Budva, our destination in Montenegro, has many nicknames: Balkan’s St Tropez and Montenigrin Miami to name a few of them.
It was different from most of the other places we had been during the Europe Train Challenge, both in nature and in experiences.
The heat lay like a veil over the city during the day – everyone was at the beach or in the shade resting.
We’re not the ”sunbathing and swimming” holiday-making types, so hanging out at the beaches and in the sun all day long is not really our (especially Nathan’s) idea of fun.
But if there is one thing these holiday makers are experts at, it’s knowing how to chill out and do nothing.
In places like this more than anywhere else – people forget about time and keeping track of must see and do attractions …
You’re here to enjoy, to spoil yourself and let yourself do as much or as little of anything you like.
So we walked and talked and sat and did nothing for a few days – just enjoying the ocean breeze and church bells which rang every half hour.
The Old Town of Budva was one of the cutest we’ve seen, and if we would have had more time we probably would have traveled around the the other old towns and beaches as well, but you know how it is with time at places like this – it just slips between your fingers, and before you know it – it’s gone.
We weren’t the only backpackers influenced by the slow pace.
Travelers here came to stay for a few days but ended up staying for weeks, only to leave when they started feeling bad for having stayed at the same spot for too long.
This is where we met one of the funniest and craziest people ever: Julia.
Shortly after having met she sat down in the window and did an improv ”Tango singing performance” for us, and five minutes after that she had already scribbled down numbers of ex-boyfriends and artist friends we could get in touch with at our next destination in Belgrade.
For some reason the travelers here were more social with each other than anywhere else we’d been.
Maybe it was just random, or maybe it was the relaxed atmosphere, that Budva vibe which helped these travelers loosen up a bit.
Whatever it was, I really enjoyed myself in Budva, and if it wasn’t for the Europe Train Challenge, it’s very likely that I would have ended up staying there much longer than we had intended.