Place 8 – Day 5: Split – Beach Day! 

The plan for today was an entire day of beach! 

We left around 12:30 and it was actually cloudy out, but not too cold, so we continued onto the beach anyway! 

We got to a spot where Josh said he wanted to jump in, but we had to wait for a while until Kim jumped in to get the jumping started! Kim and Josh jumped in and then we all moved on to our usual cove that we chill at. 

We sat around for a bit, waded in the water, and then we hopped over a wall that we’ve been wanting to get to the other side of. What a great idea it was, too! 

On the other side was what looked like an abandoned beach or something similar, which was awesome! 

There was a another little cove area, with an awesome archway where Kim and Josh swam under. 

We all went under the arch, which turned out to be a lot colder and deeper than we thought, but it was good fun! 

All in all, it was an awesome day of just relaxing and swimming! 


– Mr and Mrs Hale 

Place 8 – Day 4: Mountain Walks

Today, we went for a mountain walk. 

We had this plan from last night and were really looking forward to it! 

We stopped at a beach for a little bit before heading up the mountain. 

We walked up the mountain track, which was part of Marjan Forest, and it was a lovely view! 

We got to a point in the mountain where there was churches, big rocks, random doors and cool looking monuments! 

We got a lot of photos and videos, all of which will be on Facebook/Instagram! 

We finished walking in the forest and came out near the sea, so we had a little walk along the rocks before heading back to the apartment. 

Josh is cooking some dinner for us tonight! 


– Mr and Mrs Hale 

Place 8 – Day 3: Split – Beaches pt 2

Today we awoke at a reasonable time and headed to the store to shop for the rest of the time we have here, so that saves time! 

Once we got back, Kim made an amazing breakfast, which you can see below! 

Once we ate breakfast, we put some washing on, played some cards and then went out and walked the other way down the main harbour to find a different beach. We did find another beach, but it was not very good, it was partially sand, but it wasn’t great. There was some good rocks to climb on, which Kim took advantage of! 

After this, we walked some more and then just came back to the apartment. Once we relaxed for a bit, we had some pizza for dinner, followed by some nice ice cream and whiskey! 


– Mr and Mrs Hale 

Place 8 – Day 2: Split – Washing Machine & Beaches

Today, the plan was to wake around 9:30 have some breakfast and go to the beach. 

We did not stick to our plan as we didn’t get much sleep for the last few days, so we slept for a while until around 10:30.

Josh needed to do a wash, so did, but the water wouldn’t drain from the washing machine! After some Googling and a lot of time, we cleared out the filter and drained the water and the wash seemed to work! 

Once this was done and showers taken, Curtis and Josh headed out to buy things for breakfast, only to be disappointed as it’s Sunday and the shop was closed so we had to get something else. 

Curtis and Josh walked to a bakery and bought 3 chocolate covered and filled croissants for the equivalent of just £1.86!

Once we ate breakfast, we had a walk around Split, visiting 3 beaches and covering a lot of distance and walking around a forest! 

The dinner plan for tonight as no store is open is to have a Croatian meal, so we’re headed there in a moment! You’ll see and hear about that in tomorrow’s blog! 

Below are some pictures of us in the water, which was not too cold and also just some nice pictures of how awesome it looks! 

Videos to follow on our Facebook page! 


– Mr and Mrs Hale 

Place 8 – Day 1: Split – New Place 🇭🇷

🇭🇷Dobre Dan! 🇭🇷

After sitting on a boat for 12 hours, we finally made it to Split, Croatia! 

We got to Ancona to catch the ferry but we got there around 12pm and it turns out that the ticket office didn’t open until 4pm!

Whilst waiting, we met some Australian people as well as some more Americans! 

We went and had a beer with an American couple from Utah, Josh (obviously) and an Australian! 

Once we got on the boat, we soon realized it was not as comfortable as desired. 

We had few charge points, no WiFi and just one common area. 

We took a corner with a sofa and we’re joined by a Kiwi, who was awesome! 

We played some card games, had a laugh and just relaxed. 

The boat didn’t leave until about 1.5 hours after it was meant to, but it was still quite good fun. 

We had a group of Italians sitting next to us who decided that they needed to sing..Luckily,that was just until around 11pm.

Once they finished, we played a few more games and then headed to bed around 12/12:30.

Sleeping was uncomfortable and we all slept in interesting locations, such as the floor, chairs and sofas! 

We woke freezing cold around 5am and managed to sleep until around 6am,before docking for around 7:15am.

We had to queue again and get through passport control and the person we are renting the apartment from was waiting for us but we couldn’t check in until 2pm, so we dropped our bags and walked around split, including a beach! 

We got the the apartment for 2pm, relaxed, got acquainted and had some food! 

The plan for tonight is an evening stroll and early night. 


– Mr and Mrs Hale 

Place 7 – Day 1: Ancona – Quick Stop

Waking at 06:10, we packed the last few items and headed out the door. 

