Looking to do some work on the ferry, but low on battery? It is not as easy as you would think…
Life is busier than it has ever been for me. Total Hvar, Total Split, a new Split guidebook, hisoty of Hajduk, official blogging for the regional tourist board, and meetings, meetings, meetings as the Split project moves into overdrive.
I am in Split at least twice a week these days, which means 3.5 to four hours on the ferry and/or catamaran. If the gods are smiling, there is no bura and the Jelsa catamaran leaves at 06:00 and the last ferry gets me home just before 23:00. If – as is happening a fair bit – the gods are angry, a 05:00 drive to Stari Grad gets me to the 05:30 on time.
I am not an early arriving kind of person, but when the Stari Grad route is operated by the boat Tin Ujevic, I leave 15 minutes earlier, so that I can take my place at one of the few tables which have plug sockets in the vicinity.
There are only two sockets next to the toilets opposite the cafe, and one each at either end of the ferry, seats which seem to be popular with non-computer-using travellers, hence the need to get there early. Once plugged in, two hours of uninterrupted work usually results. No plug-in the only other option is to catch up on sleep. Tin has been replaced by the majestic Petar Hektorovic at the moment, which has plugs aplenty.
The Jelsa catamaran is a little tricky for the plug dependent. Summer visitors may be interested to know that only the back half of the catamaran is heated currently, and while you can sit in the front, there is a big thick curtain which dissuades you (as does the lack of heat and light). The only problem for plug addicts is the only available plus is right at the front.
“Do you mind if I sit at the front? I need to work on my computer?”
“There is no heat. You will freeze,” came the helpful and caring reply.
“Good job I am from Manchester then. I will be fine. Thanks.”
And fine I was, able to write four blogs before the first meeting of the day in Split.
And I can honestly say that until this morning, I would never have contemplated blogging about plug sockets.