I bought a ticket for the 12:05pm bus to Plitvice, which costs 162 kuna, or $28. On my way back, I picked up the first food I’d eaten in 24 hours.
The rest of the morning I spent typing up blog posts. Between the 13 hour tour and getting sick, I haven’t had much time to type them out, so sorry about that! I make a new post for each day, but as you can tell, some of them don’t come for a couple days later.
I checked out of my room and left for the bus station at 11:15 am. I got on the bus and had a seat to myself for most of the trip. This bus had shaded windows and I didn’t have anyone sitting next to me, so it was a good ride, but still lasted 5 hours.
The bus arrived at a small bus stop at 6:15 pm. I got my bag from the storage area below the bus then followed the signs to my hotel. After checking in and leaving my passport at the front desk, I went to my room, a mere 20 feet away.
I dropped off my large backpack, took my camera backpack, and headed out towards the lakes. I followed the main roads and passed a lot of people.
Sure enough, I was. While the park doesn’t actually close, the ticket office closes at 5 pm, 1.5 hours before I got there. Oh well, I’m spending 3 nights here and Rick Steves recommends just a half a day, so I should be fine. I can always get there when the ticket office opens at 7 am tomorrow morning. I hope the weather gets a bit less sunny though, will make for better pictures of the waterfalls.
I headed back towards my hotel and passed another hotel inside the park, Hotel Plitvice. While I wasn’t terribly hungry, I figured I should go ahead and order something, my hotel doesn’t have a restaurant. When I was seated, I was the only one there at 6:30pm.
I barely ate any of the pasta, but finished all the soup. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll feel back to normal.