While we were on vacation, our friend Benny invited us to Fažana, small fishing town at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula, which runs a small traditional festival of light – Stars, candles and lanternes. The Festival accompanies street musicians and street performers, they have all kinds of lights hanging around and stuff… it’s pretty cool how this little coastal towns come alive at summer. This year’s main performer was formally the longest-running Croatian rockabilly & country band – Mississippi Queen. They kindly invited a couple of us to dance while they perform, which attracted a bunch of tourists and some of them even joined. Mississippi rocked for about two hours… so long lazy vacation!
Fast backward… before we got there, we made a quick test set-up for President Teddy CB radio station, just to see how it works. I repurposed the connector from an old mobile DVD player and created a window edge antenna mount. Not one of my finest works but you know what – if it works it ain’t stupid! We hoped to catch someone on the road and have a little chat, but we didn’t have any luck with that.
Back to Fažana – after the event and post-event hanging around, we decided it’s time to go. In fact, our plan was to stay there overnight, so the next morning we can jump onto one of those tourist boats that cruise around Brijuni islands, but we were too tired and didn’t put too much hope that we’ll be able to wake up in time. Also, we realized that we completely ran out of gas, we were about 150 km short. One would think – no problem, go to the gas station, but it was something like 1 am and all the gas stations were closed for the day. After we got lost a couple of times, a local guy pointed us to Pula which was, of course, in the opposite location of our final destination. So we went to Pula and luckily, found the gas station for the car and fast food restaurant for us. It was about 2 am, so why not go for a small walk and sightseeing (as much as possible in the dark). Pula was previously part of the Roman Empire, with ancient amphitheater and everything, which is nowadays mainly used for concerts, film festivals or tourist tours.
Finally, after 3 am we were on our way – the trip home was pretty boring since there was nobody on the road for a couple of hours. Not to mention that we still didn’t catch up any signal with our radio station, it would probably be easier if we tried with aliens. When we arrived near Gates of Jadran, in the middle of the road we saw two deers playing. We decided to go around them, park on the side and take a picture. When I got near, deers have moved to a side and I realized that they are not playing, but fighting. From what I know, you don’t want to be near large animals with horns while they fight. Anyway, I took a picture of fighting deers that that can compete with those blurry cryptozoology images of mystic creatures.
But, with a little help of sophisticated tools for image enhancement I made it possible for everyone to see. It was dark and the memory of the event faded a bit, so maybe it’s not EXACTLY the same…
And when you think that’s all, 70 km down the road a fox came out of the woods, carrying a micro sized sheep (or something puffy-sheep-like), crossed the road, stopped just frozen and stared at us with its glowy eyes. Stopping was not an option, so we didn’t take a picture, but again, I saved the day and reincarnated the scene, even the glowy laser eyes effect:
I must say that at first Goga was not very pleased with our „crappy“ blury photos, but in the end it was one of those „I’m not even mad, it’s amazing!“ situations.