On Thursday, we left Makarska to go to the city of Split. Our professors arranged for a tour guide so we learned a lot about Split and the walls surrounding the center. Right by the entrance to the walls is a mini metal model of the whole city. This gives you a better idea of the size of the walls around Split.
The tour guide led us through the old substructure of Diocletian’s palace/grounds. The substructure itself was covered in moss because of the humidity down there. Apparently, Game of Thrones has many scenes shot in Split. Specifically, the last picture below is where the dragons were kept (sorry that’s all I remember haha). The actual history behind this room is quite unique. Rich Romans who lived above the substructure didn’t have any place to put their waste so they drilled holes in their floors to use the substructure as their bathroom/garbage dump. The whole area ended up being filled to the top with literal shit. Major restoration and cleaning had to be done to get that area open to the public.
The whole city of Split is beautiful and very European-looking. Next to Dubrovnik, Split is the second most popular tourist destination in Croatia. Locals maximize this with their many shops and street performers.
For lunch, our professors ordered us fresh fish – with its eyeballs intact and everything. I was a little freaked out, I must admit, but I did eat some of it.
After the tour, we arrived at our hotel. For some reason, they messed up my rooming situation so I was given a single room! Because I was exhausted from the night before, I slept until 9 pm. For dinner, I ventured into the city to grab a burger from a street vendor.