The Dalmatian Coast

Posted: October 22nd, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Equipment, Life & Travels, Route | 9 Comments »

It felt good to go about the second half of Croatia, there was much to expect I had Šibenik ahead of me, Trogir, Split and Dubrovnik. The main road leads along the coast southwards so I didn’t even had to use maps, I could just walk. The first stop was at Biograd, a small sleepy port town. There were many places for camping but the most places were closed and when I finally found a camping sight that was open there was no one around. Somehow I could arrange myself in the end though. I was too lazy to but up mt tent so I slept in the bathroom on the floor with my sleeping bag, since I was the only person besides two Germans it didn’t matter. The next day I moved closer to Šibenik but had to camp beside the street somewhere because it was getting dark. The shepherds since old times clear the ground of the many rocks to create small patches of grass for the animals so its quite easy to find a place to put a tent but its difficult to put it up right so that I stands against the harsh wind for a whole night. From there it was only a few hours to Šibenik where I enjoyed a cappuccino and visited the famous basilica. From there I hiked land inwards, taking a shortcut saving me almost 30 kilometers to Split. As soon as you go away from the coast here in Croatia, life gets quite simple. People farm olives and grapes, live in little houses and smile at me as I hike by like an alien. Again I camped out on a grass patch beside the street. It gets dark around seven around now. So I usually crawl into my tent read a little and go to sleep around eight or nine. I like it, because its such a different lifestyle from staying up late every day and being always so busy. The only errand to do is putting up the tent and eating something then if I want I read or pray a little. I mostly read the bible (I have no other book with me), prayer means for me mostly to consciously acknowledge the presence of god as I become quite inside and push away the worries of life. It is not so much of just saying things to god, even though I do that too but more trying to have a heart attitude directed upwards.

The next day I could walk to Trogir which is another port town and from there I tried to get to Split. A underground taxi driver (they have no signs on their car and don’t pay taxes), stopped around 15 kilometers before split and insisted for me to go with him. He brought me right into split. In a tourist office I asked for a hostel, a lady heard me talking to them and came after me outside the office and offered me a room right beside the city center for a good price. I took the room for two nights so that I could explore split and have time to work out some things with Chrystal. Split it big and full of life, the ancient town part is gorgeous and very enjoyable.

After Split I followed the road from tourist town to tourist town. The camping sights are empty and mostly closed but people didn’t mind when I stayed there. In Split I bough a cooking pot so I made a fire sometimes and cooked soup or goulash out of the can which is actually quite good. The tourist season is over and the towns are getting empty and dead. Tourism is like the life in the veins along the coast. Every fall its bleeding out and the villages become like ghost towns. Places where easily could be 10’000 people in the summer, are almost empty now and sometimes I meet only ten people or so. The coast is so beautiful and rich on amazing sights so I can understand why it has been sold out to tourism but its sad that the Croatian way of life is lost here.

I was still three days away from Dubrovnik, in midst of farming land and it was getting dark, there was no place to camp out and there was only a nice hotel. As I asked around if there were any cheap rooms or so but here weren’t any so I took the hotel, it felt so nice after two days of cold harsh weather and camping. The next morning I move on southwards, at lunch time I met a swiss guy that was taking a break along the road. His last name is also Buehler (what a coincidence) and it was cool to have someone to talk to in Swiss-German. He moved on with his bicycle, and I by foot. I passed through the 10km corridor that Sarajevo has to the sea. Around 65km before Dubrovnik it was still three days to go, but then a car stopped of some construction workers and asked me if I wanted to ride with them to Dubrovnik, without much thinking I accepted the ride. In the car I realized that I just took a huge shortcut, I didn’t mind though as the weather was getting very bad and stormy. In Dubrovnik they tried to find a room form me and finally brought be directly to the youth hostel. Right in that moment when I got there, the swiss guy I met earlier, also arrived with his bike. We took a room together and went out for dinner. We talked a lot about traveling because he has traveled half of the world with his bike, its crazy to hear his stories.

Now I’m in the beautiful old town of Dubrovnik three days early. The weather is horrible tough and I’m so glad I got out of this. There are many nice cafes to hide from the cold wind and rain that has arrived after almost one month of continuous sunshine.

No Equipment No Fun

Posted: August 11th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Equipment, Preparing | 6 Comments »

Many people ask me what I’m bringing on the trip. Here we go:

Equipment spread out

Here’s a list of what i’m bringing:

My New Home

Posted: July 6th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Equipment, Life & Travels, Preparing | 3 Comments »

Tent 1This is will be my new home for the next few months. Its an awesome tent from Hilleberg, a specialized company from Sweden. They are famous for their durable, wind and rain proof tents, but the weight is also mentionable, its only 1.5 kg!

With this generous gift from my mother I’ve got almost all the equipment together. (I cant wait to test it!)

Another picture

Link to the official page of the tent: Hilleberg, Akto