Tuesday our professors took us on a cruise of the Elaphite Islands. Our ship was one of the Galleons used in the television show Game of Thrones. I personally don’t watch the show so it was just a cool ship to me but some of you might recognize it.
Our first stop on the cruise was the island of Kolocep. We didn’t really have a good amount of time to explore this island before having to head back to the ship; however, Stasa (one of my Croatian professors) gave us a history lesson on the island. Apparently, the sand from the beach comes from the Sahara desert.
We also observed the hundreds and hundreds of sea urchins at the bottom of the sea. Mike actually caught one and we got to see the organism move around in his hand.
Sipan was the second island we visited. This island is full of mystery and incredible stories. Hidden away in the thick brush was a 12th century Knights Templar church. We were allowed in and were able to climb to the very top for a crazy view.
Back on the boat for lunch, I had fresh fish and white wine. The fish was just caught hours before and was very flavorful.
The 3rd stop on the cruise was the island of Lopud. We took an incredibly long, uphill hike up a mountain. The trail was covered in loose gravel, making the whole trek even harder. At the top of the mountain was a goat sanctuary and past that, an amazing view making the hike completely worth it. The goats didn’t really mind us, however, I did get charged by a goat when I when too close. Thankfully, the goat gave up when I ran away.
We were extremely hot and soaked with sweat after the hike so the swim in the sea after was more than refreshing. After our swim, we rushed to buy Croatian gelato and get back on the boat because we were a bit late from our long swim.
Dinner we just picked up at the local supermarket before just relaxing and going to bed. The hike really drained everyone and I had a great night’s sleep.