It was raining, so we got to use our bag jackets for the first time! 

We walked to the bus stop, but got there quite early, so decided to pop to McDonald’s for a spot of breakfast. McDonald’s was closed, though. 

We walked back to the bus stop and the earlier bus was coming, so we hopped on the earlier one with the hope of getting to the bus station earlier to grab some breakfast! 

We got to the bus station and bought a cappuccino each and ate chocolate muffins that we had left over from last night as our breakfast. 

We were there quite early, but we walked to where the buses are and found Josh there waiting for us, so we stayed there until the bus arrived and now we’re on it!

Once we arrive in Ancona, we will be heading straight to the ferry and checking in, hopefully getting on and securing the best seats! 

Then, we have a nice 12 hour ferry ride to the next place, where you will receive further updates! 

Put it this way. This is the final ‘Ciao!’ 

– Mr and Mrs Hale 

Place 6 – Day 45: Rome – Last Day! 

Today was our last full day in Rome! 

We woke late, as usual, but had to wait for the cleaner to leave before making breakfast! 

Kim made a big breakfast with eggy bread, fried eggs and sausages. We have a lot of chocolate powder left, so we have been drinking a lot of chocolate milk! 

We went in to Rome again to do some travel administration and then headed back to the apartment for some dinner! 

We had some chicken pasta again, followed by a chocolate muffin! 

Josh is back in Rome after being in Naples, so we are catching up with him tonight as well as some people from the hostel and then we’ll be back to the apartment for some sleep and up early to catch a bus to the bus station, followed by a bus to another location and then finally a boat to our next main location! A lot of traveling tomorrow, but we’re glad to move on! 


– Mr and Mrs Hale 

Place 6 – Day 44: Rome – Walk

Last night, we left the apartment at about 21:30 and walked into town, which takes about an hour or so. 

We went to see someone that works at the hostel we worked at, just for a catch up! 

We stayed there until around 01:30, before taking the 1 hour long walk back to the apartment!

Some other guests were being very loud at 07:00 this morning, so we were awake from then, but then had a bit more sleep before waking around 12:30.

We had breakfast which Kim made, some lovely eggy bread, chocolate milk and coffee! 

After this, we did some walking into town, Kim trying to find a top for when we’re carrying our bags, but did not find any. 

Kim saw a couple of dogs! 

We then went to the supermarket to get dinner and Kim made pasta with minced pork and mushrooms! 

Tomorrow we may go to see our friends at the hostel again, but will make sure we get some sleep as we’re up early to catch a bus! 


Please note: WiFi is iffy, so photos will not upload to the blog! Check the link for Photos to see the photos from our time in Rome! 

– Mr and Mrs Hale 

Place 6 – Day 43: Rome – Accommodation #5

We woke at around 9:30am to head out to our last place to stay, with just 3 nights remaining in Rome! 

After checking out of the campsite and having the usual croissant and cappuccino from McDonald’s, we began the walk to the Metro station. Today was much hotter than other days have been, but we packed smart so the bags didn’t seem as heavy and we were wearing comfortable clothing! 

Once we got to the metro, we were on there for about 7 stops and then we had to catch a bus to the other side of Rome for our next apartment. 

After waiting for the bus for 45 minutes and then being squashed into the bus like sardines, it was nice to have a little walk. 

It was only about a 10 minute walk from the bus stop to the apartment, which is very nice!

There are balconies, free coffee, nice kitchen, 2 bathrooms and a double bed in a nice light room! We share the place with 3 other rooms, but it doesn’t seem that anyone else in here at the moment, so we have it all to ourselves! 

Once we got our stuff in and settled, we took a walk to a supermarket (the largest so far!) and bought some food for lunch and dinner. 

We have a lot of pasta left over and it’s effort to carry, so we’re trying to use it up! For lunch, we had a lot of pesto pasta, and for dinner it’ll be chicken with pasta followed by chocolate pudding! 

Curtis had a coffee because it’s free and the plan is to have a coffee on one of the balconies tomorrow morning! 

Later, once we’ve had dinner, we’re going to walk into Rome and see someone from the hostel just to say hi! 

We’ve no plans for tomorrow, but being fairly close to Rome, it doesn’t rule out having a strole there and just walking around. Not long until we leave now! 


– Mr and Mrs Hale 

Place 6 – Day 42: Rome – Packing 

Today was another relax day. We didn’t wake up until 12 ish, and then we just relaxed, watched some TV and then went out to try and find a park to walk around. 

Our attempts at finding the park were poor, as we were unable to locate it. Instead of the park, we found some nice expensive houses, and that was it! 

We went to the supermarket on our way back and bought a rotisserie chicken, salad, bread and crisps and made some nice chicken sandwiches for dinner! There was no McDonald’s breakfast today, so we could spend a little more! 

Tonight consists of packing as we’re moving to another place in Rome for the last 3 nights, before we catch a bus for our next location! 


– Mr and Mrs Hale