297 Kms from Corovode
This one was an incident that we were unprepared for, at least in Croatia. The same night we had a night bus from Zagreb to Dubrovnik. With the bus tickets and passport safe, we decided to continue with our travel after having reported the theft of the wallet.With a big bag (befitting a 50day trip) per person, we were stared at by our bus driver. He seemed a rather unpleasant person, who was at least highly suspicious of us. We decided to ignore that, only to wake up to a surprise. The driver had tipped us to the Boarder Police while crossing Bosnia and Herzegovina. On their routine checking, they took our passports and even asked one of our team mates- Akash to head out of the bus.The police only had 4 passports, 4 Indian passports. Bunny was asked to empty has pockets and further on asked to open his bag. The police was hoping to find some drugs, and they weren’t any secretive of their intentions. They asked Bunny to handover any drug that he had on him.Of course the bus driver, who assisted in opening the luggage storage in the bus was enjoying the scene.When there was nothing to be found worth reporting, we were handed back our passports. (Honestly, with all the cases of framing that we’ve read, this was a scary experience)Reaching Dubrovnik wasn’t the end of this as more people gave us dirty stares on the bus. Someone did mutter ‘Asians’ while making a face.Further on, we were questioned if we belonged to Pakistan or Bangladesh.You see, things aren’t always as FAIR as THEY SEEM TO BE!Don’t worry; Croatia did give us a fare share of fun and joy. And I shall post about that too! SOON.Until next post,Parampara(Who has crossed levels of being AWARA)This post is from the 50Days trip to Europe across 9 countries and 20 cities. For more updates and blogs in this series, check Awara Diaries.
284 Kms from Corovode
Places like Cavtat offer so much to visitors. Its scenery, the rich cultural and historical heritage along with the range of services offered to tourists meet the demands of the present day tourists, thus making it one of the most attractive destinations on the Adriatic coast. Cavtat is located between the magic city of Dubrovnik on one side and beautiful Konavle on the other.
193 Kms from Corovode
Skopje is not very big: about 670,000 people living there and architecturally is not particularly interesting. It 'been repeatedly destroyed by devastating earthquakes and finally ruined, perhaps did more damage than the earthquake, Tito and typical communist architecture he loved so much. Despite this there are some pleasant surprises. the city is bisected by the Vardar River, to the south are the new neighborhoods and to the north the old town (Carsija) and the older buildings that have withstood the earthquakes. The city center is Plostad Makedonija, the main square. The pedestrian zone stretching from the square to the old town to the old bazaar of Carsija (the old town). Before continuing on the stone bridge is worth making a detour to the right to see the beautiful town museum surrounded by dozens of statues.Continue towards the old town where you will find the largest bazaar in the Balkans. Wander aimlessly for a while 'and you will surely be surprised by how many jewelers and clothes shops (very tacky) you will find along the main street. When you'll be tired of walking you can dedicate to one of my favorite activities: try the local cuisine. In Carsija you can enjoy the best Kebab in the Balkans. Do not miss the opportunity, perhaps accompanied by local beer Skopsko. Compared to our Kebap, that Macedonian is a bit 'different, is served on a plate and served with hot peppers are eaten raw, onions, bread and salad. The Macedonian salad is not exactly as you would expect: no salad! In its place there are tomatoes and cucumbers cut into cubes and covered with a mountain of grated cheese. Different from the usual but I liked it very much!