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To add to the proximity of plunging to our demise, the driver was driving like Keanu Reeves in Speed. Katka and I clutched our bus seats as we sped close to death.

Our worst nightmare came when we saw a car approaching us head-on from the opposite end of the road. The bus came to a screeching stop as well as the car. I didn’t think it was possible, but the car squeezed by us with about an inch of room on each side to either fall off the side of the mountain or scrape up against the bus.

After a total of about five days on two islands, we ferried back to the 1,700-year-old city of Split. We ended up camping illegally on the side of a hill outside the city.

We spent our last day in Croatia exploring Split. In the city center is Diocletian’s Palace. The Roman Emperor Diocletian built the massive palace in preparation for his retirement in 305 A.D. The palace encompasses a large portion of the city and is surrounded by a high wall, making it one of the most complete remains of a Roman palace.

Croatia is a place I never thought I’d go to, and during my trip, Croatia was a place I thought I’d never leave.....alive. But in retrospect, it was one of the most interesting and aesthetically pleasing countries I visited.

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