Taking the train from Budapest to Split, Croatia, you would probably think that you would first wake up to some gorgeous scenery flying by. However, we actually woke up to a slamming on our cabin door and the curt exclamation ‘Passport Control!’. Trying to rouse ourselves as best as possible, we all presented our best and sleepiest faces to the officers checking our documents. Once everyone in the cabin was checked we relaxed, put our documents away, shut off the light again, and let our heads drop to our pillows. This short repose was disturbed by more knocking at the door and the exclamation ‘Police!’. When we unlocked the door and looked at the new officer with completely blank faces, he explained in ways we, in the midst of trying to regain consciousness for the second time in one night, could understand. Pointing his finger down the hall, ‘Hungarian Police.’ Pointing his finger at himself, ‘Croatian Police’. Understanding finally, we all got our passports from the depths of our bags again, and went through the process again. After this second intrusion, we all got to sleep for the last time that night. In the morning, all was as it should be, and we got to watch the hilly landscape fly by as our train came closer and closer to the sea, and to Split.
Split’s train station is right next to their harbour, and the three of us had a quick bite next to the docks while we figured out how to get to our apartment. Our train had come in roughly 2 hours later than it should have, and our original plans kind of fell through. But with a little adjustment and a really nice airbnb host, we were soon at our flat.
Our flat this time around wasn’t so central as in Budapest, and so we decided to take the day to get our bearings right and to make sure we really knew where it was located. We walked from our flat to the centre of Split – which took roughly 45 minutes. But the weather was in our favour again, and the hilly city kept us in a great mood while getting there.
Split is a gorgeous seaside city, with palm trees down their most commercial strip and a really unique city centre built on top of Diocletian’s Palace. The constant up and down hillside nature of the city really keeps you working up a sweat while you go from place to place even within the city centre. We grabbed some gelato to help us ward off the heat, and enjoyed the sweet taste while staring at a gorgeous view with a seaside breeze.
Testing out Split’s public transport, we made it home in 15 minutes once we were ready to head back for the night, minus a bit of time to make a pit stop at the grocery store. We cooked up some burgers, potatoes and salad to finish off the night, and then spent the rest of the evening doing some research into all Split has to offer in order to get the most out of our next two days here.