Early this morning I checked out of my hostel here in Belgrade and took a city bus to the airport.
I decided to fly to my next destination of Budva in Montenegro as it was only 40 minutes whereas a bus trip would have been over 10 hours. The flight only cost 85 euros plus I needed to pay 15 euros for a cab from the airport in Tivat to my hostel in Budva.
As it’s still off season I arrived to yet another ghost town of a hostel. Only myself and a couple of other people. In fact, I had the whole 6 bed dorm to myself.
The weather was supposed to be rainy but to my delight it was actually beautiful out without a cloud in the sky. Seriously – no clouds… how can a forecast be that off?
After checking in I walked down towards the seaside to checkout the beaches and the old town.
As I walked through the old town and passed souvenir shop after souvenir shop and restaurant after restaurant I turned a corner and my eyes lit up.
I said in an earlier blog that, for me, it’s not about the museums and galleries but the unique experiences along the way.
I had turned the corner into one of those.
Here on the sidewalk outside all the souvenir shops was a boy, maybe 12 or 13, sitting at a little card table with his proud assortment of shells and painted rocks. I stopped and asked him how much for the rock and he smiled and said 1 euro. I happily handed him the money and told him he was doing a great job and went on my way.
I am now in possession of possibly the best souvenir ever!
Anyway, after stopping for a lunch of roast lamb I headed back to the hostel to try to figure out what I was going to do for the next few days.
I’ve found that over the last couple of weeks ever since Split I haven’t been as motivated to explore these new cities and countries. Almost like I was going through the motions.
And then, just like that, I decided I didn’t want to travel anymore.
I was ready to come home.
So I spent the evening looking up various flight options to get home. I also talked to some people on Facebook that I used to work with to see what was going on at my old job. I even checked Craigslist for apartments.
I’m 99.9% sure I’m going to end this adventure this week but I’m going to sleep on it and see what tomorrow feels like…