Europe So Far: Day 39 – 68 

Alright, so as you can tell or if you haven’t caught on yet, we are way behind on our blog posts – like stupidly behind. So I am going to catch you up the quick way and easy way –Our Vlogs.

Our last post caught you up to Naxos, which was ages ago! Since then we hopped over to Mykonos, then on to Santorini where we stayed for four days.

From Santorini we stopped on Milos to cut up the long ferry journey back to Athens. We were only on the island two nights and one full day but completely fell in love. We wish we could have stayed there long but it’ll be first on our list of places to visit next time we’re in Greece.

From there we went back to Athens to get over to Zakynthos (a very, very, touist-y island, over populated with Brits on holiday), which is just off the west side of mainland Greece.

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We spent two days there and really only went to check out Shipwreck Beach; I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos all over Pinterest and Instagram.

We then hopped back over to the mainland where we ended up in Patras, one of Greece’s biggest cities and a major port town. We stayed here two nights, while we tried to figure out how we were going to get into Croatia. First we thought we’d go by bus. Then we thought we go by ferry over to Italy and then another ferry back over into Croatia. But in the end we ended up flying out of Athens to Dubrovnik. It worked out about the same price and was a lot less hassle.

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{ Bus, Ferry, Flying }

Oh yeah, and while we were in Patras, after we booked out flight, Will was taking the drone out to drain the battery (which you have to do before you fly) and we had a bit of an accident *insert very annoyed face here*. It’s not massively damaged, but just enough so that we had to send it back to DJI for repair. We think it was a malfunction with the drone itself because it was acting a bit strange the day before but we’re not 100% sure. We’ll have to wait and see what the analysis team says.

So, we flew to Dubrovnik, where we sent the drone via post back to DJI for repair. This whole situation put quite the damper on the next few days. We were frustrated about the drone, stressed because we are running out of money and Croatia wasn’t as cheap as we were hoping it would be, tired of unpacking and packing our bags every couple of days and just all around feeling down.

Originally we thought we’d wait out the repair process in Croatia, since we were originally told the whole process would only take 7-10 days. It’s now been 9 days and they’ve just started the process yesterday. We’re not impressed.

Fast forward to today. We left Split Tuesday evening (August 15th) on a night bus heading to Venice. We’ve now been here two days. We’ve regrouped, fought off our blues, re-arranged our plans, come to terms that we are without our drone for the time being and that we won’t be able to simply wait around for it to be fixed, booked flights to where we will be settling for the next year or so to save up for the next big adventure (separate post for that coming soon), and simply trying to enjoy the time we have left here in Europe.

Travel isn’t always easy, if it were easy it wouldn’t be as rewarding as it is. You just have to learn to roll with the punches, accept that some things are out of your control and just go with it. We would never had gotten to where we are if we just gave up every time we ran into some hard patches. And hard patches will come, you can’t avoid them, every traveller knows that – we just make the most of it and move on.

And that’s that. From Venice, I think we’re going to go up to Munich and stay there for a couple of days. I have a friend who’s from a town close to Munich, and i’d love to catch up with her before leaving Europe. Plus we were there for Oktoberfest last year, loved the city and wanted to go back ever since. Hostel prices are more affordable for us than to go up into Switzerland, which was our original plan. After Croatia we wanted to go into Switzerland and rent a car, but it’s very, very expensive, so what’s left of our money won’t go very far.

We’ve also been recommended a few places in the Netherlands to visit (other than Amsterdam) by our friend we’ve met up with here in Venice (Thanks Joey!), they should be cheaper and less touristy which is just what we’re looking for right now. So we may head over there after Munich.

But who knows, our plans can change at the drop of a hat. If you don’t know this already, we are indecisive as f**k, change our minds so quickly, and like to do things last-minute. It’s all part of our Adventure. So stay tuned to see where we end up next!

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