The next day I explored the town again during the day and then met my friends Jonny and Rebecca who i had met wine tasting in Vipava, Slovenia. We had a beer whilst watching the sunet and a traditional dance while the famous Zadar 'Sea Organ' played beneath our feet, with the help of the big waves. I took them to Tri Bunara restaurant again and we had a lot of laughs and good chats before parting ways. It was so nice to see familiar faces in Zadar. The next day i checked out of Accomodation Horizon despite them wanting me to stay longer, and headed to the bus station to take a bus to Sibenik. My friend Ela had so very kindly arranged for me to stay with her best friends in Sibenik for two days and even though she was away working, she assured me they were more than happy to have me there. When i arrived, Diyana and Franco's friend, Zelko picked me up from the station and took me to their place. He was staying there too for his short vacation from another part of Croatia. We spent a lot of time exploring the old town, walking around amazing fortresses, chilling at beach bars, eating delicious ice cream during the days, chilling on their boat on the beautiful ocean while at night we all attended a local festival, had a family feast with Francos parents, walked to 'Hitlers Tunnel' and an abandoned fortress at night. It was amazing how welcome i felt and how much I didnt want to leave this place. Here I was thousands of miles away from home or anyone i know yet i felt like part of the family. They were the most genuine people with big hearts and a zest for life just like me. I only wished i could have extended my time there. Unfortunately I had to go to Montenegro and start work ina few days and I was still planning to meet a friend on the island of Hvar and go to Dubrovnik.
On the last evening we shared hugs and I promised to return some day to continue the adventures. Zelko took me to the bus station and off i went to Split, a promising town full of tourists, a palm fringed promenade and overpriced drinks. I was only here to take the ferry to Hvar but luckily i had one night there and a chance to catch up with the amazing Ana Pekoc. We had worked on the ships together and here we were reuniting in her home country. She was passing through and we had planned to catch up for food, some drinks and some microblading. Ana is the most talented when it comes to Microblading eyebrows and she had transformed mine on the ship on two occassions. We headed to the hostel and set up a mobile microblading station in the common room, much to the staffs surprise, and she transformed by brows yet again. We spent an amazing evening hanging out, catching up on life events and drinking on the promenade. The world felt even smaller when another fellow shipmate who lived in Split happened to be close by and came to join us for a short while. Split was turning out to be pretty amazing.
The next morning I headed off to take the ferry to the party island of Hvar for some beach time... what was i thinking? I had planned to meet a girl called Melissa from the popular facebook page 'Girls Love Travel' or GLT. Our first day proved that our friendship would be lasting and also that this weekend would be full of shenanigans. After we had gone back and forth to sort out her accomodation and laughed our heads off at the crazy situation, we finally met up again that evening for dinner with a group of people she knew. We had dinner at Restaurant Dalmatia with 8 other people and drank copius amounts of the cheapest red wine in Hvar. It was the most amazing, most affordable feast with incredible people. Over the next few days we alternated between beach time, day drinking, being hungover and for me it involved changing room in the hostel almost every day i was there. In the evenings we met with some other travellers, Mai from Australia, Nick from USA who was at my hostel, Annaline an American and fellow GLT member and two turkish guys we met from couchsurfing hangouts. At night we hungout at cocktail bars, danced at Pink Champagne and many other places, sat by the boardwalk watching the superyachts, pre drinking in the hostel like teenagers, drunkingly took a ferry to Carpe Diem the most famous club on its own island. Our last night was amazing but needless to say our hangovers beat us down the next morning as we tried to tuck in to a delcious breakfast at Fig Cafe. I had skipped a day in Dubrovnik to stay here with this group i had met and i had absolutely no regrets, even if i didn have to put up with some drunken assholes at Hvar Hostel, it was still a great place to stay.
We all went our seperate ways but vowed to meet again some day and relive the crazy Hvar adventures. I took the ferry back to Split, spent the short afternoon with Ana again who was passing through and took my bus to Kotor to start my new adventure teaching yoga at Pallazzo Radomiri Hotel for two months. I was so excited.