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Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up early at 9:15 am on August 9, 2012.  I think Ivan and I slept like 5 hours.  We had bread and cheese for breakfast.

We left the apartment at 11:05 am.

Lunch was at the Pizzeria Mama Leona and Vita place again.  We all had a salad customized by us.  Ivan and I also shared a vegetable sandwich.

It was time to head to Split – the ferry boat left at 1:45 pm.  The ride from Hvar island to Split took an hour and a half.

At the port, we were picked up by Peter – we were staying at his apartment with his mom which Ivan booked through Airbnb.  The place was about 10 minutes walking from the port.

At the apartment, we met his mom Mira who doesn’t speak English.

The room was spacious and breezy since the windows were open. 

It was to check out the Old Town.  Ivan checked out to see how much tickets were for the David Morales the following night.  There’s one BIG main street in Split and they have big parties there.  General admission was sold out and the golden circle tickets were way too much.  Ivan thinks that general admission probably wasn’t sold out so they could make more money by selling you the golden circle and VIP tickets. 

It was weird that this street had lights and kids were dancing to the music that was playing.  Tomorrow, it would be packed with thousands of people dancing to house music.

We went back to the apartment and showered. 

Since we were both knackered (tired), we took a 2 hour nap.  Lil Dave took a short monkey nap and Skype’d his Dad Big Dave.

We walked into the Old Town to get dinner.  Sperun turned out to be a ncie restaurant.  Ivan and I got marinated sardines Dalmatian style, marinated anchovies, grilled tuna fish and oven baked mackerel.  Lil Dave got grilled banana Dalmatian style and a tuna and banana salad.  It was a great meal.  We had an espresso which turned out to be free since the first one they were going to give us was already cold….see…never hurts to complain!

We tried out the ‘best ice cream in town’ at Hajduk.  Ivan and I tried the chocolate and it was too creamy and didn’t taste right.  Ivan got cherry and raspberry while I got cherry. 

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Mine tasted better than Ivan’s, but it definitely wasn’t the best ice cream in town.. I’m sure there’s better tasting ice cream there.

It was nice walking around the cool Old Town.  Ivan said that the Romans built it and you could tell from the big huge columns and lovely architecture.

Ivan and I checked out the rakia bar called Aphrodisiac Ghetto Society. 

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It’s a cool bar with great décor and a cool outdoor area. 

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One of the coolest things is that from the street you can stop by the window to get rakia or absinthe to go in a plastic cup.  Ivan and I tried a few rakias.. with the best ones being the nut and the cherry.

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Ivan and I were both really tired, so we headed back at midnight.

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Bella Tapas

On August 5, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I packed everything up.  We went to eat lunch at a restaurant in the Old Town – not sure of the name.  Ivan and I shared a tomato vegetable soup, squid stew (was too good, but had a very strong squidy flavor) and mussels in a lovely tomato garlic sauce.  Lil Dave got a banana stew and a banana and crème soup. 

I went souvenir shopping around the Old Town.  We went to check out the bar called Cafe Bar Buza.  We saw a hole in the wall and there was the cool bar.  I noticed it during the kayaking trip. 

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It has a beautiful view of the sea.  The bar is nestled on the rocks and people jump from the cliffs into the water. 

We went back to the apartment and picked up our luggage.  We said good-bye to the nice lady.

Off into a taxi we went to the bus station.  The bus left at 3 pm from Dubrovnik headed to the island of Korčula, Croatia.  Ivan and I watched an episode of Episodes while Lil Dave took a monkey nap.

The bus stopped for a break at Restaurant Bella Vista which had a beautiful view.  The line for the girl’s toilet was super long.  Why does it take girls so long to use the toilet/  I take about 1 to 2 minutes to do my business while most girls take like 5 minutes or more.  I just don’t understand it – are they peeing REALLY slow or taking a big fat dump?  The break was 30 minutes which is longer than most bus breaks.

I worked on the blog.  The bus drove onto the ferry boat at 5:50 pm.  We sat down and enjoyed the breeze and the views. 

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We arrived after 6 pm.  There was a lady holding a sign for Hotel Marijana (pronounced almost like Mariana).  Marijana is similar to marijuana without the u.. do think that’s why Ivan booked it?!

We followed Marijana to the hotel and checked in.

The hotel is listed as having free wi-fi, but the internet only works in the courtyard and it’s the city’s free wi-fi which is available in a few places – only seems to work in certain spots of the courtyard as well.  A bit like false advertising to me.

