Yesterday me and Anya started on a bit of an adventure together. The only shame is that Rada is not with us to enjoy it. But it is great to get some precious time with Anya.
We left Montenegro in the morning. We got over the Montenegrin border with no problem having a laugh and a friendly greeting with the border guard as he was from the same village as Rada’s family. Half a mile later and the Croatian border were not so friendly. The border police didn’t take kindly to my not understanding the Croatian for ‘car registration documents’ and sent me off to empty the boot and one of the suitcases for Customs – first time that has happened to me – I was a bit nervous because I forgot to declare our bottle of Amaro Montenegro liquor but he didn’t find it. Phew.
100km later and we were stood in a traffic jam for 45 minutes while a land mine up the road was disposed of. Never fear, we had The Last Battle on audio book to keep us company. Alas, environmentally conscious I had turned the engine off but kept the lights on and the CD player going. Not an ounce of power came from the battery once the explosive ahead had been cleared.
I was just getting my trusty reflective triangle out to warn traffic behind that some egit was stuck in the middle of the road, and was about to don my high visibility vest, when a vehicle recovery van stopped by. He didn’t have any jump leads but he pushed me to a layby with the help of a passing policeman and woman and then called his mate from the last town to come with the jump leads. While we were waiting he was telling me how he hated Montenegrins because they burnt his house down during the war for no reason. I obviously sympathised but felt a bit uncomfortable – so I quickly changed the subject to the successes and failures of Croatia footballers who’d played for Aston Villa.
Once the car was up and running again I tried to give them some money then tried to give them the Amaro Montenegro but they refused both and wished me well. Anya and I arrived at the hotel just south of Split while it was still light, had a great walk up the beach and then stopped for a pizza and beer (Anya had cola). A great day….looking forward to the rest of the trip home but wouldn’t complain if it was a little smoother.