bus driver (who spoke with me in German - which seems to be more accessible here than English) handed out to all of us what I assumed were hard candies, but turned out to be menthols.
After some searching we found the hostel building on Sonjska Ulica (yes, that's a j in the middle of that word) and lugged our bags up three flights of stairs only to be dragged about fifteen minutes to another area of town in which our actual room is. It turns out we're living in a room in this young woman's apartment. Barbie, as we've affectionately come to call her, speaks about ten words in English to add to her zero words in German and Russian. This is the first time in years I've been in a country where I speak nothing of the language, and that kind of sucks.
After dumping our stuff, we wandered to the seafront and had pizza.
Today we wandered around. It turns out we're living inside Roman emperor Diocletian's Palace (Dioklecijanova palača), which is really cool. We're also only a few minutes from the Adriatic Sea. The area is really pretty posh.
the seafront in the day
more of Diocletian's Palace
Tomorrow we head back to Dubrovnik, where we'll spend the next four days!