This blog post was written by Cat as part of her bike tour from Montenegro to Spain along the EuroVelo route 8. It marks the end of the first week of the bike tour.
Impressions of Croatia
By Catherine Small
I stocked up on tinned tuna, lentils, seeded bread and some fruit at a local supermarket, and a yogurt drink as a treat. It totaled 40 kunas (about 5 euros). Yesterday, I spent nothing more than sore legs and a deep sleep.
Eating out in Croatia is as expensive as Sydney, but if I stick to simple supermarket food, steering clear of the deli, I can comfortably make it on quite little. Winner winner budget dinner!
Croatians are so friendly. Every other person or car that I pass gives a wave, hello or honk. At one point, a bunch of school children all stood and waved me by.
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Cavtat in Croatia
At Goran’s recommendation, I detoured down into the town of Cavtat, Croatia, near Dubrovnik, where a cafe full of old men called out their hellos and bravos.
The town itself is something special, nestled down by a little bay, a tranquil oasis from the tourist frenzy of Dubrovnik. I snacked on an apple, sitting by the water and found that it was a free wifi hotspot! Being the second place in Croatia where I’d looked for wifi and found “Hotspot Croatia,” I thought the whole country must have free wifi. Not quite true unfortunately, but that would have been awesome!
Finding a camping spot
Again around 3:30pm I started keeping an eye out for somewhere to spend the night. Again I got lucky, by 4pm I came across a camping ground tucked under the low branches of some big trees, just off the road, close to the town of Trsteno.
It seems that because it’s still winter, the campground is unattended and therefore free of charge. A shower and toilet block is in excellent condition but the cubicle doors are locked and no water is running, so this seems to confirm my theory.
No problem, I still had enough water and it seems like a safe enough place. I pitched my tent for the first time since starting out, had an early dinner of bread and tuna and curled up in warm pajamas to write this and then relax with a good book.
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