[Sveti Stefan and more = photos.]
Although I shortened my stay in Budva from three days to two, I still need to do something for tomorrow. And although Sveti Stefan is included in the “Big Montenegro Tour” offered by a certain hostel in Kotor, I thought I might as well go visit it by myself – this way I can have more than the half an hour scheduled in that tour and take my time taking photos.
The light wasn’t good, but I still enjoyed my walk and asked some people to help me take my photos. The island part of Sveti Stefan is entirely privatized as some hotel – amazing that they did that. And the several private beaches require high fees – one charges 50 Euros, another 75.
When I was about to return, a hotel staff member walking on the beach saw me and asked “Kina?” (China) I said no. And then he continued, just like billions of people have done: “Japan? Korea?” And no matter what I said, he just kept repeating “Kina? Kina? Kina?”
LP described Sveti Stefan to provide the biggest “wow” moment on the entire coastline. I do think it’s an overstatement.
So what now? I decided to continue to Petrovac, although I suspect there is really not much to see.
Surprisingly the bus driver said he didn’t have changes – what I presented was a five-Euro bill!
At the so-called tourist information at the bus station was a distinctly unfriendly young woman more keen on her own mobile phone. I guess she thinks her job consists of no more than pointing to the printed bus schedules pasted on the window.
A happy face did great me at the station – “Do you remember me?” this face asked. I thought for one-third of a second, and realized that it’s the Russian woman from the rafting tour. She told me Petrovac is a good place for swimming. Unfortunately, swimming isn’t in my plan, not to mention that as I walked down the slope the grey clouds were gaining momentum. It didn’t take me long to decide that I’m “done.”
I found out that a bit further away from the restaurant recommended by the hostel are quite some others, and some likely offer more attractive prices. In any case, I enjoyed my lunch, which includes a glass of house red wine, something I shouldn’t have – that glass made me happy enough, but two sips were enough to make my cold stay a bit longer.
Back to the hostel I was really tired, thanks to the cold. I told myself earlier that today is about laying low and taking it easy, and that was what I did – I sat on the veranda, picked some grapes to taste: very sweet. I then had a lovely phone call with Bee, whom I miss pretty much. We joked and laughed as if we were neighbors having fun over some cocktails side by side.
Later as I rested in the room, a girl that stayed in the same room rushed in to tell me that she needs to set the air conditioner to be as low as 24 degrees Celsius – she insisted that last night the heat made her unable to sleep. When I was barely mentioning that I was having a cold, she curtly said that she was sure the hostel runner could give me “lots of blankets.”
This is actually a very pretty girl with a pretty lousy provincial English accent, and her attitude was worse than that. Yesterday while I was checking the electronic wire extension and tried to find out which plug I could unplug and replace with the plug of my lamp, she (whose existence I was at first unaware of) suddenly snapped that I “shouldn’t just unplug something selfishly without thinking of others.”
She quickly left after her pronouncement of the air-con and blanket, and after a couple of seconds I decided to go after her. She was sitting with lots of people staying in the hostel, together with the hostel runner Nikola, who was wearing a funny little hat. Nikola invited me to have a beer, and I told him that I couldn’t, since I was having a cold. That girl stared at me with her hostility before I could say anything, and since she didn’t respond my gentle request of discussing aside, I told her in front of everyone that I really have problems with the air-con, and there IS a fan function in that air con machine. In the end her answer was a “Whatever.”
Budva – S.Stefan – Petrovac — Budva公車：1.5+ 2+ 2= 5.5