Driving through one of the coastal towns, the traffic ground to a halt and took a long time to get moving again. There didn’t appear to be any real problem, other than a two-lane road merging into one lane. The rest of the drive was quite uneventful.
We arrived at the Hilton Hotel in Podgorica at about midday, unloaded the car, and had another thorough search in every nook and cranny of the car for the missing plastic strip. I later concluded that I must have knocked it off when pulling my backpack on to my left shoulder to get out of the car.
I was delighted to discover that the hotel has an 18-metre indoor swimming pool — my first real swim in 3 weeks.
Michael then went for a walk whilst I had a video chat with Dad. Before meeting up with Gitti & Hermann to go out for our last dinner, Michael and I paid two visits to the hotel’s executive lounge (Michael’s AMEX card gives him gold membership of the Hilton Honors club), first for a cold water and then later for pre-dinner drinks and nibbles. The view from the terrace gives one some great views over Podgorica.
For our last meal together on this trip, the four of us walked to a nearby road where a number of inexpensive restaurants are situated. We settled on one that periodically pumped cooling water vapour into the air as well as serving hamburgers (Michael’s desire for dinner). It was still very warm, having reached about 38C during the day.
A few young children approached us during our meal begging for money. They turned up their noses when we offered them some bread from the basket on our table. I find the situation with beggars very confronting, but I have read that the most effective way of helping alleviate poverty is to donate to organisations that have specific programmes to assist struggling communities. It is still hard to walk past people in need when we are clearly so privileged.
Back at the hotel, we said our final farewells for this year, hoping to meet up again somewhere in Europe next year. Our Montenegro adventure had come to an end.