Andy and I returned back to the group with ample time - we managed to finish walking the city walls within the span that they enjoyed a coffee. Time really slows down in the summer in Croatia. We pitched the idea of dinner at Lady Pi Pi to Jeff, Kat and Amalia. Our enthusiasm for the smell of the place proved to be pretty convincing. We didn't know if it would be any good but our sense of smell seemed trustworthy enough. When we arrived to Lady Pi Pi, we realized we were not alone. We put our name in and were told it would be a wait.
Having purchased round trip tickets on the water taxi, we debated whether we should stay and risk the chance of missing our boat back. As more and more people walked by and put their names in, we began to realize that this might not be a meal to miss. To confirm our little inch of doubt, a couple left their early bird special and turned to us and told us "it's worth the wait."
So we hung out around the city walls, playing pickup soccer with the local kids and then playing host. Jeff fooled two French girls into thinking he worked there. Eventually, they figured it out as we got seated for our meal.
We missed the boat back but staying for the fresh fish proved to be the right decision. It was one of the best meals we had in Croatia. After dinner, Andy convinced us to grab a drink at the local Irish pub (yes, in every city there is one). Still in our bathing suits/beach attire from earlier that day we found ourselves partying once again within the city walls, blending in with the locals and their man purses.
Later that night, I was introduced to a little game called the Turkish Sniff. It's a fun (and harmless) challenge which if successful lands you a photo on their blog. Unsuccessful, you find yourself talking to an Australian guy asking you why your friend was smelling his hair. No mate, he wasn't sniffing your hair. Trust me.
Andy and Jeff, double sniff, have mastered the art of the Turkish Sniff.
It was a long day with an even longer night but when you're on vacation, you just have to trust your instincts and follow your senses. Sometimes, it's better to "miss the boat" because you get to enjoy the unexpected.
Stay bitten ;)