After putting our backpacks down, we went to the sunset bar called Bar Massimo in the Zakerjan Tower.  It was packed with Aussies (Australians).  Ivan thought it was because the Sail Croatia boat stops here.  It was too crowded there to relax.. Ivan thought it best that we come back tomorrow.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I walked to the tapas restaurant U Maje i Tonke.  I saw a flyer at the hotel and thought it sounded good. 

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Ivan and I shared the little platter (which came with different things like onion marmalade, homemade goat cheese, chickpea with anchovies and aubergine spread ), aubergine rolls, tomato soup and smoked tuna.  Lil Dave got banana rolls, banana salad and chicken and banana pasta.  We had a fig liqueur with our meal.  The food was delicious.  I really liked the onion marmalade and the aubergine rolls. 

After dinner, we walked around and checked out the cool postcards.  We had yogurt and cherry ice cream at Kiwi.  It was delectable!

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We walked back and used the internet in the courtyard.

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Abigail’s Market

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up early again on June 29, 2012.  I guess it doesn’t help that the blinds in the apartment we’re staying at arent very good and let in lots of light.  We should be sleeping more since we’re jetlagged. 

We headed into the city at 12 pm.  It was an overcast day.   We started walking over the famous Tower Bridge and it was raining hard.  The gods were certainly not very happy today!

We met up with Neal at The Draft House Tower Bridge.   Ivan and I shared a tasty, fruity Belgian beer and which was passion fruit flavored. For lunch, we shared potted smoked mackerel, ratatouille salad with toasted pine nuts and goat’s curd and chili crab linguini. 

The weather couldn’t make up it’s mind and it was now sunny. I guess we had done something now to please the gods…

We said bye to Neal and headed to the bus station.  It was time to head to Covent Garden.  Ivan and I noticed a market happening at Southbank Centre, so we decided to get off the bus early and walk to Covent Garden later.

We walked through the new Jubilee Park which has a wooden playground.  We saw the purple upside-down cow Udderbelly. 

The Real Food Market is a great farmer’s market filled with stalls of food.  Ivan said we should check it out on Sunday for lunch.  There was lots of good food, but we were stilled stuffed from lunch…Didn’t stop us from getting a few free samples though. I mean you just cant say no to some free cheese can you!!

We walked around the River Thames and saw Rainbow Park which is an installation with colored sand in a big sandbox. 

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Why didn’t they have cool stuff like this when we were kids?!  Lil Dave played awhile in the sandbox with the kids.

We walked towards the bridge and saw The Poetry Takeaway

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You can get a poem created for you on the spot for free.  Unfortunately, there was a long line so we didn’t get one made.

We started walking towards Covent Garden.  Ivan noticed a place to get a haircut – I’ve actually seen 3 new shops like this in London.  I read the Standard newspaper while Ivan got his hair cut.

We walked around Covent Garden and noticed a few of the cool BT Artboxes. 

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It was time for ice cream!  Ivan mentioned earlier that we were getting Breast Milk ice cream.  I thought he was joking! 

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They actually sell it at The Icecreamists.  We got three scoops of it for a hefty price of £20.  The breast milk ice cream was creamy and tasted really good!  I like the hats the staff wears – the girls wear patent leather policemen hats while the guys wear black French berets.  I think the guy who served was being French himself – a bit rude when he didn’t understand what Ivan was saying to him.

I was sooo very tired with jetlag.  Ivan found a place for chocolate espresso.  It was naughty – like drinking a melted down chocolate bar.  I don’t think it had that much espresso in it. 

Ivan wanted to check out the art at Somerset House.  We walked nearby and got free entry with our student cards.  Ivan and I checked out the artwork.  I’m glad that Ivan isn’t the type of person who spends hours admiring the fine details of one art piece.  Some of the pieces had a glass over the art.  I’m surprised this picture of Van Gogh didn’t have a glass over it.

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We were still tired so we headed to Pret a Manger for an espresso.  I was sitting in a comfy sofa chair.  I could have fallen asleep at any moment that’s how tired I was.

We walked to Wyndham’s Theatre to see Abigail’s Party.  It’s an old play written by Mike Leigh.  The play is set in 1970’s suburbia. Beverly and her husband Laurence host a cocktail party with their neighbors Angela, her husband Tony and Sue.  At the same time, Sue’s 15 year old daughter Abigail is throwing a party across the street.  It was funny in some moments, but awkward in other moments which was part of the play.  There’s always a few tense moments with Beverly and Laurence fighting.  It wasn’t the best Mike Leigh play we’ve seen.  It was definitely gritty and real which is typical of Mike Leigh plays.

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