Aug 26th, 2008

The Carnival

by Maria
Posted in Bosnia-Herc., Croatia

August, as I’m sure you already know, is peak season in Europe. Hotels are booked up, restaurants and cafes are jam packed, and prices are jacked-up sky high. Beaches of course are particularly popular and so the islands and the coastline of Croatia are lined with resort style campgrounds, designed to accommodate and entertain thousands of people. (We found one campground that supported 6000 people). These campgrounds aren’t simply a spot to pitch up your tent, but full blown resorts with restaurants, tennis courts, mini-putt, merry-go-rounds, cotton candy, discos and occasionally a live band. Ahhh, the campground disco….I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve been lulled to sleep with such classics as “Que sera sera”, “Roll out the barrel” and “Dancing Queen”. ;-)

Last night, we were lying in our tent trying to get some sleep while our campground and the one next to it battled it out for “Most Rocking Campground”. They dueled it out for hours; “The Final Countdown”, the theme song to Rocky, “I will survive” and…but of course… “La Makarena”. Now, there is nothing wrong with the “Final Countdown”, “I will survive”, and “La Makarena” , unless you happen to be quiet, boring people like us who have spent one too many a night in one of these resort-style campgrounds despite great efforts to avoid it. If you are quiet boring people like us who have spent one too many a night in one of these resort-style campgrounds despite great efforts to avoid it, then you’d probably be lying in your tent trying to resist the overwhelming urge to run out and beat the speakers to a pulp with your tire pump or water bottle.

Unable to sleep, we talked about the next day’s ride; the conversation went something like this:

Maria, while staring up at the roof of the tent: “They’re doing the Makarena again.”

Spiros, also staring up at the roof of the tent: “Yup.”

<pause>

Maria: “I haven’t been able to get ‘I will survive’ out my head since that last campground.”

Spiros: “Hmm.”

<long pause>

Spiros: “It’s like living in a carnival.”

Maria: “Yup.”

<pause>

Maria: “Sigh”

<pause>

Spiros, still staring up at the tent: “Want to head for the hills? Bosnia?”

Maria, also still staring up at the tent: “Okay”.

<pause>

Maria: “I will survive, I will survive…Hey, Hey!”

And that’s pretty much it. A little weary of being on the main tourist track and the endless string of resorts along the Italian and Croatian coast, we’ve decided to head inland for a short 2 day stay in Bosnia-Hercegovina. We don’t have a guide book, haven’t looked into it much but our map of Croatia covers enough of Bosnia-Hercegovina to get us by. We don’t really know what to expect but there is something exciting about that.

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