with recuperation in Senj
27.09.2014 - 28.09.2014
Over night it poured which made us feel SO lucky once again that it wasn't raining during our visit to Plitvice. We were hugely relieved to not get stuck in the mud at camp Borje but while we were filling up our water Felix found his way to the front of the van and tipped boiling hot coffee all over the outside of his feet. He was in a pretty bad way, with the skin immediately blistered and coming away so after putting his feet in cold water and dosing him up to the max on pain killers we drove as fast as we could, with me holding Felix in the back, to the nearest red cross, with him screaming in agony almost all of the way. It was a nightmare to find and it took us around half an hour but thankfully, when we finally arrived, the pain killers had kicked in and he had just fallen asleep. It meant that he could be examined and his feet bandaged but we needed to go on to the nearest hospital to get him examined by a burns specialist. The closest hospital was in Gospic where we were seen very quickly by a fantastic Dr who gave us the news that the burns were not as severe as we had initially thought, being a 1st degree on one foot and between a 1st and 2nd degree on the other. We were SO relieved and picked up some antibiotics and instructions to have the dressings changed at a hospital every day for the next 10 days. I have to say that we were so impressed with the efficiency and quality of care that we received from the Croatian health services both on the day of the burn and on all days thereafter. We were SO well looked after and everyone made sure that we understood exactly what was going on. Thankfully, Felix coped exceptionally well after the incident, perhaps even a little too well as he kept loosening the bandages for all of his crawling!
With all of the drama having taken it's toll we stopped for a meal at a Pizza restaurant and then drove back up north and stopped as soon as we hit the coast and stayed at "Camp Skver" in Senj. We were delighted to get spot #1 which was the last front row spot available and gifted us with incredible views of the sunset coming down over the water.
As far as facilities go, Camp Skver didn't offer anything other than water and electricity but the location and indeed our spot, was brilliant as we not only had a spectacular water front view but we also had an ideal base from which to explore the town, just one bay across. Senj was small but utterly charming and fulfilled my request, made to Jeremy only yesterday, to visit a "quiet little fishing village"! After getting Felix's foot dressed at the local hospital we followed the water past gorgeous little fishing boats as far as a stone wall jetty which gave a great view of our camping spot and the town.
We stocked up on local supplies at a supermarket to prepare a lunch back at the campervan where our positioning could not be beaten by any restaurant! While prepping lunch we spotted (a rarely seen) GB plate so invited our neighbours Daniel and Lisa over for lunch before heading off towards Pula.