On June 7th, Ryan, Sam, and I went on a day excursion to the country of Montenegro. Montenegro is just south and to the right of Croatia – a small drive to a small country. As we were driving to our first stop, our tour guide told us about how terrible drivers are in Montenegro.
Hours later, we got into a car accident.
The car cut us off after trying to enter the high speed roadway without a turning signal, clipping the front of the bus and sending their car spinning. Obviously, it was their fault; we had the right-of-way. No one in either vehicle was hurt – our driver applied the brakes just in time to reduce force of impact. The pictures below are minutes after the accident. The lady at fault was pretty pissed that people were taking photos; it was pretty funny. The picture quite nicely captures her shouting at an old lady who wanted a photo as well.
Because there was a tour group nearby, they picked us up and took us to our first stop which was relatively close. Ryan, Sam, and I explored the city of Budva while waiting for news about our transportation predicament.
We had lunch at this amazing seafood place steps away from the sea. I ordered fresh mussels caught that morning.
Budva is a very interesting area in Montenegro. On the right side is Old City which has about 3500 years of history. On the left side is the new section with tall skyscrapers and fancy hotels from Russian investors. The contrast between the two is striking. Unfortunately, we only had time to explore one side so I only have pictures of Old City.
Besides the extravagant hotels, Russians greatly influence the docks and airports in Montenegro. There were so many Russian yachts in Budva and at least a couple private Russian airports for their jets outside the main area. Signs in Budva aren’t just in the traditional Latin alphabet, but also the Cyrillic alphabet used in Russia.
The second and last stop was the city of Kotor. Small but beautiful, Kotor resembles the Old City in Budva a little bit. It is surrounded by tall stone walls with a couple churches and shops nested inside.
Driving back to Dubrovnik, we made a small stop to take a couple shots of two picturesque islands. The island with the trees is naturally occurring while the other is man-made.
Back in Dubrovnik we ate dinner really late then went to bed; I was so exhausted.