Journal Entries

Sarajevo to Split, sorta

Sarajevo to Split, sorta

Start location: Sarajevo, Bosnia End location: On a bus somewhere south of Split, Croatia Sarajevo Pivara (brewery): Experienced a new kind of entertainment for the locals this morning: Go to the “pigeon square” with ...
Mostar to Sarajevo, BiH

Mostar to Sarajevo, BiH

Mostar train station: You can tell they don’t have a lot of rail travelers here – the ticket window (no self-serve machines) only opens 1/2 hour before the trains depart, which is easier than it ...
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

I am safe and sound here in Sarajevo, but I am having techinical difficulties ranging from a dead laptop to see-through swimming trunks and no clean underwear. Gotta sort all that out, plus lunch, before ...
Mostar and Podvelezje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar and Podvelezje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Location: Mostar, Bosna i Hercegovina Excursion: Smajkici Managed to get up at 06:50 to catch the sunrise on the Stari Most (the famous old bridge), but shouldn’t really have bothered: the sun didn’t rise over ...
Split to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Split to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Got to Split no problem. Got to laundrette, no Julie (the woman who had been arranging my cruise for me). Woman who was there was very friendly. Said nice new public showers were on ...
Rimini-Ancona-Split, Croatia

Rimini-Ancona-Split, Croatia

Up at 07:20, shower, shave, some packing, and breakfast at Morri’s (sounds like a movie?). I’ve discovered shaving oil, by accident (it was the first thing to catch my eye at HEMA, and in good ...
Rimini, Italy

Rimini, Italy

It took a couple of hours on the stupid hotel laptop but I now have a decent plan for the next week, which takes me up to the cruise, so I’m good for a couple ...
San Marino

San Marino

The hotel has a very friendly front desk manager and a perfectly good WiFi network, but for some inexplicable reason they would rather hand me their laptop to use than to give me access to ...
Bologna to Rimini, Italy

Bologna to Rimini, Italy

Fairly pissed off with the world today. It started off well enough, with a breakfast of very good raisin pastry and cappucino (2.20 euros total) at a cafe near the albergo, but went downhill from ...
Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy

I suppose today is a day to contemplate two towers, those gone and those still (barely) standing. (What’s up with the Italians and leaning towers, anyhow?!) It’s been a long hot day, and this is ...
Torino to Bologna, Italy

Torino to Bologna, Italy

12:13 Torino Porta Nuova train station, waiting for the 11:55 to Bologna to depart. My compartment mate is a very friendly young Italian man who unfortunately only has 25 minutes in Bologna to catch his ...
Saluzzo – Crissolo, Italy

Saluzzo – Crissolo, Italy

Today didn’t work out as planned. The idea was to take a bus from Saluzzo to Paesana, then take another bus on up the valley to Crissolo. From there I was hoping to get some ...